Press release: 2002-02-12: Sonic the Hedgehog Speeds On to the Nintendo GameCube in Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
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Sonic the Hedgehog Speeds On to the Nintendo GameCube in Sonic Adventure 2 Battle; Sega's Flagship Franchise First to Support Cable Connectivity with Game Boy Advance SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Feb. 12, 2002 Sega(R) of America today announced the release of "Sonic Adventure(TM) 2 Battle" for the Nintendo GameCube(TM). The title, which is the first to take advantage of the Nintendo GameCube(TM) Game Boy(R) Advance Cable, also marks Sonic's first appearance on a new next-generation video game console. Featuring more than 150 missions spread over 30-plus frenetic, action-packed stages, "Sonic Adventure 2 Battle" challenges gamers to either save the world or conquer it, in an action-packed showdown between Hero and Dark characters. The title also delivers dozens of all-new two-player battle levels and takes Chao raising to new heights with Nintendo's Cable connectivity, allowing gamers to transfer their Chao to and from the Game Boy Advance. "Sonic's debut on the Nintendo GameCube in 'Sonic Adventure 2 Battle' is a historic moment for Sega in our new position as a leading publisher of interactive entertainment," said Mike Fischer, vice president of entertainment marketing, Sega of America. "The Sonic franchise has always been about pushing limits, and we're proud that 'Sonic Adventure 2 Battle' will make a splash as the first title to take advantage of Nintendo's Cable connectivity." In "Sonic Adventure 2 Battle," gamers race across an array of terrains including stunning cityscapes, dense jungles, massive military bases and outer space -- avoiding obstacles, collecting gold rings and adhering to the agenda of either a Hero or Dark character. Hero characters include Sonic, Knuckles and Tails, while diabolical Dark characters include Dr. Eggman, Shadow and Rouge. There are also six playable characters from the Sonic The Hedgehog(R) series, including Amy, Metal Sonic and Chaos Zero. Each character has unique abilities for deep and varied two-player battle gameplay. The title also features six styles of multiplayer battle gameplay, including Sonic's high-speed 3D action racing, Knuckles' treasure hunting, Tails' shooting match, kart racing, Chao racing and Chao karate. These stages are divided into skill levels for easy pick-up-and-play action for beginners and experts alike. "Sonic Adventure 2 Battle" will be available at retailers this week and carries a MSRP of $49.99. The game is rated "E" for everyone. For screenshots, artwork or an illustration of the Chao transporting process utilizing the Cable, visit the following link: ftp://ftp.accesspr.com/public/Sega/Sega_Games/Nintendo_Gamecube/. The "Sonic Adventure 2" soundtrack is also available from Tokyopop, featuring 26 original songs from the game. About Sega SEGA(R) of America is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a 3.5 billion corporation by market capitalization, recognized as a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA of America's Web site is located at www.sega.com. About Nintendo As the worldwide leader and innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co. Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home video game systems. The systems include Game Boy(R), Nintendo(R) 64, Game Boy(R) Advance and NINTENDO GAMECUBE(TM). Since the release of its first home video game system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 1.4 billion video games worldwide, creating enduring industry icons such as Mario(TM) and Donkey Kong(R) and launching such franchises as Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America, Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operation in the Western Hemisphere. COPYRIGHT 2002 Business Wire No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder. Copyright 2002, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.