Dragon Ball Locked For 5 Years

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For all you Dragon Ball fans out there for the next 5 years expect to see Namco Bandai on all your DB game cases! With more here’s the full press release.

LOS ANGELES, Calif., (July 2, 2009) - Leading video game publisher and
developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today confirmed that it has
secured exclusive North American rights to publish future official
videogames for the longstanding classic anime and manga series, Dragon
Ball(r) across all major consoles and hand held platforms.

This agreement will run for five years beginning in January 2010 and
supersedes the existing rights granted to publish titles on the Nintendo
DS(tm), Wii(tm), PLAYSTATION(r)3 computer entertainment system, PSP(r)
(PlayStation(r)Portable) system, and Xbox 360(r) video game and
entertainment system from Microsoft.

Additionally, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. has secured the right to
initially publish three titles in 2009, Dragon Ball(r): Raging Blast for
the Xbox 360(r) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and
PLAYSTATION(r)3 computer entertainment system, Dragon Ball(r): Revenge
of King Piccolo exclusively for Wii(tm), and Dragon Ball(r) Z: Attack of
the Saiyans exclusively for Nintendo DS(tm).

The Dragon Ball anime and manga series is a worldwide multi-million
dollar entertainment franchise. Originally penned by famed Japanese
manga artist Akira Toriyama in 1984, the Dragon Ball series has spawned
several entertainment franchise sequels (Dragon Ball(r) Z and Dragon
Ball(r) GT) spanning 11 years of manga, over 500 television episodes, 23
feature films, and countless mass merchandising products. FUNimation(r)
Entertainment currently holds all U.S. distribution rights to the anime

The Dragon Ball Saga follows the orphaned martial arts boy Goku as he
grows and matures into an adult throughout his many adventures. During
his early formative years, Goku meets life long comrades, defeats
diabolical superhuman enemies, and eventually settles down and forms a
family. The Dragon Ball series is known for its often comical action
adventure themes which are interspersed with long standing
testosterone-driven action-impacted battles which escalate drastically
over time into full-on conflicts for the survival of mankind. By the end
of the Dragon Ball saga, the baton of planetary savior is passed to
Gohan and Goten, Goku's son and grandson respectively.

Commenting on the announcement Makoto Iwai, Executive Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. said: "We are
very excited to have signed this long term agreement with Toei Animation
Co., Ltd and FUNimation(r) Entertainment, which grants NAMCO BANDAI
Games North American multi-platform rights to the testosterone driven
action packed world of Dragon Ball. This move reunites NAMCO BANDAI
Games with the Dragon Ball series in North America which will
considerably increase our ability to develop titles that perfectly
capture every nuance of what makes the Dragon Ball world exciting to the

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