LOS ANGELES, CA – May 4, 2006 - D3Publisher of America, Inc. (D3PA) will showcase titles for gamers of all ages at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, taking place in the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 10-12, 2006. The company's line-up includes titles based on popular entertainment brands such as VIZ Media's hit anime series SHONEN JUMP'S NARUTO, Cartoon Network Enterprises' Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, and Flushed Away from DreamWorks Animation and Aardman, as well as innovative offerings for the PSP (PlayStationPortable) system that include Dead Head Fred and WTF: Work Time Fun.
D3Publisher of America's Game Line-Up Includes:
NARUTO: Clash of Ninja 2 – Presented by D3PA and TOMY Corporation and developed exclusively for Nintendo GameCube, NARUTO: Clash of Ninja 2 follows the incredibly popular first installment, NARUTO: Clash of Ninja. The second game will offer non-stop ninja style combat action for 1-4 players where gamers choose to play as one of 23 total available characters. All-new multi-player modes will engage players in frantic simultaneous four player battles and single-player modes will offer more gameplay choices than before with survival and timed attack modes that allow players to showcase their taijutsu and special jutsu abilities. Developed by 8ing, NARUTO: Clash of Ninja 2 is anticipated for release in September 2006.
NARUTO: Ninja Council 2 - Presented by D3PA and TOMY Corporation and developed exclusively for the Game Boy Advance by Aspect, NARUTO: Ninja Council 2 builds on the storyline of NARUTO: Ninja Council and will allow players to switch between three unique characters on the fly to strategically conquer each challenging level. All-new multiplayer modes offer head-to-head action or cooperative play for up to four players. NARUTO: Ninja Council 2 is anticipated for release in Fall 2006.
Dead Head Fred - Created specifically for the PSP system, Dead Head Fred draws players into an original alternative reality as private dectective Fred Neuman, savagely murdered and then resurrected in a scientific experiment gone awry without his memory or his head. Players will embark on a quest for vengeance as they solve their own murder by using the severed heads of enemies to battle their way through environments designed to showcase each head's unique abilities. Dead Head Fred revolutionizes the gameplay experience on the PSP system by offering a dynamic camera that immerses players in the action without having to control a manual camera. Dead Head Fred is anticipated for release in Q1 2007.
Flushed Away – The only game based on the upcoming film from Dreamworks Animation and Aardman, Flushed Away lets gamers play the movie and beyond as Roddy, Rita and the Jammy Dodger struggle against the Toad and his evil plans. Players will use the unique skills of each character to battle the Toad's henchmen, explore new environments not in the film and interact with new characters exclusive to the game. Flushed Away is anticipated for release in Q4 2006.
Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: Genie & the Amp – Inspired by real life superstar rockers, Ami and Yumi, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: Genie & the Amp follows the fantastic adventures of two very cool pop stars who are suffering from an uncommon bout of writer's block. Luckily, they discover a genie behind a dusty amplifier who helps them battle across 10 unique time periods such as Ancient Rome and the Wild Wild West, to gain the musical notes needed to play the ultimate world tour. Players can play as Ami or Yumi as they use their skills to solve challenging puzzles, battle scary enemies and unlock fun mini-games both in single player mode or multiplayer cooperative mode for up to two players through the wireless feature for the Nintendo DS. Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: Genie & the Amp is anticipated for release in Q2 2006.
WTF: Work Time Fun – The latest in a long line of unique Japanese games that have gained popularity in the United States, WTF delivers compelling stints of crazy arcade-style action unlike anything ever seen on the PSP system. Players will test their skills and earn cash with more than 40 wacked-out mini-games, use the money earned to unlock additional games and collect hundreds of unique prizes and unlock useful "real world" tools for the PSP system such as the Bar Calculator, World Clock and Ramen Timer. WTF is anticipated for release in Q3 2006.
Break'em All - Jam packed with levels ranging from the super simple to the super difficult, Break'em All offers classic arcade puzzle solving action as players fight their way through multiple levels and out-duel challenging bosses. Three unique gameplay modes such as Tokoton, Quest and Survival offer compelling single player action or multiplayer games for 2-8 players via the wireless feature for Nintendo DS. Break'em All is anticipated for release in Q2 2006.
For product demonstations of D3PA's E3 2006 game line-up, please visit Booth 546, South Hall, Los Angeles Convention Center, May 10-12, or for additional product information and art assets, please visit: http://www.d3press.us/.
About D3Publisher of America, Inc
D3Publisher of America, Inc. is a subsidiary of D3, Inc. with headquarters in Tokyo. D3Publisher of America's strategic focus is on licensed and original titles from leading third-party developers that appeal to mass-market consumers or gaming enthusiasts. Based in Los Angeles, D3Publisher of America distributes and publishes software for personal computers and the major console platforms including Game Boy Advance, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, PlayStation game console, PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, PSP portable entertainment system and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft. For additional information on D3Publisher of America and its products, visit the website at http://www.d3publisher.us
About TOMY Corporation
TOMY Corporation is a subsidiary of TOMY Company, Ltd, with headquarters in Tokyo. The newly created Consumer Software Division's mission is to develop and publish game titles for the North American marketplace, based on both licensed and original intellectual properties. TOMY currently publishes for the Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, and Nintendo DS. TOMY also develops and manufactures a portfolio of toys and games including: Thomas and Friends, Constructables and Gearation brand toys and games. Information on TOMY and TOMY products can be found at http://www.tomy.com/tc/.
About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages.
About Cartoon Network Enterprises
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE), the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network, is charged with building consumer product franchises for Cartoon Network, its brands and characters from the channel's growing library of award-winning original programming. CNE also works to secure and support long-term licensee partnerships across all key merchandising categories. The division currently offers consumer product programs for an array of marquee animation franchises including Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Ed, Edd and Eddy, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi,My Gym Partner is a Monkey, Camp Lazlo, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Adult Swim and more. Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 88 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s ad-supported cable service offering the best in original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and families. Overnight from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry