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Naruto Build-A-Ninja Sweepstakes!

Any good Naruto fan worth his head protector knows that on March 7th, the first two Naruto videogames are coming out in the states: the Gamecube fighting extravaganza Naruto: Clash of Ninja and the GameBoy Advance actioner Naruto: Ninja Council!

Wanna win these games for free? Well, Anime News Network, D3 Publisher and TOMY are about to give you a fighting chance; welcome to the NARUTO: BUILD-A-NINJA SWEEPSTAKES!

The rules are simple: create your own totally original ninja that you'd like to see in the Naruto world. Specify what your ninja looks like, what their techniques and specialties are, what village they hail from and what their personal history is. You have to draw your ninja and submit the artwork. Stellar art skills are not required but will net you bonus points.

Confused? Here's a basic sample to give you an idea of what to submit:

Obviously the drawing there is too simple, but the more elaborate, creative and unique your ideas are, the bigger your chances of winning become. Feel free to get as ridiculously elaborate with the details as you like; the more techniques, the more information, the better. The grand prize winner will, ideally, combine skilled art and a unique, well-executed concept. Copying known techniques from the show or blatantly lifting ideas from other sources will result in an instant disqualification.

What do you win? Well, thanks to D3 Publisher, TOMY and Viz Media, the grand prize winner will snag the following swag:
(1) copy of Naruto: Clash of Ninja for Nintendo Gamecube
(1) copy of Naruto: Ninja Council for GameBoy Advance
(1) copy of Naruto vol. 1, Enter: Naruto on DVD
(1) Naruto tee-shirt
(1) Naruto manga volume

Four runners-up will receive the following:
(1) copy of Naruto: Clash of Ninja for Nintendo Gamecube
(1) copy of Naruto: Ninja Council for GameBoy Advance
(1) copy of Naruto vol. 1, Enter: Naruto on DVD

Submit your entries here (naruto at animenewsnetwork.com); the deadline for this contest is 12:01 AM PST on Friday, March 10th. Winners will be announced on March 13th at 12:00 PM PST. Remember, artwork is required. Just submitting your ninja idea isn't enough to win!

Fine Print: Anime News Network (ANN) reserves the right to cancel this contest at any time (in case the Zentradi invade the Earth or some other drastic thing like that happens). ANN reserves the right not to select a winner should no appropriate entries be received. All entries become the property of ANN. Contest is open to any and all residents of the planet Earth and neighbor parallel dimensions, however it is up to the entrant to verify that the stores listed above will ship to the entrant's home address. Contestant names, e-mail and mailing addresses will not be given out to any one and will be erased when the winners have been confirmed. Non-winners will not be contacted, spammed or harassed in any way. We reserve the right to retroactively add new rules when and how we see fit.

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