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LEGENDARY R4: RIDGE RACER® TYPE 4™ COMES TO THE PLAYSTATION®NETWORK IN MARCH

PlayStation®One Drift-Racing Classic to be Re-launched for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) System and PlayStation®3 System

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (Feb. 16, 2011) – NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced their timeless smash hit, R4: RIDGE RACER® Type 4™, will be re-launched March 2011 as a PS®one Classic on the PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and PSP®Go.  The re-launch comes in anticipation of RIDGE RACER® 3D for the Nintendo 3DS™ system this spring, and the recently announced RIDGE RACER® UNBOUNDED™ which will be available in 2012 for the Xbox 360® video game entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 system, and Windows PC.

R4: RIDGE RACER Type 4 was originally released for the PlayStation® computer entertainment system in 1999 and quickly garnered critical acclaim as one of the best racing games available. The game also found a highly devoted fan base with its fast-paced drift racing gameplay.  The unique story-driven Grand Prix mode, jazz-influenced soundtrack and two-player split-screen racing were new additions for the series that set the benchmark for all future RIDGE RACERtitles.

R4: RIDGE RACER Type 4 follows the path of a rookie driver as he joins one of four racing teams.  The game features 48 unique cars with over 300 variations spread across four car manufacturers, each with their own signature designs and handling.  Players will race through eight legendary courses, full of twisting hairpin turns and perilous straight-aways.  Machines can be tuned for drift or grip-style racing based on the player’s preference.  The two styles of handling allow for players to slide through corners or hug the road.  Dominate the competition and become the world champion of drift racing.

R4: RIDGE RACER Type 4 will be available as a PS one Classic on the PlayStation Store March 2011.  Stay in touch with RIDGE RACER news and updates on the official RIDGE RACER Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ridgefan or http://www.facebook.com/namcobandai.

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About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., part of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content — including all major video game consoles, iOS, mobile and online.  The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN®, Tekken®, SOULCALIBUR®, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball®, GALAGA®, RIDGE RACER® and ACE COMBAT®.  More information about the company and its products can be found at www.namcobandaigames.com or www.facebook.com/namcobandai.

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