The Time Has Come to Embark on an Epic Journey... Baten Kaitos Ships to Stores
Company: Namco
San Jose, Calif., (November 16, 2004) – Kalas is awaiting your guidance... Leading video games publisher and developer Namco Hometek Inc. announced today that their most breathtaking role-playing adventure yet, Baten Kaitos?: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, has shipped to North American retail outlets.

Available exclusively for the Nintendo GameCube?, Baten Kaitos takes players on an intense and innovative epic journey to save a world in crisis. Set in a civilization on the verge of destruction from a powerful and ancient conspiracy, players join Kalas and Xelha -- two unlikely heroes -- as they embark on an uncertain journey in hopes of saving their cherished world.

Unlike the typical card-based video game, Baten Kaitos introduces an engaging battle and item system, providing more than 1,000 different objects that players can use to aid the story’s heroes on their way. “Magnus” cards are used to capture the essence of certain objects, weapons, or spells, for use in solving puzzles, combat, healing, and more.

“The game’s stunning graphics, brilliant 3D character designs by Nakaba Higurashi, and its mystical nature set Baten Kaitos apart from other titles within the RPG genre,” said Garry Cole, executive vice president at Namco Hometek Inc. “The overall beauty of the game and the unique ‘Magnus’ card battle system are sure to meet the high expectations of RPG fans in the U.S. market.”

About Namco Hometek Inc.
Namco Hometek Inc. is the U.S. consumer division of Namco Limited, a Tokyo-based world leader in the high-tech entertainment industry. Based in San Jose, CA, Namco Hometek Inc. is an award-winning video games publisher for next generation game consoles. Namco has created some of the industry's greatest video game franchises: Tekken®, SOULCALIBUR®, Dead to Rights®, Pac-Man World?, Ridge Racer®, Time Crisis® and ACECOMBAT?. For more information about Namco and its products log onto www.namco.com .
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