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Ultimate Ninja 4: Naruto Shippuden has shipped to retailers for the PlayStation 2

March 24, 2009

NAMCO BANDAI GAMES RELEASES ULTIMATE NINJA 4: NARUTO SHIPPUDEN FOR PLAYSTATION 2

Intense Ninja Action Comes Home in the First Ever NARUTO Shippuden Video Game for North America

Leading video games developer and publisher NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today that Ultimate Ninja® 4: NARUTO™ Shippuden has shipped to retailers for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Fierce one-on-one ninja battles return along with new modes, a new storyline and new characters for the most comprehensive NARUTO video game experience yet. Ultimate Ninja 4: NARUTO Shippuden is the first video game for North America based on the NARUTO™ Shippuden animated series from VIZ Media.

“Ultimate Ninja 4: NARUTO Shippuden will give North American gamers a first-look into the exciting new world of NARUTO Shippuden,” said Todd Thorson, director of marketing and public relations for NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “Ultimate Ninja 4: NARUTO Shippuden combines over 50 characters, new modes, the new NARUTO Shippuden storyline and the acclaimed Ultimate Ninja fighting engine into one of the most intense and complete NARUTO experiences ever.”

Naruto returns to Hidden Leaf Village after two and a half years of strict training with his mentor Jiraiya. After reuniting with his friends, Naruto learns that the ever present Akatsuki organization has become a larger threat than ever before. Take control of an older and more powerful Naruto as he takes on a new quest to rescue his rival Sasuke from the evil Lord Orochimaru and battle the ever-looming Akatsuki.

Ultimate Ninja 4: NARUTO Shippuden features several unique game modes that offer different experiences as players immerse themselves in the world of ninja. A new Master Mode combines role-playing and action-platforming elements. This new mode tells original narrative arc that fans won’t find anywhere else; the story of Naruto’s return to the Hidden Leaf Village after training with Jiraiya. Players can also collect items to unlock characters in Free Battle Mode which features the series’ trademark one-on-one ninja battles for one or two players. Packed with new NARUTO Shippuden characters including Deidara, Sasori and Chiyo as well as updated versions of fan favorites, the game features 52 total playable characters to take into battle.

Developed by CyberConnect2, Ultimate Ninja 4: NARUTO Shippuden is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB and will have a MSRP of $39.99. For more information on the game, please visit www.namcobandaigames.com  and www.hokagesroom.com.  For more information on NARUTO and to view free episodes of NARUTO Shippuden, please visit www.naruto.com

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