NARUTO: RISE OF A NINJA™ BRINGS THE ADVENTURE TO NORTH AMERICAN STORES Ubisoft’s Video Game, Based on the Popular U.S. Animation Series Arrives in North American Retailers This Week SAN FRANCISCO — October 30, 2007 — Today Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, announced that NARUTO: Rise of a Ninja™, exclusive to the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, has released and will be arriving on North American store shelves this week. The NARUTO: Rise of a Ninja video game is based on VIZ Media’s hugely popular NARUTO™ animation series which airs on Cartoon Network. “Not only is NARUTO: Rise of a Ninja the first original NARUTO video game developed for North America, it melds an open-world action-adventure with a cutting-edge fight game,” said Tony Key, vice president of marketing at Ubisoft. “It remains true to the NARUTO universe that will make fans proud, as well as provides a full and action-packed experience to new recruits.” In NARUTO: Rise of a Ninja, players will experience NARUTO starting from the series’ beginning, and will be able to relive the hit animation and manga and experience Naruto’s transformation from noisy ninja-academy failure to respected ninja. Key features of NARUTO: Rise of a Ninja include:· Experience Growing Up As Naruto: The only game that allows you to step into Naruto’s shoes from the series’ beginning. Complete authentic missions and relive the NARUTO manga and animation experience. · Immerse Yourself in the NARUTO Universe: Roam freely and discover authentic environments. Explore the Leaf Village and its surroundings. Interact with Sasuke, Sakura, Kakashi and members from the NARUTO cast. · Unparalleled Depth and Variety of Gameplay: The first NARUTO game to combine action adventure gameplay, classic platforming battles, head-to-head fighting and in-depth character development. · Build Your Fighting Techniques to Defeat Deadly Enemies in Fast-Paced Combat: Define your own way of the ninja as you learn to better control your chakra, improve your techniques, master new taijutsus and ninjutsus, and command more powerful ninja weapons. Train with Kakashi-Sensei and learn to execute hand signs with your controller’s sticks. · Play With Friends: Select your favorite NARUTO character and challenge a friend. Customize your character and pick your own battle field. Or challenge the world’s best on the Xbox LIVE® online gaming system. NARUTO: Rise of a Ninja ships with an ESRB rating of “T” (Teen), and a manufacturer suggested retail price of $59.99. For more information on NARUTO: Rise of a Ninja and NARUTO, please visit the game’s official website at: www.NarutoXbox360Game.com and www.naruto.viz.com. Naruto:™ Rise of a Ninja™ software © 2007 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Ubisoft, Ubi.com, and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. NARUTO artwork and elements © 2002 MASASHI KISHIMOTO. All Rights Reserved. SHONEN JUMP™, NARUTO™ and RISE OF A NINJA™ are trademarks of Shueisha, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. This product is manufactured, distributed and sold in North, South and Central American territories under license from VIZ Media, LLC. Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. About Ubisoft: Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated sales of 680 million Euros for the 2006-07 fiscal year. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.
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 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. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and at www.VIZ.com.