More Than 20 Games Across All New Next-Generation Consoles, SEGA Shows its Strength as a
SAN FRANCISCO - (May 1, 2002) - Illustrating its power as a platform-agnostic content
publisher, SEGA of America, Inc. today announced its lineup of more than 20 entertainment
and sports games to be unveiled at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).
Featuring titles for the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system
and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, this year's E3 lineup reinforces SEGA's
commitment to delivering industry-leading content across all platforms.
"SEGA is proud to announce this exciting lineup of quality content across all
platforms after just over one year as a platform-agnostic content publisher," said
Peter Moore, president and COO, SEGA of America, Inc. "With a string of recent hits
including Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, SEGA Sports NBA 2K2 and Virtua Fighter 4, and a
first-class lineup of entertainment and SEGA Sports titles slated for release this year,
it is clear that SEGA is quickly establishing itself as a leading global content
This year at E3, SEGA will feature entertainment titles including:
* Shinobi (PlayStation 2): Shinobi returns, hunted by demons, haunted by the dead and
hindered by the very rage that spurs him on in this latest installment of one of SEGA's
most revered action franchises. Players take the role of Hotsuma as he battles through the
demon-filled streets of a post-apocalyptic Tokyo, running on walls, summoning Ninja magic
and mastering an arsenal of ancient weaponry on a quest to avenge his clan. Available this
* Super Monkey Ball 2 (Nintendo GameCube): SEGA is on a roll! Hot on the heels of the
runaway success of the original Super Monkey Ball, the ultimate party game is back.
Jam-packed with more than 150 stages, a new story mode and 12 addictive party-games, Super
Monkey Ball 2 delivers the ultimate in addictive multiplayer action. Available this fall.
* ToeJam & Earl III: All Funked Up (Xbox): After 10 years of chillin', the original
alien duo from Funkotron has returned. ToeJam, Big Earl and their new partner-in-funk
Latisha are on a mission to retrieve the 12 sacred Albums of Funk that have been stolen by
the ever-so-unfunky Earthlings. In the Xbox exclusive ToeJam & Earl III: All Funked
Up, gamers explore randomly generated worlds, collect present power-ups of almost endless
variety, play mini-games, use Funk-Fu and generally get down with their bad selves in a
rhythm-filled, off-the-wall adventure. Available this fall.
* Panzer Dragoon Orta (Xbox): Years ago, a legacy was born that ruled the skies. This
fall, the Dragon will rise again. Gamers take to the skies aboard their own dragon for
intense aerial combat through 10 branching stages as they battle to save humanity from the
brink of extinction. Dragons morph in real time, allowing players to constantly change
their fighting styles as they master devastating techniques that influence both the action
and the storyline in this thrilling Xbox exclusive. Available this fall.
* Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller (Xbox): The king of crazy driving games is back and taking
to the streets of Glitter Oasis with new cars, new drivers and new thrills. Whether it's
making crazy money, conquering the new batch of mini-game challenges or trying out new
tricks in the completely overhauled West Coast and Small Apple levels, Crazy Taxi 3: High
Roller guarantees the best odds to beat the house. Available this summer.
* SEGA GT 2002 (Xbox): Prepare for the definitive car racing simulation. SEGA GT 2002
features more than 125 classic and contemporary high performance vehicles, which were
created using the exact handling and performance specifications from their real-life
counterparts. Players can fill their garage with tricked-out cars and trophies as they
race their way through the SEGA GT circuit. Classic car buffs can also drool over
Chronicle Mode where they can take to the streets in the hottest muscle cars from the
'60s, '70s and '80s. Available this fall.
* The House of the Dead III (Xbox): Prepare for the ultimate in horror. In The House of
the Dead III, players will battle the undead as they explore a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
Gamers can shoot up the undead as they travel different routes and advance the storyline,
uncovering new secrets and hidden areas along the way. Available this fall.
* Beach Spikers (Nintendo GameCube): Bump! Set! SPIKE! SEGA's Beach Spikers delivers
intense beach volleyball action for up to four players and showcases beautiful female
athletes as they battle it out under the fierce summer sun. Gamers will have to cooperate
and compete as they take control of bikini-clad beauties and go two-on-two at the net.
Available this summer.
* "Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II (Nintendo GameCube): The award-winning
Phantasy Star Online sparked a gaming phenomenon, and is now coming to Nintendo GameCube
with all-new gameplay modes and exclusive new features. New character classes, weapons,
enemies, items and quests are only a portion of the new content waiting to be discovered.
Episode I delivers all the action from PSO Ver.2, while Episode II offers an exclusive new
full-length adventure. The evolution of the original revolutionary gaming experience
continues. Available this fall.
* Gungrave (PlayStation 2): Gungrave casts gamers as Grave, a dark hero who fights
alone to annihilate a mysterious criminal organization that controls the city. With
over-the-top action sequences ripped straight from intense Japanese animated films,
Gungrave delivers some of the fastest, most stylish action to ever grace a console.
Employing twin handguns and a huge coffin as weapons, players fight their way through six
intense varied stages, destroying everything in their way. Available this fall.
* SEGA Bass Fishing Duel (PlayStation 2): SEGA Bass Fishing Duel focuses on fun,
carefully balancing the addictive arcade gameplay from the original hit game with an added
level of realism, including real-life lakes and their complete ecologies. Players can go
head-to-head against other armchair anglers in new Tournament competitions or play against
AI opponents that are more than happy to motor out on to the lake and challenge gamers to
go bass for bass in a fishing tournament. Available this fall.
* Ferrari F355 Challenge (PlayStation 2): Racing fanatics, Ferrari lovers and
speed-junkies unite! Ferrari F355 Challenge provides everything players need to push the
limits of the awesome Ferrari F355 on the world's fastest racetracks. Even amateur drivers
can get up to speed using the unique Assist function to hone their skills step-by-step.
Available this fall. (Game not yet concept approved.)
SEGA Sports will also feature titles including:
* SEGA Sports NFL 2K3 (PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube): The series that
redefined the conventions of football gaming returns for a brand new season, with a
totally revamped franchise mode, drastically improved AI, and brilliant new graphics
featuring redesigned 3D stadiums, updated player and facial models, and hundreds of new
animations. SEGA Sports NFL 2K3 is the cure for gridiron fans everywhere, whether your
squad happens to be the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, or the expansion Houston
Texans. Available this fall.
* SEGA Sports NBA 2K3 (PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube): SEGA Sports will once
again establish new levels of realism and entertainment in the basketball genre. Building
on its critically acclaimed roots, the ultimate hoops simulation, which brought
relentlessly authentic gameplay to basketball fans, steps onto the court for another year
with hundreds of new animations including highlight-reel dunks and fancy dribble moves,
redesigned player models and arenas, and a revamped street mode. Available this fall.
* SEGA Sports NHL 2K3 (PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube): Building upon the
acclaimed NHL 2K series, SEGA Sports is proud to bring to the passionate hockey fan the
next level of authenticity in hockey video games - NHL 2K3. Highly adaptive AI and a
variety of new gameplay options, including advanced line controls and a redesigned
franchise mode, defines this fast-paced game, which brings the player closer to the ice
than any hockey title ever before. Available this fall.
* SEGA Sports NCAA College Football 2K3 (PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube):
College football is about tradition, pageantry and the purity of the game. SEGA Sports
NCAA College Football 2K3 embodies all of those things, as this year's game features
dramatic improvements including new player models, completely redesigned stadiums, all 25
official BCS bowls and a revamped Legacy mode where gamers can recruit key high-school
stars and compare lifetime records against other collegiate programs in the historical
rankings system. Available this fall.
* SEGA Sports World Series Baseball (Xbox): SEGA Sports World Series Baseball delivers
authentic baseball action in dazzling graphical detail, while a deep and innovative
franchise mode lets you control complete player movement and management transactions,
providing enough stats data for the most hardcore fan of America's National Pastime.
Featuring the new Cooperstown Collection License, which lets you play as or against 25
legendary ballplayers, and classic uniforms for all 30 Major League teams, SEGA Sports
World Series Baseball provides the ultimate in baseball simulation. Available this summer.
* SEGA Sports Tennis (PlayStation 2): The acclaimed arcade and Dreamcast tennis
franchise brings its signature pick-up and-play controls, stunningly realistic player
models and incredibly detailed venues to the PlayStation 2 this summer. Featuring a World
Tour Mode with various mini-games, addictive four-player doubles action and 16
internationally ranked men and women's tennis players, SEGA Sports Tennis hits the
proverbial sweet spot. Available this summer.