Nintendo hits back at 64-bit console critics

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 August, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 August, 1996, 12:00am

Nintendo has moved to quash rumours that a lack of software is hurting sales of its new 64-bit game machine.

The company said shipments of its most advanced game machine, Nintendo64, would total two million units in Japan and the United States by the end of next month.

A lack of attractive software and price cuts by rival Sony Corp for its 32-bit PlayStation have led to rumours that Nintendo64 is fighting an uphill battle.

Nintendo this year lost one of its most popular games, Final Fantasy, when software developer Square Co said it would instead supply the game to Sony's PlayStation.

There are only three software titles for Nintendo64.

Nintendo plans to launch another 14 titles by the end of the year.

It has so far shipped one million 64-bit players in Japan.The latest Sega Saturn game, NiGHTS, has been launched with more than US$10 million in advertising, promotions and merchandising support.

The campaign, the largest yet for a Sega Saturn game, features national TV and print teaser ads for the dreamtime, 3D flying adventure game.

The NiGHTS print campaign features multiple rows of consecutive screen shots that, when cut out and stapled together, become a flip book showing what the game looks like on a television screen. An exclusive release for the PlayStation console, Bogey: Dead 6', is now on sale.

The game is a 3D flight simulation with unparalleled combat action, 360-degree movement, tight controls and first rate special effects.

Bogey: Dead 6' is also one of the first games to take advantage of the precision and control offered by the new Analog Joystick for the PlayStation.

Features of the game include enemy jet fighters attacking tanks and ships, buildings and other targets and 3D renderings of mountains and islands. Following the success of Gemstone III, the top game in the online world, a new spin-off has been released - GemStone: DragonRealms.

DragonRealms is available to all members of America Online.

Any computer system that can access AOL can access the game, using the standard AOL software.

Designed by Simutronics to be the most detailed and in-depth game of its kind, DragonRealms immerses players in a rich, ever-growing fantasy world filled with dozens of cities and provinces.

The game should appeal to newcomers and veteran role-players alike.

DragonRealms, like GemStone III, is a multi-player game designed for on-line services. Thousands of players can interact inside the game world at any moment.

Both games are based on a text system where players type in commands and chat with each other, with text messages scrolling on the screen describing what players see and what happens as a result of their actions.

The game looks like an Internet MUD (multi-user dungeon) but is much more.