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Online Gaming Storms Onto Wii With Pokemon Battle Revolution

Epic Franchise Reaches Several Firsts

REDMOND, Wash., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's launch of Pokemon(R) Battle
Revolution heralds a number of firsts for Nintendo's hot-selling Wii(TM) video
game system. Pokemon Battle Revolution is:
-- The first online Wii game in the Americas.
-- The first Pokemon game for Wii.
-- The first Wii game to wirelessly link to Nintendo DS(TM).
-- The first Wii game that lets players use their Nintendo DS as a
controller. (
Pokemon Battle Revolution is set to become a groundbreaking smash hit this
summer. In battles using Nintendo(R) Wi-Fi Connection, Nintendo's wireless
gaming service, players can use their Wii Remote(TM) to compete with friends
after exchanging friend codes, or against players of comparable skill. The game
automatically searches for other players who are online. The sights and sounds
of the game bring the action to life as well: The beautiful graphics show each
move in full detail, while the action is narrated by the same announcer from
the Pokemon TV show.
The game contains a number of battle modes for different kinds of play. In
Colosseum Battle Mode, players have 10 different Colosseums in which to stage
their epic challenges. In Nintendo DS Battle Mode, players battle Pokemon that
they have raised in their Nintendo DS Pokemon(R) Diamond and Pokemon(R) Pearl
games. Up to four players can use their Nintendo DS systems as a wireless
controller, which uses the same battle interface found in the DS games.
"Already more than 2 million copies of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl have
sold in the United States alone," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's
senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "The arrival
of Pokemon Battle Revolution brings those players a whole new set of challenges
and, for the first time on Wii, online battles."
Online setup is extremely easy, even for novices. With a few clicks, players
are instantly connected, whether they're using a Wii Remote or a Nintendo DS as
a controller. Trainers are fully customizable. Players can select one of
three female or three male Trainers and outfit them with clothing, hats and
glasses after earning points during competition. Players can even create
personalizedin-game text for their Trainers to use when they win or lose a
Pokemon Battle Revolution, rated E for Everyone, launches June 25. For more
information about the game, visit http://www.pokemon-games.com. The Official
Nintendo Pokemon Battle Revolution Player's Guide is now available at retail.
Pokemon USA, Inc., a subsidiary of The Pokemon Company in Japan, manages the
property outside of Asia which includes licensing, marketing, the Pokemon
Trading Card Game, an animated TV series, home entertainment, the official
Pokemon Web site and an online retail center http://www.pokemoncenter.com. Just
coming off its 10th worldwide anniversary in 2006, Pokemon was launched in
Japan in 1996 for play on Nintendo's Game Boy(R) and has since evolved into a
global cultural phenomenon. Pokemon was introduced in North America in
September 1998 and today is one of the most popular toy and entertainment
properties in the world. For more information, visit http://www.pokemon.com.
The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo
Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for
its Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo GameCube(TM)
systems. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.4 billion video games and more
than 409 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 http://www.Nintendo.com.

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