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All the Exhilarating Action of Professional Drift Racing Coming to the PlayStation(r)2 in "D1 Grand Prix"

San Francisco, CA-June 7, 2006-Yuke's Company of America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yuke's Co., Ltd., and an official sponsor of the D1 Grand Prix Professional Drift Series, today announced "D1 Grand Prix," their professional drift racing simulation for the PlayStation(r) 2 computer entertainment system, D1 Grand Prix is expected to be available in July 2006.

D1 Grand Prix recreates the exhilarating art of drifting, including all the cars, tracks, drivers and physics that has made the D1 Grand Prix the pinnacle series in drift racing. Players will be able to select from 39 American and Japanese drivers, as well as vehicles from Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Pontiac, and more.

Game features include:
o 13 Driving Circuits from past D1 competitions including Odaiba, Tsukuba Circuit, Autopolis, SUGO, Fuji Speedway, Irwindale, and more.
o Over 40 licensed vehicles to choose from.
o The most realistic drifting physics engine ever in a video game.
o In-depth tutorial teaches players the art of drifting.
o Official D1 Grand Prix car stats, rules, racers and racing circuits.
o Compete in both day and night, clear or rainy day races.
o Enhanced commentary engine lets players hear what the three judges have to say in real time.
o Six modes of play: D1 Series, X-Treme, Time Attack, Survival Mode, Battle Mode, D1 Theater (unlockable movies of actual footage of the D1 Grand Prix, as well as in-game replays of the players' best runs).

About Yuke's Company of America
Yuke's Company of America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yuke's Company Limited of Japan. Yuke's Company, Ltd. was founded in 1993 and is primarily known as a developer of great wrestling and racing titles, including THQ's WWE Smackdown series, the Rumble Roses series for Konami, and the D1GP Professional Drift series. Yuke's is a major sponsor of Team Orange, a premiere drift racing team, and has a controlling interest in New Japan Pro-Wrestling Co., Ltd.

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