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Press release: 1995-11-08: Sega delivers arcade gaming action on the PC

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Original source: The Free Library


REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 1995--Sega PC, Sega of America's new computer games division, is shipping enhanced PC CD-ROM versions of many of the company's hit home console titles this month.

"Comix Zone" and "Tomcat Alley" will ship to retail this week; "Ecco the Dolphin" will ship prior to Thanksgiving. "Virtua Fighter Remix" is also now available bundled with a multimedia accelerator from Diamond Multimedia. Sega's PC games are compatible with Pentium-based PCs running Windows 95.

"The Sega PC division is bringing Sega's proven style of interactive entertainment to PC platforms, leveraging the brand equity and product success we've achieved in the video game business," Curtis Broome, marketing manager, Sega PC, said.

"These games are optimized for the PC with faster frame rates, added colors, higher resolution graphics, more difficulty levels, added control options and plug-and-play ease of use to give PC users the arcade-style gaming experience only Sega could deliver -- now on the PC."

The first Sega PC title based on a Sega Saturn (and arcade) game -- "Virtua Fighter Remix" -- will be bundled with Diamond Multimedia's Edge 3D multimedia accelerator board starting in November. Diamond will also offer "Ecco the Dolphin," "Comix Zone" and a sample version of "Tomcat Alley" as a pack-in purchase incentive with its new video add-in boards, called the Stealth64 Video 2001 XLe Multimedia Series.

Minimum requirements for Sega PC titles are Pentium-based PCs running Windows 95; no other enhancements are required to play "Ecco the Dolphin," "Comix Zone" and "Tomcat Alley."

Sega PC titles will be sold through Sega's traditional distribution channels and in PC retail locations nationwide, including Comp USA, Computer City and Electronics Boutique, among others. Sega PC titles available this month feature former Sega Genesis, Sega CD and Sega Saturn hits, including:

Ecco the Dolphin

Sega PC takes you on a deep-sea quest with "Ecco The Dolphin," an enhanced version of the original title that launched the career of Sega's underwater hero. A sudden storm tears Ecco's family from their home, leaving Ecco to save the dolphins and the world.

PC gamers can explore more than 30 levels of lethal dangers, including frenzied sharks, stinging jellyfish and deadly rip tides, and three levels of difficulty add to the adventure. With higher-resolution graphics and more video footage than the original, Ecco discovers more hidden routes than in the original and gamers can travel back in time to battle prehistoric sea creatures.

Cryptic messages are held in crystal glyphs, and a hidden library of treasures reveals the secrets of the deep. "Ecco the Dolphin" by Sega PC will be available on CD-ROM in November at a suggested retail price of $39.95.

Tomcat Alley

Experience the height of aerial adventure with "Tomcat Alley" on Sega PC, an interactive movie game which features 60 minutes of challenging gameplay. Using actual flight footage and dramatic scenes, "Tomcat Alley" brings the heart-pounding action of a feature film and the sweaty palm challenge of a hit video game to your PC.

As a Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) in an F-14X Tomcat, it is your duty to locate and destroy renegade Soviet pilot Colonel Alexi Povich's stronghold in the Mexican desert, located dangerously close to the United States.

With a higher frame rate and true color option, gamers fly seven missions against air and ground enemies, adapting to ever-changing storylines based on your rapid-reflex responses and precision, split-second decisions. "Tomcat Alley" for Sega PC will be available in November at a suggested retail price of $39.95.

Comix Zone

Sega PC combines the excitement of two pop culture phenomena, comic books and video games, with "Comix Zone," the first truly interactive action comic book. The pages of "Comix Zone" come alive with rapid-fire speed, vivid colors and 3-D graphics drawn by actual comic book illustrators.

Inside "Comix Zone," gamers take on the role of Sketch Turner, brilliant young comic book artist who finds himself morphed into his own comic by the evil Mortus, the villain he has created. Sketch, aided by his martial arts expertise and his loyal pet rat "Roadkill," must make his way through the pages of the comic book, successfully completing all episodes, to get back into the real world.

Comic-style dialogue balloons narrate the ultra-fast action, and Mortus' evil hand draws new enemies for Sketch to battle in each scene. "Comix Zone" from Sega PC will tear up PCs in November at an expected street price of $39.95.

Virtua Fighter Remix

An upgrade of the arcade and Sega Saturn legend that set the benchmark in the art of hand-to-hand fighting is coming to a PC near you. "Virtua Fighter Remix" brings together the best-of-the-best in martial arts in an arcade-perfect rendition on CD-ROM which includes 700 moves and more texture-mapped graphics and polygons than the original "Virtua Fighter."

Choosing from a cast of eight of the world's most accomplished fighters, each with trade-marked specialties, Sega PC gamers will be able to execute spine-jarring moves including spiral kicks, power slams, head butts and neck-breaking pile drivers, sending their opponents to "la-la land" with an ultimate K.O.

"Virtua Fighter Remix" for Sega PC with the Edge 3D accelerator board from Diamond Multimedia is compatible with Sega Saturn peripherals including the Virtua Stick joystick and the standard Sega Saturn Control Pad. "Virtua Fighter" will be available in October with the Diamond Edge 3D accelerator board retailing from $249 to $399 with multiple pack-ins.

Sega of America is the arm of Tokyo-based Sega Enterprises Ltd. responsible for the development, marketing and distribution of Sega videogame systems and videogames in the Americas.

Sega Enterprises Ltd. is a nearly $4 billion company recognized as the industry leader in interactive digital entertainment media, and is the only company that offers interactive entertainment experiences both inside and outside the home. Sega of America's World Wide Web site is located at http://www.segaoa.com.

CONTACT: Greg Chiemingo

Manning, Selvage & Lee

213/782-6600 ext. 228

or

Dan Stevens

Sega of America

415/802-3996
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