News Archives for: April 2004

Nintendo Launches New Ads for Game Boy Advance and Nintendo GameCube
Posted on April 21, 2004 @ 12:00 AM EDT by: TW
Nintendo continues the evolution of the "Who Are You?" campaign with new advertising created by Leo Burnett USA for Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance, two of the hottest systems in the video game industry.

"Interviewer," which launches this week and showcases Nintendo GameCube software, features a guy in a therapist's office that appears to be living out the personalities and experiences of characters within Nintendo GameCube games. He is transformed by each game's experience and "becomes" the characters he plays. The campaign is a continuation of the "Who Are You?" theme launched in September, 2003. Two 30-second and four 15-second versions of the spot feature game footage from titles including EA Sports’ MVP Baseball™ 2004, Custom Robo™, Konami’s Metal Gear Solid®: The Twin Snakes™ and The Legend of Zelda®: Four Swords Adventures.

Also launching this week is a new campaign for Game Boy Advance, entitled "Freeboy." Set to the beat of U.K. dance act Goldfrapp's "Strict Machine" from the album Black Cherry (recently achieved Gold sales status in Britain), the first of several spots in development visually illustrates how Game Boy Advance has untethered a generation from their gaming consoles and has "freed" them to enjoy Nintendo games anywhere and everywhere. The portable interactive entertainment system allows gamers to explore themselves by changing the world around them. Game Boy Advance can transform ordinary life into an exciting experience. This new campaign is a collision of reality and fantasy. With the help of groundbreaking effects, the ads give viewers a peek into the mind of someone playing Game Boy Advance, illustrating how a player's perspective on the "real" world changes as they play. The "Freeboy" work will also carry the "Who Are You?" theme.

These new spots will run on network, cable and in syndication and will be included during such programs as UPN's "One on One," "Rock Me Baby" and "I'm Still Alive;" WB's "Angel," "The Jaime Kennedy Experiment," and "Smallville," Fox's "The Ortegas," ABC's "Married to the Kelly's" and "America's Funniest Home Videos," MTV's "ET on MTV" and "Real World" and BET's "106th and Park."

The Game Boy Advance print campaign will break 4/28 in ESPN Magazine. The rest of the print ads run in the June and July issues of music, men's and alternative publications such as Rolling Stone, Stuff, Maxim, Spin, Blender, DC, Marvel and Transworld Surf. The print campaign mirrors the television look and feel, featuring a collage of real-life and game-world elements.

The effects in "Freeboy" were created by Asylum Visual Effects, a special effects company touted for its work on films including "Minority Report" and "Moulin Rouge" and was nominated for a special effects Academy Award for "Master & Commander." The company's visual effects will be featured in three additional Game Boy Advance spots promoting Mario vs. Donkey Kong™, the Classic NES® Series for Game Boy Advance and Mario Golf ™: Advance Tour breaking now through mid-June.

The "Who Are You?" campaign unifies Nintendo products under a single theme and encourages gamers to unleash what is inside them. It showcases the ability of Nintendo games to let players explore a wide range of emotions, experiences and personalities through Nintendo's stable of the most popular and diverse video game characters in the world, such as Mario™, Donkey Kong®, Link and Samus. The initial spot, "School's Out," was voted #1 on the first annual GameSpot TV commercial awards in December last year.

To view the new Nintendo television ads, please visit http://www.leoburnett.com/breaking/nintendo.

Consumers can view the new ads at www.nintendo.com.

Mario Party 6 and Paper Mario 2 Confirmed
Posted on April 2, 2004 @ 9:59 AM EST by: TW
Today, Nintendo revealed most of its 2004 lineup. While there are bound to be some surprises at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2004, this list reaffirms beliefs that games like Paper Mario 2 and Metroid Prime 2 will be sitting in our GameCubes by holiday season 2004. Also of interest is that Nintendo has confirmed that it will release an official 1019 Memory Card, although an official release date wasn't supplied.

Releases for Mario Games:

April 5 - WARIO WARE INC: MEGA PARTY GAME$
September - DONKEY KONGA
Q4 - MARIO TENNIS 2
Q4 - PAPER MARIO 2
Q4 - MARIO PINBALL
December - MARIO PARTY 6

Article:
At a New York City analyst briefing today, Nintendo provided an update on some of the new and exciting products on tap for 2004, including new accessories and content for the best-selling Game Boy® Advance and Nintendo GameCube™.

  • The Game Boy® Advance Wireless Adapter, which allows players to compete head-to-head without the use of cords, will be packaged with the September release of Pokémon® Fire Red and Pokémon® Leaf Green. In Japan, more than 2 million copies of Pokémon Fire Red and Pokémon Leaf Green featuring the Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter have been sold since their launch at the end of January. The June 28 release of Mario Golf™: Advance Tour for Game Boy Advance also will make use of the adapter, which will be sold separately.
  • Game Boy® Advance Video, remarkable new video paks that allow two cartoon episodes to be played on the Game Boy Advance, will be available in June.
  • Upcoming games for Nintendo GameCube include the release of WarioWare™, Inc.: Mega Party Game$ on April 5; Custom Robo™ on May 10; The Legend of Zelda®: Four Swords Adventures™ on June 7; Pikmin™ 2 in August; Donkey Konga™ in September; and Paper Mario 2™, Geist, Metroid® Prime 2, Star Fox® 2, Mario Tennis™ and Mario Party® 6 in the fourth quarter. Nintendo also announced the upcoming release of the higher-capacity 1019 Memory Card for Nintendo GameCube.
  • Game Boy Advance will see the release of the Classic NES® Series on June 7. Eight retro games from the 1980s make a comeback in a hand-held version at an MSRP of $19.99 each. More than 900,000 of these classic games sold in four weeks in Japan.
  • Other upcoming Game Boy Advance titles include Mario vs. Donkey Kong™ on May 24; Hamtaro™ 4 in July; F-Zero® 2 in September; and Mario Pinball™, Donkey Kong® Country 2, Mario Tennis, a new Kirby™ game and a hand-held Mario Party® title in the fourth quarter.

    Game titles and release dates are subject to change. For more information about Nintendo, please visit Nintendo.com.

    Source: Nintendo Press Release