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SAN DIEGO, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (Amex: MCZ; TSX), a leading third-party interactive entertainment accessory provider announced today a partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. by which the charity will receive 10% of the net wholesale price from the sale of the Nintendo DS Lite Pink Tech Pack sold within the continental United States of America.

"Mad Catz is proud to offer our support to the National Breast Cancer Foundation," said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. "We are particularly pleased that our recently acquired Joytech brand was able to offer this unique accessory solution to both expand our opportunities within the market while supporting this important foundation."

Speaking for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, President and CEO Janelle Hail commented, "Mad Catz and Joytech are trusted brands that appeal to millions of gamers across America and thus we look forward to working with Mad Catz to raise awareness further through a bespoke product such as this."

The Joytech branded special edition DS Lite Tech Pack contains all pink accessories designed to target the rapidly growing female gamer market, including: Carry Case, In-Car Power Adapter, USB Charge Cable, 2 Game Cases and 2 Stylus Pens. The packaging informs customers of the contribution made to the foundation on their behalf with each purchase.

The Nintendo DS Lite Pink Tech Pack is available now at Circuit City with an MSRP of $19.99.

This is easy. Buy a PSP. Or take your existing PSP, either or. Make sure you're running the latest firmware update. Get yourself to the nearest T-Mobile hotspot. Flick your little WLAN button to "on". Jump online via "Use Wireless HotSpot". And that's it.

You've now got six months of free T-Mobile hotspot use. Easy. Harder part is finding somebody to then play against, and neither myself nor T-Mobile can help you with that one.

Tomorrow sees the release of the PlayStation 3 version of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition, which marks the first time that the Shivering Isles expansion will be available to PS3 gamers. While this is excellent news for those who waited to purchase Oblivion on the console, but those of us who already purchased and completed the main quest are still waiting for a solution. According to Bethesda's blog they are very close to a resolution, be it a download from PSN or a standalone disc like the one coming out for the Xbox 360 tomorrow, so keep your eyes open for news. In the meantime you might be able to find a copy of the GOTY Edition for rent to help scratch that crazy itch.

Bethesda Softworks Announces The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion® Game of the Year Edition for PLAYSTATION®3 System and The Elder Scrolls® IV: Shivering Isles™ Xbox 360 Retail Disc Now Shipping
Expanded Version of Award-Winning Role Playing Game and Standalone Retail Expansion Disc Available This Week

October 16, 2007 (Rockville, MD) - Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax Media company, announced today that The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion® Game of the Year Edition (GotY) for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system has begun shipping to retail stores throughout North America. Oblivion GotY includes the original version of the award-winning RPG, Oblivion, along with the official expansion, The Elder Scrolls® IV: Shivering Isles™, and the downloadable content, The Elder Scrolls® IV: Knights of the Nine™.

Also available at retail stores as early as today is The Elder Scrolls® IV: Shivering Isles™ for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. This new product allows gamers to play the award-winning expansion to the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, without accessing Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network. The retail disc also includes the downloadable content, The Elder Scrolls® IV: Knights of the Nine™.

Released in March 2006 for Windows and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and in March 2007 for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Oblivion has already earned countless awards from publications around the world and won numerous Game of the Year and RPG of the Year awards. It has also recently achieved the status of both Xbox 360 Platinum Hit (North America) and Xbox 360 Classic (Europe). The Xbox 360 Platinum Hits and Classics programs allow existing gamers and new gamers alike to have access to great games at an amazing price.

Oblivion features a powerful combination of free-form gameplay, unprecedented graphics, cutting edge AI, character voices by acting legends Patrick Stewart, Sean Bean, Terrance Stamp, and Lynda Carter, and an award-winning soundtrack. Gamers can choose to unravel Oblivion's epic narrative at their own pace or explore the vast world in search of their own unique challenges.

With more than 30 hours of new gameplay, Shivering Isles allows you to explore an entirely new plane of Oblivion - the realm of Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. Shivering Isles features a bizarre landscape split between the two sides - Mania and Dementia -filled with vast, twisting dungeons mirroring the roots of the trees they are buried within. Sheogorath himself looks to you to be his champion and defend his realm and its inhabitants from destruction as you discover all new items, ingredients, spells, and much more.

Knights of the Nine features an all-new faction and quests for noble characters and answers many of the questions surrounding the Ayleid ruins found throughout Oblivion. Players can join a new faction and found their own order of holy knights - leading them into battle against a sorcerer-king and his demonic minions while exploring massive dungeons and searching for legendary relics - the holy armor and weapons of the Divine Crusader.

For more information on Oblivion, Shivering Isles, or The Elder Scrolls, visit

New York, NY - October 16, 2007 - Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is pleased to announce that Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis for the Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo is now available at North American retail stores for the suggested retail price of $39.99.

Developed by Rockstar Leeds in collaboration with Rockstar San Diego, Table Tennis utilizes the Wii's motion-sensitive Wii Remote™ to offer a frenetic and intense experience. GamePro Magazine said, "There is so much depth and skill involved in Table Tennis on the Wii that this version stands up to any tennis game out on any system, period."
Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis for the Wii is rated "E" for Everyone. The title will reach European retail shelves on October 19th, 2007.