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  NAMCO BANDAI GAMES ANNOUNCES POWER RANGERS™ SAMURAI COMING TO Wii ™ AND NINTENDO DS ™ SYSTEMS
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06/07/2011
 


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SANTA CLARA, Calif., (June 7, 2011) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. has combined its Zords to announce Power Rangers™ Samurai coming to Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ systems for Holiday 2011.  The title will bring a new generation of Rangers to life, as players utilize teamwork and the ancient Samurai Symbols of Power to battle the evil forces of the netherworld. 

Based on Saban Brands’ incredibly popular Power Rangers Samurai TV show on Nickelodeon, players of all ages will finally be able to join the Rangers as they physically immerse themselves into the morphing action of the iconic team of heroes.

“There are few other long-standing cultural icons as influential as the Power Rangers with their spirit of heroism, teamwork, and physical fitness,” said Vice President of Marketing at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., Carlson Choi.  “For the millions of fans that have grown up with the Rangers over the last two decades, or for parents looking for high quality entertainment with a positive message for their children, we’re incredibly excited to bring this franchise to a new generation of players in a way that truly allows everyone to experience what it means to be a Ranger.”

Power Rangers Samurai will let fans wield the Samuraizer to master the elements of Fire, Water, Sky, Forest, and Earth as they morph into Red, Blue, Pink, Green, or Yellow Rangers.  Martial arts training and fitness combined with team based battles teach the importance of team work, friendship, and responsibility to battle hordes of Nighlok monsters.  Players can also unlock secret passageways, access hidden levels, and get hints on how to defeat the armies of evil while collecting enough Zords to gain the Samurai Megazord needed to take down the MegaMonster once and for all.

For more information on the upcoming Power Rangers Samurai games or NAMCO BANDAI Games, please visit http://namcobandaigames.com/powerrangers.com or http://www.facebook.com/namco. The Power Rangers Samurai live action series is currently airing on Nickelodeon (rated TV-Y7).  For more information, please visit www.powerrangers.com or www.nickelodeon.com.

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About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., part of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content — including all major video game consoles, iOS, mobile and online.  The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN®, Tekken®, SOULCALIBUR®, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball®, GALAGA®, RIDGE RACER® and ACE COMBAT®.  More information about the company and its products can be found at www.namcobandaigames.com or www.facebook.com/namco.

About Power Rangers Samurai

Combining comedy with action-filled storylines, the all-new half-hour series Power Rangers Samurai features a new cast of Rangers and never-before-seen villains, as well as high-octane action, martial arts and advanced special effects.  From SCG Power Rangers LLC, an affiliate of Saban Brands, the long-running hit kids’ TV phenomenon, now heading into its 19 th season, is helmed by Haim Saban, who created and produced the original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” series in 1993.  New episodes premiere Satudays at noon (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

Following its introduction in 1993, Power Rangers quickly became the most watched children’s television program in the United States.  Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others by following the adventures of a group of ordinary young people who “morphed” into superheroes, the series was seen in more than 60 countries, translated into numerous languages, and was a mainstay in the most prominent international children’s programming blocks.   It rose to rank as the #1 boys brand in the world from 1993-97, based on toy sales and television ratings.  To date,  Power Rangers licensed products and promotions have generated well over $5 billion in retail sales worldwide.  For more information go to  www.powerrangers.com.

About Saban Brands

Formed in 2010 as a subsidiary of Saban Capital, Saban Brands (SB) was established to acquire and develop a world-class portfolio of properties and capitalize on the company's experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing consumer brands.  SB applies a strategic management approach to enhancing and extending its brands in markets worldwide and to consumers of all ages.  The company provides full service management, marketing, promotion and strategic business development for its intellectual properties including comprehensive strategies unique to each brand, trademark and copyright management and enforcement, creative design, retail development, direct-to-consumer initiatives and specialized property extensions.  SB is led by a superior management team with decades of experience in licensing, marketing and finance.

Wii and Nintendo DS are trademarks of Nintendo. © 2006 Nintendo. 

Press Release © 2011 NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

NAMCO BANDAI GAMES AMERICA CONTACT:

Job J. Stauffer

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

408-235-2131

[email protected]

SABAN BRANDS CONTACT :

Tawna Boucher / Nicole Yavasile

Bender/Helper Impact

310-473-4147

[email protected] / [email protected]