News Archives for: October 2003

Santa's Secret Leaked: Nintendo is North Pole's Gift Source
Posted on October 29, 2003 @ 1:43 PM EST by: Hairball
Your Holiday Gift Guide is Complete With Santa-Approved Nintendo Gifts

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 29, 2003 – Santa's elves are toiling around the clock, making daily pick-ups from Nintendo to meet the holiday demand for Nintendo GameCube™ and Game Boy® Advance SP systems and games.

"The best deal of the holiday season is, by far, the Nintendo GameCube," said Santa's lead elf. "Since its price drop to an MSRP of just $99.99, sales have quadrupled week-over-week; it has become this year's ultimate holiday purchase, and is keeping us busy stocking the sleigh."

Santa's bag of goodies will be overflowing this year, considering that by the time he's ready to fly off into the night, Nintendo will have a library of more than 320 games for the Nintendo GameCube and 550 games for the Game Boy Advance.

"In case you hadn't heard, the must-have video game this year is Mario Kart: Double Dash!! for Nintendo GameCube, launching Nov. 17," Rudolph said. "The big man is always pretty generous, but with so much demand for this multiplayer racing game featuring classic Nintendo characters, the game is only going to the really good kids." A limited pre-sell offer that includes a free bonus disc at the time of purchase is available to consumers who reserve a copy of the game at select retailers. The extra disc is loaded with playable game samples and sneak-peek movies of upcoming software. "I just wish the sleigh could go as fast as those go-karts," Rudolph joked. Mario Kart®: Double Dash!!™ will be available at an MSRP of $49.99.

One of the new Nintendo GameCube games is Mario Party® 5, a twist on traditional board games that includes more than 60 new mini-games. The game is Rated E for Everyone and will be available Nov. 11 at an MSRP of $49.99.

Or check out 1080°®: Avalanche for Nintendo GameCube, a snowboarding game so cool, you'll have to wipe the frost from your television screen. It's Rated E for Everyone and will be available Dec. 1 at an MSRP of $49.99.

In the Nintendo GameCube game Pokémon Channel™, Pokémon takes over your television. This activity-based software allows players to tune into, and interact with, various Pokémon-themed television programs, from a news channel and a shopping network to a quiz show. The game is Rated E for Everyone and is available Dec. 1 at an MSRP of $29.99.

Fans of hand-held gaming will be excited to see the various new games available for the Game Boy Advance SP, now available in Onyx (black) and Flame (red). The best-selling video game ever, Super Mario Bros. 3™, comes to the Game Boy Advance with Super Mario® Advance 4: Super Mario Bros.® 3, Rated E for Everyone and available now at an MSRP of $34.99.

Players control both Mario and Luigi simultaneously in the comedic role-playing game Mario & Luigi™: Superstar Saga. Their hilarious, action-packed journey leads them throughout the Beanbean Kingdom as they attempt to recover Princess Peach's stolen voice. The game is Rated E for Everyone and will be available Nov. 17 at an MSRP of $34.99.

Sword of Mana™, available Dec. 1, combines impressive anime-style graphics with an epic storyline for the Game Boy Advance. Players have the ability to choose different characters to play, thus experiencing two unique journeys that come together at key moments in the game. Sword of Mana is Rated E for Everyone at an MSRP of $34.99.

The Japanese smash hit Fire Emblem™ for the Game Boy Advance makes its debut in the United States on Nov. 3 at an MSRP of $34.99. Players test their military-strategy skills in a world with dozens of soldiers, weapons and magic spells at their command. Fire Emblem is Rated E for Everyone.

For the gamer with everything, e-Reader cards make great stocking stuffers. Used with an e-Reader and a Game Boy Advance, Pokémon® Battle-e cards let players battle new Trainers in their Pokémon® Ruby or Pokémon® Sapphire games. The Super Mario® Advance 4: Super Mario Bros.® 3-e cards add previously unavailable levels and bonuses to Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. The cards are available now for an MSRP of just $5.99 per set.

If you already have enough wires running through your gaming area, starting Nov. 17 you can pick up a new Platinum WaveBird™ Wireless Controller for the Nintendo GameCube at an MSRP of $34.99.

The worldwide leader and innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home and portable video game systems. Each year, hundreds of all-new titles for the best-selling Game Boy® Advance and Nintendo GameCube™ systems extend Nintendo's vast game library and continue the tradition of delivering a rich, diverse mix of quality video games for players of all ages. Since the release of its first home video game system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 1.8 billion video games globally, creating enduring industry icons such as Mario™ and Donkey Kong® and launching popular culture franchise phenomena such as Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon®. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere.

For more information about Nintendo, please visit www.nintendo.com.

Mario and Luigi Hire Comedian Kathy Griffin to Help Find the Funniest Joke
Posted on October 17, 2003 @ 3:33 PM EDT by: Hairball
Nintendo Prizes Await the Winner of the Best Knock-Knock Joke Contest

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 16, 2003 – Having rescued the princess for years and mastered his plumbing skills in the Mushroom Kingdom, longtime hero and defender Mario™ announces his latest quest: a search for the funniest knock-knock joke. Mario and his comical brother, Luigi, who co-stars in the new game Mario & Luigi™: Superstar Saga for the Game Boy® Advance, have hired comedienne Kathy Griffin to help them in this mission.

"Everything that Luigi does makes me laugh; I'm surprised we ever complete a level," says Mario. "With Kathy Griffin as our judge, we'll depend on her to keep us in line while she determines a winner."

The contest runs now through Nov. 16; contestants can submit jokes online at www.gameboy.com/marioandluigi. Each week, a finalist will be chosen from the week's entries. On Nov. 17, Griffin will select a grand prize winner from among those finalists.

"I know Nintendo will receive thousands of entries, so I hope Mario and Luigi will help me sort through these," Griffin said. "I'll be a tough knock-knock judge so make entries original, because I won't hesitate to throw those who write bad jokes into knock-knock jail."

Mario chose a knock-knock joke contest because the brothers' back-and-forth patter reflects the kind of slapstick humor that gamers will find in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. For the first time, players control both Mario and Luigi simultaneously in this hilarious, action-filled role-playing game.

"An evil witch steals Princess Peach's voice and replaces it with explosives, of all things," says Mario. "Luigi and I work together to recover her stolen voice. Even bad-boy Bowser helps us – probably so he can kidnap her later."

Players can control Mario and Luigi separately or team them up for superhero-style combination moves. The involved storyline, puzzle-solving challenges and points system common to classic role-playing games combine with the jumping challenges and action battles of more traditional Mario games. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is Rated E for Everyone, and will be released Nov. 17 at an MSRP of $34.99.

The grand prize winner of the knock-knock joke contest will receive a Game Boy® Advance SP, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga game, Nintendo GameCube™ system and more. For official rules and prizes, go to www.gameboy.com/marioandluigi.

The worldwide leader and innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home and portable video game systems. Each year, hundreds of all-new titles for the best-selling Game Boy® Advance and Nintendo GameCube™ systems extend Nintendo's vast game library and continue the tradition of delivering a rich, diverse mix of quality video games for players of all ages. Since the release of its first home video game system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 1.8 billion video games globally, creating enduring industry icons such as Mario™ and Donkey Kong® and launching popular culture franchise phenomena such as Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon®. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere.

For more information about Nintendo, please visit www.nintendo.com.

Nintendo's Early Holiday Spirit Keeps Giving
Posted on October 12, 2003 @ 1:43 PM EDT by: Hairball
Pre-sell Offer and Mall Tour Promote Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 7, 2003 - Nintendo of America Inc.'s aggressive holiday efforts for its Nintendo GameCube™ video game system began with a price decrease to $99.99 and a $100 million marketing campaign. Nintendo now continues with an exciting consumer pre-sell offer and a nationwide mall tour featuring the most anticipated title this holiday season,
Mario Kart®: Double Dash!!™, available Nov. 17.

The $10 million marketing campaign for Mario Kart: Double Dash!! is led by a limited pre-sell offer, giving consumers who reserve a copy of the game at select retailers a free bonus disc at the time of purchase. The extra disc is loaded with playable game samples and sneak-peek movies of upcoming software. Consumers also can test drive the game more than a month before its launch. The Nintendo "who are you?" Tour takes Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and a variety of games to 12 cities across the United States, starting on Oct. 31 in both San Francisco and Boston. Playable demos of Mario Kart: Double Dash!! also will be available at retailers nationwide starting in early November.

"Mario Kart has been one of best-selling franchises in Nintendo's history, selling more than 20 million units worldwide during the last 11 years," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president for marketing and corporate communications. "The latest version, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, arrives just in time for the holiday season and is anticipated to be one of the hottest titles of the year."

The bonus disc includes playable Nintendo GameCube previews of Mario Party® 5, F-Zero® GX, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ by Konami, Star Wars®: Rogue Squadron® III: Rebel Strike™ from LucasArts and Sonic Heroes™ by Sega. The disc also includes movies of 1080°®: Avalanche, Kirby™ Air Ride, Pokémon Colosseum™, Final Fantasy®: Crystal Chronicles™, SpongeBob SquarePants™: The Search for Bikini Bottom from THQ, and Harry Potter™: Quiddtich™ World Cup and NBA Live 2004 from Electronic Arts. In addition, exclusive content for the Game Boy® Advance game Fire Emblem™ will be included.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, at an MSRP of $49.99, sets the benchmark for competitive gameplay with double the arsenal, faster action, gorgeous graphics, bigger battles and frantic competition. Players now can choose two characters per kart and use their special abilities and a slew of items to their strategic advantage. The wide range of options allows players to decide if they prefer the size, robust kart and giant banana peels of Donkey Kong® or the classic fireballs and steady handling of Mario™. No matter the choice, the outcome is pure chaos as eight characters dole out damage in a mad dash to the finish line.

The worldwide leader and innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home and portable video game systems. Each year, hundreds of all-new titles for the best-selling Game Boy® Advance and Nintendo GameCube™ systems extend Nintendo's vast game library and continue the tradition of delivering a rich, diverse mix of quality video games for players of all ages. Since the release of its first home video game system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 1.8 billion video games globally, creating enduring industry icons such as Mario™ and Donkey Kong® and launching popular culture franchise phenomena such as Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon®. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere.

For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company's Web site at www.nintendo.com.

Price Cut Sends Nintendo GameCube Sales Soaring
Posted on October 3, 2003 @ 6:58 PM EDT by: Hairball
REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 2, 2003 – Sales rates of Nintendo's GameCube™ home video console have more than quadrupled since a price reduction to $99.99 last week.

"Clearly, this move is what game players desired, and also what our retail partners wanted," says George Harrison, senior vice president, marketing and corporate communications, Nintendo of America. "We're already receiving requests for additional shipments of Nintendo GameCube systems between now and the holidays."

"The price cut is working great!" stated Dan DeMatteo, president, GameStop Corp. "Our sales of Nintendo GameCube have increased more than fourfold. We are currently increasing our shipment requests for the system throughout the holidays."

The new $99.99 MSRP for Nintendo GameCube is an aggressive move as Nintendo heads into the holiday season. More than 100 new titles will be available before the end of the year, including the season's most-anticipated title, Mario Kart®: Double Dash!!™

In addition, Nintendo has just announced a massive marketing campaign fronted by a new tag line, "who are you?" More than $50 million will be invested in launching the "who are you?" campaign, part of a total marketing push of $100 million through the end of the year.