25th April – As part of an exciting recent partnership, Nintendo teamed up with the award-winning Aardman Animations, the company behind Wallace and Gromit and upcoming blockbuster Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. In a creative first for both parties exclusive animated 3D clips starring affable farmyard favourite Shaun the Sheep have been made available through SpotPass to European Nintendo 3DS owners.
The process behind the making of the clips has been recorded in a special 2D documentary entitled Raising the Baaaaa ! which charts Shaun’s journey from concept, to schedule board, to story board, to model and finally to a 3D episode on your Nintendo 3DS.
The behind-the-scenes video, launched today, shows the incredible amount of detail used for each Aardman character and why the process Aardman uses to film Shaun the Sheep lends its self so well to the 3-Dimensional visuals of the Nintendo 3DS. The clip also explores how each specific character is made and shows a sneak-peek of an upcoming episode where Shaun parodies a famous character from Nintendo.
As part of the Nintendo and Aardman venture the Aardman model makers have even made a Mini replica Nintendo 3DS especially for Shaun! The perfect to-scale console showcases the skill and attention to detail that goes into making each episode.
The exclusive Raising the Baaaaa ! documentary is available to view for free via http://www.youtube.com/user/Nintendo3DSuk and you can also follow Shaun and his farmyard friends through 15 free 3D clips exclusive to Nintendo 3DS – the fourth installment in the series has been released this week on SpotPass and can be viewed using Nintendo Video.
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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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.
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.