In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Galaga, Namco Networks, a leading publisher and developer of wireless games and content, and Sprint (NYSE: S), the industry leader in innovative wireless entertainment services, announced the launch of an anniversary edition of the mobile game. This special version, offered exclusively to Sprint subscribers with capable wireless phones, includes the option to start the game with Dual Fighters. This is the first game utilizing Sprint’s Game Lobby to feature micro-payment technology from Motricity’s Fuel Mobile marketplace management platform.

The 25th anniversary edition of Galaga maintains the same alien-fighting space action of the original, but with a twist. Through the Game Lobby from Sprint, which is powered by Motricity, the micro-payment technology allows players to pay 25 cents for one play of the new Galaga Dual Fighter mode. With this new feature, the player is given two ships at once to fight the aliens with double the normal firepower. The new feature also boasts its own leader board in the Game Lobby featuring the top scores for players playing with the Dual Fighter mode.

The anniversary edition of Galaga including the new Dual Fighter feature is available on the game deck of capable Sprint wireless phones.

“Namco Networks is delighted to be Sprint’s first partner to utilize the micro-payment technology,” said Scott Rubin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Namco Networks. “Galaga fans always cite achieving Dual Fighters as a highlight of the game, and now with this new feature, we are sure that fans will really enjoy the ability to start the game with Dual Fighters.”

Originally published in Japan on July 23, 1981, Galaga is one of the longest running arcade hits in history, a success that has continued on the mobile platform with the support of Namco’s partners’, Sprint and Motricity.

“As one of the top rated games in the Game Lobby from Sprint, the 25th anniversary edition of Galaga is an exciting opportunity for Sprint customers to enjoy a new twist on a favorite arcade classic,” said Jason Ford, General Manager of Games & Entertainment for Sprint. “Our partnership with Namco and Motricity is creating new opportunities for Sprint subscribers to showcase their gaming skills and make it to the top of the coveted leader board.”

“We are glad that Namco could be the first publisher to integrate our micro-payments technology into the Game Lobby from Sprint,” said Mark Munoz, Vice President of Business Development for Motricity. “Galaga, with the Dual Fighter mode, is a great way to highlight the value that this technology offers to consumers.”

Attendees at E3, the annual videogame tradeshow held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles from May 10 to May 12, can preview the 25th anniversary edition of Galaga on Sprint phones at the Namco Networks booth (#600, South Hall).

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