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Action Game Based on Hit Anime Series Coming to PlayStation(R)2 in November

CYPRESS, CA - October 18, 2004 - Bandai America today announced that "Ghost in the Shell® : Stand Alone ComplexTM" has gone gold. Available exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex" is a fast-paced action game based on the chart-topping television series of the same name by anime legend Masamune Shirow. Slated for release on November 8, 2004, the game is rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB, with a suggested retail price of $49.99.

"'Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex' is easily one of the most action-packed games of 2004," said John Soller of Bandai America. "We have created a game with a thrilling storyline and tight, satisfying gameplay that is sure to delight die-hard 'Ghost in the Shell' fans and welcome newcomers to the universe of Major Kusanagi and her cybernetic counterparts."

"Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex" lets players assume the role of "Major" Motoko Kusanagi, Section 9 officer Batou or Think Tanks Tachikoma as they battle through an army of cybernetic enemies and bring justice to the Tohoku Autonomous Region, a metropolis lost between technology and humanity. Players can utilize either a cutting-edge arsenal of firearms and explosives or deadly hand-to-hand combat to fight through the enemies, and even hack into machinery and fallen enemies to solve puzzles and gain an added advantage in battle. The game also features an exciting multiplayer component, allowing up to four players to engage in competitive and team-based play modes.

Other "Ghost in the Shell" Products coming 2004:

"Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex" TV Series

Premiering on the Cartoon Network November 6th 2004.

Volumes 1 and 2 of the DVD available now from Bandai Entertainment.

"Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence"

The first anime movie ever selected to compete for Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2004. Limited theatrical release in Fall 2004, distributed in the US by Dreamworks.

About Bandai America Incorporated

Bandai America Incorporated is a subsidiary of Bandai Co. Ltd., the third largest toy company in the world, with 36 subsidiaries in 9 countries worldwide. Global interests include toys and children's entertainment, video game software, multimedia, music, full-length feature films, vending machines, trading cards, candies and licensed apparel.

Bandai America Incorporated is the master toy licensee of some of the most popular properties and brands in children's toys and entertainment, including the "Power Rangers," "Gundam, Teen Titans," "Strawberry Shortcake" and "Tamagotchi" product lines. Bandai America is headquartered in Cypress, California and company information is available at www.Bandai.com.


Rannie Yoo

Kohnke Communications

(415) 777-4000


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