LOS ANGELES â€“ Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) Booth #800 â€“ May 17, 2005 â€“ Konami Digital Entertainment - America, a division of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) EXTREMEÂ2 for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system. The newest title in the best-selling Dance Dance Revolution series not only returns with more popular artists, smash hit songs and support for the EyeToyÂ USB Camera (for PlayStationÂ®2), but it also includes a radical upgrade â€“ online play!
In addition to including features from the previous game, PlayStation 2 gamers will now have the opportunity to participate in exciting head-to-head DDR online competitions for the first time ever. The 100 top scorers will be recognized through an interactive ranking system, letting novice players test their dancing mettle against top-notch DDR experts. Players can also go online to access new challenge missions which will be refreshed periodically, allowing players a way to continually expand the DDR gaming experience.
While playing offline, gamers can still enjoy their favorite modes that made the original DDR EXTREME a hit. Whether players are looking to dance to the hottest tracks in town, choreograph, edit and create their own dance steps, or use the â€˜Work Outâ€™ mode to burn off excess pounds, DDR EXTREME 2 will offer players of all ages an interactive and fun way to get up and groove. The gameâ€™s support for the EyeToy Camera continues to add depth and dimension to the gameplay. While using the camera, players can access fast-paced mini games and use both their hands and feet while dancing and watching themselves on TV.
Keeping players on the dance mat is more than 100 minutes of energetic dance music, including exclusively-licensed dance hits as well as smash-hit songs, such as â€œGenie In A Bottleâ€ and â€œOops!â€¦I Did It Again.â€ Also adding to the impressive line-up of songs is new music by the famous video game musician Yuzo Koshiro, whose credits include composing music for hit games such as Streets of Rage series, Revenge of Shinobi and Shenmue.
DDR EXTREME 2 will be on display at Konamiâ€™s booth during E3 2005 May 18 - 20. To learn more about DDR EXTREME 2 please visit: http://www.konami.com/gs .
About Dance Dance RevolutionÂ®
The original arcade game made its debut in Japan in October 1998 and quickly became the number-one gaming craze in the country. The first PlayStationÂ® version of the game was released in Japan in April 1999 and boosted the franchise's popularity even further, selling over 3 million units cumulatively. DDR hit the U.S. arcades that next year, and in March 2001, Konami introduced Dance Dance RevolutionÂ® for PlayStationÂ®, which developed a massive fan base. Subsequent releases in the U.S. include Dance Dance Revolution Disney MixÂ and Dance Dance Revolution KONAMIXÂ®, released for the PlayStationÂ®, DDRMAX Dance Dance RevolutionÂ®, DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution and Dance Dance Revolution EXTREMEÂ, released for the PlayStationÂ®2, and Dance Dance Revolution ULTRAMIXÂ® and Dance Dance Revolution ULTRAMIXÂ®2, released for the XboxÂ video game system. In January 2005, cumulative worldwide sales of the Dance Dance RevolutionÂ® series had exceeded 7.5 million units.
About KONAMI CORPORATION
Konami Corporation is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties, specializing in the home video game market. Konami Corporation's action and adventure titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear SolidÂ®, Silent HillÂ® and CastlevaniaÂ®, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. Konami Corporation is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the US and Konami of Europe in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami Corporation, the parent company of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami Digital Entertainment - America can be found at www.konami.com/gs .