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World’s Top Soccer Franchise Scores With Its Best Game Ever
And Goes Online For The First Time On The PlayStation 2 And Xbox

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – February 7, 2006 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., announced today that World Soccer Winning Eleven 9 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system and PC DVD-ROM has shipped to retail stores nationwide. As fans gear up for an exciting year of soccer, the world’s number one rated soccer video game franchise returns to the pitch with top quality simulation gameplay, new team management features and for the first time ever – online play for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Moreover, Winning Eleven 9 is the debut of the franchise onto a handheld gaming system, providing fans with the most immersive and engaging portable soccer video game experience available.

“The release of Winning Eleven 9 is a true milestone for this hallowed soccer franchise, as the massive community of Winning Eleven enthusiasts can finally play head-to-head online either on the PlayStation 2 or on Xbox as well as enjoy ‘soccer on-the-go’ with the PSP system version of the game,” said Catherine Fowler, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “With all of its new features, in-depth gameplay and lifelike realism, Winning Eleven proves once again that it is the best playing and most authentic soccer video game in the industry.”

Winning Eleven 9 contains a host of new features, including the Master League dynasty mode, new league teams, all-new formations such as “Wing Back” and “Second Striker,” and online gameplay. With its online option, players from around the country can go head-to-head and use player created teams, if they choose. Online gamers can also play in tournaments and compete in a divisional ranking system on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Additional features include a large selection of licensed teams, thousands of real players, photo-realistic graphics, and a huge variety of stadiums.

Rounding out the new features in Winning Eleven 9 is the Memorial Match, which allows gamers to save results from non-AI “VS.” matches. Cumulative match records and winning points can be logged for up to 20 people.

World Soccer Winning Eleven 9 is rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB and has an SRP of $39.99. For more information, please visit: http://www.konami.com/gs.

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