Friday, January 05, 2018

Andamiro USA Unveils 'SpongeBob Soccer Stars' Arcade Game

GARDENA, CA -- Andamiro USA has unveiled SpongeBob Soccer Stars, the company's latest application of modern technology to classic arcade-game play!


Andamiro USA president, sales Drew Maniscalco explained that the new single-player game incorporates the same lever-driven ball launching system as is used in Andamiro's Baseball Pro series. The apparatus was inspired by the mechanical pitch-and-bat arcade games popular in the 1950s.

"With Baseball Pro, it's the bat," Maniscalco reported. "In our soccer application, it's SpongeBob kicking the ball." He added that the baseball machines have proven their popularity and reliability over more than a year of service, and the company expects equally dependable performance from SpongeBob Soccer Stars.

Gameplay is simple, intuitive and designed to appeal to all ages. The player is invited to assume the role of Nickelodeon's incurably optimistic sea sponge, SpongeBob, pulling the lever back and timing its release as the ball rolls down the delivery track.

"With SpongeBob as the offensive kicker, or attacking player, it made sense for Andamiro's designers to put Squidward in the goal, and the ill-tempered Bikini Bottom inhabitant's six arms make for a great goalie," the Andamiro executive said.

The object of the game is to score as many goals as possible in a given time. Players who score 15 goals win the big bonus. A scoreboard displays goals, time and tickets won; a second display on the playfield keeps track of bonus data.

The SpongeBob Soccer cabinet measures 34 ins. wide, 40.2 inches deep and 90.1 inches high. The game supports coin, banknote and swipe-card payment systems as well as ticket dispensers. Nickelodeon-approved voices complement the sound package, and the iconic SpongeBob SquarePants theme is carried through in the colorful cabinet design.

SpongeBob Soccer Stars is Andamiro's third amusement machine title adapted from Nickelodeon's hit animated TV series SpongeBob SquarePants, and the factory's fourth Nickelodeon license. As of 2015, the TV franchise has made $12 billion in merchandising revenue.

About SpongeBob SquarePants

Since its launch in July 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has emerged as a pop culture phenomenon. The series has been the most-watched animated program with kids 2-11 for more than 15 consecutive years, and over the past several years, it has averaged more than 100,000,000 total viewers every quarter across all Nickelodeon networks. SpongeBob SquarePants is the most widely distributed property in Viacom International Media Networks history, seen in more than 208 countries and territories and translated in 55+ languages. The Paramount Pictures feature film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water premiered Feb. 6, 2015, landing at #1 opening weekend. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimistic and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends.

SpongeBob SquarePants is executive produced by creator Stephen Hillenburg, who previously worked as a writer, director and creative director on Nickelodeon's animated series Rocko's Modern Life. Hillenburg graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a master's degree in experimental animation and his undergraduate degree, from Humboldt State University, was in natural science with an emphasis in marine biology. Hillenburg executive produced his first feature film, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which debuted Nov. 19, 2004 and his second theatrical, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, hit theaters Feb. 6, 2015. A third theatrical film is planned. The series is produced at Nickelodeon in Burbank.

About Andamiro USA Corp.

Andamiro USA Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Andamiro Entertainment, a Korean game manufacturer founded in 1992. Andamiro designs and produces ticket redemption amusements, prize merchandisers and sports games, along with the Pump It Up dance simulator line. Andamiro opened its U.S. office in 2000 in southern California. It has since brought to market dozens of high-earning arcade titles that operate in a wide variety of entertainment destinations. Despicable Me Jelly Lab, SpongeBob Pineapple Arcade, SpongeBob Order Up, Paw Patrol, NFLPA Super Star Football Coins, Baseball Pro and S Cube are among its games.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 38th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA,VIAB).

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