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MLB Power Pros 2008 News Post

Critically acclaimed baseball franchise gets
ready for another season of great family fun

New York, NY, and El Segundo, CA – May 8, 2008 – 2K Sports, the sports publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), and Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced the next iteration of the wildly popular baseball franchise, MLB® Power Pros 2008, scheduled to be available for Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system this July, as well as Nintendo DS™ later this fall. As the highest-rated and top-selling baseball title in Japan, MLB Power Pros was available in North America for the first time last year. Its comedic visual appeal of miniature Major League Baseball player models has attracted a dedicated following through its easy-to-use controls and addictively fun gameplay experience.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Konami again, and with the Baseball™ season now in full swing, we’re proud to offer our fans a refreshingly smart and exciting baseball game that is easily accessible for all ages,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “Baseball enthusiasts will appreciate the variety of newly added features, intuitive game modes and improved overall feel, and we look forward to hitting one out of the park this season with MLB Power Pros 2008.”

With over ten different exciting game modes including the traditional Practice, Exhibition, League and Home Run Challenge modes, MLB Power Pros 2008 will bring fans closer to the action than ever before. Gamers also get the opportunity to act as general manager and control the destiny of their own franchise in Season mode, or engage in entertaining role-playing story modes such as Success and MLB® Life modes. As general manager, gamers can trade, sign free agents, coordinate practice schedules, purchase new equipment, call up and send down players from the Minor Leagues™, along with other management options to bring in fans, win playoff games and eventually, earn the title of World Series™ champion.

In Success mode, fans can participate in a story-based career of rising players in the Double-A Minor League system trying to improve their baseball skills and make an impression on baseball scouts while also having to balance various situations in their personal lives. Through a variety of amusing training and game challenges, players who complete Success mode will also be able to take their created player files into MLB Life as well, or also play as either an existing Major League Baseball® player in Dream Mode, or start as a rookie in Major League Career mode. As a new feature in MLB Power Pros 2008, MLB Life is another story-based mode that will allow fans the possibility to simulate the exciting life and experience of being a Major League Baseball player over the course of a 20-year career. While continuing to play in games through the regular baseball season, players will also participate in a number of realistic situations such as signing contracts, purchasing houses and cars, making charitable donations, building up relationships with friends and teammates, picking up hobbies and much more.

With easy, pick-up-and-play hitting and pitching controls, along with intuitive Wii functionality, other new features in MLB Power Pros 2008 include support of 40-man rosters, change of ball speed, adjustment of defensive shifts, along with a real-time bullpen check functionality for substituting pitchers. MLB Power Pros 2008 will also support the option for players to import their Wii-based characters, Miis™, from their Wii or Wii Remote™ to become part of the exciting action!

MLB Power Pros 2008, developed by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., is not yet rated by the ESRB, and will be available for Wii and the PlayStation 2 system this July, as well as Nintendo DS later this fall. For more information, please visit www.2ksports.com.

About Take-Two Interactive Software

Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., is a global developer, marketer, distributor and publisher of interactive entertainment software games for the PC, PLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Xbox 360 and Xbox video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo GameCube™ and Game Boy® Advance. The Company publishes and develops products through its wholly owned labels Rockstar Games, 2K Games, 2K Sports and 2K Play, and distributes software, hardware and accessories in North America through its Jack of All Games subsidiary. Take-Two’s common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product information please visit our website at www.take2games.com.

About Konami

Konami is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties. Konami’s titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid®, Silent Hill®, Dance Dance Revolution® and Castlevania®, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. Konami Corporation is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan, with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment, Co., Ltd., in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami Corporation is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami can be found at www.konami.com.

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Member Comments
# 1 XiaNaphryz @ 05/08/08 06:38 PM
Doh, my thread was just beat by Steve by a few minutes.

Seriously though, the inclusion of My Life mode is HUGE! You'll never find a more addictive game mode.

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Originally Posted by Steve_OS
As a new feature in MLB Power Pros 2008, MLB Life is another story-based mode that will allow fans the possibility to simulate the exciting life and experience of being a Major League Baseball player over the course of a 20-year career. While continuing to play in games through the regular baseball season, players will also participate in a number of realistic situations such as signing contracts, purchasing houses and cars, making charitable donations, building up relationships with friends and teammates, picking up hobbies and much more.
 
# 2 Cletus @ 05/08/08 07:52 PM
wait, Tecmo Bowl and a new Power Pros? Holy crap, please tell me this is real. This is the most anticipated sports gaming year for me since I waited for NCAA 2004.
 
# 3 Thrash13 @ 05/08/08 08:23 PM
I never ended up getting the first Power Pros for the Wii because I just wasn't in baseball mode, but this one will be released right around the All-Star Break. That's perfect because I'll definitely be in baseball mode then. If they keep the rosters updated as well as possible, it will be even better. I'm looking forward to this one and NCAA 09 in July.
 
# 4 bcruise @ 05/09/08 03:41 AM
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With easy, pick-up-and-play hitting and pitching controls, along with intuitive Wii functionality, other new features in MLB Power Pros 2008 include support of 40-man rosters, change of ball speed, adjustment of defensive shifts, along with a real-time bullpen check functionality for substituting pitchers.
I'm positive I didn't read that right.
 
# 5 ExtremeGamer @ 05/09/08 07:01 AM
Can't wait!!! My fav baseball game of last year.
 
# 6 nyisles16 @ 05/09/08 10:55 AM
aww yeah!
 
# 7 theaub @ 05/09/08 11:57 AM
This should come out for PS3

I'll def. take a flyer on the PS2 game if the price is right though. I play this at my friend's house all the time and its very impressive.
 
# 8 brendanrfoley @ 05/09/08 12:43 PM
I would kill for a 16:9 360 version KILL.

Please 2K, make it happen. PLEASE.
 
# 9 XiaNaphryz @ 05/09/08 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by theaub
This should come out for PS3

I'll def. take a flyer on the PS2 game if the price is right though. I play this at my friend's house all the time and its very impressive.
I don't think we're going to see this series on the PS3 or 360 anytime soon. If Konami wants to make a MLB game for those platforms, we're more likely to see a MLB-ified PYS game instead.
 
# 10 BIG CAROLINA @ 05/09/08 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by XiaNaphryz
I don't think we're going to see this series on the PS3 or 360 anytime soon. If Konami wants to make a MLB game for those platforms, we're more likely to see a MLB-ified PYS game instead.
I would love to see that.
 
# 11 blackpuppy @ 05/09/08 01:58 PM
I'm so excited! This is turning out to be a pretty awesome year for gaming in general, and sports gaming specifically. Can't wait to pick this up for my Wii and FINALLY for my DS. My only disapointment is that there don't seem to be any plans for releasing this on the XBOX 360. Could you imagine the achievements and downloadable content?...(drooling)
 
# 12 Turbo_Squish @ 05/09/08 02:10 PM
Why can't they release this for PSP??? It seems like a perfect fit (and an easy port)...
 
# 13 duke776 @ 05/09/08 04:25 PM
Best baseball game I've ever played, can't wait for the new one because of MLB life.
 
# 14 Blzer @ 05/09/08 06:44 PM
All they really need is to fix some defensive player selection issues, a few more difficulty options (pitch speed, cursor size), one-button swinging option, get rid of the cut-to-black transition between batter cam and fielder cam, and add 480p/16:9 options.

When that's done, I don't know what game can touch this.



EDIT: Oh yeah, and roster updates and online play.

But this game really should be released for PS3.
 
# 15 Blzer @ 05/09/08 07:03 PM
Also, I don't know what they plan to do for audio, but the fact that half of the names were pronounced wrong was funnier than it was aggravating. Keep that in!

But perhaps a color commentator would be cool.
 
# 16 e0820 @ 05/09/08 09:04 PM
I was never able to find Power Pros anywhere. Guess I will wait for this new version.
 
# 17 blackpuppy @ 05/09/08 11:34 PM
I would love to see them fix a multitude of highly annoying issues with the first game, but I'd live with all the same issues all over again if they just added online play. That would be the bomb.
 
# 18 RNunez187 @ 05/09/08 11:57 PM
I'll be picking this up on the release date.
 
# 19 blackpuppy @ 05/10/08 03:48 PM
I hope the DS version has WIFI online play.
 
# 20 ComfortablyLomb @ 05/11/08 10:42 AM
If they fix the inability to walk thing, this game is an all-time great.
 

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