Rising Star Games unsheathes classic Japanese sword-fighting epic on Xbox 360

21st January 2010: The wait is over for 3D sword fighting fans: Rising Star Games has scooped the rights to publish SAMURAI SHODOWN SEN, exclusive to the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, securing a Spring 2010 release date.

Developed by SNK PLAYMORE, SAMURAI SHODOWN SEN is the 11th game in SNK's classic Japanese weapons-based fighting series and the fourth in the 3D series. The game takes place in Japan during the twilight of the turbulent Edo period, and promises to be the most brutal and visceral chapter in the SAMURAI SHODOWN series' history.

Originally released in Japanese arcades, SAMURAI SHODOWN SEN follows a young European girl named Suzu, rescued from a sinking ship off Japan's coast, adopted by the Amori Clan and raised as Princess Suzu. A decade later she saves Takechiyo, a self-proclaimed master of martial arts, after his ship sinks and he ends up washed on the beach; soon after this chance meeting, the tables turn when Princess Suzu mysteriously disappears and Takechiyo pledges to find his missing rescuer.

Staying close to its roots, alongside Princess Suzu, Takechiyo and a host of new characters, a plethora of old favourites from the series have been faithfully incorporated, including Haohmaru, Galford, Hanzo Hattori, Nakoruru and Ukyo Tachibana- taking the warriors to over 20 in total. Players can become any one of these unique fighters via the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network, to battle friends to see who can reach the top of a worldwide online ranking system.

Each character has its own unique backstory and stats sheet, with each adopting varied, yet personalised sword styles, such as the Korean spear fighter Kim, along with contemporary, artistic techniques from J, the afro samurai and Gallows, the axe-wielding Viking.

Plus, the Power Slash lives on in SAMURAI SHODOWN SEN, allowing brutal vertical and horizontal slashes to enemies, while Rage Explosion increases attack power and Guard Shatter moves render opponents defenceless. Devastating damage can also be caused by a weapon attack followed by 'issen', a deadly finishing move.

A true classic, the SAMURAI SHODOWN series made its debut on the NEOGEO over 16 years ago, notching up over 10 instalments across a variety of formats, reinforcing the longevity and durability of the franchise. SAMURAI SHODOWN SEN marries the tradition of the series to the high definition of the Xbox360, introducing new characters and fighting skills, while remaining loyal to existing favourites.

"The kudos the SNK series carries sits comfortably within our portfolio and fans of the sword-fighting series won't be disappointed; the 3D graphics simply must be seen," says Martin Defries, managing director, Rising Star Games.

Rising Star Games will release SAMURAI SHODOWN SEN on the Xbox 360 in Spring 2010.

Screenshots and artwork can be downloaded directly here.

For further information, screenshots and press samples (when available), please contact:

Ali Wood (Premier PR)

ali.wood@premierpr.com

Yen Hau (Rising Star Games)

yen.hau@risingstargames.com

France - Namco Bandai Partners

Emilie Berndt

eberndt@namcobandaipartners.com

Germany - Koch Media

Andrea Stepper

A.Stepper@kochmedia.com

Spain - Namco Bandai Partners

Helena Careaga

hcareaga@namcobandaipartners.com

Italy - Cidiverte

Giovanna Cosentino

gcosentino@cidiverte.it

Benelux - CLD Distribution

Philippe Coopmans

philippe@cld.be

Nordic - Bergsala

Johan Lenngerd

johan.lenngerd@bergsala.se

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About Rising Star Games

Rising Star Games Limited is a video games publisher for Sony PSP™, Nintendo DS™ and Wii™ in the PAL territory. A joint venture between Japanese publisher/developer Marvelous Entertainment and long standing Nintendo Nordic distributor Bergsala AB, Rising Star Games is now in its fifth staggeringly successful year of trading and has published more than 50 titles including the worldwide hit series Harvest Moon alongside the renowned renegade Nintendo Wii title, No More Heroes. For more information please go to www.risingstargames.com.

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About SNK PLAYMORE

Headquartered in Osaka, Japan, SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION (SNK) develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. Founded in 1978, SNK is one of the largest privately held interactive entertainment content providers in the world.

Known for such franchises as THE KING OF FIGHTERS, METAL SLUG, and SAMURAI SHODOWN, SNK continues to be an industry leader by focusing on its rich acade history. More information on SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION can be found at www.snkplaymore.co.jp.

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