Marvel's Super Heroes(TM) Wield Justice With Activision's Dynamic Lineup of Upcoming Spider-Man(R) and X-Men(R) Games

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Activision, Inc.

    SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The greatest super
 heroes(TM) of all time will wield their unique brands of justice in
 Activision, Inc.'s (Nasdaq:   ATVI) upcoming lineup of Spider-Man(R) and
 X-Men(R) video games.  This highly anticipated slate of original titles and
 sequels demonstrates Activision's commitment to bringing legendary comic book
 characters to life with unparalleled realism.
     Activision redefined the super hero category with the launches of Spider-
 Man and X-Men(R): Mutant Academy(TM) for the PlayStation(R) game console,
 Nintendo(R) 64 and Game Boy(R) Color platforms.  Spider-Man debuted as the #2
 best-selling game by revenue for the PlayStation game console for the week of
 September 3, 2000, according to NPD's TRSTS Data.  The game went on to top
 retail sales charts worldwide and finished calendar 2000 as the #10
 PlayStation game console title and the #13 Nintendo 64 title by revenue.
 Additionally, Spider-Man has been selected for inclusion in Sony Computer
 Entertainment America's "Greatest Hits" series, which features the best-
 selling PlayStation game console titles ever.  Coinciding with the opening of
 Twentieth Century Fox's "X-Men: The Movie," X-Men: Mutant Academy was a top-10
 title for both the PlayStation game console and Game Boy Color platform by
 revenue for July and August 2000.
     "The Spider-Man and X-Men video games have built on Marvel's 67-year
 history and expanded these renowned characters beyond traditional comic book
 fans, introducing them to an entirely new generation," states Ron Doornink,
 President and COO, Activision, Inc.  "The latest lineup of games offers new
 characters, storylines and features that will continue to further the brands'
 popularity."
 
     Upcoming Spider-Man games include:
 
     Spider-Man(R)/Sega Dreamcast(TM)
     Spider-Man is the first free roaming, 3D action-adventure game for
 Dreamcast featuring the most recognized super hero of all time.  Players can
 employ all of Spider-Man's trademark skills, including web-slinging, wall-
 crawling agility and "Spider-Sense."  Players must utilize Spider-Man's super
 strength and superior wit to battle evil-doers and protect the innocent as
 they help solve a variety of puzzles and defeat old and new super villains
 alike.  Spider-Man for Dreamcast is scheduled for release this spring.
 
     Spider-Man(R) 2: The Sinister Six(TM)/Game Boy(R) Color
     Spider-Man 2: The Sinister Six is the sequel to the action-adventure game,
 Spider-Man.  Players are the swinging web hero, using all-new powers and
 attacks to thwart Doc Ock and his evil gang's plan to defeat Spider-Man.
 Other old favorites like Scorpion, Sandman, Mysterio and Vulture join forces
 with the evil Doc to test Spider-Man's strength, speed and smarts.  Spider-Man
 2: The Sinister Six is scheduled for release this spring.
 
     Spider-Man(R) 2 Enter: Electro(TM)/PlayStation(R) Game Console
     The most recognized super hero of all time, Spider-Man will wield his own
 brand of justice in Activision's Spider-Man 2 Enter: Electro, the highly
 anticipated sequel to last year's blockbuster game.  The 3D fast-paced action-
 adventure employs players to use Spider-Man's trademark skills as well as all-
 new moves, web attacks and fighting combos as they battle their way through
 all-new levels and training missions.  Featuring enhanced fighting and combat
 sequences, the game challenges players to utilize Spidey's super strength and
 superior wit to battle evil-doers, solve a variety of puzzles and defeat a
 whole new lineup of notorious super villains.  Spider-Man 2 Enter: Electro is
 scheduled for release this fall.
 
     Spider-Man(R): Mysterio's Menace(TM)/Game Boy(R) Advance
     For the first time ever, pocket gamers can live the fantasy of Spider-Man
 with the enhanced, side-scrolling gameplay and powerful graphics of the
 Nintendo Game Boy Advance.  When Mysterio turns Manhattan into one big
 illusory nightmare, it is up to players to use Spider-Man's "Spider-Sense" and
 amazing web-slinging, wall-crawling abilities to stop the evil plan and
 restore the city to normal.  Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace is scheduled for
 release this fall.
 
     Spider-Man(R)/PC
     For the first time ever, computer gamers can live the fantasy of Spider-
 Man in 3D with Spider-Man for the PC.  Players can leap, crawl and swing
 anywhere in free-roaming, 3D environments while exploring both the tops of
 skyscrapers and the underbelly of Manhattan.  In order to bring justice to a
 crime-ridden city, players must face off against Spidey's legendary gallery of
 super villains with a variety of attack combinations and a vast arsenal of
 webbing including impact, trapping, web spikes and the web dome.  The game
 also features cameo appearances by some of Spidey's greatest allies.
 Spider-Man for the PC is scheduled for release this fall.
 
     Upcoming X-Men games include:
 
     X-Men(R): Wolverine's Rage(TM)/Game Boy(R) Color
 This all-new action-adventure game lets players fight as Marvel's legendary
 X-Man Wolverine in 20 levels of gut-wrenching excitement.  Features include
 amazing attacks like "Bestial Rage" which must be used wisely in conjunction
 with Wolverine's mutant healing in order to survive an onslaught of enemies.
 Players must also battle it out with such foes as Cyber, Sabretooth and Lady
 Deathstrike before an evil plan to liquefy Wolverine's adamantium skeleton is
 carried out.  X-Men: Wolverine's Rage is scheduled for release this fall.
 
     X-Men(R): Mutant Academy 2(TM)/PlayStation(R) Game Console
     The sequel to the action-packed favorite X-Men: Mutant Academy lets
 players take on the role of their favorite mutants.  As one of 16 X-Men
 characters, gamers utilize their special powers as they train with Professor
 X.  X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 features six new X-Men characters, all-new aerial
 combat, six new arenas, multiple new fighting combos and costumes, set
 sketches and conceptual character sketches from "X-Men: The Movie."  Each
 character has his or her own unique moves and combos.  X-Men: Mutant Academy 2
 is scheduled for release this fall.
 
     X-Men(R): Reign of Apocalypse(TM)/Game Boy(R) Advance
     The X-Men enter the next dimension when they morph onto the Nintendo Game
 Boy Advance this fall.  Featuring multi-player capabilities, X-Men: Reign of
 Apocalypse is an exciting new adventure featuring over 40 trademark X-Men
 characters.  For the first time on Game Boy Advance, two different modes
 provide adventurous side-scrolling fun and fighting game action.  In story
 mode, players must fight their way through hordes of enemies, drawing on their
 mutant powers as they attempt to find a way out of a strange, alternate
 universe.  As players progress through the game, they are confronted with
 former friends and foes from their own universe -- all bent on stopping the X-
 Men from returning home.  In versus mode, players can play head-to-head with
 up to four players.  X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse is scheduled for release this
 fall.
 
     About Marvel Enterprises, Inc.
     With a library of over 4,700 proprietary characters, Marvel Enterprises,
 Inc. 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.
 
     About Activision, Inc.
     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.
 
     The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are
 "forward-looking statements."  The Company cautions readers of this press
 release that a number of important factors could cause Activision's actual
 future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-
 looking statements.  These important factors, and other factors that could
 affect Activision, are described in Activision's Annual Report on Form 10-K
 for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000, which was filed with the United
 States Securities and Exchange Commission.  Readers of this press release are
 referred to such filings.
 
 

SOURCE Activision, Inc.
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The greatest super
 heroes(TM) of all time will wield their unique brands of justice in
 Activision, Inc.'s (Nasdaq:   ATVI) upcoming lineup of Spider-Man(R) and
 X-Men(R) video games.  This highly anticipated slate of original titles and
 sequels demonstrates Activision's commitment to bringing legendary comic book
 characters to life with unparalleled realism.
     Activision redefined the super hero category with the launches of Spider-
 Man and X-Men(R): Mutant Academy(TM) for the PlayStation(R) game console,
 Nintendo(R) 64 and Game Boy(R) Color platforms.  Spider-Man debuted as the #2
 best-selling game by revenue for the PlayStation game console for the week of
 September 3, 2000, according to NPD's TRSTS Data.  The game went on to top
 retail sales charts worldwide and finished calendar 2000 as the #10
 PlayStation game console title and the #13 Nintendo 64 title by revenue.
 Additionally, Spider-Man has been selected for inclusion in Sony Computer
 Entertainment America's "Greatest Hits" series, which features the best-
 selling PlayStation game console titles ever.  Coinciding with the opening of
 Twentieth Century Fox's "X-Men: The Movie," X-Men: Mutant Academy was a top-10
 title for both the PlayStation game console and Game Boy Color platform by
 revenue for July and August 2000.
     "The Spider-Man and X-Men video games have built on Marvel's 67-year
 history and expanded these renowned characters beyond traditional comic book
 fans, introducing them to an entirely new generation," states Ron Doornink,
 President and COO, Activision, Inc.  "The latest lineup of games offers new
 characters, storylines and features that will continue to further the brands'
 popularity."
 
     Upcoming Spider-Man games include:
 
     Spider-Man(R)/Sega Dreamcast(TM)
     Spider-Man is the first free roaming, 3D action-adventure game for
 Dreamcast featuring the most recognized super hero of all time.  Players can
 employ all of Spider-Man's trademark skills, including web-slinging, wall-
 crawling agility and "Spider-Sense."  Players must utilize Spider-Man's super
 strength and superior wit to battle evil-doers and protect the innocent as
 they help solve a variety of puzzles and defeat old and new super villains
 alike.  Spider-Man for Dreamcast is scheduled for release this spring.
 
     Spider-Man(R) 2: The Sinister Six(TM)/Game Boy(R) Color
     Spider-Man 2: The Sinister Six is the sequel to the action-adventure game,
 Spider-Man.  Players are the swinging web hero, using all-new powers and
 attacks to thwart Doc Ock and his evil gang's plan to defeat Spider-Man.
 Other old favorites like Scorpion, Sandman, Mysterio and Vulture join forces
 with the evil Doc to test Spider-Man's strength, speed and smarts.  Spider-Man
 2: The Sinister Six is scheduled for release this spring.
 
     Spider-Man(R) 2 Enter: Electro(TM)/PlayStation(R) Game Console
     The most recognized super hero of all time, Spider-Man will wield his own
 brand of justice in Activision's Spider-Man 2 Enter: Electro, the highly
 anticipated sequel to last year's blockbuster game.  The 3D fast-paced action-
 adventure employs players to use Spider-Man's trademark skills as well as all-
 new moves, web attacks and fighting combos as they battle their way through
 all-new levels and training missions.  Featuring enhanced fighting and combat
 sequences, the game challenges players to utilize Spidey's super strength and
 superior wit to battle evil-doers, solve a variety of puzzles and defeat a
 whole new lineup of notorious super villains.  Spider-Man 2 Enter: Electro is
 scheduled for release this fall.
 
     Spider-Man(R): Mysterio's Menace(TM)/Game Boy(R) Advance
     For the first time ever, pocket gamers can live the fantasy of Spider-Man
 with the enhanced, side-scrolling gameplay and powerful graphics of the
 Nintendo Game Boy Advance.  When Mysterio turns Manhattan into one big
 illusory nightmare, it is up to players to use Spider-Man's "Spider-Sense" and
 amazing web-slinging, wall-crawling abilities to stop the evil plan and
 restore the city to normal.  Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace is scheduled for
 release this fall.
 
     Spider-Man(R)/PC
     For the first time ever, computer gamers can live the fantasy of Spider-
 Man in 3D with Spider-Man for the PC.  Players can leap, crawl and swing
 anywhere in free-roaming, 3D environments while exploring both the tops of
 skyscrapers and the underbelly of Manhattan.  In order to bring justice to a
 crime-ridden city, players must face off against Spidey's legendary gallery of
 super villains with a variety of attack combinations and a vast arsenal of
 webbing including impact, trapping, web spikes and the web dome.  The game
 also features cameo appearances by some of Spidey's greatest allies.
 Spider-Man for the PC is scheduled for release this fall.
 
     Upcoming X-Men games include:
 
     X-Men(R): Wolverine's Rage(TM)/Game Boy(R) Color
 This all-new action-adventure game lets players fight as Marvel's legendary
 X-Man Wolverine in 20 levels of gut-wrenching excitement.  Features include
 amazing attacks like "Bestial Rage" which must be used wisely in conjunction
 with Wolverine's mutant healing in order to survive an onslaught of enemies.
 Players must also battle it out with such foes as Cyber, Sabretooth and Lady
 Deathstrike before an evil plan to liquefy Wolverine's adamantium skeleton is
 carried out.  X-Men: Wolverine's Rage is scheduled for release this fall.
 
     X-Men(R): Mutant Academy 2(TM)/PlayStation(R) Game Console
     The sequel to the action-packed favorite X-Men: Mutant Academy lets
 players take on the role of their favorite mutants.  As one of 16 X-Men
 characters, gamers utilize their special powers as they train with Professor
 X.  X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 features six new X-Men characters, all-new aerial
 combat, six new arenas, multiple new fighting combos and costumes, set
 sketches and conceptual character sketches from "X-Men: The Movie."  Each
 character has his or her own unique moves and combos.  X-Men: Mutant Academy 2
 is scheduled for release this fall.
 
     X-Men(R): Reign of Apocalypse(TM)/Game Boy(R) Advance
     The X-Men enter the next dimension when they morph onto the Nintendo Game
 Boy Advance this fall.  Featuring multi-player capabilities, X-Men: Reign of
 Apocalypse is an exciting new adventure featuring over 40 trademark X-Men
 characters.  For the first time on Game Boy Advance, two different modes
 provide adventurous side-scrolling fun and fighting game action.  In story
 mode, players must fight their way through hordes of enemies, drawing on their
 mutant powers as they attempt to find a way out of a strange, alternate
 universe.  As players progress through the game, they are confronted with
 former friends and foes from their own universe -- all bent on stopping the X-
 Men from returning home.  In versus mode, players can play head-to-head with
 up to four players.  X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse is scheduled for release this
 fall.
 
     About Marvel Enterprises, Inc.
     With a library of over 4,700 proprietary characters, Marvel Enterprises,
 Inc. 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.
 
     About Activision, Inc.
     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.
 
     The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are
 "forward-looking statements."  The Company cautions readers of this press
 release that a number of important factors could cause Activision's actual
 future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-
 looking statements.  These important factors, and other factors that could
 affect Activision, are described in Activision's Annual Report on Form 10-K
 for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000, which was filed with the United
 States Securities and Exchange Commission.  Readers of this press release are
 referred to such filings.
 
 SOURCE  Activision, Inc.

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