BELIEVE IT! NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™: ULTIMATE NINJA IMPACT™ NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE PSP® SYSTEM

SAN JOSE, Calif., (October 18, 2011) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced  NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™: Ultimate Ninja Impact™  for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system is now available in stores across North America. Based on the popular animated  NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series from VIZ Media,  NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Impact  delivers fans and novices alike the most action-packed and dynamic ninja battle experience ever!

The NARUTO video games from NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. have shipped over 9.5 million units worldwide. As the latest addition to the series, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Impact puts players in the middle of epic, large-scale battles as their favorite  NARUTO SHIPPUDEN characters battle through electrifying single-player and multiplayer modes. With simple controls familiar to the Ultimate Ninja series, both veterans of the previous titles, as well as PSP® system users of all ages will find performing the breathtaking ninja action from the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN animated series is a breeze.

"NARUTO fans are in store for a real treat and an all-new take on the ninja brawling action with the launch of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Impact," said Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing, NAMCO BANDAI Games America. "With massive levels, enormous enemies, and more features packed into this title than any NARUTO title before, aspiring ninjas across the country can now have the ultimate action experience everywhere they go."

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Impact lets players unleash their honed Jutsu skills through exciting single-player and multiplayer modes.  Story Battle lets fans become part of explosive  NARUTO SHIPPUDEN fights straight from the anime with more events and battle sequences than ever before on the PSP® system. The game features content from the beginning of the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN storyline all the way to episodes from 2011! Tag Battle lets two friends connect through Ad-hoc to team up and complete a variety of missions cooperatively, while Versus Battle lets players battle against each other.  All the fan’s favorite characters from the  NARUTO SHIPPUDEN universe are playable, with customization options that carry through each mode within the game.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Impact  continues CyberConnect2 Co., Ltd.’s commitment to accessible and strategic gameplay, with anime-like graphics refined throughout the Ultimate Ninja series. Beginners and long-time fans of the series will be able to feel immersed in the fast-paced on-screen ninja action. 

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Impact  has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB and will carry an MSRP of $39.99.

For more information on the game, please visit naruto.namcobandaigames.com. The  NARUTO SHIPPUDEN animated series is currently airing on Disney XD (rated TV-PG). For more information and to view free streaming episodes of  NARUTO (rated T for Teens) and the uncut  NARUTO SHIPPUDEN (rated T+ for Older Teens), please visit  www.naruto.com or  www.VIZAnime.com.

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About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan's largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. is a leading interactive entertainment software publisher and developer based in San Jose, CA.  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 PAC-MAN®, SOULCALIBUR®, NARUTO™ and Tekken® brands.  For more information about NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., and our products log onto http://www.namcobandaigames.com.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™: Ultimate Ninja Impact™ game software © 2004-2011 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. NARUTO artwork and elements © 2002 MASASHI KISHIMOTO / 2007 SHIPPUDEN. All Rights Reserved.  SHONEN JUMP, NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN are trademarks of Shueisha, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. This product is manufactured, distributed and sold in North, South and Central American territories under license from VIZ Media, LLC.

“PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Press Release © 2011 NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.   


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