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Konami Announces Blockbuster 2006 Lineup

Konami Digital Ent. Inc. announced new titles and additional details for its 2006 lineup. On the heels of a year that featured the release of all-new versions of blockbuster franchises such as CASTLEVANIA, DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION and KARAOKE REVOLUTION, this years roster will boast the latest versions of franchises METAL GEAR SOLID, WINNING ELEVEN and SUIKODEN as well as the companys first title for Xbox 360 RUMBLE ROSES XX.

Several new franchises for handheld devices were announced including GRADIUS COLLECTION for the PSP and TAOS ADVENTURE: CURSE OF THE DEMON SEAL for the Nintendo DS. In addition, Konami will also introduce new products from its mobile, amusement and future products business divisions.

Set for a spring release on PlayStation 2, BEATMANIA is a new interactive DJ simulation game, which combines high-energy pulsating music with cutting-edge videos. Utilizing a specially designed DJ controller and featuring more than 50 tracks, BEATMANIA lets gamers feel the vibe, drop the beats and create the pulsing energy of a club in their own homes.

Set for a spring release on PlayStation 2, CMT PRESENTS: KARAOKE REVOLUTION COUNTRY marks the first branch out to a dedicated genre for the popular franchise. Officially licensed by CMT (Country Music Television), Americas most popular country music network, KARAOKE REVOLUTION COUNTRY features 35 all-new chart topping songs made popular by the hottest names in country music.

Set for a spring release on PSP, GRADIUS COLLECTION is a compilation of five beloved GRADIUS titles in one game. Spanning more than 20 years of releases, the titles include GRADIUS, GRADIUS II, GRADIUS III, GRADIUS IV and the never-before-released in the U.S., GRADIUS GAIDEN.

Set for a spring release on Xbox, KONAMI ALL-IN POKER is a no-nonsense poker game allowing new players to learn the ropes and experienced poker players to get right into the action. Players choose from one of five classic games including Texas Hold em, Omaha and 7 Card Stud. In-game tutorials teach players the basic strategies, and Xbox Live online game service component lets players compete online.

Set for a fall release on PSP, KONAMIS CHESS BATTLE (working title) combines 3D graphics and storytelling with a variety of single and multiplayer game modes for the ultimate chess experience. Set in a time prior to the age of man, players determine the fate of the world in a great battle. Players can choose to battle as one of five fully interactive 3D chess sets, including magicians, an aquatic civilization, cybernetic beings, forest-dwelling spirits and servants of chaos or have the option to play using a classic 3D or 2D chess set.

Set for a March release on PSP, METAL GEAR ACID 2 features an improved card-based strategic gameplay system with card weapon upgrades and more than 500 cards to use. The title delivers enhanced tactical gameplay and new visual effects, including a 3-D mode are viewed with special 3-D glasses. As the role of top-secret agent, Solid Snake, players will make calculated decisions to plan out their infiltration strategy and accomplish the mission in a turn-based game. Set for a March release on PlayStation 2, METAL GEAR SOLID 3: SUBSISTENCE is the newest game in the highly-acclaimed METAL GEAR SOLID series, created by the world-renowned Hideo Kojima. It features the complete smash-hit action game, as well as all-new game modes such as online multiplayer gameplay, different camera perspectives, new duel mode, a demo theater mode, additional Snake vs. Monkey stages and the original METAL GEAR and METAL GEAR 2: SOLID SNAKE games that were previously released only in Japan. Set for a spring release on Xbox 360, RUMBLE ROSES XX is the follow-up to last years smash hit all-female wrestling videogame and the first wrestling game for Xbox 360. RUMBLE ROSES XX will feature a full lineup of incredible looking wrestlers along with all-new moves, gameplay modes, tag team action and online play. The game features more than 20 playable characters, including all the popular ladies from the original RUMBLE ROSES such as Reiko and Dixie. Each wrestler will also have a variety of costume changes, new moves, different crowd reactions and attitudes depending on their persona. Set for a spring release on PSP, SILENT HILL EXPERIENCE (working title) combines a variety of media comics, music and movies to deliver a complete behind-the-scenes look at the popular SILENT HILL franchise. Using an intuitive 3D interface, SILENT HILL fans will be able to view all-new digital interactive comics, listen to music from the long-running series of SILENT HILL videogames, and watch exclusive video content, including an interview with the director of the SILENT HILL motion picture.Set for a fall release on PSP and Nintendo DS, STEEL HORIZON (working title) combines turn-based strategy with intense action for players of all ages. Players will be able to build and command a powerful WWII naval fleet, comprised of battleships, submarines and aircraft carriers. By combining the best of turn-based strategy and realtime action, players will strategically position their fleets and engage in realtime 3D combat.

Set for a spring release on PSP, STREET SUPREMACY is set in the super-charged world of street racing. Players face off against rivals as they race through Tokyo's traffic-filled streets. The game features unique RPG-style racing gameplay, single and multiplayer modes and numerous licensed vehicles.

Set for a spring release on PlayStation 2, SUIKODEN V will take fans on an all-new epic adventure through never-before-seen continents located within the immense SUIKODEN universe. SUIKODEN V, like its predecessors, offers in-depth gameplay, 3D environments, a riveting storyline as well as the series trademark 108 Stars of Destiny. The game features significant enhancements from all the previous installments in the series, including six-member battle parties, multiple mini-games, the homebase system and many other new features. Set for a spring release on Nintendo DS, TAOS ADVENTURE: CURSE OF THE DEMON SEAL (working title) is an new RPG title, where players take on the role of Tao, a young magic student living on Bente Island, who must travel on an incredible journey to save his family and fellow village people from an evil monster curse that has turned everyone into stone. During this mystical quest, players will embark on an epic voyage packed with many traps and tricks, multitudes of monsters, 40 floors of battle adventure at the Monster Tower and an endearing storyline. Set for an early release on PlayStation 2, Xbox, PSP and PC, WORLD SOCCER WINNING ELEVEN 9 combines the attention to detail that has been the series hallmark along with new formations, Master League enhancements and for the first time ever online play. WINNING ELEVEN 9 features real players, a large variety of licensed teams, photo-realistic graphics and a huge variety of stadiums.

Set for a spring release on PSP, YS: THE ARK OF NAPISHTIM is a newest installment in the RPG franchise to arrive for portable devices. Players can unlock new mini-games and databases revealing the secrets of YS, as well as listen to the games complete soundtrack as well as view movies and trailers in the Ys Media Player.

Set for a spring release in arcades, DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION SUPERNOVA is the first arcade version to be released in North America in six years. DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION SUPERNOVA features more than 300 songs, all-new game modes, vibrant graphics and more than 2,000 dance step patterns.

In addition, Konami will be releasing BLOCKSHOT, CUBIC, DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION, PUSH-IT! and TAMAKORO 3D for various mobile devices throughout the year.

Konami Corp. is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties, specializing in the home video game market. Konami Corp. is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Ent. Inc. in the U.S. and Konami of Europe in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami Corp., the parent company of Konami Digital Ent. Inc. is traded in the U.S. on the New York Stock Exchange. More information can be found at

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