Thursday, January 13, 2011

LEGO Universe Ninjago: Crux Prime Zone Coming Soon

If you remember, I posted about the new LEGO Universe game a couple of months ago. I had mentioned that I was going to be reviewing it, but unfortunately my computer crashed not too long after installing the game and I was not able to complete a fair review. My son did get to try it out some, and the little that he did play was enough for him to say it was one of his favorite games so you should definitely look into it if your kids enjoy online gaming.

I am hoping we will get another chance to try the game out once we get a new computer, but for now I'm left with watching trailers and news releases. I'm posting today to let you all know that LEGO Universe players can now look forward to a huge content update coming soon as detailed in the Press Release below:

- New line spins three play patterns - construction, social competition and virtual gaming - into one original property to engage children's imaginations -

ENFIELD, Conn., Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LEGO Systems, Inc. today announced Ninjago, its newest original property that combines the best of LEGO® construction play, action-based competitive play and virtual gaming, all centered on an incredibly rich story inspired by martial arts lore, written by Hollywood heavyweights, Dan and Kevin Hageman.

Ninjago is the first LEGO property to deliver a story-driven universe where traditional LEGO building sets are a backdrop for an innovative buildable spinner that puts LEGO minifigures at the center of a new social competitive game concept that reinforces character and story while also engaging children who are more drawn to social action play than to construction. Virtual gaming at, in a new content zone of LEGO Universe, and through a Nintendo DS game furthers engagement and unlocks information and skills that further the physical play.

"Ninjago merges three distinct play patterns into one integrated experience that seamlessly blends physical and virtual play to reinforce character, story, competition and engagement for children," said Soren Torp Laursen, president, LEGO Systems. "We're very excited to put a new spin on LEGO play by opening a new world of creativity that caters perfectly to what today's children expect from their play experiences."

Ninjago tells the story of four young ninja who train under the watchful eye of Sensei Wu to master an ancient martial art – Spinjitzu – to save the world from the evil Lord Garmadon and his skeleton army. Spinjitzu masters are expert spinners – harnessing the power and momentum of spinning to overcome any obstacle.

To launch the story and enhance the building and spinning experience, Cartoon Network will air Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, a one-hour animated special that introduces the characters and conflicts of the Ninjago universe on Friday, January 14 at 6:00 pm EST.

Competitive play
Children can build on their spinners, add their minifigures, use the trading cards to influence the outcome of the battle and choose their battle accessories before starting each Spinjitzu match. Six collectible spinners are available now, with 10 more slated across launches in April and August. Each includes a spinner base, minifigure, accessories and a set of strategy cards for $9.99.
Construction play

Seven richly detailed building sets, centered on the storied locations of the Ninjago legend, are available now, ranging in price from $4.99 to $69.99. Four more play sets launch in August, ranging from $19.99 to $119.99.

LEGO Universe, the company's massively-multiplayer online game, will offer more ways to engage in the Ninjago legend by unlocking a new adventure zone, Crux Prime – the largest zone ever discovered in-game. The new zone is filled with fresh challenges and an original Ninjago storyline that will continue to unfold throughout the year and beyond so that LEGO Universe players can enjoy the fun of Spinjitzu masters online.

LEGO Universe players will discover over 100 new missions and achievements within the vast Crux Prime zone, as well as over 100 new pieces of gear, decals and weapons to collect and share with friends in-game.

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