NAMCO BANDAI GAMES AMERICA ANNOUNCES NARUTO™ SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA® HEROES 3 FOR THE PSP® SYSTEM

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (Dec. 10, 2009)– Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today NARUTO™ SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja® Heroes 3 will be available for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 is the latest in the Ultimate Ninja fighting game franchise developed by CyberConnect2, and follows Naruto Uzumaki and his continuing adventures to save his friend Sasuke. Based on the popular animated NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series from VIZ Media, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 enhances the fun and accessible battle system the series is known for by introducing four-player battles, an all-new adventure mode, and a brand new roster of powerful characters.

"The Ultimate Ninja series continues to be one of the most popular NARUTO video game franchises for fans of the anime and manga around the world," said Todd Thorson, director of marketing and public relations for NAMCO BANDAI Games. "NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 continues to innovate and refine the series’ trademark fighting mechanics, introducing new characters, and ensuring gamers at any skill level can fight like a true ninja."

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 puts players’ fighting spirits to the test with intense and frantic battles while using one of more than 50 characters. New characters include Young Kakashi and Obito Uchiha from the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN special, Kakashi Chronicles. For the first time in the series’ history, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 expands upon the series’ trademark fighting engine and updates it for four-player brawls. Team up with a partner to unleash a devastatingly powerful Jutsu team attack on opponents, or interrupt an enemy’s Ultimate Jutsu to help or hinder another player.

Additionally, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 features Master Road, where players can re-live the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN storyline up to the Hidan and Kakuzu arc and continue through two all-new adventures. This mode also features a three-player cooperative mode which let players experience the full adventure through an ad-hoc connection. During his quests, Naruto will also engage in Battle or Action stages. Each stage will contain a specific objective for Naruto to complete including intense fights, escaping from danger, and much more.

For more information on the game, please visit www.namcobandaigames.com or www.hokagesroom.com. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN is currently airing on Disney XD. For more information on NARUTO, and to view free streaming episodes of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, please visitwww.naruto.com.

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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 the popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine, 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

About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. is a leading interactive entertainment software publisher and developer based in Santa Clara, 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 the 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 Heroes 3 software© 2004-2009 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. All Rights Reserved. NAMCO BANDAI Games logo is a trademark of NAMCO BANDAI. NARUTO artwork and elements© 2002 MASASHI KISHIMOTO / 2007 SHIPPUDEN. All Rights Reserved. SHONEN JUMP and NARUTO 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. Memory Stick Duo™ may be required (sold separately).

Press Release© 2009 NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

Contacts:

Nick O’Leary

NAMCO BANDAI Games America

(408) 235-2134

noleary@namcobandaigames.com 


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