Namco Bandai Announces Naruto: Ultimate NInja 2

Jan 4th 2007
NAMCO BANDAI GAMES ANNOUNCES “NARUTO(TM): ULTIMATE NINJA(TM) 2”

Naruto and Friends Continue the Fight on PlayStation(R)2 System this
Summer 2007

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (January 4, 2007) – Leading video games
publisher and developer Namco Bandai Games America Inc. announced today that
NARUTO(TM): Ultimate Ninja(TM) 2,” the sequel to the critically
acclaimed and best-selling “NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja,” will be
available Summer 2007 exclusively for the PlayStation(R)2 computer
entertainment system. Based on the international anime sensation and hit TV series
NARUTO, from Viz Media, airing on Cartoon Network, this action fighter
features over 30 playable characters, as well as 16 unique stages and
the intense head-to-head anime-style fighting fans of the series know
and love. Gamers can play through pivotal storylines as well as unlock an
original plot in this follow up to last year's immensely popular
Ultimate Ninja.

“'NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja 2' delivers exactly what fans are
craving, intense head-to-head ninjutsu battles and story driven gameplay”
said Naruo Uchida, Namco Bandai Games America Inc.'s Vice President
of Bandai Localization. “The first title was a monstrous success and
the bar has been raised even higher for the second game. More playable
characters, game play modes, unlockable items and environments come
together for a NARUTO experience that transcends what the first
‘Ultimate Ninja’ had to offer.”

In “NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja 2” gamers can play through monumental
events in the NARUTO storyline all while earning points toward upgrading
their character's strength, defense, agility, chakra and special
abilities. Players can walk the path of NARUTO in the new all-new mode,
Ultimate Road that will allow them to play through all of the pivotal
events in the storyline, as well as unlock an original story, as more and
more pieces of the NARUTO saga unfold. More than 60 exciting missions
and seven challenging mini games will push potential ninja to their
limit. Players can take the role of Naruto, Sasake, Kakashi, Rock Lee, Gara,
Kiba and other favorites while taking on daunting tasks like battling
the sand ninja and working their way through the Chunin exam, the test
to move up in the ninja ranks. Ninja in training can perfect their
skills in Practice mode then put their training to the test against a friend
in the VS mode. With a vast amount of unlockable features such as
playable characters, movies, music, collectible cards and more NARUTO fans
will be busy for ages to come.

First introduced into the Weekly Shonen Jump Magazine in Japan in 1999,
NARUTO -- by revered creator Masashi Kishimoto -- quickly became
Japan's most popular ninja manga. In 2000, NARUTO was expanded into a
series of graphic novels with more than 66 million copies sold in total in
Japan. NARUTO consistently ranks as one of the most popular titles
serialized in Viz Media's SHONEN JUMP monthly manga anthology and one of
the top graphic novel titles (also published by Viz Media) in the United States. Viz Media was named the Master Licensor in February 2005,
obtaining the television, home video and merchandising rights to NARUTO for
North America and Latin America.

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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 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 web site at www.VIZ.com.

About Namco Bandai Games America Inc.
Namco Bandai Games America Inc. is an interactive entertainment
software publisher and developer based in Santa Clara, CA. The company is a
subsidiary of the newly formed NAMCO BANDAI Holdings (USA) Inc. based in
Cypress, CA.

On September 29, 2005, Bandai Co., Ltd. and NAMCO LIMITED implemented a
management integration to form NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc. This step was
taken to compete more effectively on the global stage in the
fast-changing entertainment industry and to deliver further growth.

The resulting BANDAI NAMCO Group is a global entertainment group
involved in business fields ranging from toys, amusement facilities, video
game software and visual software, to apparel, sundries and network
content.

As previous separate entities (Namco Hometek Inc. and Bandai Games
Inc.) the companies were each known for creating some of the industry's
top video game franchises including: Tamagotchi!(R), Tekken(R),
SOULCALIBUR(R), Dead to Rights(R), Pac-Man(R) World(TM), Digimon(R), Ridge
Racer(R), Time Crisis(R) and ACECOMBAT(R). For more information about NAMCO
BANDAI Games America Inc. and its products log onto
www.namcobandaigames.com.

Naruto (C) 2002 MASASHI KISHIMOTO Program (C) 2006 Namco Bandai Games.
Uzumaki Chronicles is a trademark of Namco Bandai Games America Inc.
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