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Aruze taps Namco to distribute titles in America

Mr Do! and Mr Do's Castle first mobile games to appear

Japanese publisher Aruze has announced that its mobile titles are set to be distributed exclusively in North America by Namco Networks, in a deal which will also see Namco doing the localisation work on the games.

Aruze is the license holder for a number of arcade titles originally published by Universal, and it's two of those games - Mr Do! and Mr Do's Castle - which will be the first games to be published by Namco Networks under this new arrangement.

The games, which will launch on various carriers in North America in summer 2007, were immensely popular as arcade titles. No plans for further titles have yet been announced, but Aruze does hold the license to other Universal arcade games.

"Partnering with Aruze further expands our popular catalog of arcade classics, meeting the ever-increasing consumer demand for fun, casual content," according to Namco Networks boss Kenji Hisatsune. "Mr. Do! and other Aruze games were very popular in the 80s arcades and we believe this popularity will continue on the mobile platform."

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