Namco Bandai Games to present Saban's Power Rangers Samurai Float at the 123rd Annual Tournament of Roses Parade
Power Rangers to Celebrate the Launch of the 35-Foot Float and Videogame
SAN JOSE, Calif., (November 23, 2011) - Leading video games publisher NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today announced that Saban's Power Rangers Samurai™ will be featured on a float at the 123rd Annual Tournament of Roses® Parade in Pasadena, California on Jan. 2, 2012. To celebrate the release of Saban's Power Rangers Samurai videogame on Wii™ and Nintendo DS™, the float will feature the Samurai Power rangers themselves and their mighty Zords, including the Yellow Ape, Blue Dragon, Red Lion and the towering Megazord, which stands at 35 feet. The float embodies the spirit of teamwork and friendship that is central to the hugely popular Power Rangers Brand.
In the 2011 Rose Parade®, NAMCO BANDAI Games took home the Judges' Special Trophy for outstanding showmanship and dramatic impact with their float showcasing "Pac-Man's 30th Anniversary Party". This year, NAMCO BANDAI Games will present "Saban's Power Rangers Samurai The Video Game" in an effort to once-again celebrate fun-filled entertainment for all ages in the biggest way possible. The float contains a platform, which will hold all six of the beloved Power Rangers Samurai characters and will be surrounded by their mighty Zords all decorated using carefully chosen floral arrangements. The entire float culminates in the giant MegaZord, a colossal robotic samurai that is formed when all six Power Rangers combine their Zords and powers.
"The Power Rangers have always provided an exciting and action-packed adventure for kids of all ages, which is why it's an honor to have them take part in the Tournament of Roses Parade, for kids all over the world to enjoy," said Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. "We're happy to honor the spirit of teamwork and friendship with a wonderful float that celebrates this group of heroes."
"The Tournament of Roses Parade has long been an event that kids have enjoyed for generations, so it's especially fitting to have the Power Rangers take part in the 123rd Rose Parade," said Rick Jackson, president of the Tournament of Roses. "The hundreds of kids attending the parade, and the millions of children watching from home, will have the great thrill of seeing their favorite heroes on what promises to be another great celebration."
Saban's Power Rangers Samurai video game will allow fans to master the elements of Fire, Water, Sky, Forest, and Earth as they morph into Red, Blue, Pink, Green, Gold or Yellow Rangers. Martial arts training and fitness, combined with team-based battles that teach the importance of team work, friendship, and responsibility, ready players to battle hordes of Nighlok monsters. Players can also access hidden areas within levels and get hints on how to defeat the armies of evil while unlocking new Megazord combinations needed to take down the Nighloks once and for all.
Rated E10+ by the ESRB, Power Rangers Samurai for Wii and Nintendo DS is now available. For more information on the upcoming Power Rangers Samuraigames or NAMCO BANDAI Games, please visit http://namcobandaigames.com/powerrangers or http://www.facebook.com/namco. The Power Rangers Samurai live action series is currently airing on Nickelodeon (rated TV-Y7). For more information, please visit www.powerrangers.com or www.nickelodeon.com. More information about the 123 rd Annual Tournament of Roses Parade can be found at www.tournamentofroses.com.
About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., part of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content — including all major video game consoles, iOS, mobile and online. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry's top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN®, Tekken®, SOULCALIBUR®, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball®, GALAGA®, RIDGE RACER® and ACE COMBAT®. More information about the company and its products can be found at www.namcobandaigames.com or www.facebook.com/namco.
About Saban's Power Rangers SamuraiCombining comedy with action-filled storylines, the all-new half-hour series Power Rangers Samurai features a new cast of Rangers and never-before-seen villains, as well as high-octane action, martial arts and advanced special effects. From SCG Power Rangers LLC, an affiliate of Saban Brands, the long-running hit kids' TV phenomenon, now heading into its 19th season, is helmed by Haim Saban, who created and produced the original "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" series in 1993. New episodes premiere Saturdays at noon (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.
Following its introduction in 1993, Power Rangers quickly became the most watched children's television program in the United States. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others by following the adventures of a group of ordinary young people who "morphed" into superheroes, the series was seen in more than 60 countries, translated into numerous languages, and was a mainstay in the most prominent international children's programming blocks. Visit www.powerrangers.com.
About Saban Brands
Formed in 2010 as a subsidiary of Saban Capital, Saban Brands (SB) was established to acquire and develop a world-class portfolio of properties and capitalize on the company's experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing consumer brands. SB applies a strategic transmedia management approach to enhancing and extending its brands in markets worldwide and to consumers of all ages. The company provides full service management, marketing, promotion and strategic business development for its intellectual properties including comprehensive strategies unique to each brand, trademark and copyright management and enforcement, creative design, retail development, direct-to-consumer initiatives and specialized property extensions. SB is led by a superior management team with decades of experience in licensing, marketing and finance. Visit www.sabanbrands.com.