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Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked Hacks in with New Screens

Think like a samurai, fight like a samurai, groove like a samurai with brand new screens from NAMCO BANDAI's upcoming title "Samurai Champloo: SidetrackedTM" for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.

Slash your way through enemies as Mugen or Jin while bumping and jiving to hip-hop ditties in this unique fighting game based on the popular anime series which airs on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. Use game original hip-hop tunes to dole out devastating combo moves with a panache unparalleled in traditional feudal Japanese fighting. Modify your perception of samurai swordplay with musical grooves this April 2006.

About "Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked"

"Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked" for the PlayStation 2 steps out of the hack-and-slash action genre and offers a new way to swing a finely-honed samurai blade. Set in Japan with the hip-hop feel of the hit TV series of the same name, this title allows gamers to breathe life into a "lost episode" as one of three playable characters - Mugen, a reckless samurai with break-dancing fighting style, calculated Jin who abides by the decorum of Bushido, and a mysterious new character exclusive to the video game. Stranded in the northern land of Ezo (current day Hokkaido) in search of the "samurai who smells of sunflowers," the player must face foreign mercenaries, master swordsmen, diabolical assassins, mythical beasts and gangster monkeys.

The core of the game's unique combat system lies in the innovative integration of music and linked attacks. Players can choose an array of combos based on the different hip-hop grooves that they can swap at will. Music tracks become collectible, opening an extensive assortment of linked attacks that can be implemented tactically during combat.


Rannie Yoo

Kohnke Communications



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