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Marvelous Entertainment USA and XSEED Games Partner to Participate at Tokyo Game Show

October 9, 2008

Marvelous Entertainment USA and XSEED Games Partner to Participate at Tokyo Game Show

Independent Game Publishers to Hold Press Conference and Showcase Portfolio of Upcoming Titles at the World’s Largest Game Show

Marvelous Entertainment USA and XSEED Games today announced it will participate in this year’s Tokyo Game Show, one of the world’s largest game shows which has historically attracted more than 100,000 consumers and industry participants. Staying true to the strong partnership, Marvelous Entertainment USA and XSEED Games have joined forces with Marvelous Entertainment Japan, parent company of Marvelous Entertainment USA, to have a booth at TGS. The companies plan to showcase an amazing line up of games for Nintendo platforms, the Nintendo DS and Wii, as well as the PSP. Marvelous Entertainment will also host a press conference on Thursday, October 9 at 3:30pm. TGS 2008 will be held at the Makuhari Messe, in Chiba, Japan from October 9th through October 12th. TGS attendees are invited to visit the Marvelous Entertainment Japan booth located at 2-S1.

”This is going to be an especially exciting and special show for us as we a announcing new titles and also giving our audience an opportunity to see first hand some of our amazing games,” stated Yasuhiro Wada, Managing Director of Marvelous Entertainment. “Our XSEED Games partnership has proved fantastic so having them here with us to showcase our partnership titles is really important and appreciated.”

Games being announced at TGS and being released in North America under the partnership are: Flower, Sun, and Rain DS and Arc Rise Fantasia Wii.

“We are very proud of the line up of games being unveiled at this year’s TGS and to be able to participate with Marvelous Entertainment,” said Jun Iwasaki, President of XSEED Games. “The games we are showcasing are exceptional and very fun and engaging, so we look forward to giving consumers and guests an opportunity to see what’s in store before they are released starting later this year.”

Games being shown at TGS 2008 under the Marvelous Entertainment USA and XSEED Games partnership are:

Arc Rise Fantasia Wii
From Marvelous Entertainment and Image Epoch, the same tandem that created the highly lauded Luminous Arc, comes Arc Rise Fantasia, an epic RPG exclusively developed for the Wii. Arc Rise Fantasia is a product of old and new, combining gorgeous graphics with modern gameplay while bringing classic Japanese high fantasy role-playing action involving airships and dragons, exclusively to the platform. Arc Rise Fantasia Wii is being co-developed by Image Epoch and scheduled for release 2009.

Avalon Code DS
From the creative minds behind Rune Factory and Harvest Moon with the development studio responsible for the Final Fantasy III and Final Fantasy IV DS remakes comes Avalon Code DS, an action RPG boasting incredible graphics, a deep and engrossing story, and innovative game play mechanics. Using the main character’s ‘Book of Prophecy’, players can modify the rules of engagement during battle as well as weapon and monster attributes. The player even has control over the story as it changes depending on which gender the player chooses to play as, enhancing the ability to immerse themselves into the story. Avalon Code DS is scheduled for release Q1 2009. The game will be published in Europe by Rising Star Games*, a subsidiary of Marvelous Entertainment.

Flower, Sun, and Rain DS
Flower, Sun, and Rain DS is a unique mystery adventure from the twisted mind behind Killer 7 and No More Heroes. Originally released on the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and quickly gaining notoriety for its eccentricity, Flower, Sun, and Rain had never been available outside of Japan. This updated Nintendo DS release features all the creative quirks that made the original a cult hit while adding Touch Screen functionality and 50 new puzzles in what’s sure to please loyal fans of its creator, “Suda51.” The story starts on a tropical island in a seaside resort unlike any other called the Flower, Sun, and Rain resort. But all is not well in paradise as Sumio Mondo, a searcher, has been urgently summoned to the island by the owner of the hotel. Upon arrival, Sumio becomes caught in a time loop as the events of the same day are played out over and over again, with each day coming to an explosive end at the hands of some terrorists that have targeted the island for an unknown reason. With the Flower, Sun, and Rain as his base of operations, Sumio travels the island questioning the residents and following up on clues in order to get to the bottom of the mystery. Flower, Sun, and Rain DS is scheduled for release 2009.

Rune Factory: Frontier Wii
From the creators of Harvest Moon and Rune Factory for the DS comes the first installment of Rune Factory for a home console. Developed exclusively for Wii, Rune Factory: Frontier features stunning graphics and takes full advantage of the Wii’s unique controls to fully immerse players in the Rune Factory universe. Rune Factory: Frontier incorporates an open-ended structure that allows players to choose the type of game they wish to experience. Whether it’s growing crops, expanding the town, fighting (or befriending) monsters or even falling in love, the experience is unique to each player. Rune Factory: Frontier Wii is scheduled for release Q1 2009. The game will be published in Europe by Rising Star Games*, a subsidiary of Marvelous Entertainment.

LITTLE KING’S STORY Wii
Little King’s Story has an art style that is very ‘story-book’ in look and a magical fairy tale quality that will intrigue and delight gamers. The storyline, visual look, and lyrical music of Little King’s Story, work in concert to transport players to an interactive, enchanting, fairy tale world. By combining gameplay elements from life-simulation, real-time strategy, and adventure genres, the many aspects of creating a vast kingdom come to life! As King, players will manage and involve their townspeople in the goals of creating this new territory; enlisting them to dig for treasure, build new buildings and otherwise better their community. Of course, leadership is a two-way street, so as King, players will try to conquer rival nations to create a single unified kingdom, while also granting the requests of townspeople at whim. The game transforms the Wii Remote to a royal scepter and offers players the chance to be the best king in the world! Little King’s Story Wii is scheduled for release winter 2008. The game will be published in Europe by Rising Star Games*, a subsidiary of Marvelous Entertainment.

MURAMASA: THE DEMON BLADE Wii
Based on ancient Japanese lore, Murumasa: The Demon Blade (known in Japan as “Oboro Muramasa Youtouden) plunges players into the mystical Genroku era, ruled by the skilled shogun Tsunayoshi Tokogawa. But this culture is threatened; Tokogawa’s thirst for power leads to a conflict over the enormously powerful, though cursed, Demon Blades. Used in hatred, drenched in blood, the cursed blades condemn those who use them to tragedy, madness, and untimely deaths. As chaos spreads, denizens from the netherworld breach their realm as these malevolent swords summon evil spirits - and the Dragon and Demon Gods as well. Featuring hand-drawn 2D art reflecting the heritage and tone of the storyline, Muramasa: The Demon Blade transports players into a little known mythology, envisioned by the creators of the critically acclaimed Odin Sphere. Players take on the role of a male ninja or female kunoichi, utilizing their ninja prowess to traverse the clever side-scrolling levels that feature vertical progression as well as the traditional horizontal stage advancement. Muramasa: The Demon Blade Wii is scheduled for release in 2009.

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