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Wii-kly Update: Photo Feature, Gifting Abilities and Three Classic Games Added to Wii Shop Channel

Get ready to celebrate the arrival of a bunch of fun new features on the Wii™
Shop Channel. This week marks the debut of the first Pokémon® game for the
Virtual Console: Pokémon Snap™, which originally was a hit on Nintendo® 64.
This Pokémon photographic adventure comes with a special Wii bonus: It now
includes a special feature that allows players to post pictures they take in
the game to their Wii Message Board and send them to friends with whom
they’ve traded Friends Codes.And let’s not ignore the other sure-to-please
titles: Ghosts’n Goblins and BASEBALL STARS 2. These three new classic games
go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time. But wait – there’s more!Later in the day on
Monday, Nintendo will make your holiday shopping just a little bit easier. If
some people on your gift list have visions of classic video games dancing in
their heads, you’re in luck. Starting this week, Wii Shop Channel patrons can
use a new Gifting feature to send games to other Wii owners with whom they’ve
traded Friend Codes. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to give your fellow
Nintendo buffs the gift of a classic game—no wrapping paper required. And
don’t worry about duplication. If your friend already has the game you’re
trying to give, you’ll get a simple message and be bumped back into the
catalog to continue shopping.Nintendo adds new games to the Wii Shop Channel
every Monday. Wii™ owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem
Wii Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii
Shop Channel or at retail outlets.

This week’s new games are:

Pokémon Snap (Nintendo 64, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points):
As one of the most unique games in a renowned series, Pokémon Snap was the
first truly 3-D Pokémon game and introduced the phenomenon to the Nintendo 64.
Travel to Pokémon Island and meet Professor Oak to begin a safari, taking the
best possible photographs of 63 different Pokémon as they exist in the wild,
undisturbed by humans. This is not as easy as it sounds—the island has many
types of climates and environments to explore, along with secret activities and
hidden passages to discover. Plus, some of the Pokémon can be a little shy and
won’t pose for the camera unless you tease them with special items. After
you’re done, submit one picture of each Pokémon to Professor Oak, and
he’ll judge it based on size, pose, technique and number of Pokémon
captured.

Ghosts’n Goblins (NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone—Mild Animated
Violence, 500 Wii Points): Ghosts’n Goblins was a popular arcade game before
it made the leap to the NES in 1986. Like later games in the series, Ghosts’n
Goblins presents quite a challenge to players brave enough to take on the role
of Arthur and delve into the realm of demons and monsters to rescue the
kidnapped princess. Choose your weapons wisely and take advantage of their
strengths to deal with the situation at hand. Pass through the six gates that
stand between you and Astaroth, and teach him a lesson in chivalry he’ll
never forget. Demonstrating a high level of technical prowess for a game of its
era, Ghosts’n Goblins presents a unique and unforgettable universe. The stage
for adventure is set. Are you up to the test?

BASEBALL STARS 2 (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 900 Wii Points):
Lace up your cleats and step onto the diamond with the pros of BASEBALL STARS
2. You’ll find everything you’d expect in a classic game of baseball, but
with an arcade feel and intense action that distinguish it from the pack. Pick
one of six unique teams from cities around the world, then get ready for nine
innings of excitement, whether you’re taking on the computer in a 15-game
tournament or squaring off against a friend. There are two modes of game play,
so even the most inexperienced player can compete at the major-league level
(with a little computer-aided fielding). Watch as the game develops through
split-screen views and close-up shots worthy of any highlight film, and see if
you can catch the numerous over-the-top animations of the large and detailed
player models. Think you have what it takes to win the pennant?

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