Namco Bandai's Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 Emerges from the Shadows into Retail

Jun 13th 2007
Highly-Anticipated Ultimate Ninja Sequel Now Available in North America

SANTA CLARA, CA - June 12, 2007 - Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today that NARUTO(TM): Ultimate Ninja(TM) 2 has shipped to retail outlets across the country. Ninja training and heated combat returns with the highly-anticipated sequel to the popular NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja. Based on the hit anime series SHONEN JUMP(TM) NARUTO(TM), from VIZ Media, NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja 2 is available exclusively for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system.

"With more characters, environments, and unlockable features, NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja 2 ups the ante by providing players more of the intense, action-packed battles they have come to expect from the Ultimate Ninja series," said Makoto Iwai, Executive Vice President and COO, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. "Playing as their favorite characters, fans can unleash devastating secret techniques onto their opponents as they relive the excitement of the series."

In NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja 2, Naruto returns with relentless dedication towards becoming Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village. Fans will experience hours of intense combat with over 60 challenging missions to complete and the ability to play as one of over 30 popular ninja from the series, including Kakashi, Sasuke, Kisame, Itachi, and Tsunade. Participate in the series' most pivotal moments such as Naruto's showdown against Gaara, or unlock an original storyline in Ultimate Road mode. Customize characters' strength, chakra, and special abilities to unleash powerful attacks during head-to-head battles, and sharpen fighting techniques in Iruka's Training mode. Players will be able to unlock new characters, movies, music, and more as they rise in ranks on their quest to become the ultimate ninja.

Developed by CyberConnect2, NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja 2 is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and carries a suggested MSRP of $39.99.

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.

For more information on NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja 2 please visit http://NarutoUN2.namcobandaigames.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 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, 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 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 more information about NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. and our products, log onto www.namcobandaigames.com.

NARUTO (C) 2002 MASASHI KISHIMOTO Program (C) 2004-2007 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. Ultimate Ninja is a trademark of NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. NAMCO BANDAI Games logo is a trademark of NAMCO BANDAI. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.
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Press Release (C) 2007 NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

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