Nintendo and Namco Bandai Sign European Distribution Deal For One Piece Unlimited Cruise Special, exclusive to Nintendo 3DS

21st December, 2011 – The Straw-Hat Pirates from the popular manga series One Piece are setting sail for Europe in 2012. Nintendo and NAMCO BANDAI today confirmed they have entered into a distribution agreement for the forthcoming game One Piece Unlimited Cruise Special, exclusive to Nintendo 3DS. Under the terms of the agreement Nintendo will be responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of the game throughout European territories with NAMCO BANDAI remaining as publisher. One Piece Unlimited Cruise Special is scheduled for release across Europe on 10th February 2012.

One Piece Unlimited Cruise Special is a remake of the classic Wii game, One Piece Unlimited Cruise Part 1: Adventure Beneath the Waves. Enjoy the game and brand-new bonus material, including the new Marineford Mode, on your Nintendo 3DS for the first time.

Based on the popular manga and anime series, One Piece Unlimited Cruise Special brings Monkey D. Luffy and the Straw-Hat Pirates to Nintendo 3DS for the first time. The action-adventure Nintendo 3DS game  allows you to explore four strange islands, battling familiar One Piece enemies in real time.  With over 50 hours of gameplay and brand new modes to master, fans of the series will have hours of fun. Battle enemies, collect items and create new useful tools from the things you find on the way to discovering the islands’ hidden mysteries.

As you explore the various islands you’ll be able to switch between each of the nine Straw-Hat Pirates at almost any time to best suit the situation. Each of the nine main characters has their own customisable controls and new attacks that can be unlocked as you progress through the game.

New to One Piece Unlimited Cruise Special, Marineford Mode allows you to take on the role of various characters in a series of one-on-one battles based on the events of the Marineford arc of the manga and anime. You can look forward to playing as some of your favourite characters and mastering each one’s unique and individual moves and abilities.

Make sure you snap up your copy of One Piece Unlimited Cruise Special early, as the first print run of the game will be bundled with a limited-edition collectable figurine of Portgas D. Ace. Grab a copy of One Piece Unlimited Cruise Special to find out about this character’s role in the game.

Take control of the Straw-Hat Pirates and explore the world of One Piece when One Piece Unlimited Cruise Special launches across Europe on 10th February exclusively for Nintendo 3DS.

For more information, please visit www.nintendo.co.uk/onepiece

 

Notes to editors
Nintendo 3DS offers Parental Controls so that parents can control the level of 3D their children can view on the Nintendo 3DS as well as the content they can access. Nintendo 3DS also features a 3D depth slider which lets players turn off or adjust the level of 3D they want on the 3D Screen, two built-in screens for different functionality, a Circle Pad which provides a full 360 degrees of direction, a built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor. It is equipped with three cameras (two of which are facing outwards to allow the taking of 3D pictures and video), houses a 2GB SD Memory Card and is compatible with AR Cards which come packaged with Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo 3DS is also compatible with most existing Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games, which can be played in 2D on your Nintendo 3DS system.For more information about these features and other options, visit: www.nintendo3ds.co.ukAbout Nintendo:
The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.8 billion video games and more than 610 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi™ XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance™, Super NES™, Nintendo® 64 and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™.  A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in Europe.About NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe:
NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S. is a leading software publisher producing a broad catalogue of high quality interactive entertainment for console and PC gaming platforms and online which is marketed and sold in 50 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australasia. The company is a part of the NAMCO BANDAI group of companies known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises including Tekken™, Dragon Ball®, Naruto™, SOULCALIBUR™, One Piece™, RidgeRacer™, Ace Combat™ and Tamagotchi™. © EIICHIRO ODA / SHUEISHA, TOEI ANIMATION
Game © 2011 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.

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