News Archives for: November 2005

Nintendo's New Super Mario Strikers Kicks Some Serious Grass
Posted on November 30, 2005 @ 1:41 PM EST by: Hairball
Perhaps more people in the United States would be soccer fans if the field were surrounded by an electrified fence, players were armed with giant attack shells and goals were scored with explosive force. Rest assured, you won't find any boring scoreless ties in the new Super Mario® Strikers, which launches Dec. 5 in the United States, Canada and Latin America, exclusively for Nintendo GameCube™.

This isn't your usual Mario™ game. Up to four players can battle in aggressive five-on-five soccer matches that would elicit red cards from the most lenient of referees. Tackling and power shots are all part of the fun. If players gets in your way, just slam them into the electric fence that marks the out-of-bounds area. But such attacks come at a price: If you strike a player who does not have the ball, you reward the opposing team with a special Power-Up item that could be used against you.

"People have described this frenetic game as soccer meets Super Smash Bros.," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "Soccer remains one of the most popular sports in the world, and Super Mario Strikers gives players the tools they always wished they could unleash on their opponents."

Super Mario Strikers features classic Nintendo characters, but with some serious attitude. Players can battle against friends or work their way up through the rankings to unlock bonus features like new stadiums and hidden cheats. The game, Rated E for Everyone, will be available Dec. 5.

Source: Nintendo Press Release

Mario Kart DS Launches With Wi-Fi Gaming Service
Posted on November 16, 2005 @ 1:02 AM EST by: Hairball
That sound you hear is the thunder of video gamers worldwide revving their engines for the launch of Mario Kart® DS and Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection. For the first time ever, the online gaming service for Nintendo DS™ lets users connect wirelessly to race. From the very start, users can log on easily to shoot shells and burn rubber against opponents from all around the world.

"Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection removes the barriers that have prevented many mainstream players from going online," says Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales & marketing. "We have made the service incredibly simple to use and free at select hotspot locations – but this is just the beginning."

The Mario Kart franchise has sold more than 11.1 million games in the United States alone. Mario Kart DS offers racers more than 30 courses, including classic tracks from Super Mario Kart®, Mario Kart 64™, Mario Kart™: Super Circuit™ and Mario Kart®: Double Dash!! ™. Favorite Nintendo characters cruise in dozens of classic and custom karts as they use weapons like bananas, bombs, lightning and squid ink to gain a competitive advantage.

When racing using a wireless local area connection, up to eight players can play, even if only one of them has a Mario Kart DS game card. When using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, up to four players across the world can join a race. Friends share their DS Friend Code to find one another online using their friend roster.

Whether users are at home or out and about, they have a variety of uncomplicated ways to connect to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection:

* If the user already has a Wi-Fi home network, the Nintendo DS unit will connect directly with minimal setup procedures.

* Those who have a home high-speed Internet connection such as cable or DSL, but no Wi-Fi home network, can either purchase a compatible wireless router or the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector, which plugs into the USB port of a PC running Windows XP to create a wireless access point to connect a DS to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. The Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector will be sold exclusively on Nintendo.com at an MSRP of $34.99.

* Outside the home, when a user brings a Nintendo DS unit and a Wi-Fi-enabled game into a Wayport-enabled McDonald's restaurant locations, the user simply launches the game in Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection mode. No setup is required.

* Nintendo DS owners who want to play games at Wi-Fi locations outside McDonald's restaurant locations or their homes can use a laptop computer and the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector to access Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. The Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector enables the Nintendo DS to share an Internet connection established by a PC, providing a conduit to play games via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Regular Internet access fees may apply from these locations.

* Nintendo DS owners may also connect at a number of other free hotspot locations with no additional hardware and minimal setup. A complete list of these locations, along with the list of participating McDonald's restaurant locations, can be found on www.nintendowifi.com.

Mario Kart DS is the first title to use Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, along with multiple upcoming titles like Animal Crossing®: Wild World on Dec. 5 and Metroid® Prime Hunters on March 20. For more information about Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, log onto www.nintendowifi.com.

Source: Nintendo Press Release

Nintendo's Mario Party 7 Offers Players A Passport To Fun
Posted on November 7, 2005 @ 8:08 AM EST by: Hairball
Imagine your closest friends embarking on a cruise ship to some of the most awe-inspiring destinations around the world and the great times they surely have in store for themselves. Now, imagine you get left behind. As the story goes, Toadsworth invited Mario™ and all his pals to take a luxury voyage aboard the MSS Sea Star. Bowser finds himself absent from the guest list and begins conniving to ruin their excursion. After all – if he can't have fun, no one should have fun. With the Nov. 7 launch of Mario Party® 7 for Nintendo GameCube™, see what trouble he stirs up.

The Mario Party series has sold more than 5 million copies in the United States, putting it in the ranks of the most popular video game franchises of all time. Playing like a virtual board game, it has also been highly popular among college students. And now, for the first time ever, with Mario Party 7, it can bring an entire family together with its eight-player action. The game promises to be a great value with a special offer for the holidays. A bundle will be available for a limited time that includes a Nintendo GameCube, two controllers and Mario Party 7, all at an MSRP of just $99.99.

Two new characters, Birdo and Dry Bones, join the party, while the video game features 86 new mini-games, 11 of which use the included Nintendo GameCube Mic that allows players to control the action with their voices. It's like 86 games merged into one, with playable characters that include Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi™, Daisy, Wario™, Waluigi, Boo, Toad and Toadette.

Players explore the world with six new game boards that serve as exotic ports of call, including Pyramid Park, Pagoda Peak, Grand Canal, Windmillville, Neon Heights and Bowser World. Bowser has made a mess of traditionally lovely vacation spots, as he has other plans for his friendly sightseers while he turns the vacationing paradise into a tension-filled madhouse.

As the vacation goes awry, players find themselves leaping over electrified hurdles and avoiding a mole with a giant hammer. Cranky Goombas market their power-ups and persuasive Shy Guys offer players auditions for an action movie or big-league contract.

Rated E for Everyone, Mario Party 7 comes with the Nintendo GameCube Mic, but conveniently requires no travel agent. For more information about the game, visit www.marioparty.com.

Source: Nintendo Press Release

Dance Off Those Ghoulish Halloween Candy Calories With Mario
Posted on November 3, 2005 @ 10:12 PM EST by: Hairball
Halloween brings with it candy apples, lollipops and everything sugar – not the healthiest food to gobble down right after a nice workout. And with approximately 15 percent of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 considered seriously overweight*, it's a critical time of year for families to find new ways to work out where everyone can actually have fun doing it. Dance Dance Revolution®: Mario Mix offers alternative way to dance away the carbs and sustain a healthy lifestyle together. Players will move their body and exercise without even realizing it.

So, boogie down with Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix for Nintendo GameCube™. The highly interactive video game keeps players engaged as they dance their way to victory. The benefits will be monumental as players remove their hands out the Halloween candy jar and get their feet moving on the Action Pad.

"In general, most people aspire to be healthy, but either can't find the time or don't enjoy it if they do actually make it to the gym," said George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix transports the gym to the living room and makes working out something the whole family can enjoy."

With an all-new Story Mode, five difficulty levels and a mode where players can stomp familiar Nintendo enemies, this new take on the popular arcade franchise will have players young and old working up a sweat. The creative storyline will keep players dancing for hours on end.

The music keys have been stolen and someone has released the music. The Mushroom Kingdom is in turmoil as the unstable power of the music brings chaos to the land. Using the Action Pad, players must perform the correct steps and dance their way to victory. The kingdom will not be safe until all the Music Keys are collected.

Mario™, Luigi, Toad, Waluigi, Wario™ and Bowser make working out especially fun for younger players who can finally experience the thrill of stomping Goombas and other enemies. Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix also provides the means for children to work out in a group effort rather than simply by themselves. Learning to work out with Mario at a young age fosters a healthy routine for a lifetime.

Nintendo is renowned for broadening the video game experience with radical new user interfaces that entice the imagination. The musical adventure Donkey Konga™ had great success as players drummed and clapped their way through the highly interactive game. Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix transports the player right into a virtual universe with the dynamic Action Pad. Players of all skills and fitness levels can join in the fun, with levels from Easy to Very Hard. A special "Workout" feature even tracks the burned calories while the player grooves to the music that includes 25 dance-flavored songs, from classic Nintendo themes to familiar favorites.

Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix is Rated E for Everyone. The family-friendly game is story driven and keeps players involved with hands-on – make that "feet-on" – entertainment. For more information about Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix please visit www.ddrmariomix.com.

Source: Nintendo Press Release