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Nintendo, Five Young Artists Make America "SHiNE"
« on: August 08, 2002, 08:15:08 AM »
Winners of the "Nintendo and Mario Make My Community SHiNE" National Contest Create Mural Art for Their City

REDMOND, Wash.--Aug. 8, 2002--In the coming weeks, communities in Seattle, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia and Tucson will present a fresh new look with the help of Nintendo and the national youth organization SHiNE (Seeking Harmony in Neighborhoods Everyday).

Five artists, inspired by the forthcoming release of Mario's first game for NINTENDO GAMECUBE(TM), Super Mario Sunshine(TM), created works of art that will decorate their neighborhoods with larger than life murals as part of the "Nintendo and Mario Make My Community SHiNE" contest.

Beginning today and continuing through the end of August, the winning murals will be unveiled in each of the finalist's cities. Nintendo, SHiNE teens, friends and family of the winners and community members will paint the murals and clean-up the surrounding area in dedication of Mario's restoration efforts in his upcoming game. Event dates, locations and additional details are available at

"Nintendo has always focused on family entertainment, and we're honored to see our audience embrace Mario and help their community SHiNE," says Peter MacDougall, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Nintendo of America Inc. "Everyone who entered gave a heroic and artistic effort, showcasing vibrantly rich and colorful worlds, much like those in Mario games."

The winning entries were selected from hundreds of imaginative and enthusiastic young people nationwide. The winners are: Roland Sabalza of Seattle; Steven McIlroy from West Covina representing Los Angeles; Han Tran from Wynnewood representing Philadelphia and Davria King from Wilton Manors splashes in for Miami. Finally, Earnest Clark Jr. of Tucson was selected as the national winner in a wild card search calling for entries from across the nation. Each mural embraces the vision of a virtuous world in which the young artists would like its community to share and represent.

"The process of selecting winners was difficult, as each represented incredibly creative and positive messages," adds Alan Rambam, SHiNE founder. "It is refreshing and invigorating to know Mario fans across the country devoted time and energy to express themselves and think about how they can make a difference."

Available August 26, Super Mario Sunshine for NINTENDO GAMECUBE takes players on Mario's latest adventure to clean-up the mess on tropical Isle Delfino, a once-pristine island that is polluted and plastered with graffiti. Players help Mario overcome obstacles, reach progressive goals, and restore peace and harmony across the land.

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(R) Advance and NINTENDO GAMECUBE. 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.

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About SHiNE:

SHiNE (Seeking Harmony in Neighborhoods Everyday) is a non-profit organization that empowers young people to promote respect for diversity and end youth violence. SHiNE's innovative programming uses art, music, technology and sports to inspire creative self-expression and action.

For more information on SHiNE, visit

Note: A Photos are available at the following URLs:

Winning mural from Earnest Clark Jr. of Tucson:

Winning mural from Seattle:

Winning mural from Han Tran:

Winning mural from Davria King:

Winning mural for Los Angeles:

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