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Nintendo Invites Everyone to Spend Some Time With Deep New Zelda Game

Nintendo Invites Everyone to Spend Some Time With Deep New Zelda Game
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Marks Series' Debut on Nintendo DS
REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's launch of The Legend of
Zelda(R): Phantom Hourglass for Nintendo DS(TM) marks the arrival of perhaps
the deepest, richest story ever to appear on a hand-held video game system. The
game requires players to fill up the Phantom Hourglass with sand and give
themselves enough time to delve deeper and deeper into the ultimate dungeon. It
has received critical praise both in the United States and in Japan, where it
launched in late June.

"The storyline for The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass represents a new
pinnacle for hand-held video games," says George Harrison, Nintendo of
America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "The
touch-screen controls make it easy for newcomers but fresh and engaging for
Zelda fans."

Veteran gamers should be able to pick it up and start playing instantly. "The
game is a pure testament to both the power and innovative aspects of DS,
delivering an overall product that will blow gamers away visually,
stylistically and cinematically," says Mark Bozon of IGN.com, who rated the
game 9 out of 10, including a perfect 10 rating for its "stunning" graphics. A
notoriously critical Japanese publication also gave The Legend of Zelda:
Phantom Hourglass a near-perfect score: Four judges rated it a perfect 10,
while one gave it a 9. But what about people who haven't played a Zelda game
since the original on the Nintendo Entertainment System(R) in 1987? No worries.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass has players navigate through the game
using only the touch screen. Sliding the stylus swings hero Link's sword, while
tapping other characters starts conversations or battles. Players can even
write notes on their maps to remind them of places they should revisit once
they gain more items and experience.

If two players want to spend a little time together with The Legend of Zelda:
Phantom Hourglass, they have two options. If they're in the same room, they can
play over a local wireless connection. If they're far apart, they can use their
Internet connection to log onto Nintendo(R) Wi-Fi Connection and battle in the
two-player mode, which lets one player control Link while the other player
controls the enemies who are after him.

As a special bonus for Nintendo's rewards club, My Nintendo members who
register the game and their Nintendo DS hardware at MyNintendo.com and fill out
a short survey will receive a special Nintendo DS stylus that looks like an
old-fashioned quill pen (subject to availability). The epic adventure is rated
E for Everyone.

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 http://www.nintendo.com.

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