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Konami Ships Lunar Knights to Retail Stores Nationwide

February 6, 2006

Konami Ships Lunar Knights to Retail Stores Nationwide

Action Role-Playing Game from Kojima Productions Breaks New Ground on the Nintendo DS with Innovative Night and Day Gameplay System

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced it has shipped Lunar Knights for the Nintendo DS™ to retail stores nationwide. An original action role-playing game from Kojima Productions, the world renowned development studio behind the Metal Gear Solid series, Lunar Knights balances intense, real-time combat and strategic character development with a unique night and day gameplay mechanic that lets players battle the armies of the undead around the clock.

The burning sun transitions into ominous moon in Lunar Knights, as players take on the role of the solar powered Aaron and his lunar-enhanced counterpart Lucian as they lead an uprising against their vampire oppressors. Fueled by their powerful Casket Armor, the vampires have used the twisted powers of the undead to enslave the human race and disrupt the world’s environment.

Implementing an original climate mechanic, gameplay in Lunar Knights cycles between day and night and generates real-time weather that affects all aspects of the game. Aaron and Lucian are more effective in combat when the sun and moon are at their peak, encouraging players to play as both characters and explore their unique solar and lunar abilities. Weather effects such as rain, wind and humidity impact the appearance and strength level of certain enemies while providing valuable cues on how to solve the game’s many puzzles.

On their quest to defeat the vampires, Aaron and Lucian will be accompanied by a group of Terrennials, creatures imbued by the elements with special powers and abilities. The Terrennials will instill their specific element to Aaron and Lucian’s physical attacks and can also unleash special Burst Attacks. Utilizing the unique functionality of the Nintendo DS hardware, players can input a variety of Burst Attacks using the touch screen and microphone that correspond to each elemental onslaught.

After defeating each of the game’s bosses, Aaron and Lucian take to the sky in their Casket Rocket, “Laplace,” to dispose of their enemies’ undead remains. Players control Laplace entirely with the touch screen, dragging their stylus to move the ship while touching enemies to lock on and fire. The vampires’ control of the world extends to outer space, and players will need to use their reflexes and battle abilities to take down massive bosses to complete the disposal of the bloodthirsty leaders.

Lunar Knights features detailed animated cut-scenes by the acclaimed animation group Studio 4 Degrees. Providing valuable information on the game’s characters and setting, the scenes further immerse players into the game’s gothic storyline at pivotal intervals.

Lunar Knights is rated “E10+” by the ESRB and carries a suggested retail price of $29.99. For more information on the game, please visit www.konami.com.

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