BEVERLY, Mass., March 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Expanding on its successful Dragon Ball ZÂ® brand of interactive games, Atari (Nasdaq: ATAR - News) today announced that Dragon Ball ZÂ®: Sagas(TM), the first-ever DBZÂ® action-adventure game, has shipped to retail outlets nationwide. Sagas is available for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube(TM), and the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft; it is the first-ever DBZÂ® game for the Xbox(TM). Dragon Ball ZÂ®: Sagas(TM) allows fans to play some of the most exciting aspects of the popular animated series, from its origins in the Saiyan Saga through the climactic Cell Games. Players will be able to explore huge levels, defeat boss enemies, collect Dragon Balls, and journey through the DBZÂ® universe, including places never fully unveiled in the animated series. Sagas joins Atari's lineup of successful Dragon Ball ZÂ® games, which cumulatively have sold more than eight million units* since the introduction of Atari's first DBZÂ® title in May 2002.
"Atari's Dragon Ball ZÂ® games have succeeded because of their ability to authentically capture the distinct characteristics and exciting action of the series," said Matt Collins, Director of Brand Marketing for Atari. "We are thrilled to offer fans, especially those who may not have seen the very beginning of DBZÂ®, a new spin on the franchise by allowing players to journey virtually anywhere in the DBZÂ® universe, from the Saiyan Saga to the Cell Games. With its intense action and expansive environments, Dragon Ball ZÂ®: Sagas(TM) gives fans the DBZÂ® adventure they've been waiting for."
Featuring the greatest Z-Warriors, including GokuÂ®, VegetaÂ®, TrunksÂ®, PiccoloÂ® and GohanÂ®, Dragon Ball ZÂ®: Sagas(TM) spans six different story arcs that pit players against such infamous DBZÂ® boss enemies as FriezaÂ®, CellÂ®, NappaÂ®, Captain GinyuÂ®, and RaditzÂ®. With fully destructible environments, the ability to upgrade characters' superhero skills and a wide variety of exciting missions, Dragon Ball ZÂ®: Sagas(TM) offers fans the most authentic interactive DBZ experience yet.
"This is an exciting time for Dragon Ball Z," said Gen Fukunaga, president of FUNimation Productions, Ltd. "The launch of DBZ Sagas gives fans their first-ever DBZ action-adventure game and Atari has again done a great job enhancing the interactive DBZ universe."
In addition to Atari's release of DBZ Sagas, FUNimation is launching the DBZ Ultimate Uncut Special Editions in April, which gives fans their first chance to see the beginning of Dragon Ball Z uncut and Cartoon Network is reintroducing DBZ in May.
Rated 'T' for Teen, Dragon Ball ZÂ®: Sagas(TM) retails for a suggested price of $49.99 on PlayStation 2 and Xbox, and $39.99 on Nintendo GameCube. All three versions should be available for purchase at retail stores on March 25. For more information, please visit http://www.atari.com/dragonballz.
About FUNimation Productions, Ltd.
FUNimation Productions, Ltd. is a brand management company and one of the nation's leading independent home video entertainment companies. FUNimation often manages all aspects of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution.
FUNimation is known for its brand management and home video distribution success with brands primarily targeted to children and young adults. These brands include Dragon Ball ZÂ®, Fullmetal Alchemist(TM), Yu-Gi-Oh! (TM), Code Lyoko(TM), Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesÂ®, Dragon BoosterÂ®, ArthurÂ®, Case Closed(TM), Yu Yu Hakusho(TM), Degrassi: The Next Generation(TM), Beyblade(TM), Braceface(TM), Cabbage Patch Kids(TM), Sonic X(TM), Shaman King(TM), Time Warp Trio(TM), Fruits Basket(TM), Tenchi Muyo! GXP(TM), Blue Gender(TM) and Lupin the 3rdÂ®.
The Company has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and has become one of the leading brand management companies in the industry. For more information on FUNimation or any of its properties, contact Jeff Dronen at 817-788-0627, ext. 251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR - News) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard- core, genre-defining games such as DRIV3R(TM), Enter the Matrix(TM), Neverwinter Nights(TM), Stuntman(TM), Test DriveÂ®, UnrealÂ® Tournament 2004, and UnrealÂ® Championship; and mass-market and children's games such as Backyard Sports(TM), Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM) and Dora the Explorer(TM), Dragon Ball ZÂ® and RollerCoaster TycoonÂ®. Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext - ISIN: FR- 0000052573), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit http://www.atari.com.
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