NINTENDO MALL PROGRAM PUTS SOME ZIP IN FAMILY SHOPPING TRIPS
Nintendo and Cast of Characters to Showcase Great Video Games for the Holidays
REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 3, 2011 – Whether your feet are aching from a long day of shopping or you just need some advice about what to buy that video gamer on your holiday list, Nintendo has you covered. Nintendo is visiting malls nationwide to give families hands-on time with great Nintendo games during the busy holiday shopping season, plus a chance to meet some of Nintendo's favorite characters. Like cookies, presents and visits with relatives, the Nintendo mall program has become something of an annual tradition since 2006. Nintendo estimates that last year more than 850,000 people got some hands-on time with Nintendo games.
Nintendo will be at two dozen malls from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18, 2011, prime time for holiday video game sampling. Shoppers will be able to spend time checking out all the coolest games for the Nintendo 3DS™, Wii™ and the Nintendo DS™ family of systems. In advance of the mall program, 10 select malls will also get a special preview of the upcoming epic game for the Wii console, The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword, which will make a 10-day appearance from Nov. 11 to Nov. 20.
"Nintendo has something for everyone on your holiday gift list," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Shoppers can stop by to test-drive games, meet Nintendo characters or just to take a break from their gift hunting and have some fun."
On weekends visitors also may have a chance to interact with various Nintendo characters like Mario™, Luigi™, Donkey Kong™, Kirby™ and Pikachu™.
Nintendo 3DS games available to play at the mall program include Super Mario 3D Land™, Mario Kart™ 7, The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D, Pokémon™ Rumble Blast, Star Fox 64™ 3D, Tetris® Axis, nintendogs™ + cats, Skylanders Spyro's Adventure™ from Activision Publishing Inc. (also available for Wii) and Super Street Fighter® IV 3D Edition from CAPCOM.
Wii games available to play at the mall program include The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Kirby's Return to Dream Land™, Mario Kart™ Wii, New Super Mario Bros.™ Wii, Super Smash Bros.™ Brawl, Donkey Kong Country™ Returns, Wii Play™: Motion, Wii Sports Resort™, Just Dance® 3 from Ubisoft and Zumba® Fitness 2 from Majesco Entertainment.
Games for the Nintendo DS family of systems available to play at the mall program include Kirby™ Mass Attack, Fossil Fighters: Champions™, Professor Layton and the Last Specter™ and Bejeweled™ 3 from PopCap.
The complete list of malls on the Nov. 21 - Dec. 18, 2011 program is as follows. Malls marked with an *asterisk will also participate in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword preview program Nov. 11 - 20, 2011. The complete list can also be found at http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew.
Annapolis in Annapolis, Md.
Barton Creek Square in Austin, Texas
Castleton Square in Indianapolis
*Chandler Fashion Center in Chandler, Ariz.
Danbury Fair in Danbury, Conn.
*Dolphin Mall in Miami
*Eden Prairie Center in Eden Prairie, Minn.
Fox Valley in Aurora, Ill.
Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J.
Houston Galleria in Houston
King of Prussia in King of Prussia, Pa.
Natick Mall in Natick, Mass.
Perimeter Mall in Atlanta
*San Francisco Centre in San Francisco
*Southcenter in Seattle
*SouthPark in Strongsville, Ohio
*The Parks at Arlington in Arlington, Texas
*Topanga in Canoga Park, Calif.
*Twelve Oaks in Novi, Mich.
Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Valley Fair in Santa Clara, Calif.
Washington Square in Portland, Ore.
Wolfchase Galleria in Memphis, Tenn.
*Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, N.J.
Remember that Wii and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://wii.com or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.
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, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.8 billion video games and more than 610 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, 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.