Wizard101 Wins Prestigious NAPPA Honors Award
Plano, TX (Nov. 9, 2009) – Wizard101, a magic-themed Massively Multi-player Online game (MMO) for kids and families, was named an Honors Award winner in the 2009 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Children’s Products competition. Full results were announced November 1, 2009, in more than 40 regional parenting magazines across the country and online at Parenthood.com. This distinguished award recognizes Wizard101 as a standout among software & video games available for children today.
Now entering its 20th year, NAPPA is a well-known name in the world of children’s learning and entertainment. Parents, relatives and those who work with children rely on NAPPA’s recommendation of high-quality toys and products that provide “smart fun,” good design, and grow with children’s ever-expanding interests and skills.
“NAPPA-winning products meet the most stringent criteria and are judged by nationally recognized industry experts, educators, reviewers and advocates in their fields,” says NAPPA Manager Barbara Smith Decker. “NAPPA has set the industry standard of excellence for two decades and is a much sought-after award. When parents see the NAPPA Honors seal on winning products, they’re assured of a topnotch fun and learning experience for their children.”
NAPPA judge Alex Chisholm said of Wizard101: “This multi-player online adventure game encourages social activity and collaboration among players. While other online fantasy games may be too mature for some kids, Wizard101 hits a nice balance among fun, adventure and competition as players are summoned to help save Wizard City.”
Wizard101 players enter the magical world of Wizard City as student Wizards setting out to hone their Wizard skills, cast spells and summon powerful creatures to fight evil forces. The characters and worlds of Wizard101 are influenced by literature, history and pop culture, giving the game a depth and quality appreciated by families and players of all ages.
About the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA)
The National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) were created in 1990 to review children’s products. It has since expanded into two divisions:
• Children’s Products – Toys & Games; Music; DVDs; Books & Magazines; Storytelling & Spoken-Word Recordings; Software, Video Games and Web sites.
• Parenting Resources – How-to Books, DVDs and Websites; Pregnancy, Childbirth and Postpartum products; Baby Gear, and Accessories; Nutrition & Fitness; Health & Skin Care; Childproofing & Safety; Gadgets and Products that make parenting easier and more fun.
NAPPA is recognized for its service to parents, having won the Parenting Publications of America’s Gold Award for Editorial Excellence. NAPPA is a program administered by Dominion Parenting Media, a division of Dominion Enterprises, and promoted in association with parenting publications across the United States and on the Web at Parenthood.com.
About KingsIsle Entertainment, Inc.
KingsIsle Entertainment specializes in creating high quality massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) that provide entertainment for the entire family. The company’s experienced and creative team is raising the bar in online entertainment by offering products with rich storylines, friendly navigation, top-quality art and fully voiced characters. Founded in 2005, KingsIsle is headquartered in Plano, Texas, and has a development studio in Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit www.kingsisle.com.
KingsIsle and Wizard101 are trademarks or registered trademarks of KingsIsle Entertainment Inc.