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Tony Hawk Skates Onto Nintendo 64

On March 21, 2000, Activision, Inc. released the highly anticipated TONY HAWK'S PRO SKATER for the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Color. The game features a sophisticated yet easy-to-learn trick and combo system that allows players to perform hundreds of combination moves in an effort to become the highest-rated skater. Gamers choose from Tony Hawk and other nine top-ranked skaters as they thrash real-world tracks, performing signature tricks. An added feature for the Nintendo 64 version is the tutorial practice screen for each character and their trick sets, allowing players to perform more difficult moves. Developed by Edge of Reality, the Nintendo 64 version offers several modes of play. The two-player split-screen trick attack mode gives skaters the ability to compete directly with other players. Also featured are two additional multiplayer modes, including S-K-A-T-E (a skaters' version of basketball's H-O-R-S-E) and Graffiti mode in which two players "tag" different obstacles in an environment by pulling big tricks off of them. The game also features a replay mode where players can view the highlights of each run. Developed by Natsume, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater for the Game Boy Color also offers multiple modes of play, including tournament, half-pipe and race mode. The game will carry a suggested retail price of US$49.99, and the Game Boy Color title will carry a suggested retail price of $29.95. Currently, Activision is developing the follow-up to TONY HAWK for the PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, Sega Dreamcast and PC. The highly anticipated sequel is expected to be released this fall.

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