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Double Tap Games: Nintendo DS-oriented game studio sprouts up in Cambridge April 16, 2009

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Two primary executives formerly of THQ’s now-defunct Helixe studio have formed an exciting new game company in Cambridge, oriented to the white-hot Nintendo DS platform. Helixe created the movie-themed DS games Wall-E and Ratatouille, among many others including a Star Wars-themed game, The New Droid Army, for the Nintendo GBA. Double Tap Games, headed by Kurt Bickenbach and Richard Corredera, is aiming for “new games and franchises” with a fresh approach, appearing in the second half of 2009.

The company has a developer staff with over nineteen years and 10 million units of collective experience on the Nintendo DS and Gameboy Advance, having worked in such outfits as Sony Online Entertainment, Looking Glass Studios, and obviously, THQ.

Director of Business Development Richard Corredera, formerly of Sony Online Entertainment in San Diego and most recently Technical Director at Helixe, has stated that the new company is working on a few titles that have been slated for development, although no specific details or release schedules have been announced. From the company’s website:

“Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the DoubleTap team carries extensive experience in crafting online games of varying scale, as well as movie and TV licensed based games such as WALL•E, Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Tak, Jimmy Neutron, Fairly Odd Parents, Scooby Doo, Star Wars, and many others, with an understanding of a licenser’s ever-changing properties.

DoubleTap Games is committed to redefining online multiplayer experiences available on the Nintendo platforms. DoubleTap is confident the online Nintendo market will continue to grow and transform, and strives to speak to its audience in an uncommon way, with uncompromising quality.”

An exciting aspect of Double Tap’s intentions in the marketplace appears to be their emphasis on the online gameplay component of the Nintendo DS. This burgeoning new point of emphasis for Nintendo DS games, which as a platform has been relatively slow to adopt the online gameplay approach, could indeed deliver big success to the Cambridge-based Double Tap Games.

Click here for information on Double Tap’s Boston-based Development Team

Click here for information on Double Tap’s Development Team’s History in Nintendo Gaming

Play Rock Band with the Harmonix Developers! Tonight in Central Square, Boston! 10pm $7 to get in! April 16, 2009

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Play Rock Band with the Harmonix Crew, Tonight at ImprovBoston in Central Square!

Play Rock Band with the Harmonix Crew, Tonight at ImprovBoston in Central Square!

Meet the Harmonix Crew (I met alot of these Harmonix folks at Boston Post Mortem last Tuesday at the Skellig in Waltham; They are a great bunch, and accessible despite their world-ringing mega-success) tonight, and play their megahit Rock Band with them. The event will be tonight, in Central Square in Boston, 10pm at ImprovBoston. 40 Prospect Street. $7 admittance.

Portfolio Show at The New England Institute of Art, Friday, April 17th, 1-5pm April 16, 2009

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New England Institute of Art: Portfolio Show

New England Institute of Art: Portfolio Show

There will be a portfolio show at The New England Institute of Art, Friday, April 17th, from 1 to 5 pm. The event will take place at the Courtyard by Marriott, 777 Memorial Drive in Cambridge, MA. For more information, please call 800-903-4425.

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