NEW POKÉMON VIDEO GAMES AIM TO WIN EUROPEAN PLAYERS’ HEARTS AND SOULS

26th March 2010–The latest Pokémon™ adventure, Pokémon™ HeartGold Version and Pokémon™ SoulSilver Version, has now arrived in Europe for the Nintendo DS packed with new features. From the earliest days of Nintendo’s portable Game Boy system, Pokémon games have made their mark. Now Nintendo has released completely updated versions of two classic Pokémon games. The new Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version games inspired by the originals have evolved to include updated graphics and sound as well as intuitive new controls that use the Nintendo DS touch screen.

Key to the game is the new Pokéwalker accessory which will allow you, the player, to interact with your Pokémon beyond the realm of the main game itself! The brand new Pokéwalker accessory is a pedometer that is exclusively packaged with, and only for Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version. It allows players to bring their favourite Pokémon with them wherever they go. Players can transfer a Pokémon to the Pokéwalker and then simply walk around in real life. By walking, players earn Watts that can be used to encounter and catch wild Pokémon or search for hidden items. The Pokémon in the Pokéwalker will gain Experience Points as the player walks, and can even go up one level when they are transferred back into the game. Players who meet another person with a Pokéwalker can also connect them wirelessly, where each of the players will then receive a gift!

The games also features detailed graphics that show off the hundreds of Pokémon that players can catch and train, as well as all the different environments. For the first time, players can interact with all their favourite Pokémon outside of battle by selecting the leader from their party to follow behind them on their travels.

As always, trading and battling with friends is a big part of the Pokémon experience. Players with a wireless broadband Internet connection can interact with their friends who have Pokémon HeartGold, SoulSilver, Diamond, Pearl or Pokémon Platinum Version games to trade or battle Pokémon via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service. Players also can battle and trade with others via a local wireless connection.

FEATURING NEW POKÉATHLON, POKÉ BALLS AND MUCH, MUCH MORE…..

The new Pokéathlon - A sports festival in which your Pokémon compete against others in Speed, Power, Skill, Stamina, and Jump performance courses. Select three suitable Pokémon for each course to participate in these action-packed events and earn Athlete Points as you compete, which can then be exchanged for items. In the Hurdle Dash, for example, you will race against other teams on a track with Hurdles along the way. In the Ring Drop, your goal is to make other Pokémon drop off the Ring, or practice your snowball throwing in Snow Throw and see how many times you can hit other Pokémon. Just make sure to select Pokémon with the right attributes to help you to succeed…

The updated Pokégear feature- A tool that will be indispensible on your adventure. This device combines a phone, a map and even a radio, which add an important dimension to gameplay. You can exchange phone numbers and call Trainers you meet in the game. Sometimes, they’ll call to challenge you for a battle. Use the stylus to learn about various places around the region and upgrade your Pokégear with the Radio Card to enjoy different radio shows.

Create Poké Balls - By collecting Apricorns, found all around the Johto region, you can make seven types of special Poké Balls, including the Lure Ball, useful for catching landed Pokémon while fishing, the Level Ball, good at catching Pokémon that are at lower levels than yours and the Love Ball - good at catching Pokémon of the opposite gender!

Packed with richness, new features, and a new accessory, Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version is set to be one of the most incredible Pokémon experiences yet. Join the adventure from today as it launches across Europe for Nintendo DS family of consoles.

For further information, please contact the Nintendo Press Office on:

Email: Nintendopressoffice@redconsultancy.com

Tel: 0845 259 1325

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™, Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo DSi™ systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.3 billion video games and more than 558 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™. 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 Pokémon:

The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world.

For more information about Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version, visit www.pokemon.com.


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