REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – February 8, 2005 – Konami Digital Entertainment – America, a division of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced that Shaman King: Legacy of the spirits, Soaring Hawk and Shaman King: Legacy of the spirits, Sprinting Wolf for the Nintendo Game BoyÃ‚Â® Advance have shipped to retail stores nationwide. Based on the popular Shaman King television series and comic books, these strategic, anime-style games bring to life the exciting world and characters from the 4Kids Entertainment’s “4Kids TV” (www.4kids.tv) series.
Shaman King follows the story of Yoh Asakura, a junior high student hiding an amazing secret. Yoh is a shaman, one of the few who can communicate with ghosts and spirits. Through his powers, Yoh can join forces with another spirit uniting ghost and human together as one. Yoh teams up with Amidamaru, the spirit of a 600 year-old samurai warrior and with this powerful union, Yoh begins his quest to be crowned Shaman King in the Grand Tournament held only once every 500 years!
Featuring all of the intensity and strategy of the Shaman King Tournament on the GBA, Shaman King: Legacy of the spirits, Soaring Hawk and Shaman King: Legacy of the spirits, Sprinting Wolf puts gamers in the role of Yoh as he searches for a strong spirit to be his guardian ghost in his quest to become Shaman King. Yoh will use spirits to battle enemies and special items to capture the ghosts of his defeated foes to increase his powers. With more than 1000 spirit types in the game – far more than in the TV series or comic books – players will be able to build a powerful party with a wide variety of spirits. Gamers will need to think strategically, combining spirits to form new ghost types, changing spirits at the right times and using different items found along the way during battle. Sprinting Wolf and Soaring Hawk feature the same story and gameplay but players will be challenged to find, trade and merge the different spirits featured in the two games.
Introduced in Japan in 1998, Shaman King has become a phenomenal success with more than 20 million comic books and more than 165 million trading cards sold. The Shaman King animated series debuted on 4Kids TV (www.4kids.tv) in fall 2003 in the U.S.
Shaman King: Legacy of the spirits, Soaring Hawk and Shaman King: Legacy of the spirits, Sprinting Wolf are both rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB and are available for the SRP of $29.99 each. To learn more about either of these titles, please visit: http://www.konami.com/legacyofspirits
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