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Sega Unveils Jambo! Safari Animal Rescue for Wii and DS

by Jared Rosenberg - May 20, 2009, 11:04 am PDT
Total comments: 11 Source: Press Release

Sega's safari-themed arcade game returns in updated form.

Today, Sega announced that Jambo! Safari Animal Rescue will be arriving on the Wii and DS late this year. In 1999, Jambo! Safari was first released as an arcade title powered by the NAOMI arcade board, which is based on Dreamcast technology. Players will once again find themselves in the role of a safari park ranger who must rescue and care for animals, except this time with updated graphics and more depth than its arcade predecessor.

Taking place in the lush African Plains, Jambo! Safari will throw players into a free-roaming world filled with missions to tackle such as helping animals, taking photographs, and traveling in hot air balloons. Customization options will be available for the four selectable park rangers and the vehicles, such as the Land Rover Defender.

Each version of the game is being designed to harness the unique features of their respective system. Instead of using a lever to capture animals like in the arcade version, Wii owners will be able to lasso them by swinging the Wii Remote. The DS version will let players use the stylus to diagnose and treat the animals.

In addition, there will be multiplayer modes in the Wii version where friends can work together to complete missions or race ostriches.

In Europe, the game will be titled Ranger Adventure.

JOIN SEGA ON A JAMBO! SAFARI

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (May 20th, 2009) -- SEGA of America, Inc., and SEGA Europe Ltd., today announced Jambo! Safari Animal Rescue, an action packed African adventure exclusively for the Wii and Nintendo DS system. Hitting stores late in 2009, Jambo! Safari Animal Rescue takes the fun and excitement of the classic 1990's arcade title and reinvents it with modern graphics and deeper gameplay.

As with the original, the new Jambo! Safari allows you to play as one of four safari park rangers, but this time they are fully customizable. With the ultimate goal of becoming a fully qualified ranger, players must take on high speed challenges and exciting rescue missions across the rich and varied free-roaming landscapes of the African Plains. Using one of the four customizable vehicles, including the licensed Land Rover Defender 90 and 110, rangers will need to drive around and ensure the animals in their park are healthy and happy. Jambo! Safari Animal Rescue missions include rescuing animals in need, diagnosing and treating them before releasing them back to the wild, wildlife photography, sight seeing adventures and even hot air balloon rides!

In the Wii version of game, Jambo! Safari Animal Rescue (known as Ranger Adventure in Europe), players will immerse themselves in a true safari experience by swinging the Wii Remote like a lasso and using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to drive through the beautiful plains of Africa. Jambo! Safari Animal Rescue for Nintendo DS has been adapted to make full use of the stylus and dual screens while interacting and caring for the animals of the African Plains.

"Jambo! Safari Animal Rescue lends itself perfectly to the Nintendo platforms with motion sensitive controls and touch screen capabilities that translate all the action from the arcade into an expanded game universe", commented Sean Ratcliffe, V.P. of Marketing SEGA of America. "Jambo! Safari Animal Rescue is the perfect combination of education and fun as players collect animal fact informational cards during the course of the game which can teach children all about their favourite animals."

Alongside the single player adventure to become a ranger, Jambo! Safari Animal Rescue for Wii will also contain a co-op mode enabling players to share certain missions with a friend. Party games are also included which can be enjoyed by up to four people with a series of mini-games which include Ostrich Racing and Meerkat Madness among others.

Jambo! Safari Animal Rescue will be released for the Wii and the Nintendo DS system late in 2009.

Talkback

The arcade game is SO FREAKING AWESOME! A friend of mine had her birthday at Chuck E Cheese last weekend, and I played the crap out of this game in their arcade.  It's like Crazy Taxi on acid.

NinGurl69 *hugglesMay 20, 2009

I never would have guessed.  It's on my radar now.

JEFF CORWIN MARKETTING CAMPAIGN PRONTO

ZapMay 20, 2009

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...filled with missions to tackle such as helping animals, taking photographs, and traveling in hot air balloons. Customization options will be available for the four selectable park rangers and the vehicles...

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will also contain a co-op mode enabling you to share certain missions with a friend. The party games can be enjoyed by up to four people, so take your pick between Ostrich Racing, Meerkat Madness and more safari style fun.

Agreed with Jonny, I want this as well.

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modern graphics and deeper gameplay, suited to today's Nintendo consumers

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Jambo! Safari makes learning fun, whilst children are playing the game..

facepalm

NinGurl69 *hugglesMay 20, 2009

I missed that part.

There isn't a palm big enough.

broodwarsMay 20, 2009

In past months Sega's put out House of the Dead: Overkill; Madworld; and will be putting out The Conduit very soon.  I have no interest whatsoever in this, but Considering the past few months, I'm ok with them putting out a cheap casual game to raise revenue here.  But c'mon, get back to the business of making the internet fanboy-appealing expensive niche games that I love so much (Skies of Arcadia 2, anyone?  Valkyria Chronicles 2?) and cheap Sonic games everyone but Pro loves to dog !  ^_-

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...and cheap Sonic games everyone but Pro loves to dog !  ^_-

To be fair, I don't love to dog Sonic games. They just love to let me down.

Somehow the verb "dog" seems oddly appropriate for Sonic...

NinGurl69 *hugglesMay 20, 2009

Gamers let me down.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMay 20, 2009

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The arcade game is SO FREAKING AWESOME! A friend of mine had her birthday at Chuck E Cheese last weekend, and I played the crap out of this game in their arcade.  It's like Crazy Taxi on acid.

I never got to play the arcade version so this is a must for me.

vuduMay 21, 2009

I'm surprised no one has asked this yet--why is Jonny friends with a six year old??

NinGurl69 *hugglesMay 21, 2009

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I'm surprised no one has asked this yet--why is Jonny friends with a six year old??

She turned 23. It was a nostalgia party, and turned out to be a great idea!

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