Sonic Adventure 2 Battle #1 Selling Title on GameCube 1st Week Out


"Sonic Adventure 2 Battle" is the #1
Selling Title on Nintendo GameCube In its First Week of Availability

SAN FRANCISCO – (February 25, 2002) – Sega(r)
of America today announced that its recently launched "Sonic Adventure(tm) 2
Battle" for the Nintendo GameCube was the #1 selling game for the system in its
first week of sales according to independent retail data from NPD TRSTS (week
ending 2/16/02). Selling five times more than the #2 title and as much as the
next 12 titles combined, "Sonic Adventure 2 Battle" marks the debut of Sega’s
mascot, Sonic The Hedgehog(r), on a new next-generation video game system.

"The strong sales numbers off the mark for
‘Sonic Adventure 2 Battle’ for Nintendo GameCube are a true testament to the
star power of our legendary mascot, Sonic The Hedgehog, and to the strength of
Sega as a third party developer and publisher," said Peter Moore, president and
COO, Sega of America. "With a 40-year heritage of incredible content and
franchises, Sega’s goal is to compete for the position of leading global
publisher of interactive entertainment."

Selling through more than 70,000 units in its
debut week – which represented 44 percent of total Nintendo GameCube software
sales – "Sonic Adventure 2 Battle" is Sega’s second Nintendo GameCube game, and
its second success on the platform. Sega’s Nintendo GameCube launch title "Super
Monkey Ball(tm)" has consistently ranked among the top ten selling titles for
Nintendo GameCube since its release.

Demonstrating Sega’s long standing commitment
to innovation and creativity in game development, "Sonic Adventure 2 Battle" is
the first U.S. game to take advantage of the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy(r)
Advance Cable. Via the cable, gamers can transport Chao, the lovable artificial
life forms, from the "Chao Garden" in "Sonic Adventure 2 Battle" to the Tiny
Chao Garden in "Sonic Advance(tm)" for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance,
co-published by THQ Inc.

Featuring more than 150 missions spread over
30-plus frenetic, action-packed stages, "Sonic Adventure 2 Battle" challenges
gamers to either save the world or conquer it, in an action-packed showdown
between Hero and Dark characters. With all-new two-player battle levels and
expanded Chao-raising fun, "Sonic Adventure 2 Battle" delivers a high-energy
Sonic experience to Nintendo GameCube fans.

"Sonic Adventure 2 Battle" is available now
at a MSRP of $49.99. The game is rated "E" for everyone. For screenshots and
artwork, please visit the following link:

About Sega

SEGA(r) of America is the American arm of
Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a $3.5 billion corporation by market
capitalization, recognized as a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment
both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and
distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of
hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by
Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA of America’s Web
site is located at

About Nintendo

As the worldwide leader and innovator in the
creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co. Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home video game
systems. The systems include Game Boy(r), Nintendo(r) 64, Game Boy Advance and
NINTENDO GAMECUBE. Since the release of its first home video game system in
1983, Nintendo has sold more than 1.4 billion video games worldwide, creating
enduring industry icons such as Mario(tm) and Donkey Kong(r) and launching such
franchises as Zelda(tm) and Pokémon(r). As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo
of America, Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s
operation in the Western Hemisphere.

About THQ

THQ Inc. develops and publishes interactive
entertainment software worldwide for a variety of hardware platforms including
PC CD-ROM, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Sony Computer
Entertainment, Nintendo and Microsoft. The THQ web site is located at