RELENTLESS ARCADE ACTION SHOOT EM UP COMING TO Wii THIS WEEK

4th May 2010–Sin and Punishment originally released in Japan in 2000 for the Nintendo 64 was heralded with critical acclaim, praised for its relentless action and forged a great legacy behind it. European players were given a treat when this cult game was made available to download through Virtual Console on Wii years later as part of the Hanabi Festival– a special event which offers European players the opportunity to download classic games which have previously never been released in Europe. Since then anticipation has been building amongst fans of the series for the next instalment. This week Wii owners can expect explosive, exhilarating run-and-gun action as Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies launches across Europe on 7th May 2010.

A rapid-fire arcade action game following the tradition of Japanese developer, Treasure, Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies pits two characters, Isa Jo (male) and Kachi (Female) against seemingly endless hordes of attacks by violent creatures from the dimension– fourth earth.

Players can choose to control one of 2 characters which each have their own specific skills. Isa Jo can lock on enemies with his gun and shoot them down. Kachi can also lock on enemies (although the lock on method will differ from Isa Jo) and give you access to a powerful bomb which will help you to get out of tough situations. Both characters also have access to a gun which is fired to attack enemies from afar or if you prefer you can use your sword which will allow you to engage in close melee combat and repel some of the projectiles heading your way. Whichever character you prefer to embody you’ll certainly be fighting a battle for humanity as you navigate yourself through a frantic action (and even fly above the ground if necessary) to crush the waves of enemy attacks.

Your aim will be to survive seemingly impossible situations through breathtaking action sequences spanning over amazing sceneries. Challenge myriads of vicious enemies, including several gigantic Bosses known as“Commanders” which are continuously filling up your whole screen. Through the frantic chaos of the battlefield, you will quickly notice patterns in enemy assaults, allowing you to anticipate their attacks which will help you formulate a strategic edge in your duel for Planet Earth. Those who understand enemy patterns the most will not only improve their chances of survival, but also be rewarded with high scores.

Once a high score is achieved, players are able to upload their best scores for every level to an international ranking* and leader board using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and compare how their skills measure against the high scores of other players to truly to determine who is the best!

Reckon your Sin and Punishment skills are among the best in the universe? If so, the challenge video on www.sinandpunishment.co.uk might just change your mind! This footage shows Nintendo employees from Japan’s Mario Club performing some truly dazzling high-score feats whilst playing through each action-packed stage of Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies on Wii. Watch, learn and then see if you can do better than these shoot‘em up aces playing through the European version of the game in considerable style.

Keep checking the Website as further challenge videos which show some challenging gameplay sequences and tough to beat high scores will become available soon - in total covering off all the 6 main stages and the final boss sequence!

Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies will certainly keep fans entertained and give them lots to talk about. There are plenty of hidden gameplay elements to discover; such as the strategy to best tackle patterns of enemies or techniques that reward skilled players with the coveted medals. All this is sure to add to your experience of gameplay and keep the most avid players thoroughly satisfied.

There are a variety of control mechanisms which can be used to suit every player’s gameplay preference. The game can be played with the Wii Remote, Classic Controller or the Nintendo GameCube controller, and also works in perfect harmony with the Wii Zapper, enabling players to make the most of the quick fire gameplay. As well as single player mode players can get an extra helping hand in co-operative mode and be joined by a second player who can help you with your mission by shooting down enemies on screen with a single Wii Remote.

This is a classic“Treasure” firing arcade title that will keep you coming back for more. Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies anticipated launch comes across Europe on 7th May 2010 on Wii.

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

Email: Nintendopressoffice@redconsultancy.com

Tel: 0845 259 1325

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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 and Nintendo DS™ family of portable 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, 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.

*For European&US players only


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