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Nintendo Enters a World of Riddles With Professor Layton and the Curious Village

Unravel Mystery, Secrets and Brainteasers in a New Nintendo DS Treasure Hunt


REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Move over, Sherlock Holmes! There's a
new Brit in town. The Feb. 10 launch of Professor Layton and the Curious
Village(TM) brings a world of riddles, secrets and brainteasers to the portable
Nintendo DS(TM). The puzzle-filled game provides hours ofmind-bending game
play, thick story plots, funny, eccentric characters and a double
murder-mystery.

In the curious village of St. Mystere, a wealthy baron passes away. His will
reveals that a treasure is hidden someplace inside the village. Unable to
locate the treasure, the baron's family calls upon renowned archaeologist and
puzzle expert Professor Layton for help. Upon his arrival, the search for the
treasure is interrupted by the suspicious death of another member of the
family. Now with two mysteries on his hands, Professor Layton must work his way
through the village's many challenges to get to the truth.

"Professor Layton and the Curious Village combines a mix of clever storyline
and brainy twists," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice
president of sales & marketing. "Like the Brain Age titles before it, this new
puzzle genre requires players to use their minds as much as their thumbs. The
strong story, charming hand-drawn animation and fully voiced movies appeal to
hard-core gamers and casual gamers alike."

Players will tackle brain twisters ranging from mazes and riddles to logic and
sliding puzzles as Professor Layton progresses through an engaging 19th century
anime-styled mystery. Touch-screen controls make working through the game a
snap for players of all skill levels. What's more, for a limited time new
puzzles will be available weekly for download via Nintendo(R) Wi-Fi Connection
for extended replay value. The Professor Layton series is already a smash hit
in Japan, where each succeeding game outsold the one before it. For more
information about the U.S. game, visit http://www.ProfessorLaytonDS.com.

About Nintendo: 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 2.5 billion
video games and more than 430 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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