ATARI SHIPS MOST INTENSE DRAGON BALL ZÂ® FIGHTING GAME TO DATE
NEW YORK, NY, July 18, 2006 â Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) today announced that Super Dragon Ball ZÂ® for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system has shipped to retail stores nationwide. Developed by former Street Fighter II producer Noritaka Funamizuâs new studio, Crafts & Meister, Super DBZÂ® delivers an authentic, more challenging fighting experience, complete with more intensity and unique combinations than have ever been available before in a DBZ fighting game.
Super DBZ gives players an extreme 3D fighting experience in the air or on the ground with characters taken straight from the world of DBZ and levels created in the art style of Akira Toriyama, the original creator of the Dragon Ball manga. Each of the 13 characters and 5 unlockable secret characters in the game, including DBZ superheroes GokuÂ®, GohanÂ® and VegetaÂ®, have their own catalog of exclusive attacks and fighting styles that are faithful to the series.
âDBZ devotees and fighting game fans are sure to be excited by our next installment in the DBZ franchise. By working with one of the top fighting game producers in the world, we have developed a deeper and richer fighting experience than ever before,â said Emily Anadu, Product Manager, Atari, Inc. âThe combination of the unique character fighting styles and environments created in the original styles of the Dragon Ball manga in Super DBZ will thrill hard core fighting gamers and DBZ fanatics alike.â
Super DBZ has already captured critical acclaim, earning a âGameDaily Nodâ at this yearâs E3 and a runner-up award for IGN.comâs E3 2006 âBest PS2 Fighting Game.â
Dragon Ball Z video games are the leading anime-based video games, with more than 10 million units sold since May 2002. For additional information on Super DBZ and other Dragon Ball Z video games please visit http://www.atari.com/dragonballz.
About FUNimation Entertainment
FUNimationÂ® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation (NASDAQ: NAVR), is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation is known for acquiring top-rated anime series from Japan and for developing some of North Americaâs most popular anime series. The company has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For images, or more information on FUNimation or any of its properties, contact Jeff Dronen at 817-788-0627, ext. 251 or email@example.com.
New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Companyâs 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre-defining franchises such as The Matrixâ¢ (Enter The Matrix and The Matrix: Path of Neo) and Test DriveÂ®; and mass-market and childrenâs franchises such as Nickelodeonâs Blueâs Cluesâ¢ and Dora the Explorerâ¢, and Dragon Ball ZÂ®. Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext â ISIN: FR-0000052573), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit www.atari.com.