Rock Band Special Edition Bundle Now Available for PLAYSTATION2 and Wii Starting at $99

MTV Games and Harmonix Give Fans an Early Holiday Present With New Pricing for the #1 Best-Selling Title of 2008(1) Making It Even Easier to Start a Band and Rock the World This Holiday Season

Just in time for the holidays, Harmonix, the world’s leading developer of music-based games, MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks, and distribution partner Electronic Arts announced that the original Rock Band Special Edition Bundle is available for the PLAYSTATION(R)2 computer entertainment system and Wii(TM) starting at $99.99. The Rock Band Special Edition Bundle is also available for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system and starting at $139.99.

A must-have gift for any music or game fan, Rock Band is an all-new way for people to connect with the music they love in a social, interactive environment. The Rock Band Special Edition Bundle gives families and friends everything they need to start their own band — a microphone, Fender Stratocaster-modeled guitar controller and drum controller. Rock Band features an awe-inspiring line up of the most-loved rock music of all time — from classic rock and alternative to southern rock and metal including artists such as Rolling Stones, Metallica, The Police, The Clash, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and More.

Rock Band is the #1 title of 2008 year to date(2) by revenue according to NPD. Rock Band has garnered over 40 awards including the Game Critics Award: Best of Show E3 2007 and three awards at The 11th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards including Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, Family Game of the Year, and Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack.

Rock Band is rated “T” for Teen (lyrics, mild suggestive themes) by the ESRB.

Rock Band(R) 2, is also now available on the Xbox 360 the PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system, and will be available soon on the PLAYSTATION 2 computer entertainment system and the Wii. Rock Band Special Edition Bundle instruments are fully compatible with Rock Band 2. In addition, 55 of the 58 songs from the original Rock Band game disc are exportable into consumers Rock Band 2 song library.(3)

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(1) Rock Band 1 (across all platforms – Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 and Wii) is the #1 title of 2008 year to date by revenue according The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service, Jan. 2008 – Oct. 2008.

(2) according The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service, Jan. 2008 – Oct. 2008

(3) Online connection and title update download required. Owners of the original Rock Band will be able to export 55 of the 58 tracks from the original Rock Band disc for play in Rock Band 2 on the PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360. The following Rock Band disc tracks will not be available for export into Rock Band 2: * “Paranoid” as made famous by Black Sabbath, * “Run to the Hills” as made famous by Iron Maiden, and “Enter Sandman” by Metallica. (* Indicates a cover song, all other songs are original master recordings.) Nominal fee of $4.99 (400 Microsoft Points) required for export of Rock Band 1 soundtrack to compensate music licensors for expanded use.

Source: MTV

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