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NINTENDO TO MARKET NEW COMPACT DISC ACCESSORY FOR SUPER NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM

 NINTENDO TO MARKET NEW COMPACT DISC ACCESSORY
 FOR SUPER NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
 Accessory to Debut in January 1993
 LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Nintendo of America Inc. announced today that it has developed a compact disc (CD-ROM) accessory for its Super Nintendo Entertainment System(R) (Super NES (tm)). The accessory will be introduced in the United States, Canada and Japan in January, 1993. Nintendo's initial production will be 300,000 units per month.
 Minoru Arakawa, president of Nintendo of America Inc., said, "At a suggested retail price of $200, Nintendo's new compact disc accessory will launch the next generation of video games. Together with our worldwide network of Super NES game developers and third- party licensees, Nintendo will introduce a full range of outstanding and unique compact disc software."
 Nintendo said that Super NES compact disc games developed by it and its third-party licensees will use the "CD-ROM XA" format licensed from Philips Consumer Electronics. Super NES compact discs will only play on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
 Nintendo said it is working with Philips to develop the CD-ROM XA "bridge format" which will allow Super NES compact disc games to play on both the Super NES and on Philips' Compact Disc Interactive (CD-I) hardware. Also, Nintendo said that it is in discussions with Sony regarding the compatibility of Sony's "Play Station" CD-ROM system and the Super NES compact disc accessory.
 Details of Nintendo's third-party licensing program for Super NES compact discs will be announced in the near future. Compact disc programming specifications will be made available to Nintendo's developers and licensees by the end of January 1992.
 Nintendo of America Inc. sells personal, home and arcade video games in the United States. The Redmond, Wash.-based company is headquarters for 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.
 Nintendo Super NES Compact Disc Accessory
 Disc Format
 The disc format for the Super NES Compact Disc Accessory is based on the newer and more advanced "CD-ROM XA" format licensed from Philips. The CD-ROM XA format, unlike the older CD-ROM format, allows interleaving of sounding, video and data.
 System Cartridge
 The System Cartridge for the Super NES Compact Disc Accessory consists of RAM, ROM and a Nintendo custom real-time graphics co- processor unit which makes full-screen, full-motion display possible.
 System BIOS
 A compact disc system BIOS is built into the system, allowing programmers to take full advantage of the capabilities of the compact disc system.
 Main memory (RAM) 8M Bit
 Sub-memory (RAM) 1M Bit
 System ROM 2M Bit
 Maximum capacity (at formatting) Approx. 540M Byte
 Data transfer speed Approx. 150K Byte/Sec.
 DMA transfer speed Approx. 2.68M Byte/Sec.
 Standard access time .75 Sec.
 Maximum access time 1.3 Sec.
 Reading error rate 10(-12) or less
 CD player size (DxWxH) 9.5 x 7.9 x 2.9 inches
 CD player weight 2.4 lbs.
 Electricity power
 consumption (maximum) 4W
 Composition of Super NES Compact Disc Accessory System
 -- Compact Disc player exclusively for Super NES
 -- System cartridge exclusively for Super NES Compact Disc
 Accessory
 -- AC adaptor
 In addition to the above, the following equipment is necessary to play the Nintendo compact disc system:
 -- Super NES
 -- A/V cable for Super NES or RF switch box for NES
 -- AC adaptor for Super NES
 Although Nintendo of America may suggest resale prices for products, dealer is free to determine on its own the prices at which it will sell the products.
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 /CONTACT: Colleen McKenna or Jeffrey Fox of Hill & Knowlton Inc., 213-937-7460, for Nintendo of America Inc./ CO: Nintendo of America Inc. ST: Nevada IN: CPR SU: PDT


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