Namco Bandai's Popular Ninja Acquires PlayStation 2 System Greatest Hits Status with Naruto: Ultimate Ninja



Intense Ninja Combat Based on Hit Anime Series Comes at a Value Price

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (February 22, 2007) – Leading video games
publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today that
its popular ninja fighting game, "NARUTO(TM): Ultimate Ninja(TM)," has
been inducted into Sony Computer Entertainment America's Greatest
Hits program for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system. Based
on the hit anime series SHONEN JUMP NARUTO(TM), from VIZ Media,
"NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja" provides an intense fighting experience that will
test any gamer's chakra and has aspiring ninja compete to become Hokage,
the greatest warrior of all. "NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja" joins the
rankings of other highly esteemed titles to deliver an exceptional game at a
great value. Rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB, the game will be relaunched
in March 2007 with new packaging and a suggested retail price of

"We are very pleased with the overwhelming success 'NARUTO: Ultimate
Ninja' has received and thrilled it has qualified for PlayStation 2
system's Greatest Hits program as it is a testament to the anime's
dedicated fan base and the game's broad consumer appeal," said Makoto
Iwai, Executive Vice President and COO, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
"The new price point will introduce a whole new audience to the undeniably
exciting ninjutsu action at a great value."

Developed by CyberConnect 2, "NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja" for the
PlayStation 2 system has grown to be a major hit throughout North America.
Featuring blazing single and multiplayer ninja battles that bring the
colorful series to life, "NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja" fans can play as their
favorite character with a variety of powerful secret techniques, special
ranged-weapon attacks and close-combat moves. Gamers can explore 12
multi-tiered stages taken from the anime and switch stage mid-combat to gain
tactical advantage. Allowing players to follow their favorite
character's storyline, they can accomplish specific missions or battle it out
against a friend to become the ultimate Hokage -- the greatest ninja of

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 70 million copies sold 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 NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., is a leading interactive entertainment
software publisher and developer based in Santa Clara, CA. The company
is a part of the NAMCO BANDAI group of companies known for creating and
publishing many of the industry's top video game franchises including
the PAC-MAN(R), SOULCALIBUR(R), Naruto(TM) and Tekken(R) brands. For
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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. (ShoPro 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

Naruto (C) 2002 MASASHI KISHIMOTO Program (C) 2006 NAMCO BANDAI Games
Inc. Ultimate Ninja is a trademark of NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
"PlayStation" and "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony
Computer Entertainment Inc.

Press Release (C) 2007 NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

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