Viz Media Announces Naruto Shippuden Collectible Card Game Shonen Jump Championships

SJ Championship Tournaments Offer Exciting Experiences For New And Existing Players Beginning April 2010

Cypress, CA – March 5, 2010 – Bandai America Inc. (Bandai) and VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media) are pleased to announce the new NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Collectible Card Game (CCG) SHONEN JUMP Championship Tournaments in North America. There will be multiple tournaments held throughout the United States at select hobby retailers culminating in the National Championships to be held at the Gen Con Indy to take place in Indiana on August 7th and 8th.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN CCG, Bandai America's top selling collectible card game, is a game of strategy where players construct card decks of Ninja that use their powerful Jutsu to complete Missions and protect their villages. The NARUTO SHIPPUDEN CCG, currently has hundreds of tournaments held each week at local hobby retailers throughout the United States.

SHONEN JUMP Championship Tournaments will be accessible to NARUTO fans, beginners and experienced CCG players. Experienced players will test their skills against other players in the SHONEN JUMP Championship Tournaments to win special prizes. New players may redeem special coupons found in SHONEN JUMP magazine and receive a free NARUTO SHIPPUDEN CCG demo kit. Bandai volunteers will also be on location to teach new players how to play. NARUTO fans will have the opportunity to receive special SHONEN JUMP promo cards through special promotions and attendance at the tournaments. Finally, one lucky person will win an autographed promo card signed by Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of NARUTO.

SHONEN JUMP Championship Prizes:

* 1st Place: SHONEN JUMP Championship Trophy, PlayStation 3 Console, PSP handheld, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN CCG hobby booster box, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN CCG game mat, and a one year subscription to SHONEN JUMP magazine
* 2nd Place: IPod Touch 32GB personal music player, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN CCG hobby booster box, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN CCG game mat, and a one year subscription to SHONEN JUMP magazine
* 3rd – 4th Place: PSP Console, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN CCG hobby booster box, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN CCG game mat, and a one year subscription to SHONEN JUMP magazine
* 5th – 8th Place: NARUTO SHIPPUDEN CCG hobby booster box, NARUTO CCG game mat
* 9th – 16th Place: 12 NARUTO SHIPPUDEN CCG booster packs
* 17th – 32nd Place: 6 NARUTO SHIPPUDEN CCG booster packs
* 33rd – 64th Place: 3 NARUTO SHIPPUDEN CCG booster packs

For the most up to date information on the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN CCG and to see the official rules, SHONEN JUMP Championship Tournaments or Bandai America Inc., please visit www.bandaicg.com/shonenjump or naruto.viz.com/sjtourney.

For more information on NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN please visit www.NARUTO.com

About Bandai America Incorporated

A leader in introducing Japanese toy trends to the United States, Bandai America Incorporated is a subsidiary of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings (USA) Inc., an entity that resulted from the integration of Namco Ltd. and Bandai Co. Ltd. of Japan. Global interests encompass four strategic business units: toys and hobby, amusement facilities, game contents & visual and music content. Bandai America Incorporated is the manufacturer and licensee of some of the most popular brands in entertainment today, including Naruto™, Ben 10™, and Dragon Ball Z®. The company is headquartered in Cypress, California and information is available at www.Bandai.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-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including the popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment 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 website at www.VIZ.com.


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