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Sudoku Craze Goes High-Tech With Sudoku Gridmaster for Nintendo DS

REDMOND, Wash., June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- During the busy summer travel season, it's a rite of passage for travelers young and old to stock up on games and puzzles for entertainment during long flights and car trips. Nintendo is declaring summer 2006 the "summer of sudoku."

Sudoku Gridmaster(TM) launches June 26 exclusively for Nintendo DS(TM), letting vacationers take more than 400 sudoku puzzles on the go and save their progress at any stage. The compact Nintendo DS fits into bags, whether it's being carried onto planes or toted to the beach. For those who like to travel light, the new, lighter, brighter Nintendo DS Lite makes all your portable
games look better than ever.
"The Nintendo DS touch-screen controls make it easy for players to write, change and save their answers," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "Sudoku Gridmaster is one of the many ways Nintendo is getting new audiences involved in video games."
Sudoku Gridmaster contains four levels of difficulty, giving sudoku novices and experts alike a variety of challenging puzzles. Players use logic to fill a grid with numbers. It sounds simple, but its addictive nature has helped to make sudoku one of the most popular puzzle games in the world. Sudoku Gridmaster also adds some features to enhance the experience in ways not possible when doing the puzzle on paper. With a touch, players can highlight an entire row or column. Or they can highlight all instances of numbers at once. And of course, a grid can be saved for hours or days before the player plays again.
Sudoku Gridmaster is one of the first titles in Nintendo's new Touch Generations brand, which highlights titles with appeal beyond core gamers. The distinctive Touch Generations logo helps gaming newcomers identify which titles might be the most fun for them. For more information about Sudoku Gridmaster and all the Touch Generations titles, visit
www.TouchGenerations.com.

The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo GameCube(TM) systems, and upcoming Wii(TM) console. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.2 billion video games and more than 375 million hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(R), 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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