Nintendo's still touchy

by: Sean Colleli -
The increasingly popular Touch Generations brand is receiving some new titles, so you can share gaming with your grandparents this Christmas.  The Nintendogs series is getting another version, Dalmation and Friends, avaialble on October 18th.  Clubhouse Games is also entering the list.  A Wifi-enabled collection of 40 classic games like poker and darts, I have no doubt this one will be a runaway hit with the casual crowd.
Nintendo's popular Touch
 
Generations portable gaming brand includes Nintendo DS(TM) video games meant 
 
for anyone to pick up and play, regardless of their prior gaming experience.  
 
And that easy-to-use philosophy is translating into strong sales.  Already, 
 
close to 3.5 million Touch Generations games have sold in the United States, 
 
demonstrating an expanding audience of consumers' desire for simple, fun games 
 
that don't take years of gaming experience to master.
 
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    One of the most popular Touch Generations games is Nintendogs(TM), an 
 
emotionally addictive, portable puppy-training program that took the world by 
 
storm last year and redefined the meaning of "video game."  A limited-edition 
 
version of Nintendogs called Dalmatian & Friends hits stores Oct. 18.  The 
 
game lets users adopt, train and care for a puppy chosen from one of the six 
 
starter breeds: Dalmatian, golden retriever, Yorkshire terrier, beagle, boxer 
 
and German shepherd.  To date in the United States, the three versions of 
 
Nintendogs have sold more than 2.2 million units combined, ranking them atop 
 
the list of all-time Nintendo DS best sellers.
 
    Another Touch Generations game is Nintendo's new Clubhouse Games(TM).  
 
Available today exclusively for Nintendo DS(TM) Lite, Clubhouse Games includes 
 
more than 40 traditional party favorites like checkers, darts and poker.  A 
 
highly social product, players can play solo, or with up to seven friends via 
 
single-card local wireless play.  Or they can log onto Nintendo(R) Wi-Fi 
 
Connection, Nintendo's wireless gaming service, to challenge friends 
 
worldwide.
 
    "Clubhouse Games demonstrates yet another way we're reaching beyond avid, 
 
experienced gamers and providing entertaining experiences for everyone -- 
 
young and old," explains George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice 
 
president of marketing and corporate communications.  "Our Touch Generations 
 
brand has proved to be a huge hit -- just find the distinctive orange labels 
 
and you're ready to play."
 
    Clubhouse Games, Rated E for Everyone, is available now.  Nintendogs -- 
 
Dalmatian & Friends, Rated E for Everyone, will be available Oct. 18.  For 
 
more information about that game, visit www.Nintendogs.com.  And for more 
 
information about Clubhouse Games and Nintendo's Touch Generations brand, 
 
visit www.TouchGenerations.com.
 
 
 
    The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, 
 
Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and 
 
software for its Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo 
 
GameCube(TM) systems, and upcoming Wii(TM) console.  Since 1983, Nintendo has 
 
sold nearly 2.2 billion video games and more than 375 million hardware units 
 
globally, and has created industry icons like Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(R), 
 
Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R).  A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of 
 
America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's 
 
operations in the Western Hemisphere.  For more information about Nintendo, 
 
visit the company's Web site at www.nintendo.com.
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