Metroid Prime Pinball: Pickin’ Up Good Vibrations on Oct. 24
Vibrating Rumble Pak Helps Players Explore Creative Ways to ‘Feel’ Their
REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 19 — The Oct. 24 launch of Metroid(R)
Prime Pinball will bring all the bumping, flipping and tilting of a real
pinball table to a portable video game system. Metroid Prime Pinball, made
exclusively for Nintendo DS(TM), includes the Nintendo DS Rumble Pak(TM), the
first accessory that makes use of the secondary slot normally reserved for
Game Boy(R) Advance games. The Rumble Pak is the same size as a Game Boy
Advance game, and delivers vibrations of various intensity and duration to
immerse the player in a realistic pinball experience.
Because the pinball is actually Metroid heroine Samus Aran in Morph Ball
form, Metroid Prime Pinball delivers an earth-shaking experience beyond the
usual pinball game. The Rumble Pak activates if the ball hits a bumper, or
when Samus gets attacked by a host of nefarious Metroid enemies, such as Space
Pirates, Metroids, the Omega Pirate, Meta Ridley and Metroid Prime.
"This first accessory to make use of the expansion slot of Nintendo DS
demonstrates the system’s versatility and potential," said George Harrison,
Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of marketing and corporate
communications. "The Rumble Pak technology easily can be applied to future
games, while the expansion slot could be used for a host of different
peripherals. This is just the beginning, as Nintendo continues to explore
creative ways for people to ‘feel’ their game experience."
The dual screens of Nintendo DS show off an expansive pinball playing
area, and players can even tap the touch screen of the DS to "nudge" the table
to keep the pinball in play. DS Download Play allows for the world’s first
simultaneous eight-player game using just a single game card. Players drop
enemies onto one another’s pinball boards as they race to hit a high score.
The Nintendo DS Rumble Pak also will be compatible with Mario & Luigi(TM):
Partners in Time, which launches on Nov. 28. More information about Metroid
Prime Pinball, Rated E for Everyone, can be found at