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NAMCO HOMETEK INC. ANNOUNCES "THE BERENSTAIN BEARS(TM) AND THE SPOOKY OLD TREE"

Classic Children’s Characters Come To Life In This Exciting Platform Adventure For The Game Boy(R) Advance

SANTA CLARA, Ca., (May 6, 2005) - Global video games publisher, Namco Hometek Inc. announced today the first title based on the popular "Berenstain Bears" license, "The Berenstain BearsTM and the Spooky Old Tree." "The Berenstain Bears" series of books and TV specials has been delighting youngsters around the world for over 4 decades. Now, with the blessing of creators Stan and Jan Berenstain, Brother Bear, Sister Bear and cousin Fred make the leap to interactive entertainment for a new generation of children to enjoy. Based on the best-selling book that has sold over 6.7 million copies worldwide, the game takes players on an exciting nighttime adventure. "The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree" is slated to ship for the Game Boy® Advance in September 2005.

"Selecting 'The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree' from the popular book series was an obvious choice for an action-filled video game. With its immense popularity, great creepy-crawlies, and scary spooks, 'The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree' is a great game for kids, young adults, and a must have title for all fans of the series. We look forward to contributing to this world renowned franchise," said Jeff Lujan, business director, Namco Hometek Inc.

About "The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree"

"The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree" is the most crocodile, spider and bat-infested game in the history of spooky! When the Bears are caught in a thunderous storm and lose their way, they take shelter in a looming, crooked old oak tree in the heart of a dark wood. This giant oak turns out to be The Spooky Old Tree, and without a moment's rest, the Bears must work together to confront the many frightful beasts dwelling within.

FEATURES:

  • Based on the celebrated, award-winning book "The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree."
  • Play as Brother Bear, Sister Bear or loyal Cousin Fred. Use each Bear's unique skills to escape the Old Tree and find the way home.
  • Chilling confrontations lurk in every corner of the game's expansive levels. Challenge terrible crocs, creepy creepycrawlies and spooky swarms of bats.
  • Vivid cartoon graphics modeled on Stan and Jan Berenstain's classic illustrations.

For more information about "The Berenstain Bears" please visit http://www.berenstainbears.com/. For more information about "The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree," please visit www.namco.com.

To download screenshots for "The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree," please visit www.kohnkecomm.com/dl/namco/bb_announcement.zip.

About Namco Hometek Inc.

Namco Hometek Inc. is the U.S. consumer division of Namco Limited, a Tokyo-based world leader in the high-tech entertainment industry. Based in Santa Clara, CA, Namco Hometek Inc. is an award-winning video games publisher for next generation game consoles. Namco has created some of the industry's greatest video game franchises: "Tekken®," "SOULCALIBUR®," "Dead to Rights®," "Pac-Man WorldTM," "Ridge Racer®," "Time Crisis®" and "ACECOMBATTM."

For more information about Namco and its products log onto www.namco.com.

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"TEKKEN®," "SOULCALIBUR®," "PAC-MAN WORLDTM," "Ridge Racer®," "Time Crisis®" and "ACECOMBATTM" are trademarks or registered trademarks of Namco Limited in the United States and/or other countries.

"Dead to RightsTM" is a trademark or registered trademark of Namco Hometek Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

TM, ® and Game Boy Advance are trademarks of Nintendo. (C) 2001 Nintendo.

Contacts for Namco Hometek Inc.:

Mika Kelly

408-235-2133

mkelly@namco.com

-OR-

Kit Ellis

415-777-4000

kit@kohnkecomm.com

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