REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–Nov. 4, 1997–The holiday season just got a lot hotter across America. But don’t blameEl Nino. “Steep Slope Sliders(TM),” Sega(R) of America’s new high-speed, 3D snowboarding game, will be heating up Sega Saturns(R) in even the coldest cities this winter. The game will be available mid-December.

Sega also announced two new arcade conversions coming to Sega Saturn, starting with the digital Olympic-style games of “Winter Heat(TM)” in January, followed by the ghoulish shooter “House of theDead(TM)” in April.

“In a continued effort to focus our product development and marketing efforts on our core gaming customer, we’re adding titles tothe line-up that tested best with our Sega Saturn user base,” said Lydia Gable, group director of marketing, Sega of America. “These particular titles define the ‘Hard Stuff’ concept gamers are seeing in our current advertising campaign.”

GAME DETAILS:

“Steep Slope Sliders”: It’s full 3D snowboarding action where technical and artistic talents come into play. Shred down seven courses set in five different countries. Get aggro on the extreme courses or just “go off” in the half-pipe. You can even test your raw natural skills on the alpine course, or show off your creativity on the snowboard park course. Turn tricks off of cliffs, ramps, half-pipe walls and even abandoned cars. Check out the four additional hidden courses. Once you’ve mastered the snow, try your luck on the Asteroid Belt or the Astro Pipe — they’re out of this world, literally. Movement is completely unhindered. Choose from four boarders, then earn the additional four bonus and seven hidden boarders, including a dog, UFO, penguin, buggy car and a paper man. SRP: $39.99.

“Winter Heat”: This one-to-four-player game recreates eight winter sports events in crisp, polygonal graphics. A test of many skills, “Winter Heat” sends you flying off the Ski Jump, racing for the bottom in the Downhill, maneuvering the moguls in the Slalom or sprinting to the finish in the Short Track Speed Skate, just to name a few events. SRP: $39.99

Sega of America is the arm of Tokyo, Japan-based Sega EnterprisesLtd. responsible for the development, marketing and distribution of Sega videogame systems and videogames in the Americas. Sega Enterprises Ltd. is a nearly $3.6 billion company recognized as the industry leader in interactive digital entertainment media, and is the only company that offers interactive entertainment experiences both inside and outside the home.