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Wii Hits Yet Another Major Milestone: 100th Classic Game Added to Virtual Console

Gamers Worldwide Already Have Downloaded More Than 4.7 Million Retro Games,
at a Rate of 1,000 an Hour

REDMOND, Wash., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Nintendo is giving video game fans a way
to access their favorite classic games, all without leaving the comfort of
their homes. And gamers have responded en masse as the library of downloadable
game classics continues to grow. The upcoming addition of Zelda II(TM) -- The
Adventure of Link(R) on June 4 marks the 100th classic game available on the
Wii Shop Channel. And since going online Nov. 19, owners of Nintendo's hot
Wii(TM) video game system have downloaded more than 4.7 million classic games
from Wii's Virtual Console, a rate of more than 1,000 games every hour since
launch. The top five classic game downloads globally to date, and their
original system are:
1) Super Mario Bros.(R) (NES(R))
2) Super Mario 64(R) (N64(R))
3) Mario Kart 64(TM) (N64(R))
4) Super Mario World(R) (SNES(R))
5) The Legend of Zelda(R) (NES(R))

Wii lets players visit the Wii Shop Channel to redeem Wii Points(TM) to
download classic video games from the original Nintendo Entertainment
System(R), the Super NES(R) and the Nintendo(R) 64, and the Sega Genesis and
TurboGrafx16 consoles. These games are nostalgic totems to veteran gamers, and
simultaneously, new, easy-to-play entries for younger players. These games
demonstrate Nintendo's staying power across generations by letting veteran
gamers relive their glory days while their children play them for the first
time. The addition of Zelda II -- The Adventure of Link brings a fourth Legend
of Zelda(R) game to the Wii Shop Channel from three classic Nintendo platforms,
providing exciting adventures that span the decades. Additional classic games
are added to the Wii Shop Channel every Monday.

"With an Internet connection rate reaching 40 percent, Wii owners have more
options than ever to find the kinds of games they love to play," says George
Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and
corporate communications. "Beyond the Wii Shop Channel, all types of people are
getting connected and checking out the information and entertainment options
available on the Wii Menu. Whether voting, creating a Mii or just checking the
weather, everyone has a favorite channel."

The Wii Shop Channel is one of the many entertainment and informational
channels that are available via the Wii system. Others include the Forecast
Channel, the News Channel, the Mii Channel, the Everybody Votes Channel, the
Photo Channel and the Internet Channel. Each of these broadens the appeal of
Wii to new audiences and draws in consumers who might not otherwise be
interested in a video game system.

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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