List of Mary-Kate and Ashley video games

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Magical Mystery Mall.jpg
PAL version cover art for Magical Mystery Mall
Developers Dualstar Interactive
Publishers Club Acclaim
Platforms Game Boy Color, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, PC
First release The New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley
December 1999
Latest release Mary-Kate and Ashley: Sweet 16 - Licensed to Drive
2002

The Mary-Kate and Ashley games are a series of video games released between 1999 and 2002 that feature Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in various scenarios such as trying to solve crimes, caring for horses, or freeing a shopping mall from a curse.[1] The games were released by Acclaim Entertainment on several different game systems such as the Game Boy Color and first PlayStation console.[2]

In 2004, the Olsens filed a suit against Acclaim Entertainment over claims that the company had not paid them a settlement of about $178,000, which was from an earlier case concerning royalties that had not been paid towards the Olsens.[3]

Video games[edit]

  • The New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley (1999, Game Boy Color)
  • Dance Party of the Century (1999, PC)
  • Get a Clue (2000, Game Boy Color)
  • Magical Mystery Mall (2000, PlayStation)
  • Pocket Planner (2000, Game Boy Color)
  • Winner's Circle (2001, PlayStation, Game Boy Color)
  • Crush Course (2001, PlayStation, PC, Game Boy Color)[4]
  • Mary-Kate and Ashley: Sweet 16 - Licensed to Drive (2002, Game Boy Advance, GameCube, PlayStation 2)

Reception[edit]

Reception for the games have been mixed,[5] with the 1999 Game Boy Color game The New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley receiving a score of 6/10 from IGN while the 2000 Magical Mystery Mall received one of 4/10.[6][7] In contrast, the Telegraph praised the Pocket Planner as being "quite clever".[8]

The series has been criticized for "[reinforcing] gender stereotypes and [presenting a] restrictive views of gender differences."[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Klaffke, Pamela (2003). Spree: A Cultural History of Shopping. Arsenal Pulp Press. pp. 146–148. ISBN 1551521431. 
  2. ^ "Game firms take aim at girls market". Toronto Star. Jun 1, 2000. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Olsen twins sue Acclaim over video game royalties". USA Today. 27 April 2004. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mary-Kate & Ashley: Crush Course". IGN. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mary-Kate & Ashley: Get a Clue! Review". IGN. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "The New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley Review". IGN. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mary-Kate & Ashley's Magical Mystery Mall". IGN. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Mary-Kate & Ashley Pocket Planner". London: Telegraph. 15 March 2001. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "GAMING BELOW THE RADAR Games of a Fairer Sex". Escapist Magazine. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Mitchell, Claudia A. (2007). Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood. p. 101. ISBN 0313339090.