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JUDGE CONFIRMS NINTENDO JURY VERDICT; ENTERS COMPLETE JUDGMENT FOR NINTENDO

 JUDGE CONFIRMS NINTENDO JURY VERDICT;
 ENTERS COMPLETE JUDGMENT FOR NINTENDO
 SAN FRANCISCO, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by Nintendo:
 Judge Fern Smith of the United States District Court in San Francisco today said that the jury's verdict in the case of Atari Corporation v Nintendo constituted a verdict for Nintendo across the board.
 On May 1, the jury unanimously concluded that Nintendo's method of doing business in the home video game marketplace had not harmed Atari Corp. (AMEX: ATC). Thus, the jury's verdict was a rejection of a fundamental part of Atari's case. The jury also unanimously concluded that Nintendo had not attempted to monopolize the home video game market.
 The jury had reported that it was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on certain other antitrust issues. However, the judge said that since the jury had unanimously concluded that Nintendo had not hurt Atari, the case was over.
 "Because the jury's verdict on causation conclusively disposes of the case, the unanswered liability issues are moot; a retrial on those issues would be meaningless," Judge Smith said in her Order Affirming Jury Verdict.
 "Judge Smith's ruling means that Atari Corp. has lost in court on all of its antitrust claims against Nintendo. Her decision affirms the jury's conclusion that the alleged losses sustained by Atari Corp. in the home video game business were caused by its own failure to vigorously compete in the marketplace and not by Nintendo's conduct," said Howard Lincoln, senior vice president of Nintendo of America Inc.
 Lincoln added that Judge Smith had awarded Nintendo its "costs" in the lawsuit. He said that Nintendo's attorneys estimated that the company will recover costs from Atari Corp. in the high six to low seven figure range.
 Nintendo of America Inc. sells personal, home and arcade video games in the United States. The Redmond, Wash.-based company is headquarters to the company's marketing operations in North America, and is a subsidiary of the world's largest manufacturer and marketer of video games, Nintendo Co. Ltd. of Kyoto, Japan.
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 /CONTACT: Perrin Kaplan of Nintendo, 206-882-2040/
 (ATC) CO: Nintendo of America Inc.; Atari Corp. ST: Washington; California IN: ENT SU:


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