ATARI SHIPS TEMPEST 2000 FOR JAGUAR; NEW JAGUAR GAME GARNERS TOP INDUSTRY AWARDS

SUNNYVALE, Calif. April 13, 1994 Wednesday Atari Corp. announced it is shipping Tempest 2000 for Jaguar, its award-winning 64-bit game system. 

Tempest 2000 was recently awarded "CES Game of Show" (Electronic Games Magazine), "Game of the Month/March" (DieHard GameFan) and "Game of the Month/March" and "Editor's Choice Gold Award" (Electronic Gaming Monthly).

The original Tempest is one of the most popular video games in arcade history. With Tempest 2000, players get four games on one game cartridge: the original Tempest, Tempest Plus, Tempest 2000 and Tempest Duel. 

"Tempest 2000 is the hottest selling title on Jaguar today," said Peter Roithmayr, senior buyer at Electronics Boutique. "We sold over 60 percent of our Tempest 2000 stock within four days; most sold in the first two days of shelf life. Tempest 2000 is in very high demand because the popularity of the Jaguar has far exceeded the gaming industry's expectations."

"Tempest, by itself, is worth the price of the Jag Tempest 2000 for Jaguar is further proof that the next level of gaming has arrived," said Dave Halverson, DieHard GameFan. 

Tempest 2000 players venture through 100 unchartered galaxies filled with "Demon Heads," a very aggressive and deadly enemy and "Warp Bonus Tokens," which count toward bonus levels and a free instant "SuperZapper," a player's defense which can destroy everything on the screen. 

"We are pleased to offer Jaguar players Tempest 2000, which has already captured the attention and praise of the industry's leading game publications," said Sam Tramiel, president of Atari Corp. "Tempest 2000 has hit the ground running Jaguar's 64-bit technology has allowed us to make one of the industry's most exciting, challenging games even more outstanding."

Tempest 2000 features two-player cooperative play and more than 30 minutes of pure CD-quality techno-rave soundtrack. In addition: 

Powerful 3D polygons provide realistic parallax star fields 

Particle displays deliver realistic explosions 

Melt-O-Vision graphics provide stunning graphic effects 

Cycle shading gives players accurate depth perception 

Atari Tempest 2000 is immediately available through all Atari-authorized retailers for $59.99. Atari Jaguar is the world's first 64-bit interactive multimedia home entertainment system and is the only video game system manufactured in the United States. Jaguar was recently named the industry's "Best New Game System" (VideoGames Magazine), "Best New Hardware System" (Game Informer) and "1993 Technical Achievement of the Year" (DieHard GameFan). 

Atari Corp., based in Sunnyvale, manufactures and markets 64-bit interactive multimedia entertainment systems, video games and personal computers for the home, office and educational marketplaces.