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Vivendi and Konami Sign Distribution Agreement

by Judy on Sept. 5, 2004 @ 9:54 p.m. PDT

Vivendi Universal and Konami today announced an exclusive distribution agreement in Japan. Konami will be the exclusive distributor for VU Games' console titles in Japan; VU Games will maintain publishing responsibilities.

VU Games will release five console titles in Japan, including the movie based action adventure, Van Helsing (PS2), Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage ­ Japanese title: Crash Bandioot Advance WakuWaku Tomodachi Daisakusen (GBA), Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy ­ Japanese title: Spyro Advance WakuWaku Tomodachi Daisakusen (GBA), Crash Twinsanity ­ Japanese title: Crash Bandicoot E~ Crash & Cortex no Yabou!? (PS2) this year, and Red Ninja: End of Honor (PS2) ­ Japanese title: Red Ninja in Q1 2005.

Japan is an important market to VU Games and Konami's strong distribution network will greatly increase our exposure in this key region," said Bruce Hack, CEO, Vivendi Universal Games. "VU Games and Konami have established a great working relationship in North America, and we look forward to expanding partnership in Japan with this distribution agreement."

Kazumi Kitaue, Chief Officer of Computer & Video Games Division of Konami Corporation, comments as follows: "We think of VU Games as our important partner for the further reinforcement of not only the domestic distribution of products, but also a world-wide joint development in all kinds of business areas. We are very glad that VU Games will develop activities as a publisher in Japan. We will do our best to sell products."

2004 VU Games Title Lineup

  • Title: Van Helsing
  • Japanese Title: Van Helsing
  • Platform: PS2
  • Release Date: September 9, 2004

  • Title: Crash Banditcoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage
  • Japanese Title: Crash Banditcoot Advance WakuWaku Tomodachi Daisakusen
  • Platform: GBA
  • Release Date: December 9, 2004

  • Title: Spyro Orange:The Cortex Conspiracy
  • Japanese Title: Spyro Advance WakuWaku Tomodachi Daisakusen
  • Platform: GBA
  • Release Date: December 9, 2004

  • Title: Red Ninja: End of Honor
  • Japanese Title: Red Ninja
  • Platform: PS2
  • Release Date: 2005 Q1

  • Title: Crash Twinsanity
  • Japanese Title: Crash Bandicoot E~ Crash & Cortex no Yabou!?
  • Platform: PS2
  • Release Date: December 9, 2004

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