Midway’s “Ready 2 Rumble Boxing” Voted Best Boxing Game by GamePro Readers
CHICAGO–JULY 20, 2000 – Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), a leading software industry publisher and developer, today announced that "Ready 2 Rumble(TM) Boxing" for Sega Dreamcast(TM) has been selected as the best boxing video game by the readers of GamePro Magazine, the world's No. 1 gaming magazine. This distinction is part of GamePro's ninth annual Reader's Choice awards, published in its July issue.
"There were heavyweights in this category, but 'Ready 2 Rumble' for Dreamcast took the belt, besting 'Knockout Kings 2000' and 'R2R' for the PlayStation," according to the GamePro report.
Midway is working on new versions of both "Ready 2 Rumble" and "NFL Blitz(TM)" for every major home console, including PlayStation(R) game console and PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system, Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo(R) 64. Midway is planning to ship "Ready 2 Rumble: Round 2" as a launch title for the PlayStation 2 this fall.
"The Reader's Choice awards mean a lot to Midway because players are the ultimate judge of the quality of a game," said Helene Sheeler, vice president of marketing for Midway. "Midway's goal is to create games that appeal to players' alter egos, bringing them exciting, interactive experiences they can't get anywhere else, so we are excited to have our titles ranked at the top of several major categories."
Also recognized in the Reader's Choice awards are "Hydro Thunder(TM)" for Dreamcast (No. 3 racing title), and "NFL Blitz 2000" for PlayStation (No. 2 football game). "NFL Blitz 2000" was the highest-rated PlayStation football game.
"The recognition of 'NFL Blitz' for PlayStation is a significant accomplishment given the incredible competition in the football category across all platforms," said Sheeler. "'Blitz' is the only extreme-style football game that made the list and we're very proud that the readers rated 'Blitz' as the No. 1 football title available for PlayStation."
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Midway Games Inc. is a leading interactive entertainment industry developer, publisher and marketer of software for both the coin-operated and home markets. Midway games are available for play on all major dedicated home game platforms, including Nintendo(R) 64 and Game Boy(R) Color, PlayStation(R) game console, Sega Dreamcast(TM) and personal computers.