NAMCO BANDAI GAMES EUROPE ANNOUNCES‘NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA 5’ FOR PLAYSTATION®2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CERGY-PONTOISE, FRANCE– 24th July 2009– NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S today announced the forthcoming launch of NARUTO Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 5, the latest in the action adventure series based on the international hit NARUTO SHIPPUDEN anime TV series. Featuring more characters and battle stages than ever before alongside an array of dazzling gameplay enhancements, NARUTO Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 5 is coming to Europe and PAL regions this November exclusively for PlayStation®2.

The fifth instalment of the perennially successful PS®2 series, and the second based on the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN anime, NARUTO Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 5 takes the player on a heart-pounding adventure from the point of Naruto’s return to Konoha to end of the second Sasuke Rescue Arc. Our hero will find himself once again taking on an ever more devious and powerful succession of enemies, relying on his faithful friends and incredible ninja skills to win the day.

Players who follow the story in Master mode will find the familiar gameplay has been greatly enhanced with new fighting styles for Naruto, brand new 3-man cell gameplay making full use of special abilities, and the ability to boost character stats for the first time as well as add equipment and upgrade Jutsus.

In addition, the all-new fighting system lets players select a partner to join them in battle increasing the chances of victory. Selecting the right partner will give players the chance for special team-based Jutsus and Ougis adding more tactical decisions to the gameplay. And players looking for a change from playing Naruto can even jump in the shoes of other characters to try out the fighting styles of our hero’s equally deadly companions.

With a versus mode containing over 60 playable characters and 24 battle stages, NARUTO Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 5 boasts the largest content of all the games in the series so far. Players will be able to select from amongst their favourite characters and do battle either against the AI or take on a friend in punishing one-on-one ninja combat.

Developed by CyberConnect2, NARUTO Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 5 features the original Japanese audio with localisation in five languages, an in-game shop and countless collectibles on top of all the gameplay and content enhancements, giving fans more ninja action than mere mortal man could ever hope for, coming to PlayStation 2 this November 2009.

For more information on the game, please visit www.namcobandaigames.eu and www.naruto-videogames.com. For moreinformation on NARUTO and to view free episodes of NARUTO Shippuden, please visit www.naruto.com.

About NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe:

NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S., is a leading interactive entertainment software publisher based in Cergy-Pontoise, France. The company is a part of the NAMCO BANDAI group of companies known for creating and publishing many of the industry's top video game franchises including the RidgeRacer™, Tekken™, SOULCALIBUR™, Tamagotchi™, Digimon™, Dragonball® and Naruto™ brands.

About NAMCO BANDAI Partners

NAMCO BANDAI Partners, one of the industry’s leading video game distribution companies, is wholly owned by NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe. The company operates in 50 countries excluding North America (USA and Canada) and Japan, and distributes titles from NAMCO BANDAI Games, Atari and other major publishers on an international and local basis.

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