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Press release: 2001-09-06: Sega Sports Launches Basketball and Tennis On Multiple Platforms

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Original source: The Free Library


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 6, 2001

Sega Sports NBA 2K2 Debuts on NINTENDO GAMECUBE(TM) and Sega Sports

Tennis 2K2 Heads for PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system

Sega Sports(TM), the brand that continues to set new standards in sports gaming, announced today the launch of "Sega Sports(TM) NBA 2K2" for the NINTENDO GAMECUBE(TM), and the "Virtua Tennis(TM)" hit sequel "Sega Sports(TM) Tennis 2K2," for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. This move builds upon Sega's commitment to be a platform-agnostic third party publisher, reinforcing its key objective of becoming the world's leader in interactive entertainment. "Sega Sports NBA 2K2" and "Sega Sports Tennis 2K2" will first launch on the 128-bit, Internet-ready Sega Dreamcast(TM) video game console this fall, with "Sega Sports NBA 2K2" arriving on NINTENDO GAMECUBE and "Sega Sports Tennis 2K2" premiering on the PlayStation 2, both in the Spring of 2002.

"Our entire 'Sega Sports NBA 2K' series has sold extremely well and 'Sega Sports Tennis 2K2's' predecessor was heralded as the premier title in its genre," said Peter Moore, president and COO, Sega of America. "The impending launches of these sequels on multiple platforms are a testament to the unparalleled gameplay that only Sega Sports can deliver."

"Sega Sports games have an established reputation for quality and authenticity," said Greg Thomas, president, Visual Concepts, a member of the Sega group. "Gamers can expect nothing less with these two titles. We are excited to take advantage of the power inherent in both the PlayStation 2 and the NINTENDO GAMECUBE."

The Sega Sports roster of next generation titles announced today includes (in order of launch):

-- "Sega Sports(TM) NBA 2K2" with Philadelphia 76ers Guard Allen Iverson (Sega Dreamcast(TM), PlayStation(R)2, Xbox(TM), NINTENDO GAMECUBE(TM))

-- "Sega Sports(TM) Tennis 2K2" with Venus Williams and Serena Williams (Sega Dreamcast(TM), PlayStation(R)2)


These games will be rated "E" for everyone and will be available at retailers nationwide for $49.95 each.

About Sega

Sega(R) of America is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based Sega Corporation, responsible for the development, marketing and distribution of Sega video game systems and video games in the Americas. Sega Corporation is a nearly $2.5 billion company recognized as the industry leader in interactive digital entertainment media, offering interactive entertainment experiences both inside and outside the home.

About Nintendo

Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, is the acknowledged worldwide leader in the creation of interactive entertainment. To date, Nintendo has sold more than one billion video games worldwide, has created such industry icons as Mario(R) and Donkey Kong(R) and launched franchises like The Legend of Zelda(R) and Pokemon. Nintendo manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home video game systems, including the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy -- the world's best-selling video game system. As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in North America.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America markets the PlayStation(R) game console and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PlayStation game console and the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. These titles are not yet officially proposed to Sony Computer Entertainment America.

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