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Press release: 2003-09-23: SEGA ROLLS OUT "BILLY HATCHER AND THE GIANT EGG™" FROM THE CREATOR OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG™

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SEGA ROLLS OUT "BILLY HATCHER AND THE GIANT EGG™" FROM THE CREATOR OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG™	

Game Offers Innovative Take on Platform Action Following the Exploits of a Boy in a Rooster Suit

SAN FRANCISCO - (September 23, 2003) - SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced the release of "Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg™," a new platform game exclusively for the Nintendo GameCube™. Developed by the creator of SEGA's world-famous Sonic The Hedgehog™ series, "Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg" challenges players to solve puzzles, complete missions and defeat powerful bosses throughout massive, fantastical environments with the help of magical eggs.

The first all-new platform character from Yuji Naka and Sonicteam™ since the SEGA Saturn™ era, "Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg" is the story of a young boy on a mission to save the world from the clutches of the evil Crow King who threatens to rule with an everlasting night. Gamers must learn to harness the powers of a legendary rooster suit and control magical eggs to restore light to the land.

"Yuji Naka and Sonicteam has once again created a groundbreaking gaming experience filled with colorful worlds and one-of-a-kind characters," said Shinobu Toyoda, Executive Vice President, SEGA of America, Inc. "Billy Hatcher's offbeat and engaging gameplay offers something for gamers of all ages this fall and into the holiday season."

A vibrant, new spin on the traditional platformer, "Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg" challenges gamers to solve puzzles, fight enemies, and ultimately hatch magical creatures that enhance their abilities. Players will find the fast action and unique elements that they expect from Sonicteam titles as they explore themed, mystical environments on their quest to save the kingdom of Morningland. The adventure also includes hidden characters, and a four-player split-screen feature with cooperative and competitive gameplay modes.

"Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg" is rated "E" for Everyone and is available at retailers nationwide for an MSRP of $39.95.

About SEGA
SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, 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®, Nintendo® 64, Game Boy® Advance and NINTENDO GAMECUBE™. 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™ and Donkey Kong® and launching such franchises as Zelda™ and Pokemon®. As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America, Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operation in the Western Hemisphere.