News Archives for: March 2006

Nintendo Adds Game Boy Advance Games to Player's Choice Library
Posted on March 29, 2006 @ 12:32 PM EST by: Hairball
For the first time, games from the top-selling Game Boy® Advance line will be included in Nintendo's Player's Choice library, a selection of Nintendo video games offered at reduced prices. The Player's Choice library has long offered classic and best-selling Nintendo games at value prices. The inaugural Game Boy Advance titles will be added to the library starting today.

The first three GBA games, available at an MSRP of $19.99, will be Super Mario® Advance, Yoshi's Island™: Super Mario® Advance 3 and Mario & Luigi™: Superstar Saga.

The Game Boy® line remains the best-selling franchise in the video game industry, with more than 188 million hardware units sold worldwide. Game Boy Advance owners enjoy a vast library of nearly 850 games of every kind.

For more information about Game Boy Advance or the Player's Choice library, please visit www.nintendo.com.

Source: Nintendo Press Release

Nintendo's Wi-Fi Service Logs Its 1 Millionth Player
Posted on March 7, 2006 @ 7:56 PM EST by: Hairball
Nintendo's wireless gaming service has hit an all-time gaming record of 1 million unique users, in less than four months in operation.

Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection lets Nintendo DS™ owners log on cost-free to compete or interact in a variety of games, from racing in Mario Kart® DS to community-building in Animal Crossing®: Wild World. The 1 millionth user was a player in Japan, who logged on to play Animal Crossing: Wild World.

"Players are embracing our model of a compelling, safe, easy-to-use wireless gaming service," says Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales & marketing. "Those 1 million users represent more than 27 million game sessions."

On March 20, two new Wi-Fi-enabled games arrive in the Americas to draw even more players to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Tetris® DS brings a twist to the addictive classic puzzle game. Up to four players can compete against friends or strangers, near or far. Tetris DS features multiple modes themed with retro Nintendo characters and music.

Also launching March 20, Metroid® Prime Hunters features competition using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, but players get an added bonus: the ability to chat with one another before and after battles, using VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). Players can use this Metroid chat feature to agree on match parameters and to relive their battle glories. This riveting first-person shooter lets players choose from a variety of characters and weapons, with extensive replay options.

Source: Nintendo Press Release