SANTA CLARA, Calif., (August 30, 2006) â€“ Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today that One Piece(TM): Grand Adventure is now available in retail stores for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and Nintendo GameCube(R). With a fierce spirit for adventure, the Strawhat crew continues its quest for the Grand Line and acquires new members to assist them on a new fighting game based on the popular One Piece comic and anime series featured in Shonen Jump and Cartoon Network. One Piece: Grand Adventure gives worthy pirates a chance to experience an abundance of new characters, mini-games, the intense Free-moving vs. Battle action system and several unexplored regions to visit on an exciting new voyage.
â€œElements present in this excellent fighting game are sure to please both fans of the genre and fans of the anime series,â€ said Naruo Uchida, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.â€™s Vice President of Product Development. â€œWe are also very pleased to say that GameCube owners will also be able to experience the fast-paced action and exciting mini-games that One Piece: Grand Adventure has to offer.â€
On the dangerous waters around the Grand Line, an area that is filled to the brim with colossal sea monsters and unusual weather patterns, One Piece:
Grand Adventure pits one particular band of extraordinary pirates against wacky opponents in a fighting game fit for the high seas. With a cast of 24 main characters and 50 supporting characters, Monkey D. Luffy and the Strawhat members must unlock and assemble the proper crew to assist them in their battles. One Piece: Grand Adventure implements the Accel-Heat System that enables powerful attacks taken straight from the animated TV series. Overcome a diversity of mini-games in the Adventure mode that spans 20 uncharted ocean area maps and create the ultimate character to battle your friends in Grand battle mode!
Developed by GANBARION, One Piece: Grand Adventure is rated â€œTâ€ for Teen by the ESRB and is available for $39.99.
For more information about One Piece: Grand Adventure, please visit http://www.namcobandaigames.com.
About Toei Animation (JASDAQ â€“code 4816)
Toei Animation Co., Ltd. (http://www.toei-anim.co.jp or http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/english/index.html) is the largest animation production company in
Japan since 1956, and have produced many celebrated works ranging from feature films such as "The White Snake" and "Puss 'N Boots", to TV series staring from "Ken, the Wild Boy" on to "Dragon Ball," "Sailor Moon," "Digimon Adventure" and "One Piece." The content in its possession come to a total of approximately 8,500 episodes, which accounts for about 4,200 hours. Consolidated billings (gross sales for fiscal terms 02/03 were recorded at Yen 18,429 million. Toei Animation is publicly quoted on JASDAQ (code 4816). Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and its affiliate company registered as "Toei Animation Inc." in Los Angeles, California.
About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. is an interactive entertainment software publisher and developer based in Santa Clara, CA. The company is a subsidiary of the newly formed NAMCO BANDAI Holdings (USA) Inc. based in Cypress, CA. On September 29, 2005, Bandai Co., Ltd. and NAMCO LIMITED implemented a management integration to form NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc. This step was taken to compete more effectively on the global stage in the fast-changing entertainment industry and to deliver further growth. The resulting BANDAI NAMCO Group is a global entertainment group involved in business fields ranging from toys, amusement facilities, video game software and visual software, to apparel, sundries and network content. As previous separate entities (Namco Hometek Inc. and Bandai Games Inc.) the companies were each known for creating some of the industryâ€™s top video game franchises including: Tamagotchi(R), Tekken(R), SOULCALIBUR(R), Dead to Rights(R), Pac-Man(R) World(TM), Digimon(R), Ridge Racer(R), Time Crisis(R) and ACECOMBAT(R). For more information about NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. and its products log onto www.namcobandaigames.com. Press Release (C) 2006 NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
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