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NAMCO NETWORKS’ POOL PRO ONLINE REACHES 3.6 MILLION MARK

SAN JOSE, Calif. & CTIA in LAS VEGAS (April 5, 2006) – Wireless subscribers have played more than 3.6 million games of Pool Pro OnlineTM from Namco Networks a leading publisher and developer of wireless games and content. Contributing to this impressive statistic, the top record-setting player has played the real-time, head-to-head pool game more than 27,000 times.

The first multi-player pool game available from national wireless carriers, Namco Network’s Pool Pro Online presents the option for players to compete head-to-head online across carriers, or offline in single player mode and multiplayer hot-seat mode. Pool Pro Online features both 8- and 9-ball games, three difficulty settings for offline play, and a zoom-in feature that allows players to zoom-in on tricky shots and hit with precise aim. In online mode, players compete in real-time against thousands of competitors across the country. Scores are published on five leader boards – Most Wins, Best Win-Loss Ratio, Best Rating, Best 8-ball Player and Best 9-ball Player – allowing players to strategically choose their next competitor.

“Similar to how online games attracted PC gamers to the Internet, networked games are drawing social gamers to the mobile gaming space,” said Scott Rubin, vice president of sales and marketing for Namco Networks. “Knowing there is a person on the other end, not just a computer, increases the competitive nature of the game, making it a more enjoyable and interactive experience. We are thrilled by the success of this game and by the 3.6 million games that have played online. This proves to us that there is strong demand for network enabled game play on the wireless platform.”

Adding to the social aspect of the game, some carriers offer Pool Pro Online with a simulated chat function, allowing players to communicate with their competitors while playing online. The message swapping functionality allows players to send predefined messages to each other from a list that changes depending on the player’s current game situation. For example, if a player is ready to take a shot, he could send the message, “This one looks easy,” to his opponent. If he accidentally sinks the 8 ball, he can say “I let you win”.

Visit www.NamcoGames.com for information on how to download Pool Pro Online or other mobile game hits from Namco Networks.

About Namco Networks

Established January 1, 2006, Namco Networks America Inc is a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) Inc., a Tokyo-based world leader in the high-tech entertainment industry. Namco uses cutting-edge technology to provide fun, quality entertainment to mobile consumers throughout the Americas. For more information about Namco’s mobile games, please visit: www.namcogames.com.

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