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'NHL Hitz 20-03' Ships For GBA

by Thomas on Oct. 14, 2002 @ 4:59 p.m. PDT

Midway Sports, the sports brand of leading software industry publisher and developer Midway Games Inc. announced today that NHL Hitz 20-03, the next iteration in the NHL Hitz franchise, has shipped for the Game Boy Advance. NHL Hitz 20-03 is also available for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube.

Officially licensed by the NHL(R) and the NHLPA, this year's version of the Midway Sports hit franchise caters to hockey and action game fans by delivering a total hockey experience that combines even more realistic NHL(R) hockey attributes without leaving behind Hitz signature hard-checking adrenaline-style highlight reel action.

As the only dedicated adrenaline-style hockey videogame franchise for next-generation platforms, NHL(R) Hitz 20-03 showcases over-the-top 3-on-3 (plus goalies) gameplay with players who leap, glide, check, pass and score on would-be defenders. This newest version of Hitz runs up the score on the hockey videogame category with new features such as an in-depth New Season mode that enables detailed statistic tracking, player trades using trade logic, a playoff tree, and official NHL(R) awards. NHL(R) Hitz 20-03 also suits up with bigger, stronger and faster players, as well as improved goalie logic, behavior, animations and control, which make it tougher to score.

"For the first time, handheld gamers can experience the rush of NHL(R) Hitz 20-03's hard-checking action wherever they go," said Helene Sheeler, vice president of marketing, Midway. "NHL(R) Hitz 20-03's mix of authentic teams and players, combined with over-the-top gameplay, makes NHL(R) Hitz 20-03 the hottest hockey game on ice!"

Going for the gold, Midway signed an exclusive deal with Canadian 2002 Olympic Gold Medalist Chris Pronger. Known for his powerful skating and intimidating defense, the St. Louis Blues(R) defenseman and former league MVP (1999-2000 season) appears on the package cover and in the NHL(R) Hitz 20-03 advertising materials.

NHL(R) Hitz 20-03 Nintendo Game Boy Advance Key Features:

-- Officially licensed by the NHL(R) and the NHLPA and featuring real NHL(R) teams and athletes

-- New Enhanced Season Mode -- In-depth statistic tracking, full NHL(R) calendar and playoff tree

-- Larger-than-Life Animations -- Outrageous checking, fighting, shooting and passing

-- Multi-Player Hockey -- One to four players via the Game Boy Advance Game Link(R) cable

Midway Games Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment software. Midway videogames are available for play on all major videogame platforms including the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube(TM) and Game Boy(R) Advance.
For more information about Midway Games and NHL(R) Hitz 20-03 visit www.nhlhitz.midway.com.

NHL(R) Hitz(TM) 20-03 (c) 2002 Midway Home Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved. HITZ is a trademark of Midway Home Entertainment Inc. MIDWAY and the Midway logos are trademarks of Midway Amusement Games, LLC. Used by permission. NHL, Stanley Cup and the NHL Shield are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and team logos and marks depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. (c) 2002 NHL. All rights reserved. National Hockey League Players' Association, NHLPA and NHLPA Logo are trademarks of the NHLPA and are used, under license, by Midway Home Entertainment Inc. (c) NHLPA. Officially Licensed Product of the National Hockey League Players' Association.

"PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Xbox and Microsoft are trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance are trademarks of Nintendo. (c) 2001 Nintendo. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.

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