Gusworld's Muppet Race Mania Guide: Press Release



First Video Game Featuring the Muppets Includes Tracks Based on Muppet Movies

LOS ANGELES, May 11, 2000 (E3 Booth #600, South Hall) - Midway Games Inc., a leading software industry publisher and developer and Jim Henson Interactive (JHI), the interactive division of The Jim Henson Company, today announced that Muppet® Race Mania™ will be available in retail outlets this October for the PlayStation® game console.

"Muppet Race Mania brings to life all the wacky antics people have come to expect from the Muppets," said Helene Sheeler, vice president of marketing for Midway Games West. "Muppet fans and video gamers of all ages will enjoy the exciting racing action in Muppet Race Mania."

"The PlayStation's evolution into a truly mass-market family entertainment system will create a new, younger audience that should embrace titles like Muppet Race Mania. And as a company, we're really excited to have Race Mania, the Muppets very first video game, introducing the franchise to game players of all ages this fall," said Craig Allen, JHI's general manager.

Players will enjoy six racing circuits based on the Muppet movies with hilarious clips from the films interspersed throughout the game. There are more than 30 wild tracks and gamers can choose from 25 classic Muppet characters and 25 wacky vehicles. Play modes include adventure mode, battle mode, stunt courses, tournament play and a multiplayer race and chicken-chase game. Parents will appreciate a special younger kids-mode in Muppet Race Mania, which allows younger players to concentrate on accelerating while steering takes care of itself. Madcap offensive tools available to gamers include flippy wet fish, penguin mines and bouncy-bombs. Each Muppet also has its own special Muppet power to careen ahead of the competition. Vibrant colors, and deep, beautifully rendered, 3-D backgrounds bring the Muppets alive with tons of secret passageways for hours of exploration and smooth, fluid, lightning-fast gameplay.

Muppet Race Mania was developed by the award-winning Travelers Tales, the creators of the multi-million unit-selling titles Disney's Toy Story, Disney's A Bug's Life and Sega's SONIC "R".

Formed in 1998, Jim Henson Interactive (JHI), a division of The Jim Henson Company, is responsible for the worldwide digital expression of all intellectual properties owned by the organization including such globally embraced and commercially successful brands as THE MUPPETS, FARSCAPE, BEAR IN THE BIG BLUE HOUSE, MOPATOP'S SHOP, CONSTRUCTION SITE! and THE DARK CRYSTAL. The Jim Henson Company, an established leader in family entertainment for more than 40 years, is a multimedia production company; one of the top character licensors in the industry; a leading publisher of children's books; and home to Jim Henson Television, Jim Henson Pictures, Jim Henson Interactive and Jim Henson's Creature Shop™. The Company is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices and production facilities in New York and London. The Jim Henson Company website is located at:

The Jim Henson Company has recently been acquired by EM.TV & Merchandising AG based in Munich, Germany. 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® 64 and Game Boy® Color, PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Sega Dreamcast, and personal computers.

Muppet Race Mania © 1999 The Jim Henson Company. Jim Henson's mark and logo, muppets and characters are trademarks of the Jim Henson Company. All rights reserved. Published under license from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. All rights reserved. MIDWAY is a registered trademark of Midway Amusement Games, LLC. Distributed by Midway Home Entertainment Inc.

Copyright © 2000 The Jim Henson Company

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