Mr. Driller® Drill Spirits and Ridge Racer® DS Launch on Nintendo DS
Company: Namco
SAN JOSE, Ca., (November 30, 2004) – Leading video games publisher and developer Namco Hometek Inc. announced today that Mr. DRILLER® Drill Spirits? has begun shipping to retail outlets nationwide exclusively for the Nintendo DS?. Namco has also announced that another favorite franchise title, Ridge Racer® DS, will begin shipping the first week of December 2004. Taking advantage of the technology the new platform has to offer, both titles utilize dual-screen support and wireless connectivity to the fullest – providing players with the ultimate Nintendo DS gaming experience.

“The unique attributes of the Nintendo DS platform have allowed our designers to be truly innovative in developing these two launch titles,” said Nobuhiro Kasahara, president and chief executive officer of Namco Hometek Inc. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer Mr. DRILLER and Ridge Racer fans a completely new and exciting way to experience their favorite games.”

Mr. DRILLER Drill Spirits allows players to utilize the innovative dual-screen interface and the new stylus for the ultimate in drilling action. Players are challenged to either rescue their fellow Drillers or collect power capsules to destroy the menacing Destroyer Drill. Supporting up to five players via Nintendo DS wireless capabilities, Mr. DRILLER Drill Spirits offers players various quick play modes and head-to-head races anytime and anywhere.

Ridge Racer DS, the popular arcade racing series, provides racing fans with all the tire-screechin’ fast-paced action they can handle -- all in the palm of their hands on the Nintendo DS. By offering true analog steering through the Nintendo DS touch screen, players can experience a variety of single-player racing modes, multiplayer races supporting up to six players and much more.

Mr. DRILLER Drill Spirits is available now in North American retail outlets and Ridge Racer DS will be available in December 2004 exclusively on the Nintendo DS. For more information, please visit:

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

TEKKEN®, SOULCALIBUR®, PAC-MAN WORLD?, Ridge Racer®, Time Crisis® and ACECOMBAT? are trademarks or registered trademarks of Namco Limited in the United States and/or other countries.
Dead to Rights? is a trademark or registered trademark of Namco Hometek Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

Mr.DRILLER® Drill Spirits?&©1999 2004 NAMCO LTD., ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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