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LOS ANGELES - Nov. 14, 2006 - Ninja fever has hit North America, and we are not talking the flu season. TOMY Corporation and D3Publisher of America, Inc. (D3PA) today announced that NARUTO: Clash of Ninja 2 for Nintendo GameCube has dominated software sales for the Nintendo GameCube, and according to the NPD Group was the #1 selling game for Nintendo GameCube in the month of October. Based on VIZ Media's hit anime series NARUTO, NARUTO: Clash of Ninja 2 is the sequel to the smash hit NARUTO: Clash of Ninja, and features more playable characters, new locations and added gameplay features - including multiplayer modes for up to four players!
"Once again we have been awed by the popularity of NARUTO and the amazing success of NARUTO: Clash of Ninja 2,"said Laura Yoshioka, senior marketing manager, TOMY Corporation. "I think this is not only a reflection on the popularity of NARUTO, but the demand for quality games like NARUTO: Clash of Ninja 2 on the Nintendo GameCube."
The game has also received critical accolades from the gaming press. NARUTO: Clash of Ninja 2 has received scores of 8.2 out of 10 from IGN.com, 8.0 out of 10 from 1up.com and 4.25 out of 5 from GamePro magazine. TOMY Corporation and D3PA also recently released NARUTO: Ninja Council 2 for Game Boy® Advance.
"Our NARUTO games, including NARUTO: Ninja Council 2 for Game Boy® Advance, have been among the best sellers on their platforms every week since they were first released," said Kim Motika, vice president of worldwide sales and operations, D3PA. "We look forward to future success with our partnership with TOMY and the release of NARUTO video games for Nintendo systems."
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.