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Lucky Gamers Play Animal Crossing Early

by Jonathan Metts - August 6, 2002, 2:08 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: NOA Press Release

Enter a contest to be an Animal Crossing "pioneer".

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Select Players Nationwide Will Play Upcoming

NINTENDO GAMECUBE Title a Month Before Launch

REDMOND, Wash., August 7, 2002 - Moviegoers get "sneak previews."

Book lovers get "exclusive excerpts." Now, video game players get

their chance for a privileged video game experience. Nintendo of

America today launches a nationwide contest to find the first video

game players to experience its upcoming NINTENDO GAMECUBE(TM) title,

Animal Crossing(TM), a full month before it becomes available to the

general public.

Through August 12, fans can enter in teams of two for the chance

to be selected as Animal Crossing Pioneers, the first players in the

United States to move into this virtual neighborhood. Nintendo will

choose 125 teams via a contest on www.nintendo.com where they will be

asked to explain why Nintendo should pick them to be Animal Crossing

Pioneers. Winners will receive a pre-released copy of Animal Crossing

and be invited into the limitless world of the game.

"Animal Crossing is a unique title that has to be experienced

firsthand to be truly understood and appreciated. Its success in

Japan, with over 700,000 units sold, inspired us to want to get

feedback as soon as possible from U.S. players," says Peter

MacDougall, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Nintendo of

America Inc. "Animal Crossing Pioneers will be true trailblazers for

Nintendo and we're looking forward to hearing about their virtual

communities and experiences."

The Animal Crossing Pioneers will work closely with Nintendo to

complete game objectives, provide feedback, participate in online

chats and post comments on an Animal Crossing Pioneer-only Web site.

These virtual explorers will step into the world of Animal

Crossing, where villagers live their everyday lives in time with an

actual 24-hour clock and 365-day year. They will carry out their daily

routines, build relationships with villagers, celebrate special days,

collect furnishings for their homes and just live life in an

innovative experience that's a world of its own. And, when team

members exchange memory cards they can visit other villages, thus

opening up endless possibilities.

For an application or to view the official contest rules, visit

www.nintendo.com/animalcrossing. Animal Crossing launches September 16

with an MSRP of $49.95.

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