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Extreme-G (Nintendo 64)

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Advertising Blurbs

Back of Box - N64 (US):

    TWIST, TURN, AND BURN

    Pit yourself against 12 laser blasting speedfreaks across 12 looping, coiling, corkscrewing rollercoaster racetracks. If you've never seen a cyber-cycle take a stinger missile up the tailpipe during a blistering halfpipe you're about to get a rush of adrenaline. R acing to the N'th degree through gravitational extremes. Surfing the knife-edge between G-force and burning wreckage!

    If gravity's a law, then this is a felony.

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    • "Some of the most interesting and intense track layouts ever to grace a racing game" -EGM
    • "Surefire contender for fastest racer ever" -GAMEFAN
    • "The graphics and speed of Extreme-G are out of this world" -Q64
    • "Amazing Visuals" -Ultra Game Players
    • "The game is fast moving and smooth, even in four-player mode" -Next Generation online

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on May 30, 2007.

www.nintendo.com – Nintendo 64:
    Speed fanatics can lay high-tech rubber in Extreme-G, a futuristic rumble-rama that puts the pedal to the nuclear metal and never lets up.
    Extreme-G pits fully decked-out battle bikes against each other in a blast-or-be-blasted race to the finish. The high-speed cat-and-mouse action takes place on 12 stunning circuits. Players will have to negotiate abandoned mine shafts, decrepit water pipes, lava lakes and urban wastelands, all the while keeping a keen eye out for heavily armed two-wheeling rivals. You'll have your choice of eight regular bikes, each with five distinct attributes: acceleration, top speed, handling, shields and weapons. If you leave enough rivals choking on your ion dust, you'll be able to mount two hidden bikes.

    Single players can vie for time records or try to shoot down as many drone bikes as possible. Extreme-G's myriad multiplayer modes include head-to-head, a round-robin cup race and find-the-flag. You can also enter one of four Battle Arenas if you dare!

    You'll be able to stockpile rockets, homing missiles and other heavy-metal armaments. Futuristic power-ups include Fusion, a searing flame that smokes pesky tailgaters, and Warps, which mysteriously transport rivals back to an earlier point on the course. Nifty perks include a choice between vertical and horizontal split-screen modes in two-player matches. Don't expect gritty realism. After all, none of these bikes has even been invented yet! But if you crave high-speed action and blowing stuff up take Extreme-G out for a maximum-G spin!

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (53668) on May 15, 2005.

Press Release:

    Acclaim Entertainment Ships Extreme-G,
    Its High-Speed Combat Racing Game for the N64,
    to Stores Nationwide

    The Most Complete Racing Game for Nintendo 64 Kicks Off with Nationwide TV Campaign



    Glen Cove, NY, October 24, 1997 -- Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKLM), a leading worldwide interactive entertainment company, today announced that its highly-anticipated and critically-acclaimed Nintendo 64 game Extreme-G has shipped to retail outlets nationwide for a suggested retail price of $69.99. It is supported by a national TV and merchandising campaign. Extreme-G allows up to four players a chance to command one of eight heavily armed futuristic bikes and challenges them to maneuver through the most gravity-defying and roller coaster-like race tracks ever seen on any game system.

    "Fast and furious, Extreme-G is the most intense and fast-action racing experience available for N64 owners," said Steven Lux, vice president of marketing at Acclaim. "Acclaim is committed to producing premier games for the N64, as evidenced by Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, the best-selling third-party title for N64, and our brand new NFL Quarterback Club '98, the only NFL-licensed football game for N64."

    Extreme-G is already benefiting from strong previews in the U.S. "The graphics in Extreme-G look incredible; imagine the smoothest polygon and texture mapped raceways possible that are lifelike to the point where motion sickness should be expected -- this game looks that good!" according to VideoGameSpot, (June, 1997), one of the industry's leading online publications. Ultra Game Players, (July 1997), one of the premier gaming magazines, says that "a great looking game like Extreme-G must be seen as a godsend."

    Gameplay
    In Extreme-G, players pilot high-tech bikes through four worlds and 12 lavishly rendered tracks. The top three finishers qualify for the next race and a chance to reach the ultimate real-life game. Twisting and turning like a roller-coaster from hell, the tracks snake through environments that range from abandoned water pipes and decrepit mine shafts to graffiti-stricken city scapes and underwater passages.

    Extreme-G utilizes the advanced graphic capabilities of the Nintendo 64 system to its fullest -- racers are showered by sparks and hunted by lava, all while eluding falling boulders, bridge-outs, sandstorms and the wrath of other racers. Extreme-G boasts eight of the most heavily armored and sound-barrier-breaking bikes ever showcased in a racing game, featuring varying degrees of acceleration, speed, handling, shield strength and offensive payload. Each bike is equipped with a transparent oval shield for protection, but successive hits will deplete its energy, leaving riders susceptible to an arsenal of weapons unmatched in other racing games.

    Those weapons include among others:
    • Excel Cannon - Fires one ringed bullet from either side of the bike, covering a bigger area and creating a higher damage potential.
    • Napalm Rocket - A heat-seeking rocket that does 100% damage to an opponent's shield.
    • Mortar Rocket - A missile launched from the top of the bike, landing in a large fireball and damaging all bikes in its range.
    • Laser Limpet-Mines - Device which fire from the sides of the bike and attaches to both walls. A beam then crosses the track, causing any bike that interrupts the beam to detonate the mines.
    • Static Pulse - Fires a blue plasma bolt that disrupts the opponents electrical system, rendering the weapon systems useless and reversing the vehicle's controls.


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    Based in Glen Cove, N.Y., Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., is a leading worldwide publisher of software for Nintendo, Sony, Sega and personal computer hardware systems. Acclaim also publishes comic books, develops coin-operated arcade games, operates motion capture studios, and distributes a variety of entertainment software from other publishers worldwide

    Contributed by Jeanne (75624) on Apr 26, 2004.