LOS ANGELES â€“ Nov. 14, 2006 â€“ Ninja fever has hit North America, and we are not talking the flu season. TOMY Corporation and D3Publisher of America, Inc. (D3PA) today announced that NARUTO: Clash of Ninja 2 for Nintendo GameCubeâ„¢ has dominated software sales for the Nintendo GameCubeâ„¢, and according to the NPD Group was the #1 selling game for Nintendo GameCubeâ„¢ in the month of October. Based on VIZ Mediaâ€™s hit anime series NARUTO, NARUTO: Clash of Ninja 2 is the sequel to the smash hit NARUTO: Clash of Ninja, and features more playable characters, new locations and added gameplay features â€“ including multiplayer modes for up to four players!
â€œOnce again we have been awed by the popularity of NARUTO and the amazing success of NARUTO: Clash of Ninja 2,â€said Laura Yoshioka, senior marketing manager, TOMY Corporation. â€œI think this is not only a reflection on the popularity of NARUTO, but the demand for quality games like NARUTO: Clash of Ninja 2 on the Nintendo GameCube.â€
The game has also received critical accolades from the gaming press. NARUTO: Clash of Ninja 2 has received scores of 8.2 out of 10 from IGN.com, 8.0 out of 10 from 1up.com and 4.25 out of 5 from GamePro magazine. TOMY Corporation and D3PA also recently released NARUTO: Ninja Council 2 for Game BoyÂ® Advance.
â€œOur NARUTO games, including NARUTO: Ninja Council 2 for Game BoyÂ® Advance, have been among the best sellers on their platforms every week since they were first released,â€ said Kim Motika, vice president of worldwide sales and operations, D3PA. â€œWe look forward to future success with our partnership with TOMY and the release of NARUTO video games for Nintendo systems.â€
About TOMY Corporation
TOMY Corporation is a subsidiary of TOMY Company, Ltd, with headquarters in Tokyo. The Consumer Software Divisionâ€™s mission is to develop and publish game titles for the North American marketplace, based on both licensed and original intellectual properties. TOMY currently publishes for the Nintendo GameCubeâ„¢, Game BoyÂ® Advance, and Nintendo DSâ„¢. TOMY also develops and manufactures a portfolio of toys and games including: Thomas and Friendsâ„¢, Constructables and Gearation brand toys and games. Information on TOMY and TOMY products can be found at http://www.tomy.com/tc/.
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 manga and 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.