LOS ANGELES - June 2, 2009 - TOMY Corporation today announced today that NARUTO Shippuden: Ninja Council® 4 has shipped to retail stores nationwide exclusively for Nintendo DS. The latest installment to the popular Ninja Council series of videogames, NARUTO Shippuden: Ninja Council® 4 introduces players to action-packed ninja adventures with wireless multiplayer battles for up to four players. Based on the enormously successful animated series from VIZ Media, NARUTO Shippuden: Ninja Council 4 is the first DS game to feature the NARUTO Shippuden story arc in North America, allowing fans to play as Naruto and his friends in the next generation of the series.
" NARUTO Shippuden: Ninja Council 4 drives the series in a new direction by taking the classic features of the Ninja Council series, mixing in new, updated characters and intense battles, and creating an all-inclusive NARUTO title that gamers are sure to appreciate," said Laura Yoshioka, director of consumer software at TOMY Corporation. "The integration of these classic and new features combined with the all new storyline exclusive for Nintendo DS creates an immersive Naruto experience unlike any other."
Set two and a half years after the events of the classic NARUTO series, Naruto returns tothe Hidden Leaf Village only to find out about the threat posed by the mysterious Akatsuki organization. Gamers follow an older and more powerful Naruto and his friends on the quest to rescue Gaara from the sinister organization in all-new, action-packed adventures. As the storyline advances and unfolds, players are able to choose their allies and form a three-man squad with special jutsu techniques to ward off looming danger. Aspiring ninja can also track down enemies through several tough platform levels and explore previously unreachable areas. Dedicated franchise fans and new NARUTO fans alike can experience fierce ninja battles by utilizing the DS touch screen to unleash their unique jutsu attacks.
NARUTO Shippuden: Ninja Council 4 is rated E10+ and is available on Nintendo DS for an MSRP of $29.99. For more information, please visit www.TOMY-USA.com/videogames. For more information on NARUTO and for free streaming episodes of NARUTO Shippuden please visit www.NARUTO.com.
To download NARUTO Shippuden: Ninja Council 4 assets, please visit: http://bhimpact.gamespress.com.
About TOMY Corporation
With U.S. headquarters in Santa Ana, California, TOMY Corporation is one of the world's oldest and most endearing entertainment companies. For more than eight decades, TOMY has developed and manufactured a broad portfolio of exciting and educational toys, games and video games for children of all ages. Known for its innovation, quality and safety, TOMY's mission is to produce videogames for North America that entertain and inspire children and adults. The Consumer Software Division currently publishes for Nintendo DS£ and Wii£, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. TOMY Corporation is a subsidiary of Japan-based TOMYCompany, Ltd. (aka TAKARATOMY in Japan). More information is available at www.TOMY-USA.com.
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 (graphic novel) 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-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment 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 web site at www.VIZ.com.
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