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NAMCO BANDAI Games Ships Ridge Racer(R)7 and Mobile Suit Gundam(R): CROSSFIRE(TM) Across North America

State of the Art Drift Racing and Intense Mecha Combat Launch Onto the PLAYSTATION(R)3 Computer Entertainment System

SANTA CLARA, CALIF., November 17 /CNW/ - Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today proudly announced that its two PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system launch titles, Ridge Racer(R)7 and Mobile Suit Gundam(R): CROSSFIRE(TM), have shipped along side the new next generation hardware and are available now at retailers across North America.

Both highly-anticipated PLAYSTATION 3 system titles have garnered positive feedback from top press. In a recent preview, GameSpot.com wrote: "The upcoming Ridge Racer 7 ushers the high-speed, drift-intensive racing series into the PLAYSTATION 3 system era with fast action, a rock-solid frame rate, and a 1080p presentation that really looks slick." Similarly, a recent preview from GamePro magazine said: "With over 30 Mobile Suits to pilot and the awesome graphics power of the PLAYSTATION 3 system, Mobile Suit Gundam: CROSSFIRE is just how a Gundam game should be presented, in high definition with a horde of options."

"NAMCO BANDAI Games is pleased to show our dedication to the next generation of gaming hardware by shipping two PLAYSTATION 3 system launch titles," said Makoto Iwai, Senior Vice President of the Development Group at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. "These two long-standing franchises will be able to do things they have never done before on this exceptionally powerful system."

About Ridge Racer 7

Ridge Racer 7 lets players take on the laws of speed and gravity on 22 brand new exhilarating courses. The unmatched level of customization allows players to create a vehicle that is 100% unique to their personality. The PLAYSTATION 3 system's online capability lets players bring their machine online to dual it out in 14-player multi-player mode and online team battles. The game also features a brand new Grand Prix mode for players to build their careers as a racer from the ground up in order to earn fame on the track. With 5.1 channel sound, running at 1080p and 60fps, 375,000 ways to customize visually, up to 7,150 combinations to tailor the performance of each machine and an array of powerful head-turning cars, sleek body kits, hot colors and decals, Ridge Racer 7 stands to be the most in-depth and exciting racing title in the series.

Rated "E" for Everyone, Ridge Racer 7 will carry a suggested retail price of $59.99.

About Mobile Suit Gundam: CROSSFIRE

Delivering an intense combat simulation experience coupled with unparalleled graphics, Mobile Suit Gundam: CROSSFIRE puts players in the role of a lone solider. Players have the option of joining the Zeon forces and making the final strides for complete control of planet Earth or joining the Earth Federation Army and expelling the intruders. By taking on the role of squad leader, players can dictate how they want to lead their mobile suit contingent in battle with specialized tactics and execution. Players can also work to access more than 30 different mobile suits and customize their weaponry, armor and more. With realistic destruction physics, combatants can target specific areas on the enemy to expose vulnerabilities and gain the upper hand. Mobile suit pilots can also square off with a friend or foe in the two-player mode. Mobile Suit Gundam: CROSSFIRE takes gamers to the next level in the Gundam franchise.

Rated "T" for Teen, Mobile Suit Gundam: CROSSFIRE will carry a suggested retail price of $59.99.

For more information about these PLAYSTATION 3 system games and other exciting products, please visit NAMCO BANDAI Games' official website at www.namcobandaigames.com.

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(R), Tekken(R), SOULCALIBUR(R), Dead to Rights(R), Pac-Man(R) World(TM), Digimon(R), Ridge Racer(R), Time Crisis(R) and ACECOMBAT(R). For more information about NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. and its products log onto www.namcobandaigames.com.

Press Release (C) 2006 NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

RIDGE RACER 7 c2006 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. U.S. Patent Nos. 5,269,687; 5,354,202 and 5,577,913 used under license from Midway Games West Inc Gundam (R) & (C) 1979-2006 SOTSU AGENCY, SUNRISE. TM SOTSU. (C) 2006 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.

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