Tekken 5 ships to stores

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Namco sends word that Tekken 5 has shipped to stores (and sent many a fighting fan to their local game store). It's hard to believe that this franchise is over a decade old, but I guess I just have to sit here and feel old for a bit. The new game features 20 characters for you to dish digital destruction with. If you're a real fan of the series a special limited edition version can be had for $99.99 which includes a copy of the game, a special peripheral, and a six disc collectors DVD case for all of the games in the series.
Next Installment in 10-Year Powerhouse Fighting Franchise

Now Available On Store Shelves

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (February 25, 2005) – Leading video games developer and publisher Namco Hometek Inc. announced today the next installment in its revered fighting franchise, TEKKEN® 5, has shipped to North American retail outlets. With its variety of characters, amazing graphics and unprecedented number of modes to commemorate its 10-year anniversary, TEKKEN 5 promises to deliver the most exciting gameplay experience ever seen in the TEKKEN franchise. Developed exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system by Namco Ltd. in Japan, TEKKEN 5 is rated T for Teen and carries an MSRP at retail of $49.99.

“TEKKEN 5 encourages franchise fans and newcomers alike to experience the next generation of fighting genre game play,” said Yoshi Niki, Business Unit Director with Namco Hometek Inc. “TEKKEN 5’s unparalleled combination of customizable characters, interactive environments and brand new fighting engine is a must-have for gamers this year.”

TEKKEN 5 brings back the popular cast of characters from the previous TEKKEN games, along with three new characters – Asuka Kazama, Raven and Feng Wei, for a total of 20 default characters to start and more to unlock as players progress in the game. The players are able to use their fight money to customize these characters with various accessories such as hats, glasses and an assortment of different costumes. The new characters are equipped with their own fighting styles such as Feng Wei’s Chinese Kempo, and the returning characters’ signature attacks have been updated with new moves and combos. In addition, TEKKEN 5 offers players a bonus action adventure game called “TEKKEN: Devil Within,” which unfolds a side story to the game’s action-packed fighting sequences. TEKKEN 5 also includes the arcade modes of TEKKEN 1 through 3, which marks the first time these games are playable on the PlayStation2 and offers the ultimate 10th anniversary package for TEKKEN fans.

Namco has also partnered with Hori (U.S.A.), Inc., a Japan-based peripherals manufacturer, to offer a limited edition premium bundle set to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the fighting franchise. The bundle retails for $99.99 and includes a copy of the game, a Hori customized peripheral and a special six-disc collectors DVD case for storage of all games in the TEKKEN franchise.

For more information on TEKKEN 5, please visit www.namco.com

About the TEKKEN Series
TEKKEN was the first title to launch Namco’s legacy in the fighting game genre. Featuring an intriguing story with various stylistic characters and high-end graphics, TEKKEN became an instant success in the arcades and later was developed for the PlayStation® and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems. Sales of the TEKKEN franchise have surpassed 20 million units worldwide.

About Namco Hometek Inc.
Namco Hometek Inc. is the U.S. consumer division of Namco Limited, a Tokyo-based world leader in the high-tech entertainment industry. Based in Santa Clara, CA, Namco Hometek Inc. is an award-winning video games publisher for next generation game consoles. Namco has created some of the industry's greatest video game franchises: Tekken®, SOULCALIBUR®, Dead to Rights®, Pac-Man World, Ridge Racer®, Time Crisis® and ACECOMBAT. For more information about Namco and its products log onto www.namco.com.

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