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Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana Ships for the PlayStation®2

Popular Role-playing Series from Gust Comes to the US for the First Time

Anaheim, Calif. (June 29, 2005) - Strategy role playing game publisher NIS America Inc. announced today it has shipped Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system in North America. Atelier Iris is the first title to come to the US from the very popular strategy RPG series from Japanese developer, Gust Co. LTD. The Atelier series was first launched in Japan on the PlayStation in 1997.

Atelier Iris is a strategy RPG like none other currently on the PlayStation®2. In Atelier Iris, players create their own items and weapons, each with unique powers, appearances, and abilities. Players take the role of a young alchemist named Klein Kiesling, who must travel the world of Regallzine to unlock the hidden secrets of alchemy.

Atelier Iris has already garnered high praise from several top gaming magazines including Game Informer, who said, "If there are any RPG fans out there who haven't yet discovered the magic of Nippon Ichi, then this is the title that will make them take notice." Electronic Gaming Monthly was equally enthusiastic, calling Atelier Iris "a potent concoction that should appeal to any RPG fan."

Features of Atelier Iris include:

  • Customize your weapons and items with the help of spirits called 'Mana.'
  • Beautifully hand drawn 2D backgrounds combine with detailed character animation.
  • Over 300 creatable items.
  • Action controls allow players to run, jump, and attack like in an action game.

About Gust Co, LTD.

Gust Co., LTD. (Gust) was established on October 1st, 1993 in Nagano, Japan as an entertainment software developer. Gust is well known for developing the popular Atelier series, as well as for being the very first video game publisher in Nagano, Japan. Gust strives to create sensible new games that continually advance gaming technology to fulfill the dreams and expectations of their fans around the world.

About NIS America, Inc.

NIS America, Inc. (NIS America) subsidiary of Nippon Ichi Software, Inc. of Japan (Nippon Ichi Software), established its North American operations on December 24, 2003. Based in Anaheim, California, NIS America, Inc. is a game software publisher that localizes, markets, and publishes Nippon Ichi Software titles among others. Some of NIS' most popular titles include LaPucelle: Tactics, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, and Phantom Brave for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.

Nippon Ichi Software was founded in 1994 in Gifu, Japan, as an entertainment software company. Since then Nippon Ichi Software has grown into an international company focused on creating innovative video game products.

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