Namco Banda is the latest video game company to take advantage of the 126,000 Comic-Con fans that flock to San Diego each year. At this year’s Comic-Con the Japanese game maker will have Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Arcade, Early hands-on of Tekken Tag Tournament HD, Tekken 6 and titles like NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Generations at the Con.
SATURDAY JULY 23RD 4:00pm-5:00pm - A VIP Look at the Upcoming Entries in NAMCO BANDAI’s Multimillion-Selling Fighting Games— Director Katsuhiro Harada discusses the development of Tekken across Transmedia entertainment, including a sneak peek at the Tekken: Blood Vengeance 3D movie with special guests Blood Vengeance screenwriter Dai Sato and two voice actresses from the movie, Carrie Keranen and Cristina Vee. Producer Hiroshi Matsuyama unveils details and a preview of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Generations, and producer Hisaharu Tago shows the latest on Soulcalibur V. NAMCO BANDAI vice president of marketing Carlson Choi and community manager Richard Bantegui (aka @Filthierich) lead the discussion to offer insights on the creative process and development of fighting games in this era. Room 25ABC
NAMCO BANDAI / SDTEKKEN FIGHTING GAME ROOM
JULY 21st-24th 9:30AM to Show Close - Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Arcade, Early hands-on of Tekken Tag Tournament HD , Tekken 6 @ Mezzanine level 17 A,B – Come one come all to the Official SDCC TEKKEN TOURNAMENT featuring a $20,000 Prize Pool and other assorted gift prizing. Entrance to the tournament is free and first come first served until all brackets are filled. With 3 tournaments running each day, there will be plenty of chances to test your mettle. A live steam from the room will be running all weekend long for fans that cannot attend, featuring live play-by-play commentary By SDTEKKEN's Mark "MARKMAN" Julio & NBGA's Richard "FilthieRich" Bantegui. Attendees will also have the chance to meet the developers from the Tekken Project Team and Project Soul Team while getting their first chance to play Tekken Tag HD.
NAMCO BANDAI BOOTH
JULY 21st-24th 9:30AM to Show Close – NARUTO and Dragon Ball Z @ NAMCO BANDAI Games America Booth #5136 – All SDCC attendees are invited to get their very first up close and personal hands-on look at the action from two of the most exciting franchises in anime and fighting game history! Don’t miss an early sneak peek at Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi making its North American debut on the floor allowing fans to deliver the kamehameha long before it hits store shelves on October 25th, 2011 for PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360. Still looking for more? Fans will also get a chance to try-out BOTH of the upcoming CyberConnect2-developed games based on the worldwide phenomenon known as NARUTO. The upcoming NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Impact for the PSP system will be on hand for fans to check out the dynamic blend of action and strategy before it launches in Fall 2011. And last but not least, the upcoming NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Generations will also be ready for fans to get a sneak peek before it launches on home consoles in 2012! YOSHA!!!
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John Gaudiosi has been covering videogames for the past 20 years for outlets like The Washington Post, CNET, Wired Magazine and CBS.com. He has focused on the convergence of entertainment and videogames for outlets like Video Business, Home Media Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Gamerlive.TV and is also a freelance game columnist for Reuters and writes for outlets like Forbes.com, NVISION, Official PlayStation Magazine, EGM Now, Geek Monthly, PrimaGames.com, and Yahoo! Games. John also serves as the video game expert for NBC in Washington D.C. and has produced videogame documentaries for The History Channel and Starz Entertainment. John was named one of the Top 50 Game Journalists in the world by Next-Gen.biz in 2007. He is the co-author of Scholastic Books' How to Get into Videogames, Prima Publishing's Madden: Twenty Years of Videogame Football and Electronic Arts: The Official History.