YOU'RE HIRED! 48 NINTENDO FANS WIN THE ULTIMATE SUMMER JOB
Troy McClain of The Apprentice Offers Street-Smart Tips as Teams Battle for a $40,000 Team Bonus
REDMOND, Wash., July 8, 2004 ? Forty-eight Nintendo fans heard the sweetest news today: You're hired! Chosen from hundreds who auditioned for coveted roles on the Nintendo Street Team, these lucky winners will get paid to play the newest games for Nintendo GameCube? and Game Boy? Advance SP at music festivals, fairs and sporting events all summer.
Six teams of eight from Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles and Seattle make up the Nintendo Street Team. And, as if getting paid $100 a day for a three-day workweek is not enough, the teams will compete for a $40,000 team bonus. To prepare for their rigorous summer of video game play, the new Nintendo Street Teams are training today at Nintendo boot camps in their respective cities.
In Los Angeles, Troy McClain, the street-smart star who appeared on The Apprentice, will coach one team from his own California-style "Board Room" on the beach.
"The Nintendo Street Team is definitely the Ultimate Summer Job," says McClain. "No boardrooms, no CEOs, no firings. What could be better than a job where you get paid to play Nintendo video games plus get a shot at winning a $40,000 team bonus?"
In addition to giving consumers a taste of Nintendo's upcoming games, each week the six teams will be assigned a challenge, such as performing a live karaoke stunt or visiting a local children's charity. The teams that best complete that challenge will receive points, and the team with the most points at the end of the summer will win a team bonus of $40,000, to be divided among the eight members.
Fans who register with My Nintendo at Nintendo.com can also vote each week for the team that they think performed the Team Challenge the best. Online voting will help contribute to a team's weekly score. One voter will be chosen at random at the end of the program to become an honorary Nintendo Street Team member by winning his or her own "summer bonus" of $5,000.
The names, hometowns and bios of the 48 Ultimate Summer Job contest winners can be found at www.nintendostreetteam.com. This week, Nintendo will post the 90-second video clips that helped each member secure a spot on the Nintendo Street Team. Winners were chosen based on their enthusiasm for Nintendo as well as their people skills. Members of the public can follow the teams' activities throughout the summer online. Visitors can view a calendar of events to find out when the Street Teams might be visiting a spot near them, keep track of Team Challenge results, read members' diaries and view photos of them in action.
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 1.9 billion video games and more than 170 million hardware units globally, creating enduring industry icons such as Mario? and Donkey Kong? and launching popular culture franchise phenomena such as Metroid?, Zelda? and Pok?mon?. 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.