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James Patterson Women’s Murder Club – Games of Passion (a J!-ENT Video Game Review)

June 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The fourth video game in the “James Patterson Women’s Murder Club” video game series makes its debut on the Nintendo DS but unfortunately developers made this game too easy for its own good.  While dedicated fans will probably play the game to follow the members of the “Women’s Murder Club”, those expecting gameplay and  hidden object/puzzle challenges similar to its PC counterpart will be disappointed.

VIDEO GAME TITLE: James Patterson Women’s Murder Club – Games of Passion

YEAR OF INITIAL RELEASE: 2009

VIDEO GAME GENRE: Hidden Objects/Puzzles

PUBLISHER: THQ

MEDIA: Nintendo DS

MEDIUM REQUIREMENTS: Nintendo DS, DSi, DSiXL

RATINGS: T for Teen

RELEASE DATE: September 22, 2009

VIDEO GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

A string of murders, seemingly unrelated, unfold before Lindsay and the gang. Beautiful women go missing and turn up dead around every corner leading to an exciting climax involving the least likely of suspects.Play as Lindsay, Claire and Cindy in this thrilling adventure to solve the mystery and catch the killers.

  • Become a Part of the Women’s Murder Club – Become Lindsay, Cindy or Claire utilizing each of their respective skills throughout the gripping mystery
  • Immersive Gameplay – Just like the wildly popular novel series, engross yourself in short bursts of immersive story driven action, utilizing new locations and investigative skills
  • Hidden Objects Everywhere – Solving this mystery can only be done by carefully examining each location and finding the hidden objects
  • Interrogate Witnesses and Suspects – Uncover their secrets and find the killer. Get to the bottom of the story. Determine what your strategy is in order to obtain a confession
  • Nail-Biting Mini-Games – Analyze evidence, interrogate suspects and use deductive reasoning skills to put the facts together and reveal the identity of the killer
  • DSI Feature – Create your own WMC mystery utilizing the DSI camera feature. Determine suspects, evidence and ultimately solve this new case on your own

With three video games from the “James Patterson Women’s Murder Club” having been released on PC and as there is continuing demand for more casual games, specifically hidden objects games for the portable consoles, THQ released “James Patterson Women’s Murder Club – Games of Passion”  for the Nintendo DS.

So, what is “Women’s Murder Club”?

In 2002, James Patterson released his first “Women’s Murder Club” novel “1st to Die” and since then created a total of eleven novels as of 2012. The novels feature homicide cases and four women who have a group known as “Women’s Murder Club” who work together to solve each murder mystery.

The main protagonist is Inspector Lindsay Boxer who investigates various homicide cases and is aided by her friends Deputy District Attorney Jill Bernhardt (who tries to keep Lindsay within the law and issues the search warrants), Dr. Claire Washburn (who works in the forensics lab) and Cindy Thomas, a journalist at the San Francisco Bee.  Note:  It’s important to note that for “Games of Passion”, Deputy District Attorney Jill Bernhardt is no longer featured and has been replaced by Yuki Castellano.

In 2007, a ten episode drama series based on the characters aired on ABC and with the popularity of the novels and drama series, hidden objects games were released on the PC/Mac and the Nintendo DS.

For the PC and Mac, a trio of hidden objects games were released: “Death in Scarlet” (2008), “Darker Shade of Grey” (2009) and “Twice in the Blue Moon” (2009) and each were collected in a triple pack titled “James Patterson Women’s Murder Club Collection” in 2010.

While each game revolves around homicide cases, the fourth game “Games of Passion” has similarities to the first game “Death in Scarlet” and features more activity from Inspector Warren Jacobi and also Inspector Lindsay Boxer has a new partner named Ryan Silver.

“Games of Passion” begins near the Golden Gate Bridge where a woman can be seen falling over a boat, screaming.

Early in the morning, Inspector Lindsay Boxer receives a call about a homicide and Chinese letters etched on her.   As Lindsay tries to look into the murder of the woman, a man drinking some coffee at the park is mysteriously murdered.  Another homicide has taken place and Lindsay is once again checks out the second homicide.

More homicides are taking place around the city and now Lindsay with the help of her friends at the Women’s Murder Club must work together and find out who is responsible before another homicide happens in the city!

GAMEPLAY

“James Patterson Women’s Murder Club – Games of Passion” is a hidden objects and puzzle game specifically made for the Nintendo DS.  Hidden objects games are best played on the Nintendo DSI XL due to its bigger screen but for those with any version of the DS, the game is played by holding it by the side (like a book).  Using your stylus, you are given a list of hidden objects to find and you click on the hidden objects.

There are puzzles involved which involve turning objects or sliding objects to form an image or other types of puzzles that are much different than its PC counterpart.  If anything, developers did a good job of trying to make the hidden objects visible for the DS/DSi/DSi XL and using the DS windows/touch pad much more convenient to find hidden objects and partake in puzzles.

In fact, I will say that aside from one puzzle in the game, “James Patterson Women’s Murder Club – Games of Passion” is too easy and is recommended primarily for those who are new to hidden object games (HoG).  If I rate the hidden objects game from 1 being the easiest, 3 as average and 5 as difficult, this game would be a 2 or maybe a 1.5.  I was finding objects way too easy and this is a common theme with “Women’s Murder Club” games but this one was too easy.  The puzzles were not difficult at all and for Dr. Claire Washburn, the whole bottle organization to isolating the blood has been replaced by these color-based objects that is just too easy that I was surprised.  Washburn puzzles tend to be my pet peeve because they are either too redundant or too challenging, but now…it’s too easy.

There is no penalty for overclicking and there are hints, but you are limited to three per chapter.  There is no solve button for the puzzles.

As for the puzzles, there is no doubt that THQ was going for a younger demographic.  Because of its easy difficulty but this is the first “Women’s Murder Club” where journalist Cindy Thomas does not have much to do.  In previous games, she would get her information by visiting bars and playing a wordplay game.  Not for this game…  Cindy does have one hidden objects scene but if anything, “Games of Passion” is heavily focused on Lindsay Boxer.

There was one game which involves a sliding puzzle that probably took me about 30 minutes, but other than that… I was blazing through the hidden objects games and puzzles quite easily and I finished the game probably in less than three hours.

GRAPHICS:

The graphics for “Games of Passion” is quite interesting because these characters never look the same in each game.  I would say that the first two games on the PC were more cartoon/comic book-style in presentation but “Games of Passion” is painted during the cut scenes.  And unlike the conversation cut scenes, this time you read the dialogue and they are interactive (as the members try to retrace Lindsay’s case in order to get more clues or developers wanted to rehash what you have found earlier in the chapter for added gameplay).

But graphics are good but I will say that I liked how they designed Cindy Thomas for this game, while I prefer Lindsay and Claire’s character designs from the third game, “Twice in a Blue Moon” much more.

AUDIO:

The music for “Games of Passion” has a similar style to previous games but like most hidden object games, the music is forgettable as you are more focused on solving the cases than listening to the music.

REPLAY VALUE:

There isn’t much of a replay value unless you want to replay the mahjong game or do a “Create your mystery” using the DSi or DSi XL camera.  You must take pictures using the camera on your DSi/DSi XL first and then you can create your own WMC mystery game.

While I do enjoy the “James Patterson Women’s Murder Club” games for its storyline and its characters, I’ve noticed that hidden objects games for the Nintendo DS tend to be dumbed down a bit.  May it be that developers want to cater to beginners to hidden object games but developers should have considered an easy or hard mode (like some games have for the PC/Mac versions of a HoG game) and put a little more time into it.

With the release of “James Patterson Women’s Murder Club – Twice in a Blue Moon”, the developers did a fantastic job with the hidden objects and puzzles and made an awesome game!  With this fourth game, granted it was made for the Nintendo DS but gameplay was too easy for its own good.  People want to get their money’s worth and I surely would have been upset if I paid over $20 for this game for three hours of easy gameplay.

Fortunately, you can find this game online for a cheap price and for me, it was a must play game because I figured, I played the first three games on PC, might as well play the fourth game and see where the adventures of the Women’s Murder Club goes with this latest game.

So, while the gameplay was too easy, as for the storyline, it was good but there were a lot of things that made me question the storyline.  For one, what happened to Jill Bernhardt?  Is the new character Yuki a Deputy District Attorney?  Why is Ryan Silver a partner of Lindsay Boxer, this character is lazy and is always out eating while Lindsay is doing all the work.

Also, most WMC games tend to emphasize the ability to play Lindsay, Cindy and Claire but they really shortened any games or puzzles that featured Cindy or Claire.

In the end, I’m not going to complain too much about this game since I bought it online for under $6 but if I paid over $15-$20, I would be disappointed because it was too easy and as for the ending, talk about a game that was too simplified and not a great way to end it.  And almost reminded me how I felt about the first WMC game and its ending.

For “James Patterson Women’s Murder Club – Games of Passion”, I give it a RATING: C-

America’s Favorite Crab Crustaceans are Headed to Nintendo DS™ with GameMill Entertainment’s Xia-Xia™ the Game Launching March 2012

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Explore Nautical Worlds, Find Kooky Friends, Collect, Mix and Match Interchangeable Shells and More with Your Favorite Xia-Xia™ Hermit Crab Characters!

Minneapolis, MN- January 25, 2012- GameMill Entertainment, an independent publisher of entertaining mass-market video games, today announced plans to bring the loveable Xia-Xia™ hermit crab characters to the Nintendo DS™ hand-held system as a delightful and fun adventure game. Xia-Xia™ the game comes out of its shell this March at retailers nationwide.

From sandy beaches to deep blue seas, explore it all with fun and silly hermit crab characters in Xia-Xia the game. Set out on dozens of missions to find shells with your favorite Xia-Xia friends, Bimini, Turks, Trinidad and Tobago.  Along the way meet kooky friends and unlock loads of secret rewards in five unique worlds across 25 levels!  Keep your eyes open, you must discover the hidden star fish in each world to move on to other adventures.  With more than 30 collectible shells to uncover and over 60 missing friends to seek out, Xia-Xia the game provides hours of fun for all ages!

Developed by Black Lantern Studios, the Xia-Xia game for Nintendo DS is rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB.  For additional information about GameMill’s line of products, please visit: www.game-mill.com.

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About GameMill Entertainment

GameMill Entertainment, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota is a third-party publisher of various Children’s and Casual games.  Development platforms include PC, Nintendo handhelds and consoles including Nintendo DS™ and Wii™, Microsoft consoles including Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and Kinect™ for Xbox 360®, and Sony handhelds and consoles including PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.  With development across the globe, GameMill is a source of entertaining and fun games for all ages. For more information, please visit: www.game-mill.com.

About Cepia LLC

Headquartered in St Louis, Mo., Cepia LLC is a privately held company that manufactures toys and games for children of all ages. The company was founded on the premise that sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Ingenuity, creativity, playfulness and passion are the heart of Cepia and everything it creates. Cepia’s toy building enterprises include: Glo-E™, ZhuZhu Pets®, Kung Zhu™, ZhuZhu Princess™, ZhuZhu Babies™, ZhuZhu Puppies™ and their newest ventures DaGeDar™ and Xia-Xia™. ZhuZhu Pets® has received top honor Toy of the Year recognition in seven countries, including 2010 “Toy of the Year,” “Most Innovative Toy” and “Best Girls Toy” at the 2010 TOTY Awards in the U.S.  All toys from Cepia LLC are sold globally through national chain retail outlets and independent toy stores. For more information, please visit www.cepiallc.com, www.zhuniverse.com, www.dagedar.com and www.xia-xiapets.com.

DaGeDar Races its way to Nintendo DS with GameMill Entertainment this Holiday Season

October 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Enter the Raceway of Velocity and Ferocity! Trade, Collect, Race, Compete, Share your Favorite DaGeDar and More!


Minneapolis, MN- October 5, 2011- Enter the raceway of speed and skill in the soon-to-release DaGeDar™ game for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems from GameMill Entertainment, an independent publisher of entertaining mass-market video games.  The competitive racing video game based on the popular DaGeDar™ brand of racing balls will make its debut in retail stores this Holiday.

Battle it out with your friends or race evil spirits alone; DaGeDar’s virtual raceway will keep you playing for hours. With more than 30 fast and furious raceways, you’ll be looping, dropping, climbing, and banking your way to the end with fury, but watch out for the blocks and gaps in the raceway!  Featuring 100 collectable balls and special, limited edition characters, you’ll have a blast collecting and trading your favorite DaGeDar items.  Whether playing alone or sharing with a friend using the game’s single card download option, the action-packed world of DaGeDar will keep you hungry for more racing, collecting and conquering of evil spirits in a unique 33rd dimension world.

Additional DaGeDar game features:

Collectables: Unlock and collect up to 100 DaGeDar racing balls, for collectable and trading fun! Special limited edition, cool characters available too!
Unique Race Abilities: Each ball carries abilities of Acceleration, Top Speed, Defense and Attack modes.
Rewards: Earn DeGaDar points at the end of every race for special rewards and bonuses!
Click here and check out the new line of DaGeDar racing balls.

Developed by Black Lantern Studios, DaGeDar for Nintendo DS is rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB.  Additional pricing and launch date details will be released soon.  For additional information about GameMill’s line of products, please visit: www.game-mill.com.

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About GameMill Entertainment

GameMill Entertainment, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota is a third-party publisher of various Children’s and Casual games for the PC, Nintendo DS, and Wii from Nintendo, as well as other platforms. With development across the globe, GameMill is a source of entertaining and fun games for all ages. For more information, please visit:  www.game-mill.com.

About Cepia LLC

Headquartered in St Louis, Mo., Cepia LLC is a privately held company that manufactures toys and games for children of all ages. The company was founded on the premise that sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Ingenuity, creativity, playfulness and passion are the heart of Cepia and everything it creates. Cepia’s toy building enterprises include: Glo-E™, ZhuZhu Pets®, Kung Zhu™, ZhuZhu Princess™, ZhuZhu Babies™, ZhuZhu Puppies™ and their newest ventures DaGeDar™ and Xia-Xia™. ZhuZhu Pets® has received top honor Toy of the Year recognition in seven countries, including 2010 “Toy of the Year,” “Most Innovative Toy” and “Best Girls Toy” at the 2010 TOTY Awards in the U.S.  All toys from Cepia LLC are sold globally through national chain retail outlets and independent toy stores. For more information, please visit www.cepiallc.com, www.zhuniverse.com, www.dagedar.com and www.xia-xiapets.com.

GameMill Entertainment to Bring Moxie Girlz™ to Nintendo DS™ this Holiday

September 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Take Fun Quizzes, Share Secrets with Journal and Diary Modes, Dress Up and Bond with Your Favorite Moxie Girlz™ and More

Minneapolis, MN- September 26, 2011- Create. Dream. Imagine. Play! GameMill Entertainment, an independent publisher of entertaining mass-market video games, announced today its plans to release Moxie Girlz™ for Nintendo DS™, a fun-filled imagination video game based on the popular Moxie Girlz™ brand of fashion dolls. With positive messages like “never give up on your dreams” and “be true to yourself,” Moxie Girlz offers fun and inspirational messages for all young girls. Moxie Girlz for Nintendo DS is set to hit store shelves this Holiday.

Moxie Girlz for Nintendo DS provides hours of fun with thousands of art options and creations awaiting your personal touch!  Customize your Moxie Girlz character and express your creativity in Fashion Play mode with dozens of hair styles, accessories and more. Share your deepest secrets and get lost in Journal and Diary Modes, or have fun with friends as you take the Moxie Girlz quizzes to find out which of the Moxie Girlz you and your friends resemble the most.  Whether playing alone or with others, Moxie Girlz provides an interactive and encouraging environment where young girls can be whatever they want to be. Be true! Be you!

Additional Moxie Girlz video game features:

Customization: Pick which Moxie Girlz character you want to be or upload pictures of yourself.
Variety of Modes: Art Play, Fashion Play, Games and more!
Personality Quizzes: Discover the Moxie Girlz character that resembles you!
Picture Fun: Use DSi functionality for picture taking and puzzle games – mix and match!
Positive Message: All modes and gameplay focus on the positive Moxie Girlz message- Be true! Be you!
Developed by 1st Playable, Moxie Girlz for Nintendo DS is rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB.  For additional information about GameMill’s line of products, please visit: www.game-mill.com.

MAX AND THE MAGIC MARKER COMING TO NINTENDO DS IN NORTH AMERICA

August 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

EASY INTERACTIVE ANNOUNCES MAX AND THE MAGIC MARKER COMING TO NINTENDO DS™ IN NORTH AMERICA

Minneapolis, MN – August 15, 2011 – Easy Interactive™ is pleased to announce that the award-winning indie hit, Max and the Magic Marker™, is coming to Nintendo DS™ for Holiday 2011. The DS version of Max and the Magic Marker recreates all the action of the WiiWare and PC indie hit, and now brings the power of the all-important magic marker under control of the DS stylus.

Download the Max and the Magic Marker DS box art here!

Max and the Magic Marker tells the story of Max, an adventurous young boy who receives a mysterious marker pen in the mail. Playing around with it, he discovers that whatever he draws comes to life and the stage is set for a classic platform adventure romp. The player controls Max, as well as the magic marker itself, as he hops and jumps through a series of levels using the marker’s fabulous powers to drawing objects directly onto the game world and solving a wide range of problems and puzzles in Max’s efforts to catch the monster he created using his magic marker.

Max and the Magic Marker features include:

Three stunning worlds
15 challenging levels
Variety of challenges, secrets and rewards to unlock
Intuitive use of the DS stylus as the magic marker
Original soundtrack by Danish band Analogik
“Max and the Magic Marker is a beautifully imagined game and we’re thrilled to bring it to North American on Nintendo DS,” said Michel van Elmpt, Managing Director, Easy Interactive. “Its charming art style and gameplay that is both fun and rewarding make this a title that gamers of all ages can enjoy.  It has already proven itself to be incredibly successful across a number of platforms and we think the instinctive use of the DS stylus as the magic marker will spark the creativity of many gamers.”

Max and the Magic Marker for Nintendo DS is coming to North American retailers for Holiday 2011. For more information please visit www.maxandthemagicmarker.com,

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About Easy Interactive

Easy Interactive, BV is an innovative creator, publisher and distributor of family-friendly and casual video games for a wide array of devices including game consoles, handheld devices and personal home computers.  The company has exclusive publishing rights to a large range of games titles, including those from the hugely successful “Purple Hills” brand.

Easy Interactive is headquartered in De Meern, Netherlands and the company website is located at: www.easyinteractive.com

Easy Interactive is a trademark of Easy Interactive, BV. All rights reserved. Nintendo DS is a trademark of Nintendo. © 2006 Nintendo. All rights reserved.

E3 2011: Turtle Beach Powers Audio for Top Publishers and Partners with Livestream for Show Floor Coverage

June 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Elmsford, N.Y., June 3, 2011 ­ Turtle Beach, the leader in premium gaming headsets, is proud to announce their latest list of publisher partners showcasing their new game releases with optimized audio courtesy of Turtle Beach¹s premium gaming headsets. To further support their role as the preeminent authority on game sound and to showcase their industry partners¹ incredible audio achievements, Turtle Beach has teamed up with Livestream to give fans an inside-view of E3, the game industry¹s biggest and most important event of the year!

Publishers and partners utilizing Turtle Beach headsets in their E3 booths, meeting rooms and displays include:

· Activision

· Electronic Arts

· 2K Games/Take Two Interactive

· Warner Brothers Interactive

· Nexon

· Konami

· Bethesda

· IndieCade

· Kalypso

· NVIDIA

This partnership with Livestream gives Turtle Beach an opportunity to share
the latest news, action and highlights from E3 directly with fans.
Livestream reporting will take place at the Turtle Beach booth as well as
its partners¹ displays, giving fans a behind-the-scenes ³look and listen² to
upcoming games, most of which will be demoed onsite using Turtle Beach
headsets.

The Livestream broadcasts will be co-hosted by Matt from Turtle Beach, a
familiar face from Turtle Beach¹s popular YouTube channel and Kona from
Quantic Gaming, a prominent competitive gaming commentator. Matt and Kona
will spend time reviewing the latest audio advancements from Turtle Beach
and meet with many of the developers and audio engineers behind all the hot
new games; getting their unique points of view and insight on the sound
design and overall development of these major titles.

³Turtle Beach is the game audio authority and we are already committed to
delivering the very best sonic experience possible to gamers with our
premium lineup of console and PC gaming headsets,² notes Michael Arzt, VP of
Marketing and Business Development for Turtle Beach, ³and with our many
publisher partnerships and the exciting Livestream initiative, we¹re also
able to provide fans with a unique look and listen to all the games and
audio excitement of the 2011 E3 Expo.²

Turtle Beach¹s Livestream will commence at 10:00AM PT on June 7, 2011 with
an address from Turtle Beach regarding its exciting new products being
introduced at E3. The E3 stream will then be running from 11:00AM to 5:00PM
on June 7, 10:00AM to 6:00PM on June 8 and 10:00AM to 5:00PM on June 9 (all
times Pacific).

To access the E3 stream, viewers must visit and ³Like² Turtle Beach¹s
Facebook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/turtlebeach
. The Facebook page will also have
additional information on the Livestream event and a player to watch the
stream. To add more excitement throughout the 3-day event, Turtle Beach and
its partners will offer prize giveaways on the stream. Viewers will be able
to chat with one another, Turtle Beach employees and other special guests.
After the event is over, viewers can enjoy video on demand from Livestream
and on Turtle Beach¹s YouTube channel.

To learn more about Turtle Beach¹s products and watch Matt¹s videos, please
visit http://www.youtube.com/turtlebeachvideos/

About Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach (www.turtlebeach.com ) designs
and markets premium audio peripherals for personal computer and video game
platforms, including its acclaimed line of Ear Force gaming headphones and
headsets crafted for XBOX 360 and PS3 game consoles and PC games. Turtle
Beach¹s Ear Force X41 wireless headset is Official XBOX Magazine¹s “2009
Peripheral of the Year.² Turtle Beach, headquartered in Elmsford, New York,
is a brand of Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc., which has been at the forefront of
music and audio technology for more than three decades and is recognized as
a pioneer of today¹s PC audio industry.

Turtle Beach and Ear Force are registered trademarks of Voyetra Turtle
Beach, Inc. XBOX 360 is a registered trademark of Microsoft, Corp. All

POKÉMON GAMES SELL NEARLY 2.5 MILLION IN NINTENDO’S BEST MARCH IN U.S. FOR PORTABLE HARDWARE

April 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

April 14, 2011

The new Nintendo 3DS™ system combined with the Nintendo DS™ family of systems to make last month the best-selling March in U.S. history for Nintendo’s portable hardware business, according to the independent NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States.

After only one week on sale following its March 27 launch, Nintendo 3DS sold just shy of 400,000 units. Propelled by sales of more than 1.3 million Pokémon™ White Version games and more than 1.1 million PokémonBlack Version games, the Nintendo DS family of systems topped all home and portable video game systems in March, with more than 460,000 sold.

“Both Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo DS family had a strong month, indicating that Nintendo has something for everyone,” said Charlie Scibetta, Nintendo of America’s senior director of Corporate Communications. “Nintendo provides people with the best video game experiences, from 3D visuals without special glasses to a touch-screen interface to motion controls.”

Nintendo’s Wii™ console sold more than 290,000 in the United States in March, giving Nintendo combined hardware sales of more than 1.1 million for the month. The upcoming Wii Play: Motion game launches on June 13 and will have players smiling as they use their Wii Remote™ Plus controller (or Wii Remote™ with Wii MotionPlus™ accessory) in 12 new motion-controlled games. Wii Play: Motion comes packaged with a black Wii Remote Plus controller to deliver great value, precise motion control and immersive social fun that anyone in the household can pick up and instantly enjoy.

As Nintendo 3DS heads into its first full month of sales, a number of milestones are on the horizon to keep momentum going:

• A free future system update will provide Nintendo 3DS owners with an Internet browser and access to the Nintendo eShop, which will bring consumers a broad variety of downloadable software as well as video game trailers, screen shots and related information. The system update also delivers a solution for Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™ owners to easily transfer most of their Nintendo DSiWare™ games to their new Nintendo 3DS systems.

• On June 19, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time3D introduces a completely re-mastered version of an epic entry in the beloved The Legend of Zelda game series. The game couples phenomenally enhanced graphics, stunning glasses-free 3D visuals, a touch-screen interface and newly implemented motion controls to provide a fresh experience. The game will also feature new challenges not included in the original game. The Legend of Zelda veterans can look forward to the Master Quest – a second quest with revamped puzzles and redesigned dungeons that feature the same graphical and interface upgrades as the main game.

• Later this summer, Netflix members who own a Nintendo 3DS system and can access a broadband wireless Internet connection will be able to instantly watch TV episodes and movies streaming from Netflix directly to their Nintendo 3DS systems. A Netflix unlimited membership is required.

For more information about Nintendo, visit http://www.nintendo.com.

NINTENDO CELEBRATES “VALENSLIME DAY” WITH LAUNCH OF DRAGON QUEST VI: REALMS OF REVELATION

February 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Enhanced Version of Classic RPG Makes Debut in North America with New Options and Unlockable Surprises

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 14, 2011 – Starting today, video game fans in North America can embark on a classic hand-held adventure that has been unavailable outside of Japan for more than 15 years. The DRAGON QUEST® VI: Realms of Revelation™ game makes its U.S. debut for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems, combining classic role-playing thrills with fresh character options, unique challenges and play-it-anywhere convenience. With a robust class system and the ability to enlist monsters to help players on their quests, this memorable entry in the popular DRAGON QUEST series will enthrall experienced players and newcomers alike.

DRAGON QUEST VI: Realms of Revelation invites players to explore multiple worlds and take a stand against the villainous Murdaw, who spreads terror and unrest throughout a strange alternate universe. Joined by a traveling martial artist and a mysterious girl, the game’s hero must face down an imaginative cast of enemy monsters – including the iconic Slime. In this new edition of the game for Nintendo DS systems, players can even have monsters join their traveling party to lend a hand in battles. Other special features include enhanced graphics and new touch-screen mini-games.

“With DRAGON QUEST VI: Realms of Revelation, players not only get to discover a classic game that’s been unavailable outside Japan since 1995, but they’re also getting some fresh twists and surprises,” said Marc Franklin, Nintendo of America’s director of Public Relations. “The ability to switch between character classes and recruit enemies into the player’s party adds a new level of fun to the classic DRAGON QUEST game play.”

DRAGON QUEST VI: Realms of Revelation offers players more than 15 character classes, such as Priest, Warrior, Merchant and Thief. Throughout the adventure, these classes will become more powerful and grant the player new abilities that can be deployed as the game progresses.

For more information about DRAGON QUEST VI: Realms of Revelation, visit http://dragonquest6.nintendo.com.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.5 billion video games and more than 577 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. 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, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

DRAGON QUEST and SQUARE ENIX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.. REALMS OF REVELATION is a trademark or registered trademark of Square Enix Co., Ltd.

DRAGON QUEST VI TRIVIA CONTEST GIVES FANS A CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP TO MEET VIDEO GAME LEGEND YUJI HORI

January 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Video game fans eagerly awaiting the Feb. 14 launch of the DRAGON QUEST® VI: Realms of Revelation video game for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems will have a fun way to count down to the game’s release. Today, Nintendo of America will kick off a trivia contest via its official “@NintendoAmerica” Twitter handle. A series of trivia questions about the game – each one trickier than the last – will be posted throughout the week, inviting fans and followers to submit the correct answer. The contest will offer prizes for each Round, including 100 T-shirts for Round 1, four copies of DRAGON QUEST VI: Realms of Revelation for Round 2 and a trip for two to San Francisco, where the Round 3 winner can meet DRAGON QUEST creator Yuji Horii in person (see below for more prize details).

While anyone with access to the Web will be able to view the contest questions and official answers, only the first 100 eligible @NintendoAmerica Twitter followers who correctly answer the first question today will be eligible to advance Round 2, and four Round 2 winners who correctly answer later questions will advance to Round 3 (the final round). Full contest details, and Official Rules and regulations can be found at http://dragonquest6.nintendo.com/contest.

DRAGON QUEST fans on the West Coast will also get the chance to meet Horii at a special appearance at the GameStop “Store of the Future” in Palo Alto, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 1-3 p.m. Horii will autograph items for the first 50 consumers in attendance, and the DRAGON QUEST VI: Realms of Revelation game will be on sale for the duration of the event – two days prior to its nationwide launch.

Previously unavailable outside of Japan, DRAGON QUEST VI: Realms of Revelation makes its North American debut exclusively on hand-held Nintendo DS systems Feb. 14. Originally released in 1995 for Japan’s Super Famicom system (known in the U.S. as Super NES™), the game offers rich role-playing adventure in a multitude of captivating worlds as players gather allies and battle fierce monsters on a quest to defeat evil forces. Players can choose from nine starting classes and unlock others as they progress through the game.

For more information about DRAGON QUEST VI: Realms of Revelation, visit http://dragonquest6.nintendo.com.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MANY WILL ENTER, FEW WILL WIN. Promotion open to residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia, 13 or older, and ends 6 PM (Pacific Time) on 2/4/2011. See Official Rules at dragonquest6.nintendo.com/contest (“Rules”) for start/end dates and times for Rounds 1-3. Prizes: 100 Round 1 winners will each receive 1 DRAGON QUEST® VI: Realms of Revelation t-shirt (approx. retail value (ARV): $10 each). 4 Round 2 winners will each receive 1 DRAGON QUEST® VI: Realms of Revelation video game (ARV: $30 each). 1 Round 3 winner will receive the following trip package for winner and winner’s guest: 2 roundtrip plane tickets to a San Francisco, CA area airport, two nights’ accommodations at a San Francisco area hotel, and a meeting with Mr. Yuji Horii (ARV: $3,000). To enter, follow the directions to submit trivia answers in Section 7 of the Rules. Void where prohibited. Promotion subject to Official Rules, so see dragonquest6.nintendo.com/contest for full details. Sponsor: Nintendo of America Inc., 4600 – 150th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98052.

NINTENDO DS AND WII SET NEW U.S. SALES RECORDS IN 2010

January 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Nintendo DS Becomes All-Time Best-Selling Video Game System; Wii Sells More Than 7 Million for Third Consecutive Year

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 4, 2011 – The close of 2010 produced two sales milestones for Nintendo in the United States.

According to Nintendo’s internal sales figures, the Nintendo DS™ family of portable video game systems has sold more than 47 million in the United States since the original model launched in November 2004. That tally makes Nintendo DS the nation’s best-selling video game system of all time.

For the second major milestone of 2010, Nintendo’s internal figures show that the Wii™ home console marked its third consecutive calendar year with U.S. sales of more than 7 million – a feat never before accomplished in the history of video games by a home console. To date, the Wii system has sold more than 34 million in the United States alone.

“When we look back at 2010, we see consumers time and again turning to the value and enjoyment of our products,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “When we look ahead to 2011, we see new portable technology and more great Wii games that need to be seen to be believed.”

Nintendo is set to release its new Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system in the United States in March. The portable system lets players see 3D content – without the need for special glasses. More details about the system will be announced in the future.

Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://wii.com. For more information about Nintendo, visit http://www.nintendo.com.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.5 billion video games and more than 577 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. 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, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

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