Dead Or Alive: Ultimate ShipsTORRANCE, Calif., October 27, 2004‹Tecmo® proudly announced that its online fighting game, Dead or Alive® Ultimate(DOAU) for the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, has shipped today, hitting retailers across North America this week. The highly anticipated fighter, already known for its revolutionary online fighting features, incredible real-to-life graphics, interactive multi-tiered environments and fast and furious gameplay, is poised to dominate the competition when it hits store shelves this week. "The name says it all! Dead or Alive Ultimate is the ultimate online 3D fighting game to have this holiday season," John Inada, Tecmo¹s Director of Marketing, said. "Once it hits store shelves, no other fighter will be able to live up to its standards." The critics agree, with top video gaming sites such as IGN scoring the title an impressive 9.2 and saying, "Dead or Alive Ultimate is indeed the Ultimate fighter on Xbox -- there is none better." While GameSpot gushed in its glowing review that, "It truly is the best, most fully featured title in the Dead or Alive series yet." Dead or Alive Ultimate kicks into stores this week with an ESRB rating of Mature. For additional information and to order the game visit the official Dead or Alive Ultimate website at www.deadoralivegame.com About Dead or Alive Ultimate The latest installment in the million-selling Dead or Alive® fighting series will be packed with a punch as it boasts unbelievable new graphics, staggering new moves and combo attacks, new multi-tiered and fully interactive environments, brand-new unlockable costumes and secret characters, an in-depth story line, and unique 2-disc set packaging with inclusion of collectible trading cards, and a behind the scenes look at Team Ninja and the making of Dead or Alive Ultimate. True to its roots, the famous DOA girls will also be back in action and sexier than ever in the most scantily clad and outrageous outfits to date in the fighting series. Topping that all off will be the revolutionary new online capabilities in the game made available through Xbox Live. With six different online modes to choose from including Winner-Stays, Tournament, Team Battle, Survival, Loser-Stays, and Kumite Battle, and all using the highly anticipated online feature, "Virtual Arcade", where 8 players are able to participate in a fighting session at one time, Dead or Alive Ultimate is the ultimate 3-D online fighting game this fall. Players from across the nation will be able to play each other using all six of these modes and experience smooth online game play whether they are playing their friend down the street or across the country. Also available through Xbox Live will be a Dead or Alive World Wide Ranking Chart where the best of the best will be able to post their online scores and see where they rank against other players from around the world, earning bragging rights along the way. Those that master their DOA fighting skills will be represented as the best fighters on the planet through the online scoreboard.