ThrustMaster Goes Ballistic With New TOP GUN TM Joystick

Hillsboro, Oregon, November 7, 1996 -- ThrustMaster, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMSR) a leading manufacturer of game controllers for PC-based entertainment announced today the release of their TOP GUN joystick, based on the Paramount Pictures motion picture TOP GUN. ThrustMaster products have traditionally focused on combining realistic flight simulation and superior workmanship. The TOP GUN joystick is the latest addition to the ThrustMaster PC gaming controller line. With an estimated street price between $35.00 to $39.95, consumers will find TOP GUN to be one of the best buys during the holiday season. The ThrustMaster TOP GUN joystick can also be found bundled with the NEC multimedia computer - one of ThrustMaster's latest OEM partnerships.

Modeled after the grip found in the F-4 Phantom fighter jet, the TOP GUN joystick excels in all action, combat and flight simulator games. No matter what the game scenario might be, TOP GUN gives the consumer an added advantage of speed, agility and increased response time. In addition to the patented 4-Way Hat Switch, TOP GUN also has three beveled buttons and a Quick Action Trigger, taking advantage of the standard ThrustMaster set-up found in most games.

"We believe combining the name TOP GUN with the hottest joystick to hit the market has created a winning product. TOP GUN is priced to reach a broad audience which has not yet experienced the competitive edge of owning an outstanding joystick," stated Ron Resnick, Vice President of Marketing for ThrustMaster.

ThrustMaster designs, develops, manufactures and markets PC game controllers. ThrustMaster is known throughout the computer entertainment industry for producing the most realistic and fully functional products available. After establishing itself as the leader in flight game controllers in the early 90's, then capturing the market in the driving wheel category, ThrustMaster is now broadening its line to satisfy consumers in all areas of computer gaming, including action, adventure, sports and arcade. For more information, please call (503) 615-3237 or view the ThrustMaster Web site at

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