Dig Dug Digging Strike Burrows Into Retail Stores
Company: Namco
SANTA CLARA, Calif., (October 19, 2005) - Leading video games developer and publisher Namco Hometek Inc. today announced that Dig Dug Digging Strike has shipped to stores for the Nintendo DS. A 3D dual screen adventure that reinvents the arcade classic, Dig Dug Digging Strike features more than 80 areas, wireless multiplayer action, unique weapons and an array of enemies both old and new. Developed by Namco Ltd., Dig Dug Digging Strike is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.

In Dig Dug Digging Strike, monsters are terrorizing the islands and it is up to Dig Dug and his fearless crew to sink the islands and drive their enemies
into the ocean. Classic monsters including Pooka and Fygar make an appearance, as well as a host of new bad guys. Players explore 3D environments to locate fault lines and then delve below ground - digging on the bottom screen - to connect the fault lines until the islands break apart. Timing is crucial - players must make sure that they are safe, and that monsters are trapped behind the fault lines, before separating the land masses.

"Dig Dug is truly an arcade classic, and we're bringing the subterranean fun to a whole new generation with Dig Dug Digging Strike on the Nintendo DS,"said Yoshi Niki, Business Unit Director at Namco Hometek Inc. "Dig Dug Digging Strike retains the classic arcade feel of the original game, while offering creative gameplay that can only be achieved with the handheld's dual screen feature. With the addition of head-to-head wireless multiplayer, this could be the most entertaining Dig Dug title to date."

As players progress through the 15 stages in Dig Dug Digging Strike, they will have an arsenal of new weapons at their disposal. However, players must be careful - flowing lava and tumbling rocks don't know the difference between the good guys and the enemies! Mini games that parody classic Namco titles are included throughout Dig Dug Digging Strike, and players can complete Horivalou and Hori X to help Dig Dug break apart the islands. Dig Dug Digging Strike also features a new item collection challenge, where players can acquire special items that enable them to unlock hidden areas and clear some of the most challenging boss levels.

For more information about Dig Dug Digging Strike, please visit www.namco.com.

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 Santa Clara, 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(R), SOULCALIBUR(R), Dead to Rights(R), Pac-Man World(TM), Ridge Racer(R), Time Crisis(R) and ACECOMBAT(TM).


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

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Game: Dig Dug Digging Strike (DS)