Legendary developer Hironobu Sakaguchi to address BAFTA

27 th January 2012 – Nintendo today announces that an exclusive event will be held at the London headquarters of The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on Thursday 16 th February 2012. BAFTA will welcome the world renowned videogame developer, director and producer Hironobu Sakaguchi to the stage to discuss his illustrious career as the creator behind some of the greatest video games, a departure into film and his return to his heartland of gaming with the creation of the critically-acclaimed The Last Story™ for Wii.

Mr Sakaguchi will demonstrate The Last Story™ the latest epic RPG from Nintendo ahead of launch on the 24 th February to an audience of BAFTA members, press and fans - public tickets can be purchased from http://tinyurl.com/BAFTALastStory at £5 each. The creator himself will take the audience through the twists and turns of the game as players follow the journey and adventures of a band of mercenaries on Lazulis Island. The rich narrative as well as impressive graphics and combat synonymous with Nintendo RPGs will be revealed by the man behind it all before the audience’s very eyes.

Mr Sakaguchi will also be available for an open question and answer discussion following his game play where people will be able to explore the mind behind the technical and storytelling creations which have sold hundreds of millions of video games over nearly three decades.

Whilst in Europe Mr Sakaguchi will also attend MCM Midlands Comic Con on Saturday 18 th February. This conference is in celebration of pop culture entertainment, featuring the best in videogames, movies, anime, sci-fi, comics and cosplay. Nintendo will also have a presence at this widely supported conference to showcase The Last Story™ as well as other Nintendo games.

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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 Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.

About Last Story:

The limited edition bundle of The Last Story , the latest action-based RPG from Hironobu Sakaguchi, launches across Europe exclusively for Wii on 24 th February 2012. Each bundle contains an exclusive SteelBook™ cover, a copy of the game and a The Elements Of The Last Story package.

See the game in action at nintendo.co.uk/laststory and stay tuned for more updates!

For more information, please contact the Nintendo Press Office on Nintendo@bell-pottinger.co.uk or 020 7861 2868

About BAFTA:

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round Learning & Events programme that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, lectures and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, Los Angeles and New York. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. For further information, visit www.bafta.org, www.facebook.com/bafta or twitter.com/baftagames .  


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