Naruto for the Nintendo DS

Jan 3rd 2007
NARUTO FOR THE NINTENDO DS™ - BELIEVE IT!

TOMY AND D3PUBLISHER OF AMERICA ANNOUNCE THE UPCOMING RELEASE OF NARUTO™: NINJA COUNCIL™ 3 FOR THE NINTENDO DS™





LOS ANGELES – Jan. 3, 2007 – Nintendo DS™ owners will finally have a NARUTO game to call their own. TOMY Corporation and D3Publisher of America, Inc. (D3PA) today announced the upcoming release of NARUTO: Ninja Council 3 for the Nintendo DS™. Anticipated to ship in Spring 2007, NARUTO: Ninja Council 3 is based on episodes from Viz Media's hit anime series SHONEN JUMP NARUTO and will feature mission-based gameplay for up to four players. The ninja action game utilizes an interchangeable attack system allowing players to combine attack techniques from all available characters in the mission to increase their chance of success.



“In 2006, NARUTO was a significant brand for TOMY and our expectation for 2007 is that we will continue to grow the brand with NARUTO: Ninja Council 3 and other titles for Nintendo systems,” said Mark Shinohara, executive vice president, TOMY Corporation. “TOMY is very proud to bring the action, characters and story of NARUTO to the Nintendo DS.”



“The new interchangeable attack system and the ability to choose from over 20 playable characters are a first in hand-held NARUTO games,” said Careen Yapp, vice president of licensing and business development, D3PA. “We feel very strongly that this game will appeal to both the fans of NARUTO and DS gamers that enjoy action games.”



Using the new interchangeable attack system, players select a main character to complete the mission and then customize their attack scheme by selecting special techniques from other available characters – increasing their chance of success by combining the best techniques for the mission. Players can activate special attacks using the Nintendo DS stylus on the touch screen or by blowing into the microphone.



Just like a true ninja, in NARUTO: Ninja Council 3, players will have to protect, defend or defeat as they train hard to perfect their skills in order to progress through the ranks in over 40 missions ranging in difficulty from moderate to challenging. Up to four players (wireless) can choose from over 20 different characters with four different playing modes including Timed Mode, Scroll Collection Mode and Head-to-Head Versus Mode.



About TOMY Corporation

TOMY Corporation is a subsidiary of Tomy Company, Ltd., with headquarters in Tokyo. The Consumer Software Division's mission is to develop and publish game titles for the North American marketplace, based on both licensed and original intellectual properties. TOMY currently publishes for the Nintendo GameCube™, Game Boy® Advance, and Nintendo DS™. TOMY also develops and manufactures a portfolio of toys and games including: Thomas and Friends™, Constructables and Gearation brand toys and games. Information on TOMY and TOMY products can be found at http://www.Tomy.com/tc/.



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. (Sho-Pro 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 manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, 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 at www.VIZ.com.



About D3Publisher of America, Inc

D3Publisher of America, Inc. is a subsidiary of D3, Inc. with headquarters in Tokyo. D3Publisher of America's strategic focus is on licensed and original titles from leading third-party developers that appeal to mass-market consumers or gaming enthusiasts. Based in Los Angeles, D3Publisher of America distributes and publishes software for personal computers and the major console platforms including Game Boy® Advance, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DSÔ, PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP™ portable entertainment system and the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft. For additional information on D3Publisher of America and its products, visit the website at http://www.d3publisher.us

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