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NINTENDO'S 'STAR FOX' HAS LANDED; FLIGHT ADVENTURE GAME ARRIVES AT STORES IN THE LARGEST EVER ONE-TIME SHIPMENT OF A VIDEO GAME

 REDMOND, Wash., March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Nintendo of America Inc.'s "Star Fox" has counted down, taken off and is about to land, bringing more than 1 million video game paks to 18,000 retailers and hundreds of thousands of consumers nationwide -- the largest initial shipment ever of a new video game.
 "Star Fox" is the most technologically advanced video game ever introduced for a 16-bit video game system. As the first title to incorporate Super FX technology, Nintendo's "Star Fox" brings real- time 3-D polygon animation and blazing game play speed to home video game screens for the first time.
 "Star Fox" hasn't even reached retail outlets, and interest in it already has been remarkable," said Peter Main, Nintendo's vice president, marketing. "The anticipation for `Star Fox' compares to the excitement of Michael Jackson's `Thriller' album. With more than 1 million game paks shipping to retailers this week, this is the largest initial new product introduction in video game history, and it won't be a moment too soon for the millions of video game players out there who have been waiting to experience `Star Fox' and Super FX."
 Nintendo prepared for this momentous introduction by mobilizing all activities at its robotic distribution center in North Bend, Wash., which features the company's nationally renowned Nintendo Inventory Management System (NIMS). The facility stayed open around the clock transporting thousands of boxes filled with "Star Fox." NIMS enables Nintendo to deliver product directly to retailers in record time, rather than to the store's distribution center.
 To celebrate the arrival of "Star Fox" at retail outlets nationwide, Nintendo is holding special events on Saturday, March 27, in Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Tampa.
 As the first game using Nintendo's proprietary Super FX technology, "Star Fox" represents another technological achievement for Nintendo. By inserting the Super FX chip inside game cartridges, developers are able to create the most sophisticated software to date.
 "Star Fox" is a flight of fantasy set in an action-packed science fiction world. Game play viewpoint is from behind or inside the player's supersonic speed aircraft using the Super FX chip. The chip enhances the technological capabilities of the SNES to create a variety of effects, including texture mapping, light source shading, 3-D polygon animation and scaling and rotating of objects (sprites), technologies which simulate real flight situations and allow rotation of view to above, behind or in front of objects. In addition, the Super FX chip dramatically increases the speed with which players can manipulate objects.
 Fans of the "Star Trek" television series and "Star Wars" feature films will immediately be immersed in the sci-fi world of "Star Fox." As Fox McCloud, leader of several space mercenary pilots known as the Star Fox Team, players are challenged to return peace to the Lylat system and save the planet Corneria from the evil Emperor Andross. McCloud's squadron of sci-fi pilots includes Falco Lombardi, Peppy Hare and Slippy Toad, who are sent on missions to save the universe from the same desperate fate that the tyrannical Emperor Andross has wrought on the planet Venom.
 The game offers three routes with different stages which players can challenge themselves to complete. The routes take the player through the five-planet universe -- from the home planet of Corneria to the enemy planet Venom. There also are two secret stages that only the most advanced players can enter.
 Space battles are fought on each planet with skirmishes taking place in asteroid belts, meteor base and deep space. Fox McCloud must dodge oncoming enemies and other obstacles with the utmost precision and speed to rescue the Lylat system and its inhabitants. A moment's hesitation means destruction of his Star Fox teammates and the end of freedom for the citizens of Lylat's five planets.
 Available at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $59.95(a), "Star Fox" is the first of four Super FX games to be released by Nintendo in 1993.
 Nintendo of America Inc. is based in Redmond and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nintendo Co. Ltd., Japan, the world's largest manufacturer and marketer of video games.
 (a) Although Nintendo of America Inc. may suggest retail prices for products, dealer is free to determine on its own the prices at which it will sell the products.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Photos, slides and video B-roll available upon request./
 /CONTACT: Sherri Snelling or Beth Llewelyn of Berkhemer Kline Golin/Harris, 213-623-4200, for Nintendo/


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