The Smurfs 2

Columbia Pictures is releasing The Smurfs 2 on July 31st, and in the same month those diminutive blue creatures are headed to the video game world. The title will be released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, the Wii, and the Nintendo DS.

The Smurfs 2 is an adventure platformer in which players relive moments and immerse themselves in environments which were featured in the movie. Locations in the game include stops at New York City and Paris, as well as new worlds such as the Arctic Tundra and the Lava Jungle.  The DS version differs from the other consoles, as it is a collection of mini-games.

Gamers can either play solo or multiplayer mode with up to four users playing simultaneously.

The big video game news, however, is the interesting addition that is exclusive to the Nintendo Wii U.  Owners of the console get an extra bonus, as a fifth player can be added by controlling Clockwork Smurf on the Wii U GamePad.

Featuring over 30 levels, players can choose among nine Smurfs that were featured in the movie (Papa Smurf and Grouch Smurf are among the playable characters).

“By collaborating with Sony Pictures on the iconic Smurfs license again we are able to extend the experience from film to immersive gameplay,” said Ubisoft worldwide licensing VP Christian Salomon. “The family friendly The Smurfs 2 video game will allow players of all ages to continue the fun and revel in new adventures.”

Sony and Ubisoft previously collaborated on the 2011 title The Smurfs Dance Party.

Smurfs 2 (Sony Pictures Animation)As for the actual movie, expect another exceptional box-office return.  The first film took in $560 million worldwide!!

Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays reprise their live action roles for the sequel, and voice actors Katy Perry and Hank Azaria return as Smurfette and Gargamel, respectively.

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