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Nintendo's Electroplankton Turns Music Novices Into Mixing Maestros

Nintendo's new musical experience ELECTROPLANKTON has launched exclusively for Nintendo DS, letting users score music by using the touch screen or speaking into the microphone. Sounds can be sampled, manipulated, changed and rearranged to help even novices create engrossing beats and harmonies.

"ELECTROPLANKTON is a great way to kick off what promises to be an exciting year for Nintendo," says Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's evp of sales & marketing. "It's the kind of casual game that will attract a broad audience and help Nintendo DS continue to expand its lead as the most popular new hand-held system."

ELECTROPLANKTON users choose one of 10 music-making modes. One mode lets users manipulate the leaves of a plant using the touch screen. As colorful plankton launch into the air, they bounce off the leaves in melodic combinations. Another mode acts as a sampler. Users record up to four different sounds with the microphone and then layer them over drum loops to create a personalized beat.

The game was designed by renowned Japanese electronic artist Toshio Iwai.

ELECTROPLANKTON, Rated E for Everyone, is available now through Nintendo.com and major online retailers, as well as at the Nintendo World Store in New York.

Based in Kyoto, Japan, Nintendo Co. Ltd. manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home and portable videogame systems. Since the release of its first home videogame system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 2 billion videogames and more than 360 million hardware units globally. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information, visit www.nintendo.com.

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