The kids from Spellbound can and will kick your a**

They will. I’m serious. I’m also serious about bringing you the most up to date in spelling technology.

The most recent Scripps Spelling Bee winner (that’s the big, important one) was Katharine Close from Asbury Park, NJ, who won by correctly spelling “Ursprache”, which is German for “will die a virgin.” And if you rush out to buy Crave Entertainment’s new title, Spelling Challenges and More!, so will you.

In their defense, at least the PR department is honest:

“Movies like Akeelah and the Bee, Bee Season and Spellbound have made spelling bees and word games hot,” said Doug Panter, director of brand marketing for Crave Entertainment. “Presenting these games in an entertaining, interactive format on videogame consoles is a great way to get the whole family invovled in a fun activity and actually learn something, too.”

Tell me, Katharine, how does one say “cash in” auf Deutsch?

With Brain Age having swept the nation, it’s no surprise that more educational games are being produced. But can it compete with Ys? At $19.99, in a market where anything to keep parents from teaching their own kids how to read basically sells itself … maybe. Who knows?

Spelling Challenges and More! will be availble this summer for the DS and PSP. Unfortunately, no etymological art or screenshots are availble yet.

Full press release after the jump. 

Ready, Set, Spell!

Crave Entertainment brings spelling fun to the PSP(R) system and Nintendo DS(tm)

Newport Beach, CA – Apr 03, 2007 – Crave Entertainment, a leading publisher of console videogames for the casual gamer, today announced they will publish Spelling Challenges and More!, a new family game for the PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system and for the Nintendo DS(tm) handheld system. Based on the growing enthusiasm for spelling bees and brain games, Spelling Challenges and More! offers fun for the whole family in an engaging game show format.

“Movies like Akeelah and the Bee, Bee Season and Spellbound have made spelling bees and word games hot,” said Doug Panter, director of brand marketing for Crave Entertainment. “Presenting these games in an entertaining, interactive format on videogame consoles is a great way to get the whole family involved in a fun activity and actually learn something, too.”

In the Spelling Challenge game show mode, your host Mr. Niceguy introduces the game and awards dollars and prizes for correct answers. In addition to Spelling Challenge there are a plethora of word games to test your skills and improve your brain, with opportunities to acquire bonuses by going for broke. The words will increase in difficulty as you progress. With over 25,000 words to spell and 100 difficulty levels, Spelling Challenges and More! offers something for the whole family.

Spelling Challenges and More! is expected to be available in Summer 2007 for a suggested retail price of $19.99.

About Crave Entertainment

Based in Newport Beach, California, Crave Entertainment is a subsidiary of Handleman Company. Crave, a publisher of videogame entertainment products, creates games for the major console platforms including PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system, Nintendo DS(tm), Game Boy(R) Advance, Nintendo GameCube(tm), Wii(tm), the PlayStation(R) game console, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft and the Xbox 360(tm) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. For more information about Crave Entertainment, please visit www.cravegames.com.

Joseph Leray