Midway Puts the Blitz on Competition With Early Shipment of NFL Blitz
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Nintendo 64 and PlayStation Game Console Versions Hit Stores Nationwide
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Quarterback Club '99 and Madden NFL '99 on Nintendo 64
Corsicana, TX, August 26, 1998 --
Midway Home Entertainment today announced that it is shipping its highly anticipated football video game, NFL Blitz,
weeks ahead of its expected release date. NFL Blitz for Nintendo 64 and
the PlayStation game console will be available for purchase beginning
September 12. Previously scheduled to ship on September 29, NFL Blitz will
now hit store shelves prior to Acclaim Entertainment's Quarterback Club '99
for Nintendo 64 and Electronic Arts' Madden NFL '99 for Nintendo 64. NFL
Blitz will be available on PC in early October and Nintendo's Game Boy
Color in time for Thanksgiving.
"Just as the new football season kicks off, we are meeting consumer demand
by delivering NFL Blitz early," said Byron Cook, president of Midway Home
Entertainment. "Anticipation for the home version of NFL Blitz started
with the number-one arcade hit and has been elevated by strong press
previews of the action-packed home version."
Midway is supporting NFL Blitz with an $8 million marketing campaign, which
commenced with national television spots and 2-page print ads running in
the leading video game and sports industries' magazines. The new
availability date will be advertised to consumers on September 7 during the
broadcast of the first regular season ABC Monday Night Football game
between Denver and New England.
"NFL Blitz's multi-million dollar marketing campaign was designed to create
demand for the must-have football game of the year," said Paula Cook,
director of marketing at Midway Home Entertainment. "Even with the early
ship date, NFL Blitz will arrive with a full-fledged marketing campaign
Based on Midway's arcade hit, NFL Blitz is packed with everything fans love
about NFL football, without the stuff to slow them down…No Refs. No Rules.
No Mercy. The game boasts seven-on-seven football action with easy
arcade-style controls in an "everything goes" version of the NFL. An
officially licensed NFL and PLAYERS INC. product, NFL Blitz features all 30
teams, each comprised of seven of the best offensive and defensive players
from each team. With graphically detailed tackle animations and killer
artificial intelligence, NFL Blitz sets the standard for football video
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