Yu Yu Hakusho on Game Boy Advance

Dec 2nd 2003
BEVERLY, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 2, 2003-- Adding to its library of successful anime properties, Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR - News) today announced the release of Yū Yū Hakusho: Spirit Detective(TM) for the Game Boy® Advance. From the licensors of Dragon Ball® and Dragon Ball Z®, Yū Yū Hakusho: Spirit Detective(TM) is based on one of the top-rated TV series for males 9-14 and can be viewed on the Cartoon Network.

The Yū Yū Hakusho(TM) franchise has already established itself as a hit in Japan, with approximately $273 million in life-to-date video game retail sales. According to Japanese magazine Brutus, the series is the sixth-best anime of all time. In addition to the animated series, the brand is supported in the U.S. by home video, as well as licensees in trading cards, action figures, apparel, and more.

"We are thrilled to be the first publisher to bring the Yū Yū Hakusho(TM) franchise to gamers in the United States," said Nancy MacIntyre, vice president of marketing for Atari. "The popularity of the Yū Yū Hakusho(TM) series and FUNimation's dedication to delivering quality licenses made it a logical follow-up to our Dragon Ball Z® catalog of games."

Developed by Sensory Sweep Studios and Screaming Games, Yū Yū Hakusho: Spirit Detective(TM) tells the saga of Yusuke Urameshi and his struggle for redemption as he battles evil in both the universe of the living and the spirit world. In Spirit Detective, players guide Yusuke through exciting adventures taken directly from the popular series, chronicling approximately the first third of the hero's 112-episode animated journey.

Players can assume the role of six major characters from the show including Yusuke, Kuwabara, Kurama, Hiei, Botan and Kayko. Additionally, the game includes the major enemies from the television series' Spirit Detective Saga and offers more than 20 levels of gameplay. Beautiful artwork, real-time battles, several special attacks and a creative storyline will deliver the experience that Yū Yū Hakusho(TM) fans crave.

Rated 'T' for Teen, Yū Yū Hakusho: Spirit Detective(TM) for the Game Boy Advance is currently available for a suggested retail price of $29.99. For additional information on the Yū Yū Hakusho(TM) game, visit www.atari.com.

About FUNimation

Focusing on providing the best in high-quality entertainment properties, FUNimation Productions, LTD. is a full-service brand management company with in-house production, licensing, Internet, marketing, and home video sales and distribution divisions. In addition to Yu Yu Haskusho, the company manages brands such as the international phenomenon Dragon Ball Z®; Dragon Ball®, now airing on Cartoon Network's Toonami block; Dragon Ball GT®, the highly anticipated sequel to Dragon Ball Z that is now showing on Cartoon Network; Blue Gender(TM), a true sci-fi anime airing on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim; movies for Lupin the 3rd(TM), one of the longest running anime classics; Fruits Basket(TM), based on the top-selling comic book in Japan; recently announced mega-hit known in Japan as Detective Conan; and fan favorites like Kiddy Grade, Tenchi Muyo GXP and Sakura Taisen. For more information on FUNimation or any of its properties, contact Jeff Dronen at 817-788-0627, ext. 251 or jeff.dronen@funimation.com.

About Atari

New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR - News) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre-defining games such as Driver(TM), Enter the Matrix(TM), Neverwinter Nights(TM), Stuntman(TM), Test Drive®, Unreal® Tournament 2003, and Unreal® Championship; and mass-market and children's games such as Backyard Sports(TM), Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM) and Dora the Explorer(TM), Civilization®, Dragon Ball Z® and RollerCoaster Tycoon®. Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext 5257), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit www.atari.com.

(C) 2003 YOSHIHIRO TOGASHI/SHUEISHA -- FUJI TV -- PIERROT. Licensed by FUNimation® Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
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