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Bomberman explodes on to PSP™ and Xbox 360™!

Konami Digital Entertainment unleashes veteran gaming hero on new formats

Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has used the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles to take the wraps off two new iterations of the ever-popular Bomberman® series. Bomberman® will be released for PSPTM (PlayStation®Portable), with Bomberman Act: Zero bringing the series' explosive fun to Xbox 360.

Bomberman marks the debut of the bomb-toting hero on the PSP system with classic gameplay and a wealth of new handheld gaming twists. An ominous black shadow is creeping towards Bomberman's planet, and sudden attacks by a mysterious robot army have brain-washed the inhabitants of surrounding planets, creating mass chaos. Now Bomberman must embark on an intergalactic adventure to stop this evil menace and save his planet.

Bomberman brings a classic selection of characters and environments to life in full 3D with a variety of different play modes. 'Normal' mode offers single-player Bomberman adventures, complete with a new story and 100 levels and a new item stock system that allows for the collection and strategic use of items.

'Classic' mode is based on the original Bomberman gameplay and features over 50 different levels of explosive fun. Multi-player battle mode allows up to four players to fight for survival in a variety of highly customisable game types across 20 different stages via wireless ad hoc play. Similarly, game sharing lets up to four players battle together in timeless multiplayer party modes with just one UMD.

BOMBERMAN Act: Zero for the Xbox 360 redefines the series for the next generation with breathtaking high resolution graphics and all-new gameplay elements. Deep within an experimental underground facility in a bleak alternate future, humans are imprisoned as test subjects and trained to become deadly soldiers. Equipped with armoured battle suits, players must fight for survival and eliminate each other to determine who will become the final human weapon. As Bomberman, your objective is simple: destroy your opponents before they destroy you.

Players are challenged to survive through 99 stages as they try to escape this failing experiment and reach the surface. As they progress through the corridors of the facility, it will be a scramble for hidden items such as the program extension chip needed to strengthen their armour or other powerful ability enhancements. Up to eight players can battle for survival online in classic multiplayer action through Xbox Live® and earn points to become the ultimate weapon on the World Rankings. Online players can also customise their character from a wide variety of visual options, including gender, colour and armour type.

Both games can be seen on the Konami stand at E3, #800 in the South Hall. The show runs from May 10th-12th.

About KONAMI CORPORATION

KONAMI CORPORATION was established in 1973, and became a holding company on March 31, 2006. KONAMI CORPORATION covers the fields of "Digital Entertainment Business", "Health & Fitness Business" and "Gaming & System Business". KONAMI CORPORATION went public on Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1988, the Singapore Stock Exchange in 1997, the London Stock Exchange in 1999, and the New York Stock Exchange in 2002. Home Page URL: www.konami.co.jp. Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary, responsible for popular franchises like Metal Gear Solid®, Silent Hill® and Pro Evolution SoccerTM amongst other top sellers. For more information concerning Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH, please see www.konami-europe.com/games.

Bomberman will be released for PSPTM and Bomberman Act: Zero for Xbox 360 in autumn 2006. For more information, please contact Steve Merrett at Voltage PR on 020 7903 5122 or email steve@voltagepr.com.

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