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LOS ANGELES - October 10, 2006 - Ninja mania has just multiplied as TOMY Corporation and D3Publisher of America, Inc. (D3PA) today announced the release of NARUTO: Ninja Council 2 for Game Boy Advance - Believe it! The sequel to the hit NARUTO: Ninja Council follows the storyline of VIZ Media's hit anime series SHONEN JUMP NARUTO and features a special change on the fly feature where gamers can switch between Naruto, Sasuke or Sakura in the middle of ninja action. TOMY Corporation and D3PA recently announced the release of NARUTO: Clash of Ninja 2 now available for Nintendo GameCube.
"Gamers and fans of NARUTO are going to love the new features of NARUTO: Ninja Council 2, especially switching from Naruto to Sasuke or Sakura in the middle of a fight," said Mark Shinohara, executive vice president, TOMY Corporation. "The enhanced character and background graphics are a big step up and with the multi-player options via the Game Boy® Advance Game Link® cable gamers are going to have many more game play options."
"We are very proud to bring NARUTO: Ninja Council 2 to North American fans of NARUTO," said Careen Yapp, vice president of licensing and business development, D3PA. "The combination of the absorbing storyline from the TV show, intuitive controls and the fluid animations make for a great game."
Developed by Aspect, NARUTO: Ninja Council 2 is the second Game Boy Advance title in the series and builds on the storyline of the first game and provides solid side-scrolling, vertical or horizontal ninja action for 1-4 players. Players will be able to switch between three unique characters on the fly to strategically conquer each challenging level. Also during a fight, players can call on back-up characters such as Kakashi and Kiba to help win the battle with their special jutsus. All-new multiplayer modes offer head-to-head action or cooperative play for up to four players.
NARUTO takes place in a world where ninja hold the ultimate power. Infused with the spirit of a once fearsome Nine-Tailed Fox, Naruto Uzumaki is a ninja-in-training who is learning the art of Ninjutsu with his classmates Sakura and Sasuke. The trio studies under the instruction of their teacher Kakashi, who helps the group face dangerous and daunting tests and challenges. Through their adventures, the young ninja learn the importance of friendship, teamwork, loyalty, hard work, creativity, ingenuity, and right versus wrong.
About TOMY Corporation
TOMY Corporation is a subsidiary of TOMY Company, Ltd, with headquarters in Tokyo. The Consumer Software Division's mission is to develop and publish game titles for the North American marketplace, based on both licensed and original intellectual properties. TOMY currently publishes for the Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy® Advance, and Nintendo DS. TOMY also develops and manufactures a portfolio of toys and games including: Thomas and Friends, Constructables and Gearation brand toys and games. Information on TOMY and TOMY products can be found at http://www.tomy.com/tc/.
About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages.
Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and at www.VIZ.com.
About D3Publisher of America, Inc
D3Publisher of America, Inc. is a subsidiary of D3, Inc. with headquarters in Tokyo. D3Publisher of America's strategic focus is on licensed and original titles from leading third-party developers that appeal to mass-market consumers or gaming enthusiasts. Based in Los Angeles, D3Publisher of America distributes and publishes software for personal computers and the major console platforms including Game Boy® Advance, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DSÔ, PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP portable entertainment system and the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft. For additional information on D3Publisher of America and its products, visit the website at http://www.d3publisher.us
For Information, Contact:
Tamara M. Sanderson
D3Publisher of America, Inc.