15th December 2011 – Nintendo today announces a partnership with the Eurosport Group to offer Nintendo 3DS™ owners a series of 3D sports video content which will become available to receive on SpotPass™ and view via a dedicated Eurosport video player application which will be available for free of charge on Nintendo eShop.
The videos launch weekly from 15 December and will continue to be made available over the next year. Each two to three-minute 3D video is from Eurosport's popular WATTS programme, which takes an irreverent look at sport and features a mix of exhilarating sporting action and the funniest sporting outtakes from around the world. The videos will be available to download for free in 3D for Nintendo 3DS owners.
Laurent Fischer, managing director, marketing & PR at Nintendo of Europe, said: “We are always striving to bring fun and exciting new content to our fans and this new partnership with Eurosport will do just that. We are looking forward to launching the WATTS videos each week along with a host of other 3D content on Nintendo Video™ from our various partners.”
"The 3D clips from WATTS, one of Eurosport's most established programmes, are guaranteed to engage and entertain Nintendo 3DS users," says Heather Bowler, Global Communications Director, Eurosport . "Eurosport and Nintendo are both leaders within their industries so there is a natural brand fit with this collaboration, which will extend our reach within an important target audience."
The partnership with Eurosport, Europe's leading sports-entertainment platform, forms part of a series of collaborations that deliver new 3D content to Nintendo 3DS owners across Europe. Previous and future partnerships on Nintendo Video include the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra, Red Bull Media House and Aardman Animations. This Eurosport application as well as Nintendo Video utilises the inbuilt SpotPass technology that allows Nintendo 3DS owners to receive content while on the move or at home. SpotPass enables you to connect to compatible public hotspots or wireless broadband Internet connections at home to receive new content, even if your Nintendo 3DS console is in Sleep Mode.
Once connected, your Nintendo 3DS can receive a host of content automatically such as notifications, extra content for your software, system updates and entertaining 3D videos without you having to lift a finger.
Nintendo 3DS is also backwards compatible, allowing you to play the extensive Nintendo DS ™ and Nintendo DSi ™ back catalogue of more than 1,000 games. Parents can manage the content their children can access through a Nintendo 3DS Parental Control feature. Nintendo gives each player the choice, as it is simple to change the level of 3D, or even turn it off, using the built-in 3D Depth Slider. For more information about these and other features, visit www.nintendo-europe.com.
For more information on Nintendo 3DS and SpotPass, visit the official Nintendo 3DS website at www.nintendo3ds.co.uk.
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About Nintendo 3DS:
Nintendo 3DS offers Parental Controls so that parents can control the level of 3D their children can view on the Nintendo 3DS as well as the content they can access. Nintendo 3DS also features a 3D depth slider which lets players turn off or adjust the level of 3D they want on the 3D Screen, two built-in screens for different functionality, a Circle Pad which provides a full 360 degrees of direction, a built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor. It is equipped with three cameras (two of which are facing outwards to allow the taking of 3D pictures and video), houses a 2GB SD Memory Card and is compatible with AR Cards which come packaged with Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo 3DS is also backwards compatible with all existing Nintendo DS games, which can be played in 2D on your Nintendo 3DS system.
For more information about these features and other options, visit: www.nintendo3ds.co.uk
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The Eurosport Group is Europe's leading sports entertainment group. Eurosport, the n°1 pan-European TV channel, broadcasts in 20 languages and reaches 125 million homes across 59 countries. Eurosport HD is the high definition simulcast of Eurosport. Eurosport 2 broadcasts to 52 million households in 17 languages across 47 countries. Eurosport 2 HD was launched in August 2009. Eurosport Asia-Pacific reaches 17 countries in the region and launched an HD channel in September 2011. Eurosportnews is the sports news channel transmitted worldwide. Eurosport.com, Europe's n°1 online sports destination, has 15 million unique users per month (comScore) across an international network of sports websites in 11 languages, including Yahoo! co-branded sites in Germany, Spain, Italy and the UK. The Eurosport.com free mobile applications are available in 10 languages. Eurosport Player, Eurosport's web TV service, provides LIVE and on-demand sports to fans' PCs in 59 countries and the Player mobile application is available in 5 countries. Eurosport Events is the group's expert division in the management and promotion of international sporting events. For more information, please visit www.eurosportcorporate.com