SANTA CLARA, CA - April 11, 2007 - Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., announced today that the popular animated TV series SHONEN JUMP NARUTO, from VIZ Media, will invade the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system for the first time in NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja Heroes. Available late summer 2007, the latest edition of the series will offer a furious fighting game experience with up to 3-on-3 team-based gameplay, intense single-player action, and a wireless multiplayer versus mode for up to two users, all within the Naruto universe. With eight interactive stages and 20 playable characters to choose from, gamers can take the battle outside the perimeters of the home to become the ultimate Hokage.
"We are thrilled to be bringing the unique NARUTO style of fighting exclusively to the PSP system," said Makoto Iwai, Senior Vice President and COO, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. "Fans of both the show and franchise will be able to create and play as their favorite ninja dream team, and we are excited about introducing the NARUTO brand to a whole new batch of gamers."
Developed by CyberConnect2 exclusively for the U.S. and Europe, NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja Heroes is the highly anticipated fighting game that gives gamers the ability to sharpen their ninja skills with intense single and multiplayer team-based fighting. In a new addition to the franchise, gamers will also have the ability to create and customize their own ninja dream squads to battle opponents or trade players' profiles via wireless connectivity. To further maximize the character power-up feature, players can form different team combinations to awaken hidden skills that lie within each group. Depending on the combinations, special team-based skills can be unleashed. Gamers can also earn power-up points toward upgrading each character's attack, defense, chakra, speed, and even special abilities.
NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja Heroes boasts the following features: - First 3-on-3 Naruto team-based gameplay - Players can fight alone or form their favorite Naruto ninja dream team with up to three characters. Form squad combinations from the show or create an original team to unleash special skills. - Ad hoc multiplayer - Engage in intense wireless battles anywhere and anytime via the PSP system's ad hoc capability. Power up squad members and battle against a friend's team. - Game sharing - Play against a friend using a single UMD. - Upgradeable characters - Level up your ninja rank that appears in the player's profile by completing different classes of missions using your favorite character.
For more information on NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja Heroes, visit www.namcobandaigames.com
About VIZ Media, LLC Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga publishing, animation, and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English-speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, and audio soundtracks, and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement, and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; phone (415) 546-7073; fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.
About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. is a leading interactive entertainment software publisher and developer based in Santa Clara, CA. The company is a part of the NAMCO BANDAI group of companies known for creating and publishing many of the industry's top video game franchises, including the PAC-MAN, SOUL CALIBUR, Naruto and Tekken brands. For more information about NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., and our products, log onto www.namcobandaigames.com/.
NARUTO 2002 MASASHI KISHIMOTO. Program 2004-2007 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. Ultimate Ninja Heroes is a trademark of NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. "PlayStation," "PS" Family logo, and "PSP" are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Memory Stick Duo may be required (sold separately). Press Release 2007 NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
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