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Nintendo GameCube Dominates NBC Today's Toy Test 2002; America Ranks Nintendo's Metroid Prime and Super Mario Sunshine at Top of Holiday List.

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REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 21, 2002

In the kingdom of fun, it's the subjects who speak the loudest.

Today those subjects, America's youth, spoke with one voice, choosing exclusive Nintendo GameCube(TM) games as their holiday gift list favorites.

In America's biggest toy test, NBC Today's Toy Test 2002, America's kids and teens played and ranked the following titles, available exclusively for Nintendo GameCube, as the hottest video games for the holidays:

1. Metroid(R) Prime

2. Super Mario Sunshine(TM)

5. Mario Party(TM) 4

6. Star Fox(R) Adventures

7. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (LucasArts)

9. Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee (Infogrames)

14. Super Monkey Ball 2 (SEGA)

In addition to these seven exclusive Nintendo GameCube games, the Toy Test 2002 list includes five titles available on Nintendo GameCube and a competing system. This brings the total number of Nintendo GameCube games on the Toy Test list of 19 top games to 12.

"The rankings speak volumes about Nintendo's ability to place its finger on the pulse of every type of game fan when developing video games," says Peter MacDougall, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Nintendo of America Inc. "This further illustrates that Nintendo's commitment to quality games is paying off."

To pick this year's winners, consumer specialist Herb Weisbaum allowed thousands of kids an advance peek at 73 games that are due for release on Nintendo GameCube, Sony PlayStation 2, and Microsoft Xbox. The goal of this one-of-a-kind video game test was to provide parents a holiday shopping list of video games that have been approved by thousands of kids and teens. More than 10,000 ratings were tallied during the two-week exhibit at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. To ensure a "family friendly" exhibit, no games were shown that rated above Teen (T) or portrayed realistic animated violence.

To view complete results of Toy Test 2002, visit www.msnbc.com/news/todaytoytest2002_front.asp.

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. Since the release of its first home video game system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 1.6 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 operations in the Western Hemisphere.

For more information about Nintendo GameCube or any other Nintendo product visit the company's Web sites, www.nintendo.com or www.nintendogamecube.com.
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