NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: KIZUNA DRIVE IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE PSP® SYSTEM

CERGY-PONTOISE, FRANCE– 25 March 2011– NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S, today announced that NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Kizuna Drive is now available for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system.  Based on the popular animated NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series, the game features the most authentic team-based combat in the franchise.  With robust content including an original story, a roster of fan favorite characters, and a new multiplayer combat system, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Kizuna Drive delivers an intense experience that will leave players wanting more.

Following an all-new story, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Kizuna Drive pits Naruto and friends against an unseen foe responsible for the disappearance of ninja from Hidden Leaf Village. New game-exclusive characters will descend onto the scene and unexpected plot twists are revealed as players discover who seeks vengeance upon Naruto.

In NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Kizuna Drive, two modes of play will be available to challenge everyone’s ninja prowess. In Story Mode, journey with a band of NPCs (non-playable characters) through more than a dozen missions that wait to be conquered.  In Free Mission Mode, build a ninja dream team to overcome evolving combat situations where up to four friends can fight together and perform special combo moves via ad hoc. Featuring a new and devastating Kizuna Drive Combat System, players can volley enemies between teammates while inflicting crippling damage one after another. Time attacks precisely to apply even more intense blows, but miss the mark and the damage will be reciprocated.

Staying faithful to the franchise, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Kizuna Drive embraces the ninja universe while adding new dimensions to it. Not only will players participate in spectacular boss battles, they’ll be treated to an exclusive opening movie created by Studio Pierrot and music sung by Japanese Naruto voice actress, Junko Takeuchi. As if four-player co-op wasn’t enough, the game features bonus content where fans can access tons of side quests to keep the action rolling. Furthermore by collecting scrolls and special items, players can power up their characters or give them special abilities.

For more information on NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Kizuna Drive, please visit: http://www.namcobandaigames.eu

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NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S. is a leading software publisher producing a broad catalogue of high quality interactive entertainment for console and PC gaming platforms and online which is marketed and sold in 50 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australasia. 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 Tekken™, Dragon Ball®, Naruto™, SOULCALIBUR™, One Piece™, RidgeRacer™, Ace Combat™ and Tamagotchi™.

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