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Namco Bandai Ships World Rally Championship for PSP

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (April 18, 2006) – Get ready for a heart-pounding, adrenaline-rushing thrill of a lifetime as leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today that World Rally Championship (WRC) for the PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system has shipped. Rated ‘E’ for Everyone by the ESRB, WRC is available for a suggested retail price of $39.99.

“WRC is the perfect pick-up-and-play racing game for a handheld system, “said Jeff Lujan, Business Director at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “As the only official game of the FIA World Rally Championship, fans of the franchise can play online and race friends on their portable gaming console anytime; anywhere.”

WRC offers a complete World Rally Championship season across five continents and 16 countries, and includes a vast array of wild terrains and surfaces including such first-time locations as the streets of Japan and the hills of Mexico.

WRC is based around the 2005 season and features 30 official and fully deformable 2005 WRC, Evolution, and Extreme spec cars from leading manufacturers such as Ford, Subaru and Mitsubishi, as well as all 36 official WRC 2005 drivers and co-drivers.

Offering 64 Super Specials Stages on gravel, tarmac and snow, WRC incorporates six exciting game modes encompassing single and multiplayer levels, including Quick Rally, Time Trial, Single Rally, World Championship, Head-to-Head Wireless and Turn-based Multiplayer, as well as Wireless Multiplayer (Ad-Hoc) for up to eight players.

For more information on WRC and all of NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.’s products please visit 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®, Tekken®, SOULCALIBUR®, Dead to Rights®,

Pac-Man® World™, Digimon®, Ridge Racer®, Time Crisis® and ACECOMBAT®. For more information about NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. and its products log onto www.namcobandaigames.com.

Press Release © 2006 NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

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