Hard-Core Nintendo Fans Wait Two Days as Nintendogs Takes on New York

Nintendo Fans Wait Two Days as Nintendogs Takes on New York


Visits Nintendo World Store, Unlocks Secret Breed


    REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 27 — This weekend Nintendo hosted
two major Nintendogs(TM) events in New York.  On Sunday, some 1,500 people
lined up at the Nintendo World Store in Rockefeller Center to meet legendary
Nintendo video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto.  Dedicated fans staked out the
first spots in line as early as 2:30 a.m. Friday — more than two days before
the event began.  Some came specifically for the event from as far away as
France, Canada and South Carolina, and eventually the line wrapped around
several city blocks.


     Miyamoto signed T-shirts, current and classic video games
and consoles ranging from the original Nintendo Entertainment System(R) to
Nintendo GameCube(TM).  While only the first 200 people were guaranteed a
meeting with Miyamoto, hundreds of others received a special gift from him as
he unlocked the secret Jack Russell terrier breed in Nintendogs and shared his
trainer information.  The special feature moved from person to person through
the line via the wireless abilities of the Nintendo DS(TM).  Owners also were
able to share a special voice message from Napoleon Dynamite actress Haylie


    On Saturday, a dozen real-life pooches changed the catwalk
into a dogwalk as they showcased the latest in puppywear in the Nintendogs
Doggy Fashion Show in Riverside Park.  The clothes were the creations of
Little Lilly, designer to the stars dogs.  A few of the dogs were
available for adoption through the American Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals, which received dozens of adoption inquiries and multiple


    "Its no secret that Nintendo has the best, most
loyal fans in the world," said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of Americas
executive vice president of sales & marketing, who also met with fans at both
events.  "These events demonstrated that Nintendogs has huge momentum to carry
it through the holidays.


    The smash-hit Nintendogs already has sold more than 1.5
million units worldwide.  Nintendogs, made exclusively for Nintendo DS, went
on sale in the United States on Aug. 22 and became an instant sensation.  The
week of
Sept. 5, Nintendogs even was the subject of a weeklong plotline in the popular
syndicated comic strip "FoxTrot."  Retailers nationwide are reporting
shortages, although Nintendo ensures new puppy litters are on their way.


    Consumers who don’t live in the New York area will get a
chance to receive the special Haylie Duff message and virtual gift at events
in the future.  For details, along with downloads, video diaries and fun
Nintendogs extras, visit



    For more information about Nintendo, visit the company’s
Web site at www.nintendo.com.