BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless, builder and operator of the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, and Namco Networks, a leading publisher and developer of mobile games and entertainment for the mass-market casual gamer, today announced the launch of “TEKKEN 2™,” the hard-hitting mobile version of the smash hit arcade and console game series, “TEKKEN,” on Verizon Wireless phones.
“TEKKEN 2” is the first game from the popular “TEKKEN” series to go mobile in the United States, and beginning today, it will be available exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers. Verizon Wireless customers who download the game beginning today through March 2, 2009, will also be entered for a chance to win a “TEKKEN 5” arcade machine and other prizes.
“We’re excited to be the first in the United States to bring this popular game to our customers,” said Ed Ruth, director of digital media at Verizon. “By bringing Namco’s ‘TEKKEN 2’ to Verizon Wireless customers, we’re giving gamers a chance to experience the thrills and excitement of this game wherever they are using the Verizon Wireless network.”
Designed exclusively for a mobile experience, “TEKKEN 2” challenges fans of the popular arcade and console game series to master 10 hit combos, powerful moves and crushing counters as they challenge seven characters from the arcade classic to win the King of the Iron Fist Tournament. Players can select one of three fighters, each with its own array of movements and special attacks, to defeat other characters in best of three matches. If players are victorious, new characters are unlocked and made available. Players appearing in the game include Jun, Heihachi, Nina, Kazuya, Paul, Yoshimitsu, Devil and Angel. Players will enjoy the fast-paced action they have come to expect from the “TEKKEN” series, including furious fighting moves and combos; signature 3D graphics; and iconic playable characters, each with their own unique fighting styles. Players can enter the Iron Fist Tournament in Original Mode; test their stamina in Survival Mode; or play Beginner Mode, where pressing a single button generates randomly selected fighting moves.
“‘TEKKEN’ is one of the most popular and well-known fighting games available, and its mobile debut is as exciting for amateur fighters as it is for series veterans,” said Scott Rubin, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Namco Networks. “In addition to giving consumers the ability to play anytime and anywhere on their Verizon Wireless phones, the optimized controls and the one-button special attacks make it easy for anyone to fight like a pro.”
The “TEKKEN” arcade and console game series has been popular among gamers since the release of the first “TEKKEN” game in the arcades in 1994.
Enter To Win A “TEKKEN” Arcade Machine
In addition to the launch of “TEKKEN 2,” Verizon Wireless and Namco are offering customers who download “TEKKEN 2” on their Verizon Wireless phones by March 2, 2009, a chance to win a “TEKKEN 5” arcade cabinet, and other prizes, through the “TEKKEN” King of the Iron Fist Sweepstakes. For more information on the sweepstakes, customers can visit www.namcogames.com/TEKKEN2. Verizon Wireless customers who wish to enter without downloading the game from their Verizon Wireless phones may enter by sending a 3x5 card with their first and last name, physical address, phone number and birth date to: “TEKKEN” Sweepstakes, P.O. Box 10849, Rochester, NY 14610. For additional ways to win, and for complete contest rules, please visit www.namcogames.com/TEKKEN2.
Verizon Wireless customers can purchase and download “TEKKEN 2” from the What’s New, Verizon Exclusives or Action Games categories in the Games shopping aisle in the Get It Now® or Media Center virtual store on a number of popular Verizon Wireless phones. Customers can download “TEKKEN 2” for a monthly subscription fee of $3.99 or for $9.99 for unlimited use purchase. Application purchase prices and subscription fees may vary; unless customers have unlimited data features, airtime or megabyte charges may also apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications.
For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 70.8 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 71,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Namco Networks
Namco Networks America, Inc., a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) Inc., is a worldwide leader in cutting-edge, digitally distributed casual entertainment for the mass-market consumer. More information about Namco Networks products, including press releases, can be found at www.namcogames.com.
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*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Sweepstakes starts 12:00 AM CT, 12/4/08 and ends at 11:59 PM CT, 3/2/09. Must be legal U.S. resident 18 years or older. Download charges may apply per your carrier's service agreement. Void outside of U.S. and where prohibited by law. Sponsor of "TEKKEN Sweepstakes": NAMCO, 1740 Technology Dr., Ste. 320, San Jose, CA 9510. For official rules, go to www.namcogames.com/TEKKEN2rules.