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"Nintendo Winter 2002" promotional booklet:

    Before the mansion.
    Before the disaster.
    Evil is born.

    Something terrible is seeping into the once pristine mountain air. The residents of Raccoon City go about their lives unaware of the dark fate that surrounds them. It's only the beginning! Sent in to investigate a series of grisly murders in the area, S.T.A.R.S. Bravo Team scrambles into action. On the way to the scene, Bravo's helicopter crashes. Although everyone survives, what they discover next is a gruesome site. An overturned military transport truck, riddled with corpses. Rookie member Rebecca Chambers is beginning to wonder what she got herself into. Bravo team is about to discover the evil nightmare that is growing all around them.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4671) on Feb 25, 2006.

www.nintendo.com.au:
    Capcom is unleashing an all-new survival horror treat exclusive to the Nintendo GameCube in which the challenge is to stay alive in the face of unspeakable horror. This prequel to the Resident Evil series raises the bar for the genre with improved graphics and mind-bending puzzles.

    Resident Evil Zero takes place in 1998, before the events of the first Resident Evil game. During the cinematic opening sequence, the S.T.A.R.S. Bravo team's helicopter is forced to crash-land outside Raccoon City. When the team splits up to investigate, rookie cop Rebecca Chambers seeks shelter from the rain in a dilapidated train. It seems that all the passengers are dead until she comes face to face with an escaped convict named Billy Coen.

    When the mangled bodies filling the train start to come to life, an unlikely duo is formed. Rebecca and Billy may not have much in common, but they know they must work together to survive. The two must disembark from the train and explore new locations. Eventually you will learn the secrets of the Raccoon City saga.

    You can swap between the two characters with the press of a button. Many times, you must use both of them to solve a puzzle. Billy and Rebecca can pick up and swap items. When they share a screen, each has unique controls. You control the secondary character's movements with the C-Stick and command him or her to fight or wait.

    Resident Evil Zero is a must-have for survival horror fans. The terrifying atmosphere will keep you riveted to your Controller and the cooperative puzzles will stretch your mind. Excellent graphics and balanced gameplay make this all-new Resident Evil a must have.

    At this stage, THQ are promising an Australian release date of March 14, 2003...

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (65810) on Oct 05, 2005.

www.nintendo.com:

    Meet the Racoon City Welcome Wagon...



    Capcom is unleashing an all-new survival horror treat on the Nintendo GameCube in which the challenge is to stay alive in the face of unspeakable horror. This prequel to the Resident Evil series raises the bar for the genre with improved graphics and mind-bending puzzles.

    The Origins of Evil

    Resident Evil Zero takes place in 1998, before the events of the first Resident Evil game. During the cinematic opening sequence, the S.T.A.R.S. Bravo team's helicopter is forced to crash-land outside Raccoon City. When the team splits up to investigate, rookie cop Rebecca Chambers seeks shelter from the rain in a dilapidated train. It seems that all the passengers are dead until she comes face to face with an escaped convict named Billy Coen.

    When the mangled bodies filling the train start to come to life, an unlikely duo is formed. Rebecca and Billy may not have much in common, but they know they must work together to survive. The two must disembark from the train and explore new locations. Eventually you will learn the secrets of the Raccoon City saga.

    Two Heads Are Better Than One

    Teamwork is the key to survival. You will need to use each character's strengths while minimizing weaknesses. Rebecca can combine items and is a chemical expert, but she is weak defensively. Billy is a Marine veteran who is skilled in combat and can move large objects, but he cannot combine items.

    You can swap between the two characters with the press of a button. Many times, you must use both of them to solve a puzzle. Billy and Rebecca can pick up and swap items. When they share a screen, each has unique controls. You control the secondary character's movements with the C-Stick and command him or her to fight or wait.

    Billy and Rebecca's unusual relationship adds a compelling human element to the zombie-hunting. Their dialogue adds drama. Neither can survive without the other, so when one is off screen you will be genuinely concerned for his or her safety.

    Graphics and Sound

    An eerie feeling permeates the entire game, thanks to incredibly detailed graphics and sound. The train is a visual banquet that is both disgusting and beautiful. You will notice tables set with fine china, living quarters with curtains drawn and zombies slumped in their seats. Each new enemy seems more gruesome than the last.

    Lighting is as expertly used here as in a top-drawer horror film. Candles give off a soft glow and floodlights pierce the darkness. Objects cast realistic shadows that bend and wave as lights flicker.

    Capcom ably deploys vivid weather effects. The rain beats down on glass and leaves puddles inside broken windows. The wind blows curtains wildly and lightning flashes reveal shadowy figures.

    Hair-raising sound effects enhance the eerie atmospherics and provide audible clues. Even the sound of your own footsteps will add to the tension. The brooding music rises and falls with the action.

    This Zero's a Ten

    Resident Evil Zero is a must-have for survival horror fans. The terrifying atmosphere will keep you riveted to your Controller and the cooperative puzzles will stretch your mind. Excellent graphics and balanced gameplay may even win over a few stubborn critics of the survival horror genre.

    Saving your progress requires a Memory Card (not included) with at least nine free blocks.

    Be sure to check out our Resident Evil Zero screen-shot gallery and video footage.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (65810) on Jul 03, 2005.

Box Cover - Back (UK, PAL):
    Discover The Root Of All Evil

    23 July 1998. The Day before the deadly virus is unleashed upon Racoon City.

  • Discover how the disturbing events of Resident Evil came about in this terrifying prequel.

  • New Partner Zapping system allows players to switch between the two playable characters in the blink of an eye -- however, allow one of the characters to die and it's game over.

  • Intense gameplay, stunning graphics and foreboding atmosphere make this the most horrifying Resident Evil game yet.

    Contributed by MAT (201208) on Oct 19, 2003.

www.gamestop.com:
    Resident Evil 0 begins in July of 1998 in the suburbs of Raccoon City, a small town located in the Midwest. Several reported incidences of people being eaten by a strange creature have surfaced. The RCPD viewed the terrible murders as a top priority and quickly decided to send a special task force, the S.T.A.R.S. bravo team. As the team heads to the scene of the murders, the helicopter that was transporting them began to have mechanical problems, eventualy crashing deep into the forest surrounding Raccoon City.

    Contributed by Exodia85 (2180) on Jul 30, 2003.

Back of Box (Canada):
    Before the Mansion.
    Before the Disaster.
    Evil is Born.


    Sent in to investigate a series of grisly murders in Raccoon City, S.T.A.R.S. Bravy Team scrambles into action. On the way to the scene, Bravo's helicopter crashes. Although everyone survives, what they discover next is a gruesome site. An overturned military transport truck, riddled with corpses. Rookie member Rebecca Chambers is beginning to wonder what she got herself into. Bravo team is about to discover the evil nightmare that is growing all around them. It's only the beginning!

    Experience The Brand-New Zero Chapter--Only On Nintendo GameCube!

    Fight For Survival In This Action-Packed Thriller With An All-New Story Line!
    Use More Strategy As You Switch Between Rebecca and Billy For Collaborative Gameplay!
    Introducing A New Playable Character, Nightmarish Beasts and Non-Stop Terror!

    Contributed by JPaterson (9544) on Nov 13, 2002.