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It's full throttle on PSP with MotoGP from Namco

Official licence of the MotoGP championship

For immediate release
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Multiplayer wheel-to-wheel action for up to eight players

E3, Los Angeles, May 10 2006 - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe [SCEE] is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of MotoGP developed exclusively for PSP (PlayStation®Portable).

From the same stable that developed the MotoGP series on PlayStation®2 and Ridge Racer on PSP, the expert team at Namco has developed this game specifically for PSP. This means that all the thrills and competition of MotoGP are combined with fast-paced arcade racing ideal for short bursts of handheld gaming.

This is the first time the MotoGP championship has appeared on PSP, allowing fans to race against their biking heroes, including Italian legend Valentino Rossi and Spanish veteran Sete Gibernau, on some of the most exciting circuits in motor sport.

MotoGP will let players experience one of the most exhilarating and competitive motor sports in the world - and gives them the chance to take on their friends in thrilling Wireless multiplayer races for up to eight players via Ad Hoc Mode. Key features include:

  • Single player thrills and up to eight-way competition via Wireless Ad Hoc Mode
  • The official licence of the MotoGP championship
  • Extensive range of game modes - compete for the championship in Season Mode, or test your mettle against the best in One on One Mode
  • Fast-paced arcade-style racing to excite MotoGP fans and anyone who relishes high-speed competition


Get ready for an intense racing experience with last-minute overtaking and death-defying cornering - all on two wheels with nothing between you and the ground!

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About PSP (PlayStation®Portable)
PSP (PlayStation®Portable) is a new handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio. With graphics rendering capability comparable to that of PlayStation®2, PSP features a 4.3 inch widescreen, high-resolution TFT display. The PSP system's storage medium - UMD (Universal Media Disc) - is a compact yet high-capacity (1.8GB) optical disc. With a wide range of accessories and connectivity options, including Memory Stick Duo, USB 2.0, IR port and Wireless (WLAN) functionality, PSP is the new entertainment platform from Sony Computer Entertainment.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PlayStation®2 and PSP (PlayStation®Portable) software and hardware in 104 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the platforms in these territories. Between its European debut on 24th November 2000 and the end of March 2006, over 38 million PlayStation®2 consoles have been shipped across the SCEE territories, over 103 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history.
Between its European debut on 1st September 2005 and the end of March 2006, over 5 million PSP systems have been shipped across the SCEE territories, with over 17 million shipped worldwide since its Japanese launch in December 2004.

More information about PlayStation products can be found at www.playstation.com and www.yourpsp.com or visit the Virtual Press Office at www.scee.presscentre.com.

PlayStation and the PlayStation logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. PSP and UMD (Universal Media Disc) are trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Namco Bandai Games Inc.

NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. is an interactive entertainment software publisher and developer with head offices in Tokyo, Japan.
On March 31, 2006, Bandai Co., Ltd. and NAMCO LIMITED implemented a management integration to form NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. This step was taken to compete more effectively on the global stage in the fast-changing entertainment industry and to deliver further growth.
The resulting NAMCO BANDAI Group is a global entertainment group involved in business fields ranging from toys, amusement facilities, video game software and visual software, to apparel, sundries and network content.
As previous separate entities (Namco Ltd. and Bandai Co., Ltd.) the companies were each known for creating some of the industry's top video game franchises including: Tamagotchi®, TEKKEN, SOULCALIBUR, Pac-Man, Digimon®, RIDGE RACER, Time Crisis and ACE COMBAT.
MotoGP® 1998 - 2006 Namco Bandai Games Inc. Licensed by Dorna Sports, S.L. All rights reserved.

Dorna Sports, S.L.
Dorna Sports is an international sports management, marketing and television company. Founded in 1988, its headquarters are in Madrid, Spain, with branch offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo.

Dorna has been the exclusive holder of all commercial and TV rights to the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) since 1992. With 57 years of history, MotoGP is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing and Dorna's main activity, with events in the five continents every year.

More information about MotoGP can be found at http://www.motogp.com

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