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Nintendo breaks Guinness Book World Record!

by Billy Berghammer - August 22, 2002, 12:19 pm PDT
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Now that's a LOT of Pasta! Nintendo serves up some serious spaghetti to celebrate Super Mario Sunshine's impending release.

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Nintendo Breaks Guinness World Record for Serving Biggest Plate of Pasta

Celebrating Mario's NINTENDO GAMECUBE Debut, Fans Jump Into Guinness World Record-breaking 3,265 Pounds Of Spaghetti

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 22, 2002--Mama mia! Nintendo

dished up more than 1.5 tons of "Pasta a la Mario" today at San

Francisco's Little Italy and broke the Guinness World Record for The

Largest Bowl of Pasta.

Keely Hopkins, Researcher, Guinness World Records, certified

today's record at Mario's Spaghetti Plunge, an event celebrating the

release of Super Mario Sunshine(TM) for NINTENDO GAMECUBE(TM) starring

legendary Italian plumber and video game star, Mario.

"Nintendo surpassed the previous Guinness World Records of 2,564

pounds of pasta by more than 700 pounds," Hopkins said. "Nintendo

served up 3,265 pounds of pasta and now holds the Guinness World

Record."

The three-foot high, 10-foot wide bowl contained oodles of noodles

prepared by Buca Di Beppo. Once the record was authenticated, six

Nintendo fans all dressed as Mario, took a "delicio dive" into the

delectable spaghetti to find Nintendo prizes, including a grand-prize

trip to Hawaii.

"Today's Mario Spaghetti Plunge proves how devoted people are to

our lovable Mario," says Perrin Kaplan, vice president of marketing

and corporate affairs, Nintendo of America Inc. "It was absolutely

comical to see Mario look-alikes diving into a giant bowl of pasta

like human meatballs."

As the worldwide leader and innovator in the creation of

interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co. Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,

manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home

video game systems. The systems include Game Boy(R), Nintendo(R) 64,

Game Boy Advance and NINTENDO GAMECUBE(TM). Since the release of its

first home video game system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 1.6

billion video games worldwide, creating enduring industry icons such

as Mario(TM) and Donkey Kong(R) and launching such franchises as

Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). As 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,

www.nintendo.com.

Guinness World Records is the global authority on record-breaking

achievement. First published in 1955, the Guinness World Records book

is an international phenomenon, available in more than 80 countries

and 20 languages. The 2002 edition spent more than 20 weeks on the New

York Times Bestseller list, and is one of the highest-selling books of

all time, surpassed only by the Bible and the Koran.

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