3D DOT GAME HEROES "MAKE-A-HERO" CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED; AUDITION VIDEO FOR WANNA-BE HEROES RELEASED

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA -- JUNE 24, 2010 -- Atlus U.S.A., Inc. today announced the winners of the "Make-A-Hero" contest for its critically-acclaimed retro-sexy action-adventure 3D Dot Game Heroes TM for PlayStation ® 3 computer entertainment system. The competition, which challenged North American 3DDGH adventurers to make a custom hero to end all heroes in the game's powerful 3D Dot Game Heroes character creation tool, received overwhelming support from an endless stream of talented and passionate gamers.

"Thank you to everyone who created and submitted a custom hero for the 'Make-A-Hero' contest," beamed Aram Jabbari, Manager of Public Relations and Sales at Atlus. "We were fairly certain it would simply be a matter of crowning whichever two or three submissions weren't inappropriately phallic in nature, but to our extreme amazement, there was an overwhelming number of awesome and highly original submissions. Special congratulations go out to 'TheRat' and their 'MANNON' hero for taking the top prize, earning $100 in video game credit from Amazon.com. Who could argue with a shirtless man-tank armed with a chest cannon? Precisely."

In addition to MANNON's impressive upper-torso artillery, five other retro-sexy creations will receive $25 in Amazon.com video game credit: ASCII (by Triston), Sheepsuit (by Orison), Bunnblade (by Ricks C. Anderson II), Birdie in a cage (by townkinkykid), and Phoenix (by Jon Preston).

To celebrate the success of the "Make-A-Hero" contest and to bring more attention to the easy-to-use, incredibly flexible character editor, Atlus released the "Heroes of Dotnia" audition video, which gives fans a glimpse into the grueling process of applying to become the Hero of Dotnia.

3D Dot Game Heroes for PlayStation 3 system is currently available in retailers across North America with an MSRP of $39.99. For more information, check out the official 3D Dot Game Heroes website.

About 3D Dot Game Heroes

A long, long time ago, the Dark King Onyx brought an age of darkness upon Dotnia Kingdom. Only by the bravery of a hero with a legendary sword was Onyx sealed in an orb, restoring peace to the world. But Fuelle, a powerful Dark Bishop, has stolen the orb, and with it, peace. Dotnia requires a hero once more! Can you live up to the legend?

Key Features

    <*>Ultimate retro love letter -- Seamlessly fusing new and old, the golden era of gaming is felt in every detail of this lovingly-crafted adventure. Eye-popping visuals capture the nostalgic charm of pixel graphics in cutting edge 3D. Simple, but deep action-adventure gameplay is a throwback to the 8-bit era. Veterans will find references and jokes that pay homage to the great games of yore. <*>Awe and adventure live again -- Embark on the next generation of classic exploration and discovery in a grand story-based quest. A hero sets out to gain the power of the six sages and the six orbs that protected the kingdom of Dotnia, which now stands on the verge of destruction. <*>Customize your hero -- When pixels are your building blocks, the possibilities are unlimited. Freely edit the look of your character, or design one completely from scratch, and then trade designs with friends via a compatible USB storage device. Your hero's blade is also upgradeable, letting you add length and width to create a sword that fills the whole screen!

3D Dot Game Heroes has been rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) with Mild Cartoon Violence by the ESRB.

About Atlus U.S.A., Inc.

Located in Irvine, California and founded in 1991, Atlus U.S.A., Inc. is renowned for its proud tradition of publishing exceptional role-playing games with strong niche appeal. The Atlus library of critically acclaimed video games includes Demon's Souls, Odin Sphere, the Trauma Center series, and the award-winning Shin Megami Tensei series. For more information, visit http://www.atlus.com.

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Contact:

Aram Jabbari

Atlus U.S.A., Inc.

(949) 788-0455 x102

aram@atlus.com

Crystal Murray

Atlus U.S.A., Inc.

(949) 788-0455 x128

crystal@atlus.com


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