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Spider-Man (Nintendo 64)

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Advertising Blurbs

Back of Jewel Case - PlayStation (UK):

    SPIDER-MAN

    THERE'S NOTHING FRIENDLY ABOUT
    THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD!

    He spins a web, swings across the sky and lands with a somersault
    onto the Daily Bugle building.

    Who is this masked hero? It's you

    Fight, jump and web-sling as Spider-Man as you take on a legion of sinister villains.
    The city is depending on you. Start swinging...

    Wall-crawl and websling in a totally free-roaming 3-D New York

    Fight notorious bosses and an assortment of freak-specimens, criminals and tunnel dwellers.

    Web shooters and Spider-Sense let you thwart your enemies' sinister plans.

    Contributed by UkCollector (2221) on Oct 09, 2010.

www.nintendo.com - Nintendo 64:

    Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swings into action on Nintendo 64.



    Five minutes behind Spidey's mask and you'll be stuck to this game like a web-wrapped super villain.

    "Please, Activision, please don't mess up Spider-Man." This is the thought that was likely running through the minds of Spider-Man's fans when they heard that the web-slinger would be fighting crime in a 3D video game. With Spidey's insane special powers and limitless ability to crawl on any surface, it seemed like a tough task to stay true to Spider-Man's appeal within the confines of a video game. Well, Spidey fans, it's time to let loose a big ol' sigh of relief. Spider-Man is finally here, and he's swingin' through the city bustin' up villains exactly how he's supposed to be.

    Spider-Man smoothly swings onto N64 thanks to the awesome effort of Edge of Realty and Neversoft. Sound familiar? That's because these are the same two companies who ate up countless hours of your life by creating a little game called Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. On top of hiring these proven code-slingers to keep Spider-Man true to his roots, Activision even inked Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee to provide a sweet voice-sampled introduction to set the mood for the game. Add to this an ample supply of authentic comic book art and a gang of Spidey's most famous friends and enemies, and a solid stage is set for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to storm into action.

    By far, the greatest aspect of the Spider-Man video game is Spidey's ability to swing freely between and above the towering sky scrapers of New York City. If Spider-Man doesn't quite make it to the roof of a building, no problem. He just sticks to the side of the structure and crawls to the top. While not swinging through the air, Spider-Man can crawl up walls, creep along the ceiling, and basically stick to anything he darn well pleases.

    The automatic camera work feels tweaked out at times, but considering the incredible freedom with which Spidey explores his world it's a minor problem which is easily ignored. Overall, controlling Spider-Man feels great. Edge of Reality didn't take any shortcuts, and they didn't limit Spidey's ability to stick to almost anything. If you want to hang upside-down from a rafter or sit sideways on a wall, then you can do it. Even more than solving the puzzles and fighting the super villains which appear throughout the game, it's the simple pleasure of sneaking through the city as Spider-Man which makes this game so fun.

    Spider-Man takes gamers through 34 levels of action, filled with comic book cut scenes and appearances from established bad guys like Scorpion, Rhino and Venom. Spider-Man's tasks range from beating up thugs to solving intricate switch-based puzzles. Edge of Reality provides a nice variety in the action as you progress through the story, along with a well-balanced difficulty level which becomes more intense as you approach the end of the game. Even though this is a modern 3D game, it has the fun feel of an old-fashioned action platformer. You never know what you'll be facing next or what you'll have to do to make it to the next save point.

    As in the comic, Spider-Man can only use his webbing when his Web Cartridges are full. Spider-Man uses his webbing to swing through the air, but he can also use it to tangle up enemies or to fire bursts of impact webbing. Spidey can quickly weave a protective web dome, or even create webbed boxing gloves to increase the power of his punches.

    Spider-Man doesn't have a multiplayer mode to increase the replay value, but Edge of Reality included some extra goodies to keep your interest. There are 32 hidden Comic Book Covers scattered throughout the game which cover Spider-Man's entire career. If you find a Comic Book Cover, you can view it whenever you like and read about its significance in Spidey's life cycle. Also, you can check out cool new covers which were created specifically to follow the storyline of the game.

    As you encounter friends and foes throughout Spidey's missions, you'll be able to view detailed biographies of these characters in a special Gallery Mode. Even better, you can unlock alternate costumes by beating the game on different difficulty levels.

    Spider-Man is one of the coolest super heroes on the market, and we're stoked that he's just as cool in his N64 debut. Even casual Spidey fans will get wrapped up in this action-packed game, and die-hard Spider-Man freaks might as well buy two Game Paks -- one to play and one to keep safely stored in its original packaging.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (53300) on Apr 28, 2005.

Press Release - Nintendo 64:
    ACTIVISION’S SPIDER-MAN’ FOR THE NINTENDO® 64 SWINGS INTO NORTH AMERICAN RETAIL SHELVES

    Santa Monica, CA -- November 20, 2000 -- Activision, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) highly acclaimed 3-D action/adventure game, Spider-Man, will swing onto the Nintendo® 64 the week of November 20, 2000. Marvel’s renowned wall-crawler will deliver his signature spider sense and swift action to retail shelves across the United States and Canada. Spider-Man for the Nintendo 64 has been rated “E” (“Everyone” – content suitable for persons ages six and older - with Animated Violence) by the ESRB and carries a suggested retail price of $49.99.

    Based on one of the most recognized super heroes’ of all time, Spider-Man challenges players to employ all of their Spidey skills including web-slinging, wall-crawling and agility as they gather information and battle against seven notorious bosses. Gamers must utilize Spider-Man’s super strength and superior wit to protect the innocent as they solve a variety of puzzles and defeat old and new super villains.

    “This is the first video game that lets N64 players live the fantasy of being Spider-Man as they wall-crawl and web-sling anywhere in a free-roaming 3D New York City,” states Dave Stohl, executive producer, Activision Studios. “The game’s unique action system allows players to experience ultra fluid movements as they fight villains and infiltrate laboratories attempting to uncover a sinister plot that threatens to overtake Manhattan.”

    Developed by Edge of Reality, Spider-Man for the Nintendo 64 features an original storyline that gamers can experience through 34 action-packed levels. From hair-raising police chases and all-out brawls with lizard men to stealth missions, gamers battle through familiar Spider-Man comic book locales including the Daily Bugle, Times Square and a New York bank. Players will utilize all of the classic Spider-Man web defenses from trapping and yanking to impact webbing, as well as new weapons including web doming and web spikes to battle enemies. In addition, players can swing from place-to-place, ambush enemies from above or below, crawl on buildings, ceilings, or walls, and use the always-handy “Spider-Sense” to detect danger from afar.

    With a library of over 4,700 proprietary characters, Marvel Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: MVL) is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies. Marvel's operations are focused in five divisions: entertainment (Marvel Studios), licensing, toys (Toy Biz), comic book publishing and Internet/New Media. Marvel facilitates the creation of entertainment projects, including feature films, television, home video and the Internet, based on its characters and also licenses its characters for use in a wide range of consumer products and services including video and computer games, apparel, collectibles, snack foods and promotions. Marvel's characters and plot lines are created by its comic book division which continues to maintain a leadership position in the U.S. and worldwide while also serving as an invaluable source of intellectual property. For additional information visit the Marvel Web site at http://www.marvel.com.

    Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted revenues of $572 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000.

    Activision maintains operations in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at http://www.activision.com.

    Contributed by skl (1145) on Feb 18, 2004.