Namco's Pool Pro Online Gets Sequel

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Think you're a pool shark? Get ready to hustle your way through 8- or 9-ball games and play head-to-head with opponents in real-time in Pool Pro Online II, the newest mobile game from Namco Networks, a leading publisher and developer of wireless games and content.

Pool Pro Online II lets players create a personal profile, choose an in-game look and enter the virtual pool hall to compete in real time and head-to-head against players vying for fame and in-game cash. The game also offers offline one-player or two-player versus mode for those looking for a little practice.

Pool Pro Online has been played online more than 4.4 million times and proved players' desire to play against others across the country. Pool Pro Online II, builds on the success of Pool Pro Online by offering players a fully customizable experience, while maintaining backwards compatibility to the original game and its established player network.

"The Pool Pro Online franchise of games has been extremely successful; since its launch less than a month ago, an average of 5,000 online games of Pool Pro Online II have been played daily," said Scott Rubin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Namco Networks. "Our top player plays an average of 40 online games per day, and with the new features, like betting in-game cash and weekly tournaments, this player has even more to keep him busy."

With the customizable features, players looking to upgrade their cue or customize their felt can visit the Pro Shop, where they can use the in-game cash (won in tournaments or hustled from other players) to purchase new cue sticks, pool tables and in-game backgrounds. Because the Pro Shop is server based, new customization items will frequently become available.

Individual profiles track players' skills, wins, losses and tournament rankings. Players can search for opponents online by skill, rank or the size of their in-game bank account. With a buddy list, players can keep a list of favorite opponents and praise or taunt them using the game's messaging feature.

"Pool Pro Online has always been about its online head-to-head component, and this is where it leaves all other pool titles in the dust," said Hugo Reyes, WGWorld.com. "Giving players the ability to play in real-time against players across the country increases the competitive nature, making it a more enjoyable and interactive experience."

Pool Pro Online II is available today on select national wireless carriers and will be available on other carriers in the future. Visit www.NamcoGames.com/poolproonline for more information.

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