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Pokemon Trades Span the Globe

Pokemon Trading Heats Up, Spreads Worldwide with Global Trade Station
REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- They invaded. They evolved. And now
they'll be traded -- across oceans, and without regard for national borders or
native tongue.

Nintendo today announces the Pokemon(R) GTS (Global Trade Station) Web site
goes online worldwide Sept. 15 and will be a great resource for Pokemon fans
interested in learning more about trading their favorite characters.

The Global Trade Station already allows the trade of millions of Pokemon
between trainers worldwide. Pokemon(R) Diamond and Pokemon(R) Pearl are the
fastest-selling games in the history of the series, with worldwide sales in
excess of 10 million games. Players use their Nintendo DS(TM) portable game
systems to link wirelessly to Nintendo(R) Wi-Fi Connection, allowing them to
scan which Pokemon are available from different nations and offer to trade with
other players.

The new Pokemon Global Trade Station Web site, http://www.pokemon-gts.net, can
be reached via any Internet-connected computer. The site will let users see
which Pokemon are the most popular to trade, provide statistics about the
number of trades completed and allow them to bookmark their favorite Pokemon.
The site will operate in seven different languages and inform users about the
nation they're "visiting" electronically. Visitors can even listen to audio
files to learn how to say "hello" and "thank you" in select countries
languages. "Pokemon is now truly global in nature," says George Harrison,
Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate
communications. "A Pokemon Trainer from Chicago can be traveling in Sydney and
trade one of their Pokemon with another owner in Helsinki."

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.
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

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 420 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

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