NAMCO BANDAI GAMES AND SNOOP DOGG TEAM UP TO OFFER EXCLUSIVE CONTENT IN TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT™2

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – 5 June 2012– NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S. has joined with iconic hip-hop star Snoop Dogg to create original content for TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 , the next installment in the award-winning fighting game franchise coming this September for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Snoop Dogg puts his inimitable gangster touch on TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 with an original song created exclusively for the game, titled Knocc ‘Em Down.  The Doggfather will also make a special appearance in the game as a non-playable character in The Snoop Dogg Stage as a special pre-order bonus to be made available in addition to previously announced pre-order DLC that bolsters the largest roster in TEKKEN history.

 “We are big fans of Snoop Dogg and are proud to welcome him to the TEKKEN franchise,” said Katsuhiro Harada, TEKKEN Project Director at NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. “The content we created with Snoop Dogg and the song he made for the game allow TEKKEN fans to experience the legendary hip-hop star in a unique way and blend both Eastern and Western cultures like never before.”

“I've been a fan of TEKKEN since the 90's so I’m excited to have made KNOCC ‘EM DOWN for the game’s soundtrack.  The game's got a special stage featuring yours truly sittin’ high above and watching the action take place,” says Hip-Hop icon Snoop Dogg.  “All you TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 fans better get ready to experience kickin' ass on Tha Boss Dogg's stage with my new song KNOCC ‘EM DOWN banging in the background. What more could you ask for? ”

With his new song KNOC C ‘ EM DOWN, Snoop Dogg prepares players for the next battle in TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2’s legendary King of Iron Fist tournament. Featured in the game and on the original soundtrack, KNOC C ‘ EM DOWN blends Snoop’s smooth style with the lethal power of TEKKEN. The music video releasing in the next week will feature Snoop squaring off against the TEKKEN community’s most highly respected competitive fighters and model Adrianne Curry, herself a fighting game aficionado.

“NAMCO BANDAI Games is making it a priority to bring fighting game fans a truly original experience in TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 ,” said Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “This is our first time partnering with Snoop Dogg and we couldn’t be happier with the results.  He brings something completely unique to the TEKKEN franchise.

Gamers looking to connect with their favorite rapper can pre-order TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 to gain access to The Snoop Dogg Stage, which continues a tradition of iconic stage backgrounds in TEKKEN games with the Doggfather making an appearance along with a bevvy of beautiful women. The stage will be free as part of pre-order bonuses at ShopTo and Zavvi in the UK. On top of this, those who pre-order at ShopTo ( X360 or PS3) also gain early access to the first DLC characters, Michelle Chang and Angel. Whereas players who pre-order through Zavvi will get fighters Kunimitsu and Ancient Ogre.

TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 improves upon the tag based combat of the original, with the latest installment introducing one-on-one fighting and solo fighter vs. tag-team battles. These new modes introduce a new style of play in the TEKKEN series and provide an easier point of access to new players, while keeping the game fresh for long time fans of the franchise.

TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 will be available worldwide for the PlayStation 3 system and Xbox 360 the week of September 10, 2012, and hits stores across North America on 11.09.12 and in Europe on 14.09.12.

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About TEKKEN™

Created and published worldwide by NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc., the TEKKEN™ fighting game series is among the world’s most popular and well-known gaming brands with franchise sales of more than 40 million units to date. Originally a 1994 arcade game, subsequent titles have been released for almost all gaming platforms. The series is renowned for the visual style of its many characters including Heihachi Mishima, Jin Kazama,, Anna Williams and Emilie De Rochefort (Lili), and for its martial arts-based combat set in the universe of the King of Iron Fist Tournament. For more information go to www.tekken.com.

About NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S.

NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S., part of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content for platforms including all major video game consoles and PC, with marketing and sales operations in 50 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australasia.  The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN™, Tekken™, SOULCALIBUR™, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball®, GALAGA™, RIDGE RACER™ and ACE COMBAT™.  More information about the company and its products can be found at www.namcobandaigames.eu or  www.facebook.com/namcobandaigames.europe.  


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