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ATARI ANNOUNCES ‘NARUTO: ULTIMATE NINJA’

- NAMCO BANDAI Games’ Blistering New Ninja Fighter Set for European Release
on PlayStation 2 in November 2006 -

LYON, FRANCE – 24 July 2006 – Atari today announced the forthcoming release of deadly action ninja game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja for PlayStation®2 from NAMCO BANDAI Games. Set for release across Europe in November 2006 Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is based on the massively popular and internationally renowned Naruto anime and lays down a serious challenge to other PS2 fighting games with its stylish looks and fiery on-screen battles. Published by NAMCO BANDAI Games and distributed in Europe by Atari, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja for PlayStation 2 is scheduled for European release in November 2006.

Players can select from 14 key characters taken straight from the anime, including Naruto Uzumaki, the young ninja-in-training, and his two ninja-school classmates Sakura and Sasuke. With its opulent visual style and broad range of gameplay modes Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is a game for arcade-fighter and Naruto fans alike. Four gameplay modes – story, mission, free battle and practice – give players a chance to delve into the twisting plots of Naruto, take on the teasing mission tasks, fight 1-on-1 against friends or hone their skills, knowing that a ninja is nothing without practice and discipline.

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is a quality game that shines against the competition with its stylish ninja combat and clever game design. Whilst staying true to its anime roots it takes the 2D fighting genre a step forward with a wealth of brilliant touches which will surprise even the most hardened fighting game fans. What’s particularly special about Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is that it remembers games should be fun and delivers many classic moments of sheer gaming joy.

Each combat stage features a foreground and background allowing for tactical in-game switches, and stages are littered with interactive obstacles including broken power lines, power-ups dropped by spectators and a wide range of destructible objects. A host of special moves and unlockable extras awaits players prepared to dig deep into Naruto: Ultimate Ninja, and with the cash earned from victories players can buy even more special treats from the in-game Naruto shop.

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja for PlayStation 2 is published by NAMCO BANDAI Games, distributed in Europe by Atari, and scheduled for European release in November 2006.

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About NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. is an interactive entertainment software publisher and developer with head offices in Tokyo, Japan.
On March 31, 2006, Bandai Co., Ltd. and NAMCO LIMITED implemented a management integration to form NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. This step was taken to compete more effectively on the global stage in the fast-changing entertainment industry and to deliver further growth.
The resulting NAMCO BANDAI Group is a global entertainment group involved in business fields ranging from toys, amusement facilities, video game software and visual software, to apparel, sundries and network content.
As previous separate entities (Namco Ltd. and Bandai Co., Ltd.) the companies were each known for creating some of the industry’s top video game franchises including: Tamagotchi, TEKKEN, SOULCALIBUR, Pac-Man, Digimon, RIDGE RACER, Time Crisis and ACE COMBAT.

About Infogrames Entertainment and Atari
Infogrames Entertainment (IESA), the parent company of the Atari Group, is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (ISIN code: FR-0000052573) and has two principal subsidiaries: Atari Europe, a privately-held company, and Atari, Inc., a United States corporation listed on NASDAQ (ATAR).
The Atari Group is a major international producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software for all market segments and in all existing game formats (Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony) and on CD-ROM for PC. Its games are sold in more than 60 countries.
The Atari Group’s extensive catalogue of popular games is based on original franchises (Alone in the Dark, V-Rally, Test Drive, Roller Coaster Tycoon, etc.) and international licenses (Matrix, Dragon Ball Z, Dungeons & Dragons, etc.).
For more information: http://www.atari.com

© 2006 Atari Europe SASU. All rights reserved.


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