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San Francisco, CA.-August 8, 2006-Yuke's Company of America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yuke's Co., Ltd., and an official sponsor of the D1 Professional Drift Grand Prix Series, today announced D1 Grand Prix, their professional drift racing simulation for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, is now shipping to stores nationwide.

D1 Grand Prix simulates drifting, a racing style that originated in Japan and is quickly becoming the hottest trend in U.S. racing. Drift racers purposefully put their cars into controlled slides, "drifting" around corners at up to 85 mph. Unlike traditional automobile races, drift races are judged not just on speed, but on style.

D1 Grand Prix arrives on the videogame scene just as drifting is receiving lots of attention in the national media. A June 6 story on the CBS Morning News and The Early Show called drifting a "screeching, smoking, testosterone-fueled automania," and said Americans are "taking to it like, well, boys to hot cars." CNN's Anderson Cooper also weighed in on the drifting phenomenon during the June 13 episode of Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees. "And ready or not," he said, "drifting may be about to burst into America's mainstream culture, even its streets."

With a cutting-edge physics engine, hundreds of customization options, and six diverse play modes, D1 Grand Prix brings gamers all the flashy excitement of drifting, without the danger or burnt-rubber smell.

Game features include:
- 12 Driving Circuits from past D1 competitions including Odaiba, Tsukuba Circuit, Autopolis, SUGO, Fuji Speedway and more.
- 30 licensed vehicles to choose from.
- The most realistic drifting physics engine ever in a video game.
- In-depth tutorial teaches players the art of drifting.
- 2005 D1 Grand Prix car stats, rules, racers and racing circuits
- Compete in official day and unofficial night races.
- Enhanced commentary engine lets players hear what the three judges have to say in real time.
- Six modes of play: D1 Grand Prix, Time Attack, Survival Mode, Battle Mode, Xtreme Mode, Free Run Theater (unlockable movies of actual footage of the D1 Grand Prix).

The gaming press has already begun praising D1 Grand Prix. GameSpot says D1 Grand Prix gives gamers a unique playing experience: "With three different difficulty levels, multiple tuning options for creating your ultimate drift-ready whip, and a driving model that plays like practically nothing racing fans have encountered before, D1 Grand Prix certainly sets itself apart from a crowded field of PS2 racing games."

GameSpy calls D1 Grand Prix "the perfect game" for drift-racing fans, and GamePro says "the game plays great and if you're into automobile simulation racers you'll have a blast."

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, the K-1 Grand Prix fighting series 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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