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Square Enix Ships Musashi: Samurai Legend to Retailers March 15, 2005; Musashi Hacks and Slashes onto the Playstation 2 Computer Entertainment System and Mobile Phones
[February 01, 2005]

Square Enix Ships Musashi: Samurai Legend to Retailers March 15, 2005; Musashi Hacks and Slashes onto the Playstation 2 Computer Entertainment System and Mobile Phones

LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)-- Feb. 1, 2005 -- Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix(TM) interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that MUSASHI(R): Samurai Legend(TM) (MUSASHI) will ship to retailers nationwide on March 15, 2005. The action role-playing game will be available exclusively for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and marks the series' debut on the platform. MUSASHI features vivid, cell-shaded graphics and exhilarating, fast-paced, action-packed gameplay.

Simultaneously, MUSASHI(R) MOBILE SAMURAI will be introduced on mobile handsets, using the same character and concept as the console title. The mobile game is an original 3D action game that offers spectacular graphics, rich sound effects and fast-paced action that are optimized for the mobile phone experience.

"We hope fans will enjoy the great graphics, action and storyline in these games," said Ichiro Otobe, president and COO of Square Enix, Inc. "Our North American fans are really important to the company, and we wanted to show our appreciation by trying a different business approach. With MUSASHI, we are releasing a title in the United States before Japan for the first time. And, with the concurrent release of the mobile game, our U.S. fans will be able to play anytime, anywhere."

MUSASHI delivers an expressive visual odyssey thanks to dazzling "manga shading" techniques. Adorable characters and lush environments come to life in Japanese comic-book style.

The journey begins when Princess Mycella summons Musashi across space and time to save her people from danger. As a stranger in a new world, Musashi finds intrigue and adventure as he hones his battle skills to defeat a sinister nemesis.

All-new battle systems contribute to non-stop action. Musashi can focus his energy to learn his opponents' techniques, allowing him to give enemies a taste of their own medicine. And this time Musashi can not only pick up allies and enemies but also wield them in combat to devastating effect.

MUSASHI(R): Samurai Legend(TM) has a suggested retail price of U.S. $39.99 and is rated "T" (Teen).

MUSASHI(R) MOBILE SAMURAI's availabily and pricing details will be announced at a later date.

About Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Square Enix, Inc.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. Square Enix brings two of Japan's best-selling franchises -- FINAL FANTASY(R), which has sold over 60 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST(TM), which has sold over 35 million units worldwide -- under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.

Square Enix, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd. with offices in Los Angeles, CA and Seattle, WA. It handles operations in North America, including development, localization, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix can be found on the Internet at

(C) 2005 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved. MUSASHI is a registered trademark of Square Enix Co., Ltd. Samurai Legend and the SQUARE ENIX logo are trademarks of Square Enix Co., Ltd. Main Character Design: Tetsuya Nomura. FINAL FANTASY is a registered trademark of Square Enix Co., Ltd. "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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