SANTA CLARA, Calif., (Sept 12, 2006) – NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. has announced today that One Piece: Pirates' Carnival for Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation2 computer entertainment system has shipped to retail. Luffy and the Strawhat crew usher in the new age of piracy with over 30 adventure-filled mini games, three game modes and outrageous antics that only the One Piece world can deliver. One Piece: Pirates' Carnival is based on the tremendously popular graphic novel published by VIZ Media and TV series of the same name airing on Cartoon Network.
"One Piece: Pirates' Carnival brings players all the comical antics of the One Piece characters in a party game that everyone can enjoy," said Naruo Uchida, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.'s Vice President of Product Development. "We have created a title that is easily accessible and filled with a great variety of mini-games that fits well with the adventures of the Strawhat crew."
Embark on a voyage with Luffy and the crew, as up-to-four players take command of their own vessel and prove their worth as captain. Duke it out in Board Game mode where players compete in mini games to take control of individual tile squares on board maps taken from their favorite One Piece areas. Gain territory in East Blue, or make a play for power over Grand Line as gamers struggle to become a dominating force on the sea. Collect cards from newly conquered stomping grounds and unearth hidden treasure to gain power and sail toward victory.
Gamers can replay their favorite mini-games at any time with the Mini-Game Collection mode. Have a blast in a hazardous bomb battle, shoot hoops in a game of pirate basketball, or get messy with a food fight. Potential pirates can also get a piece of the action in Versus mode, which offers four additional independent games for even more multiplayer mayhem.
Developed by Hand Co. Ltd., One Piece: Pirates' Carnival is rated "E" for Everyone by the ESRB and carries an MSRP of $29.99.
For additional information about One Piece: Pirates' Carnival, please visit: http://www.namcobandaigames.com
About Toei Animation (JASDAQ –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 industry's top video game franchises including: Tamagotchi, Tekken, SOULCALIBUR, Dead to Rights, Pac-Man World, Digimon, Ridge Racer, Time Crisis and ACECOMBAT.
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