ELECTRONIC ARTS ANNOUNCES MADDEN 64 TO SHIP ON NINTENDO 64
Madden 64 First to Market Under Electronic Arts and Nintendo Deal to Publish EA SPORTS Titles for N64
San Mateo, CA, July 29, 1997 -- Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS), a leading global interactive entertainment software company, today announced that it will ship Madden 64 for the Nintendo 64 (N64) in Fall of 1997. Madden 64 will be the first title released under the agreement that Electronic Arts and Nintendo inked in March 1997 to publish EA SPORTS titles for the new platform.
Eleven years of collaboration between EA SPORTS and Emmy award-winning broadcaster John Madden has resulted in the most advanced interactive football simulation on the market. Over the life of EA's relationship with Madden, EA has sold more than nine million football games.Madden 64 will feature 3-D graphics, elaborate artificial intelligence and unsurpassed game play. The game will include 120 current and historic teams, 1997 National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) rosters and 30 authentic stadiums. It also features an innovative "helmet cam" that enables a user to play the game through the eyes of any player on the field.
"There has been an outcry for quality sports games for the Nintendo 64 system," said Don Transeth, vice president of sports marketing, Electronic Arts. "There is a huge installed base of Nintendo 64 systems and sports fans have been clamoring for Madden, the king of football, to be released on the next generation platform. Madden 64 is guaranteed to challenge the best of armchair quarterbacks with its 3-D graphics and incredibly fast game play."
EA SPORTS is the leading interactive sports software brand in the world. Its top-selling titles include FIFA Soccer, John Madden Football, NHL Hockey, NBA Live Basketball, PGA TOUR Golf, Triple Play Baseball, and Andretti Racing.
Electronic Arts (EA), headquartered in San Mateo, California, is a leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, EA posted revenues of $625 million for fiscal 1997. The company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide for personal computers and advanced entertainment systems such as the PlayStation, Nintendo 64 and Sega Saturn. Electronic Arts markets its products worldwide under five brand names: Electronic Arts, EA SPORTS, Origin Systems Inc., Bullfrog Productions Ltd. and Jane's Combat Simulations. EA has international subsidiaries in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, and North American development operations in San Mateo, Calif.; Baltimore, Maryland; Austin, Texas; Seattle, Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia.
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