SHAUN THE SHEEP COMES TO LIFE ON NINTENDO 3DS

16 th February 2012 – Nintendo have partnered with the multi award winning Aardman Animations, the creators of Chicken Run and Wallace And Gromit to offer Nintendo 3DS owners brand new 3D SpotPass content for free. From 7 th March, on a weekly basis, fans of the farmyard antics of Shaun the Sheep will be able to watch 15 exclusive 3D clips of Shaun and his friends getting up to some brand new mischief.

Available to view for free via Nintendo Video , each clip features Shaun and his flock embarking on brand new 3D adventures for the first time. The whole gang are there including Shaun, Timmy, Bitzer, the Farmer and the flock and each week you will be able to watch them like never before via Nintendo 3DS.

The first episode is available to receive via an internet connection from 7 th March and sees Shaun and the gang heading out for a picnic. Can they enjoy a nice relaxing day out in the countryside or will the Farmer’s fishing trip get in the way?     

Nintendo Video brings music videos, exclusive comedy, animation, and action to your Nintendo 3DS. Every week, new videos will be delivered to your Nintendo 3DS via the SpotPass feature. But the videos won't stay long – wait too long and you'll miss them. To start watching, download Nintendo Video from the Nintendo eShop today.

Laurent Fischer, Managing Director, Marketing and PR, Nintendo of Europe, commented "We are proud to be working with Aardman Animations to launch Shaun the Sheep's first 3D adventures via SpotPass on Nintendo 3DS. Make sure you keep checking Nintendo Video on your Nintendo 3DS for regularly updated content for you to enjoy."

Aardman’s Co-founder and Executive Chairman, David Sproxton, said, “As a company we are always looking ahead to the next ‘big thing’, the technological advances that will improve our audience’s experience. We are already working with 3D formats as a studio on our upcoming feature film, but when we first experienced the Nintendo 3DS it’s safe to say all of us were completely blown away. To be contributing to something as innovative as the Nintendo 3DS from the very outset is an extraordinary experience for us and we’re looking forward to seeing Shaun the Sheep on Nintendo 3DS and working with Nintendo going forwards.”

The 15 3D Shaun the Sheep clips will be available to view through Nintendo Video from 7 th March 2012, For more information on Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Video and SpotPass, visit the official Nintendo 3DS website at www.nintendo3ds.co.uk. For information on performing a system update, visit the Support section at support.nintendo.com

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Editors Notes:

*Requires Nintendo 3DS internet browser to be installed. If you haven’t downloaded the Nintendo 3DS internet browser yet, you need to apply a manual System Update through the System Settings on your Nintendo 3DS. To perform the recommended system update, Nintendo 3DS users can simply start the “System Settings” from the Home Menu, select “Other Settings” and scroll the page right to select “System Update.”

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 3.9 billion video games and more than 620 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 Aardman:

Aardman, based in Bristol (UK) co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, television series and television commercials for both the domestic and international market. Their multi-award winning productions are novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm that reflects the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the very special people who make up the Aardman team. The studio’s work is often imitated and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning and amusing independent and commercials productions.

www.aardman.com  


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