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Sudoku Gridmaster Coming Soon

by Jonathan Metts - June 19, 2006, 7:49 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo Press Release

Can't get enough logic puzzles?

Sudoku Craze Goes High-Tech With Sudoku Gridmaster for Nintendo DS

Video Game Version Contains More Than 400 Puzzles Ideal for Summer Travel

REDMOND, Wash., June 19 -- During the busy summer travel season, it's a rite of passage for travelers young and old to stock up on games and puzzles for entertainment during long flights and car trips. Nintendo is declaring summer 2006 the "summer of sudoku."

Sudoku Gridmaster(TM) launches June 26 exclusively for Nintendo DS(TM), letting vacationers take more than 400 sudoku puzzles on the go and save their progress at any stage. The compact Nintendo DS fits into bags, whether it's being carried onto planes or toted to the beach. For those who like to travel light, the new, lighter, brighter Nintendo DS Lite makes all your portable games look better than ever.

"The Nintendo DS touch-screen controls make it easy for players to write, change and save their answers," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "Sudoku Gridmaster is one of the many ways Nintendo is getting new audiences involved in video games."

Sudoku Gridmaster contains four levels of difficulty, giving sudoku novices and experts alike a variety of challenging puzzles. Players use logic to fill a grid with numbers. It sounds simple, but its addictive nature has helped to make sudoku one of the most popular puzzle games in the world. Sudoku Gridmaster also adds some features to enhance the experience in ways not possible when doing the puzzle on paper. With a touch, players can highlight an entire row or column. Or they can highlight all instances of numbers at once. And of course, a grid can be saved for hours or days before the player plays again.

Sudoku Gridmaster is one of the first titles in Nintendo's new Touch Generations brand, which highlights titles with appeal beyond core gamers. The distinctive Touch Generations logo helps gaming newcomers identify which titles might be the most fun for them. For more information about Sudoku Gridmaster and all the Touch Generations titles, visit www.TouchGenerations.com.

Nintendo Kicks Off Touch Generations in N. America

This brand of casual games for DS has been popular for a while in Japan.

Nintendo Launches New 'Touch Generations' Brand for Nontraditional DS Games

Casual Games Appeal to a Wider Audience

REDMOND, Wash., May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting in June, Nintendo will begin branding its more casual Nintendo DS(TM) titles under the new Touch Generations label. The Touch Generations brand will include titles that anyone can pick up and play, even with little or no experience with video games. It represents one of the many ways that Nintendo is making it easy for new demographics of people to be introduced to video games. Three new games, including a second brain-training game, will be added to the Touch Generations category in June.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060530/LATU022LOGO )

"We remain committed to turning video games into an inclusive mass medium that everyone can enjoy," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "Touch Generations will help novices and newcomers identify the fun and uniquely engaging experiences that are available only on Nintendo DS."

These current and upcoming games will be identified by a distinctive logo, and will help non-gamers and casual gamers quickly identify which games might be appropriate for them. Touch Generations will be one element of Nintendo's multimillion-dollar campaign to get more and more people interested in video games.

The first seven titles in the Touch Generations brand include the following upcoming games:

* Big Brain Academy(TM) (launches June 5): The second title in the

brain-training series tests players in five areas: thinking,

memorization, computation, analysis and identification.

* Magnetica(TM) (launches June 5): A simple puzzle game challenges players

to connect and eliminate like-colored marbles before they reach the goal.

* Sudoku Gridmaster (launches June 26): This version of the wildly popular

puzzle grid features more than 400 sudoku puzzles, all of which were

hand-picked by the original creators of sudoku.

Touch Generations also will include the following already-released titles:

* Brain Age(TM): Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day (launched April 17):

More than 5 million people around the world test their brains daily in

areas like math, counting, reading and memorization. Many purchasers

include older people who had never previously played a video game.

* Nintendogs(TM) (launched Aug. 22, 2005): The hugely popular puppy

simulation and communication program lets users pet their pups using the

touch screen and teach them commands using the microphone.

* Tetris(R) DS (launched March 20): Nintendo's greatest characters team up

with one of the most popular puzzle games of all time.

* True Swing Golf (launched Jan. 23): In this realistic golf game, players

simply slide the stylus across the touch screen to strike the ball and

send it flying.

Touch Generations titles can be enjoyed by hard-core gamers and beginners alike, as evidenced by the positive reviews the gaming media have given to many of these titles. But as Nintendo adds new titles to the Touch Generations category, the two groups will be able to come together and identify their common ground.

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