CYPRESS, CA â€“ September 12, 2005 â€“ Bandai Games Inc. today announced that "One Piece: Grand Battleâ„¢â€ for Nintendo GameCube(TM) and PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system has shipped to retail outlets. Capture the title of Pirate King as you outfight and outsmart all opponents in this wacky arena battle game based on the tremendously popular graphic novels published by Viz Media. With a slew of playable characters and allies to call in for aid, players can use all methods of fighting in fully interactive environments that have been meticulously recreated from the popular TV series on 4Kids Entertainmentâ€™s 4Kids TV and Cartoon Network.
â€œAs the first official US debut title of the series, we give fans all of the excitement and adventure found in the â€˜One Pieceâ€™ world,â€ said Sammy
Matsushima, Co-Producer of Bandai Games Inc. â€œFans will be captivated by the comical personalities, original fighting styles, and voices of their favorite
characters taken straight from the anime. We have perfectly entwined the outrageous combat with the â€˜One Pieceâ€™ pirate life to create a true â€˜Grand Battle.â€™â€
About â€œOne Piece: Grand Battleâ€
Hardy marines and vicious rival pirates are out to stop the rubber limbed Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate crew in â€œOne Piece: Grand Battle.â€ Stretch, slice, blast and even toss items to defeat the toughest that East Blue Sea has to offer. Contend with enemies in 3D battlegrounds that include interactive in-game obstructions such as destructible pillars, uneven terrain, and even charging cows. Featuring 16 original characters each with 20 fighting moves and special attacks, players can fight their way through the Grand Battle mode to uncover power-ups, collectible items and unlock secret characters. When dueling with a friend in head-to-head battles, players can utilize the gameâ€™s 32 supporting characters to unleash devastating combo attacks for unrivaled arena combat.
Features for â€œOne Piece: Grand Battleâ€ include:
â€¢ 16 playable pirates with 32 additional support characters from the TV show
â€¢ Six game play modes including Grand Battle and two-player Versus Mode.
â€¢ Interactive 3D environments: pick up objects and use them to attack your opponents â€¢ Seven environments in which to battle your opponents, all including different environment specific obstructions.
â€¢ More than 20 regular moves, as well as special attacks and ultimate attacks â€¢ Unlockable hidden features such as additional characters, items, costumes and mini-games.
â€¢ Collectible special items to boost your powers or increase your skills.
4Kids Entertainment and Toei Animation recently awarded Mattel rights to create a full range of One Piece toys including action figures, play sets,
role-play items, and games and puzzles. The initial launch of One Piece toys is anticipated to be available at retail in the United States and Canada by December 2005.
About Bandai Games Inc.
Bandai Games Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bandai America Incorporated and a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software for popular videogame systems such as the PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft, the Nintendo DS(TM), Nintendo GameCube(TM), and the Game Boy(R) Advance. Unique characters and stimulating game experiences highlight Bandai Games Inc.â€™s distinctive product lineup which include hit titles such as Inuyasha and Digimon. Bandai Games Inc. is headquartered in Cypress, California. For more information and press downloads please visit:
About 4Kids Entertainment, Inc.
Headquartered in New York City with international offices in London, 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE) is a global provider of children's entertainment and merchandise licensing. 4Kids, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, provides domestic and international merchandise licensing; television, film, music and home video production and distribution, media planning and buying; product development; and Web site development. For further information, please visit the Company's Web sites at www.4KidsEntertainment.com and www.4Kids.TV.
About Toei Animation
Toei Animation Co., Ltd. (http://www.toei-anim.co.jpÂ or http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/english/index.html)Â is the largest animation production company in Japan sinceÂ 1956, and have produced many celebrated works ranging from feature films such as "The White Snake" and "Puss 'N Boots", to TV series staring from "Ken, the Wild Boy" on to "Dragon Ball," "Sailor Moon," "Digimon Adventure" and "One Piece."Â The content in itsÂ possession come to a total of approximately 8,500 episodes, which accounts for aboutÂ 4,200 hours. Consolidated billings (gross sales for fiscal terms 02/03 were recorded at Yen 18,429 million.Â Toei Animation is publicly quoted onÂ JASDAQ (code 4816).Â Â Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, andÂ its affiliateÂ company registered as "Toei Animation Inc." in Century City, California.
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 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 Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese animation. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages.
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