Konami Announces Blockbuster 2006 Line-Up
Company: Konami
KONAMI GAMERS’ DAY, SAN FRANCISCO – JANUARY 25, 2006 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced new titles and additional details for its 2006 lineup. On the heels of an exciting year that featured the release of all-new versions of blockbuster franchises such as Castlevania®, Dance Dance Revolution®, and Karaoke Revolution®, this year’s roster will boast the latest versions of legendary franchises Metal Gear Solid®, Winning Eleven, and Suikoden® as well as the company’s first title for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft – Rumble Roses XX. Konami will also further reinforce its leadership position in the portable gaming space with another solid lineup of compelling content for the current handheld systems. Several new franchises were announced today including Gradius Collection for the PSP (PlayStation®Portable) system and Tao’s Adventure: Curse of the Demon Seal for the Nintendo DS. In addition to the many new video game titles, Konami will also introduce new products from their Mobile, Amusement and Future Products Business Divisions. Overall, Konami’s broad 2006 line-up includes products across all genres and age groups. Below is additional information on the products that will be showcased at Konami’s 2006 Gamers’ Day:

beatmania
Release date: Spring 2006
Genre: Music
Platform: PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system

beatmania is a revolutionary new interactive DJ simulation game for the PlayStation 2, which combines high-energy pulsating music with cutting-edge videos. Utilizing a specially designed DJ controller and featuring more than 50 tracks, beatmania lets gamers feel the vibe, drop the beats and create the pulsing energy of a club in their own homes.

CMT Presents: Karaoke Revolution® Country
Release date: Spring 2006
Genre: Music
Platform: PlayStation 2

Saddle up with the hottest new addition to the Karaoke Revolution series. Karaoke Revolution Country marks the first branch out to a dedicated genre for the popular franchise. Officially licensed by CMT (Country Music Television), America’s most popular country music network, Karaoke Revolution Country features 35 all-new chart topping songs made popular by the hottest names in country music!

Gradius Collection
Release date: Spring 2006
Genre: Shooting
Platform: PSP system

Gradius Collection is a compilation of five beloved Gradius titles in one exciting game. Spanning more than 20 years of exciting releases, the titles include Gradius, Gradius II, Gradius III, Gradius IV, and the never-before-released in the United States, Gradius Gaiden.

Konami All-In Poker
Release date: Spring 2006
Genre: Card Game
Platform: Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft

Shuffle up and deal in the most exciting card game on the planet. This no-nonsense poker game lets new players learn the ropes and allows experienced poker players to get right into the action. Players choose from one of five classic games including Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha and 7 Card Stud. In-game tutorials teach players the basic strategies, and Xbox Live online game service component lets players compete online for exciting multiplayer action.

Konami’s Chess Battle  (working title)
Release date: Fall 2006
Genre: Strategy
Platform: PSP system

Konami’s Chess Battle combines intense 3D graphics and storytelling with a variety of single and multiplayer game modes for the ultimate chess experience. Set in a time prior to the age of man, players determine the fate of the world in a great battle. Players can choose to battle as one of five fully interactive 3D chess sets, including magicians, an aquatic civilization, cybernetic beings, forest-dwelling spirits and servants of chaos -- or have the option to play using a classic 3D or 2D chess set.

Metal Gear Acid®2
Release date: March 2006
Genre: Strategy
Platform: PSP system

Following the deep tactical strategy from the previous Metal Gear Acid game, Metal Gear Acid 2 features an improved card-based strategic gameplay system with card weapon upgrades and over 500 cards to use. The title delivers enhanced tactical gameplay and new visual effects, including an innovative 3-D mode packed with exciting gameplay and trailers that are viewed with special 3-D glasses. As the role of top-secret agent, Solid Snake, players will make calculated decisions to plan out their infiltration strategy and accomplish the mission in a turn-based game.

Metal Gear Solid®3: Subsistence
Release date: March 2006
Genre: Action
Platform: PlayStation 2

Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is the newest game in the highly-acclaimed Metal Gear Solid series, created by the world-renowned Hideo Kojima. It features the complete smash-hit action game Metal Gear Solid®3: Snake Eater, as well as all-new game modes such as robust online multiplayer gameplay, different camera perspectives, new duel mode, a demo theater mode, additional Snake vs. Monkey stages and the original Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake games that were previously released only in Japan.

Rumble Roses XX 
Release date: Spring 2006
Genre: Sports/Wrestling
Platform: Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft

The follow-up to last year’s smash hit all-female wrestling video game and the first wrestling game for Xbox 360, Rumble Roses XX will feature a full lineup of incredible looking wrestlers along with all-new moves, gameplay modes, tag team action and online play. Set to be the “best-looking” game for the new console, Rumble Roses XX features more than 20 playable characters, including all the popular ladies from the original Rumble Roses such as Reiko and Dixie. Each wrestler will also have a variety of costume changes, new moves, different crowd reactions and attitudes depending on their persona.

Silent Hill® Experience (working title)
Release date: Spring 2006
Genre: Multimedia
Platform: PSP system

Unique among all PSP system products available on the market, The Silent Hill Experience combines a variety of media – comics, music and movies – to deliver a complete behind-the-scenes look at the popular Silent Hill franchise. Using an intuitive 3D interface, Silent Hill fans will be able to view all-new digital interactive comics, listen to music from the long-running series of Silent Hill video games, and watch exclusive video content, including an interview with the director of the highly-anticipated Silent Hill motion picture.

Steel Horizon (working title)
Release date: Fall 2006
Genre: Strategy
Platform: PSP system, Nintendo DS

Steel Horizon combines turn-based strategy with intense action to deliver an exciting game play experience to players of all ages. Players will be able to build and command a powerful WW2 naval fleet, comprised of battleships, submarines and aircraft carriers. By combining the best of turn-based strategy and real-time action, players will strategically position their fleets and engage in real-time 3D combat.

Street Supremacy
Release date: Spring 2006
Genre: Racing
Platform: PSP system

Experience the super-charged world of street racing as a member of a team out for supremacy. Face off against rivals as you race through Tokyo's traffic-filled streets. Stay in front of your opponents, dominate the competition and rule the highway! Featuring unique RPG-style racing gameplay, single and multiplayer modes and numerous licensed vehicles, Street Supremacy is must-have for the PSP system.

Suikoden® V
Release date: Spring 2006
Genre: Role-playing
Platform: PlayStation 2

Continuing the series’ legacy, this newest installment will take fans on an all-new epic adventure through never-before-seen continents located within the immense and exciting Suikoden universe. Suikoden V, like its predecessors, offers unparalleled in-depth gameplay, 3-D environments, a riveting storyline as well as the series’ trademark 108 Stars of Destiny. The game features significant enhancements from all the previous installments in the series, including 6-member battle parties, multiple mini-games, the homebase system, and many other new features which create a unique gameplay experience like no other.

Tao’s Adventure: Curse of the Demon Seal (working title)
Release date: Spring 2006
Genre: Role-playing
Platform: Nintendo DS

In this exciting, action-packed RPG, players take on the role of Tao, a young magic student living on Bente Island, who must travel on an incredible journey to save his family and fellow village people from an evil monster curse that has turned everyone into stone. During this mystical quest, players will embark on an epic voyage packed with many traps and tricks, multitudes of monsters, 40 floors of thrilling battle adventure at the Monster Tower, and an endearing storyline which RPG fans will love.

World Soccer Winning Eleven 9
Release date: Early 2006
Genre: Sports/Soccer
Platform: PlayStation 2, Xbox, PSP system, PC CD-ROM

Winning Eleven 9 shoots and scores with the best soccer experience in the industry. This new edition combines the attention to detail that has been the series’ hallmark along with new formations, Master League enhancements and – for the first time ever – online play. Winning Eleven 9 features real players, a large variety of licensed teams, photo-realistic graphics, and a huge variety of stadiums, helping players re-create the same excitement that surrounds the world’s most popular sport.


Ys: The Ark of Napishtim
Release date: Spring 2006
Genre: Role-playing
Platform: PSP system

The Ys series is one of the most beloved RPG franchises of all time. Now on the PSP system, gamers-on-the-go can experience the beautifully rendered environments, distinct storytelling, exciting plot twists and unique characters that set Ys apart from other action RPGs. Additionally, players can unlock new mini-games and databases revealing the secrets of Ys, as well as listen to the game’s complete soundtrack as well as view movies and trailers in the Ys Media Player.

AMUSEMENT

Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA
Release date: Spring 2006
Genre: Music
Platform: Arcade

The hottest revolution and bestselling video game in the music game category returns to its arcade roots with Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA. The first arcade version to be released in North America in 6 years, Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA features over 300 songs, all-new game modes, vibrant graphics and more than 2000 dance step patterns.


FUTURE PRODUCTS

Yu-Gi-Oh! USB Duelpass Key
Release date: Spring 2006
Platform: PC

By plugging the Yu-Gi-Oh! USB Duelpass Key into a computer, the user is automatically launched to a unique Yu-Gi-Oh! Online.net login page, where they can duel with other Yu-Gi-Oh! gamers anywhere in the world. The user is credited with 90 duel points and receives 3 virtual cards, one of the cards is exclusive to the product.

MOBILE

Blockshot
Release date: Winter 2006
Genre: Mobile/Action Puzzle

Based on the popular Quarth arcade game, Blockshot combines elements of both shooting and puzzle games. Shoot carefully to make a solid block and clear them from the screen. Keep an eye on the big picture and work as efficiently as possibly.

Cubic
Release date: Winter 2006
Genre: Mobile/3D Puzzle

Cubic is a puzzle game played over all sides of a 3D polygon cube. Choose the color and go! Reverse pieces are made by sandwiching in the opponent vertically, horizontally or diagonally. The player who has the most pieces wins!

Dance Dance Revolution®
Release date: Spring 2006
Genre: Mobile/Dance

The hip tunes and party atmosphere of the arcade version go mobile! Players use their fingers to “step” on the arrows right, left, front, back on your phone. Use some tricky finger work to get the high score.

Push-It!
Release date: Winter 2006
Genre: Mobile/3D Puzzle

Push It! is a sliding box game which challenges players to create a safe course by sliding boxes into open areas in the path. Be careful not to disturb certain objects along the way. Caution: highly addicting!

Tamakoro 3D
Release date: Spring 2006
Genre: Mobile/3D Action

Keep the ball rolling without falling over the edge and avoiding the traps. It doesn’t matter which path the players uses, so find a shortcut or detour to shorten the time score! Net ranking and new road course downloads will be available.

For more information about Konami games visit: http://www.konami.com/gs

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 Solid®, Silent Hill® and Castlevania®, 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.

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