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Nintendo DS Looks to the Future

Nintendo DS Looks to the Future


Wednesday - January 05, 2005
From the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this morning, George Harrison (Nintendo of America's senior VP of marketing and communications) announced to the world that, "Publishers and game players have only just begun to tap the potential of Nintendo DS." He went on to announce that new games planned for the first quarter of 2005 will expand the current community of 1.3 million new North American DS owners "by demonstrating that there's more to hand-held video games than pretty pictures". Check the press release for the list of said games, along with some exciting GBA and Gamecube titles expected to be released this year.

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Nintendo Press Release

Nintendo DS Looks to the Future After a Powerful Holiday Season

Millions of Owners Will Enjoy Wild New Games

LAS VEGAS--Jan. 5, 2005--The video game industry closed 2004 with
a rush to portable game systems, and especially a rush to Nintendo
DS(TM). The new year starts much the same way, with the 1.3 million
new Nintendo DS owners in North America experiencing games and
interacting with one another in ways never before possible. From the
Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nintendo announces that new
games planned for the first quarter of 2005 will expand this community
even more by demonstrating that there's more to hand-held video games
than pretty pictures.

"Publishers and game players have only just begun to tap the
potential of Nintendo DS," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's
senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "2005
will continue the excitement we've experienced in 2004."

The trend in consumer electronics is for music players, telephones
and all manner of organizers to become portable, and video games are
no exception. The future of video games will be characterized by
innovation - by which games and systems can give players the best
adventures and the newest ways to play. The dual-screened Nintendo DS
defines this trend with a touch screen, wireless communication and
voice recognition.

Nintendo DS represents a third, distinct product line for
Nintendo, and it's the cornerstone of Nintendo's approach to the
future.

Publishers have more than 120 games planned for Nintendo DS. Key
titles due in 2005 include Need for Speed Underground(TM) 2 from
Electronic Arts, WarioWare(TM): Touched!, Pokemon(R) Dash and Yoshi
Touch & Go(TM) from Nintendo and Retro Atari Classics(TM) from Atari.
Thanks to backward compatibility with Game Boy(R) Advance SP titles,
Nintendo DS already boasts a library of more than 500 games.

But Nintendo DS is just one element of Nintendo's strong holiday
season. 2005 will herald new games for Game Boy Advance SP and
Nintendo GameCube(TM).

Game Boy Advance continued its dominance by selling more than 8
million units in North America in 2004, making it the year's
best-selling video game system. Key upcoming titles include
WarioWare(TM): Twisted!, The Legend of Zelda(R): The Minish Cap, Mario
Party(R) Advance, Fire Emblem(TM): The Sacred Stones and Pokemon(R)
Emerald from Nintendo, Ace Combat Advance(TM) and Klonoa(R) 2 from
Namco and Banjo Pilot(TM) from THQ(R). More than 125 games are
expected this year for Game Boy Advance SP.

Nintendo GameCube heads into 2005 with strong momentum after solid
sales during the holidays. In the coming months, the graphical powers
of Nintendo GameCube will shine again as Star Fox(R): Assault,
Geist(TM), Donkey Konga(TM) 2 and Donkey Kong(R) Jungle Beat from
Nintendo join top titles like Resident Evil(R) 4 and Killer 7(TM) from
Capcom, NBA Street V3 from Electronic Arts, Tom Clancy's Splinter
Cell(R) Chaos Theory from Ubisoft and Mortal Kombat(R): Deception(TM)
from Midway. And a new adventure for The Legend of Zelda(R) series
remains in development. More than 60 games are expected this year for
Nintendo GameCube.

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(R) Advance SP, Nintendo DS(TM) and Nintendo
GameCube(TM) 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 1.9 billion video
games and more than 336 million hardware units globally, creating
enduring industry icons such as Mario(TM) and Donkey Kong(R) and
launching popular culture franchise phenomena such as Metroid(R),
Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). 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, visit the company's Web site
at www.nintendo.com.

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