Samus and Mario crush all others...
Nintendo GameCube Dominates NBC Today's Toy Test 2002
America Ranks Nintendo's Metroid Prime and Super Mario Sunshine at Top of Holiday List
REDMOND, Wash.--Nov. 21, 2002--In the kingdom of fun, it's the
subjects who speak the loudest.
Today those subjects, America's youth, spoke with one voice,
choosing exclusive Nintendo GameCube(TM) games as their holiday gift
In America's biggest toy test, NBC Today's Toy Test 2002,
America's kids and teens played and ranked the following titles,
available exclusively for Nintendo GameCube, as the hottest video
games for the holidays:
1. Metroid(R) Prime
2. Super Mario Sunshine(TM)
5. Mario Party(TM) 4
6. Star Fox(R) Adventures
7. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (LucasArts)
9. Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee (Infogrames)
14. Super Monkey Ball 2 (SEGA)
In addition to these seven exclusive Nintendo GameCube games, the
Toy Test 2002 list includes five titles available on Nintendo GameCube
and a competing system. This brings the total number of Nintendo
GameCube games on the Toy Test list of 19 top games to 12.
"The rankings speak volumes about Nintendo's ability to place its
finger on the pulse of every type of game fan when developing video
games," says Peter MacDougall, executive vice president, sales and
marketing, Nintendo of America Inc. "This further illustrates that
Nintendo's commitment to quality games is paying off."
To pick this year's winners, consumer specialist Herb Weisbaum
allowed thousands of kids an advance peek at 73 games that are due for
release on Nintendo GameCube, Sony PlayStation 2, and Microsoft Xbox.
The goal of this one-of-a-kind video game test was to provide parents
a holiday shopping list of video games that have been approved by
thousands of kids and teens. More than 10,000 ratings were tallied
during the two-week exhibit at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.
To ensure a "family friendly" exhibit, no games were shown that rated
above Teen (T) or portrayed realistic animated violence.
To view complete results of Toy Test 2002, visit
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(R) Advance and Nintendo GameCube. Since the release of its
first home video game system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 1.6
billion video games worldwide, creating enduring industry icons such
as Mario(TM) and Donkey Kong(R) and launching such franchises as
Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of
America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for
Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere.
For more information about Nintendo GameCube or any other Nintendo
product visit the company's Web sites, www.nintendo.com or