Acclaim Entertainment to Launch Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Exclusively for Nintendo 64 on Turok Tuesday, March 4
Strong Retail Pre-Orders Reflect Growing Consumer Fervor
"Turok: Dinosaur Hunter pushes the envelope of interactive gaming and is indicative of the level of quality gamers can now expect from Acclaim," said Jim DeRose, president and COO of Acclaim Interactive North America. "Anticipation is building throughout the world for Turok, and the excitement about Turok is reflected in the size of the orders from retailers."
"Toys 'R' Us is extremely pleased with customer response to our pre-sell program for Turok: Dinosaur Hunter," said Jack Zasadzinski, video game buyer for Toys 'R' Us in the U.S. "The number of gamers who have placed a $10 deposit to secure their copy from our first shipment has exceeded our most optimistic expectations."
Harnessing the Power of the Nintendo 64
Acclaim's Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is an action-packed dinosaur hunt taken from the pages of the best-selling Acclaim Comics title. This first-person shooter takes full advantage of the Nintendo 64's advanced gaming, speed and visual effects capabilities, delivering explosive action and breath-taking 3-D effects.
Howard Lincoln, chairman of Nintendo of America, Inc., said "From the look and gameplay of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, Acclaim has proven its ability to get the impressive results that the N64 was designed to deliver. Turok's graphics, sound, scope of gameplay and 3-D immersion are all superb. We at Nintendo look forward to the March 4th launch of Turok; we're convinced that Turok will play a key role in broadening the N64's market penetration in 1997."
Turok's revolutionary gameplay has received worldwide accolades from gaming industry publications. In the U.S., GamePro says Turok: Dinosaur Hunter has "superb graphics and flawless gameplay." Next Generation describes Turok as "the most impressive third-party N64 title yet," and Ultra Game Players says, "Turok may well be one of the best-looking and best-playing first-person shooters ever."
In the U.K., CVG Magazine says Turok has "the makings of a classic N64 game," and NMS Magazine, the U.K.'s official Nintendo magazine, awarded Turok: Dinosaur Hunter its coveted Platinum Award and a score of 95 percent. In Germany, Video Games Magazine gave Turok a Video Games Classic Award and said, "Phenomenal! The best 3-D shooter we've ever seen on any video game console."
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Storyline & Gameplay
Developed by Acclaim's Austin, Texas-based developer Iguana Entertainment and based on the Acclaim Comics character, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter puts players in the role of the Native American Turok. This hero must protect humanity against threats from residents of the Lost Land, populated by alien races and "Bionosaurs," highly intelligent bionic dinosaurs. In the game, Turok learns that his arch-nemesis, the Campaigner, is plotting to conquer the Earth with an army from the Lost Land.
Taking on the role of Turok, gamers venture through a spectacular 3-D universe infested with vicious enemies, including raptors, subterranean worms and artillery-equipped triceratops. To combat the vast number of enemies, Turok packs a devastating arsenal of 14 weapons, ranging from a hunting knife for hand-to-hand combat to a quad rocket launcher, a fusion cannon and the ultimate secret weapon -- the Chronoscepter.
Pricing and Availability
Acclaim's Turok: Dinosaur Hunter will be available at leading video game and toy and retail outlets in the U.S. and Europe on Turok Tuesday, March 4, and in Japan on March 28. The U.S. suggested retail price is $79.99.
Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., a leading worldwide publisher of software for Nintendo, Sega, Sony and personal computer hardware systems, also publishes comic books under a variety of imprints. In addition, Acclaim develops coin-operated arcade and ticket-redemption games; operates motion capture studios; and, through A.D.I., globally sells and distributes products from a variety of entertainment software publishers including Interplay and others.
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