YOSHI CHASE RAMPS UP MARIO TENNIS OPEN LAUNCH

29 th May – Following the launch of Mario Tennis Open last Friday, Nintendo has today announced a brand new Yoshi Hunt taking place exclusively in Tesco stores this week. The hunt, entitled The Yoshi Chase, will involve tracking down the second in a series of different-coloured Yoshis, playable in Mario Tennis Open , through corresponding QR codes.

The White Yoshi will be distributed exclusively through 30 Tesco stores this Friday 1 st June and Saturday 2 nd June between the hours of 9.30am and 5.30pm.  Black Yoshi was released last week to coincide with the launch of the game with Blue Yoshi and Red Yoshi set to follow at a later date. These characters can only be activated with the QR code held by in-store sampling teams, so be sure to come down with your Nintendo 3DS so you don’t miss out.

Mario Tennis Open is packed full of Mario-themed arcade tennis action available now. Choose from singles or doubles matches, single player and multiplayer modes and a variety of special games such as Super Mario Tennis, Ring Shot and Galaxy Rally. With easy to pick up and play gameplay and a range of modes to suite your mood, you will be serving up a storm before you know it.

As well as the ability to customize your character with new rackets, clothing and trainers, there is also a choice of 11 different court surfaces which affect the angle, speed and bounce of the ball, with each one set in a familiar location from the Mario series. In addition, you can easily select from a range of classic tennis shots such as Topspin, Slice or Drop Shot to take down your opponent via the Touch Screen on your Nintendo 3DS.

Mario Tennis Open also makes full use of the online capabilities of Nintendo 3DS by allowing you to play against random opponents and friends on the Nintendo Network as well as playing over local wireless connections. Depending on your performance in Open Matches played over the Nintendo Network, you could get added to the leaderboard and see yourself rise to the top. Online matches will see you paired against opponents with similar strengths and weaknesses to you; defeat them to rise up the rankings!

White Yoshi will be available at the following Tesco stores: Solihull Extra, Redditch Extra, Bristol Homeplus, Cardiff Extra, Broughton Chester Extra, Bidston Moss Extra, Coventry Arena Extra, Long Eaton Extra, Hull St Stephens Extra, New Oscott Extra, Silverburn Extra, Fort Kinnaird Homeplus, Prescot Extra, Leeds Seacroft Extra, Stockport Extra, Irlam Extra, Lakeside Extra, Milton Keynes Kingston Extra, Newcastle Upon Tyne Extra, Bulwell Extra, Portsmouth Extra, Gallions Reach Extra, Chesterfield Extra, Swindon Extra, Southampton Homeplus, Southend Extra, Sandhurst Extra, Borehamwood Extra, Warrington Extra, Leicester Hamilton Extra

For more information, please refer to http://www.nintendo.co.uk/ and follow @NintendoUK on Twitter.

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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 630 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.  


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