The Blue Dragon Role Playing Card Game Evolves with the Release of Destinies Unite

Mar 26th 2009
New Booster Set Introduces Union Cards and All-New Shadows for the EARTH and WATER Attributes

EL SEGUNDO, CA (March 26, 2009) – The new game kids are raving about is about to get even better with the March 31st release of the new Blue Dragon Role Playing Card Game™ (RPCG) Destinies Unite booster set from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KDE). This set introduces all-new Shadow, Partner, Command and Skill Cards to dominate the competition. The addition of innovative Union Cards is sure to bring game play to a whole new level.

Union Cards allow Partners to band together to attack and defend like never before. Together, their effects are powerful and can make all the difference in the outcome of a battle. The set also includes brand new EARTH and WATER Shadows that enhance game play by allowing players to execute new battle strategies within the EARTH and WATER Attributes. The Destinies Unite booster set includes 100 cards in total with three levels of rarities that enhance collectability. The set is broken down into 10-card packs, which include nine playable cards and one tip card, with an MSRP of $3.49.

KDE released two distinctive Blue Dragon RPCG Starter Decks last year –featuring a unique world with elements of magic and powers derived from mythical creatures known as Shadows and allies known as Partners. The object of the Blue Dragon RPCG is to use your cards to gain valuable Experience Points (EXP), progressively level up Shadows and bring an opponent from 20 Life Points (LP) down to 0 to win the game.

“The Blue Dragon RPCG is easy to pick up and play, with a depth of strategy that will appeal to gamers of any age,” said Diane Hansen, Marketing Manager for KDE. “The overall response to the game has been very positive. Players are looking forward to Destinies Unite and the strategic game play options it will allow.”

The Blue Dragon RPCG is recommended for ages six and up and is based on the Blue Dragon Xbox 360® video game created by famed developer Hironobu Sakaguchi. The game features character designs by Akira Toriyama, the creator of the best-selling Dragon Ball manga series (published in North America by Viz Media and featured in SHONEN JUMP Magazine). Viz Media is the master North American licensor for the television, home video and non-video game merchandising rights for BLUE DRAGON and granted the licensing rights for trading card games to KDE in June of 2008. For more information on the Blue Dragon brand visit http://bluedragon.viz.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 (graphic novel) 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, the UK, Ireland, and South Africa and is 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, 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 Konami
Konami is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties and traditional trading card games. Konami's software titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid®, Silent Hill®, Dance Dance Revolution® and Castlevania®, among other top sellers. Konami is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 18 billion cards worldwide. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.Konami.com. Konami Corporation is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami Corporation is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami can be found at www.Konami.com.

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