March 21, 2006 09:00 ET

Me and My Katamari™ Rolls to Retail; Award-Winning Franchise Makes Its Highly Anticipated Debut on the PSP™ System

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Mar 21, 2006) -

Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today that Me and My Katamari™ has shipped exclusively for the PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system. Now fans of the award-winning Katamari franchise can roll-on-the-go with all of the same glorious gameplay, loveable characters and colorful graphics they've grown to adore. The third installment in the Katamari series behind Katamari Damacy™ and We (Love) Katamari™, Me and My Katamari will now allow fans to enjoy the title anytime, anywhere. The title is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.

A host of new special features are rolled into one amazing package as Me and My Katamari includes four-player Ad Hoc wireless play, customizable characters, a new island-themed interface and a handful of new cousins -- newly created for the PSP system.

"We are extremely excited with how the Katamari series has evolved and progressed onto the PSP system," said Yoshi Niki, Product Group Director at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. "Whether you are a fan of the Katamari series or just enjoy portable gaming, Me and My Katamari offers addictive gameplay and colorful graphics that will satisfy anyone's on-the-go gaming cravings."

An epic undertaking of earthly proportions, this time the King calls upon his pint-sized son, the Prince, and all of the cousins for help. Taking a break from celestial construction, the King of All Cosmos takes the royal family on vacation to a tropical island paradise, where they become tasked with the responsibility of creating new Katamari islands for homeless animals.

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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


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