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JOIN THE INCREDIBLE WORLD OF ANIMAL CROSSING

The innovative gaming masterpiece known as Animal Crossing, which has already entranced thousands across Japan and USA, is finally coming to Europe on 24th September 2004.

Since its launch in Japan and the USA, Animal Crossing has received worldwide acclaim. Cube IGN hailed it as 'completely addictive' and in May 2003 it was voted by Edge Magazine as the Gameplay Innovation of the Year, as well as being described as "a fantastically relaxing way of gaming....you absolutely can't wait for tomorrow."

Animal Crossing is an animal populated town where you live your everyday life in real-time. As part of the thriving village community you can make friends with residents, fish in the sea and decorate your homes. Using the internal clock of the Nintendo GameCube, all events in the game happen at the same time as the real world. So as dawn breaks across Europe, the sun also begins to shine in Animal Crossing and when the stars come out, it's bedtime for all your virtual friends!

Pick your character and give him/her a name, choose a house to call your home and meet and greet the local animals that live in the neighbourhood. You can earn a living by running errands for your neighbours or finding valuable treasures. You can also discover rare items by visiting vendors or trading with your forest friends. There is never a dull moment in Animal Crossing!

You don't have to keep the world of Animal Crossing to yourself - up to four of you can enjoy Animal Crossing together, each player takes their turn in the game and can change events for the next player to experience! You can even leave messages for your friends on public message boards and using a special password system, send your friends presents!

The wonderful world of Animal Crossing is one to be shared, and by borrowing a friend's memory card with an Animal Crossing saved game, players can travel to their friend's town and explore it. If you need a break from it all, you can take a holiday to Animal Island by linking Animal Crossing to your Game Boy Advance with a Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable.

Each day is packed full of unique events and challenges which make Animal Crossing one of the most innovative Nintendo GameCube titles to date. Join the growing population of players who live to play and play for fun in a land of dreams and wonder in Animal Crossing.

Animal Crossing will be available in Europe from 24th September for 60 Euros. Click on www.nintendo-europe.com for all the latest Nintendo information.

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For further information please visit the Nintendo Extranet at www.Nintendo-Europe-Media.com or contact Becki Strickland or Simon Watts at the Nintendo Press Office on 020 7307 3103.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. of Kyoto, Japan, is the acknowledged worldwide leader in the creation of interactive entertainment. To date, Nintendo has sold more than 1.8 billion video games worldwide, created such industry icons as Mario and Donkey Kong and launched franchises like The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon. Nintendo manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home video game systems, including the Nintendo 64, NINTENDO GAMECUBE, Game Boy Advance and Game Boy - the world's best-selling video game system which has sold over 150 million units. As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.

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