9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek Revealed On Mac – $2 Off Full Unlock For Limited Time Only

New for Mac from G5! Looks to be part hidden object, party puzzle and part adventure!

9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek

9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek Revealed on Mac Today, care of G5 & Artifex Mundi

Reveal the evil that clutches Serpent Creek and stop a nefarious plot to bring the Snake God back to our world!

San Francisco, California – April 16, 2014 – The evil forces have decided that the town of Serpent Creek is the best place to perform the ritual to revive Snake God. In the newest, eerie hidden object adventure game from G5 Entertainment and Artifex Mundi – 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek, you will have to save the town from this terrifying threat! The game arrived to the Mac App Store today, so download it to your Mac and start your rescue mission right away! No time to lose!

Your closest friend, journalist Helen Hunter, traveled to the coastal town of Serpent Creek to report on the Serpent Festival. Now she’s missing, and the last phone call she made was to you. As a paranormal private investigator, Helen wanted you to weigh in on some frightening things she’d discovered. She asked you to come immediately.

The first thing you see upon arriving in Serpent Creek is a humanoid, snake-like creature. Clearly, Helen’s fears were not groundless. It seems the town’s streets are crawling with snakes, the ground shakes with violent tremors, people are sleepwalking and to make matters worse, no one remembers a blonde journalist. You’ll have to investigate mysterious locations and solve challenging puzzles to piece together clues about what happened to your best friend. Reveal the evil that clutches this crippled town and stop a nefarious plot to bring the Snake God back to our world!

Here’s the trailer.

9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek brims with eerie atmosphere, features immersive storyline, crisp graphics and pleasant voice over. It features an innovative detective mode that fans of the genre will love – on some hidden object scenes items on the search list (such as fingerprints, blood stains or murder weapon) are revealed only after you have located them. When the list is completed, you’ll have a retrospective of events that happened on the place. Hours of tense and pleasant gaming experience await you in 9 Clues. The game is developed by Artifex Mundi and published on Mac OS by G5 Entertainment.

Key Features:

- 53 eerie locations

- 13 clever puzzles and mini-games

- Six strange characters

- 19 achievements to unlock

- Thrilling story set in 1950s America

9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek is available for download today. Gamers can try the game for free and unlock the full version via in-app purchase for $4.99 through April 19th (reg. $6.99). Get it at the Mac App Store: 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek for Mac. The game is also available on iPhoneiPadGoogle Play and Kindle Fire.

New #Maleficent Featurette The Legacy And Embrace Your Inner Evil Sweepstakes

I’ve known for years that Maleficent is one of my Mom’s favorite Disney villains if not her most favorite villain.

Who’s your favorite Disney villain? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!

Maleficent Poster

The new “Legacy” featurette, from  MALEFICENT, featuring a behind-the-scenes interview with Angelina Jolie, is now available.

“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

“Maleficent” is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, with Angelina Jolie, Michael Vieira, Don Hahn, Palak Patel, Matt Smith and Sarah Bradshaw serving as executive producers. Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. “Maleficent” opens in U.S. theaters on May 30, 2014.

Also, starting today, fans can enter for a chance to win a trip to the world premiere of the film in the Maleficent “Embrace Your Inner Evil” Sweepstakes. Fans can enter by recreating Maleficent’s laugh and posting the video to Instagram using #MaleficentLaughSweeps. Official Rules: http://di.sn/MaleficentLaugh.

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MALEFICENT releases in theaters everywhere on May 30th!

Princess Peach Joins Family Of Mario Wii Remote Plus Controllers

Oh my goodness! If you’re a lover of all things Mario you’ll get probably a kick out of this like me.  There are Mario themed Wii remotes! Princess Peach color is the newest!

Nintendo Mario Wii Controlers

April 15, 2014 12:00 UTC

Nintendo News: Nintendo Gives Wii Remote Plus Controller the Royal Treatment

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo hereby announces a new Wii Remote Plus controller styled in the royal fashion of Princess Peach. The pink controller features many touches that pay homage to the Mushroom Kingdom’s most powerful heroine, who recently starred in the Super Mario 3D World game for the Wii U console. The new controller includes a crown design over the speaker, blue buttons that echo Peach’s royal jewelry and a golden-yellow plus pad that evokes her regal crown.

The new Peach Pink Wii Remote Plus will start appearing in stores in late April at a suggested retail price of $39.99. It joins other controllers themed to Nintendo characters, including the red Mario and green Luigi controllers. (Photo: Business Wire)

Movie Fans! Take The Pixar Easter Egg Challenge!

Pixar Easter Egg Challenge

Do you enjoy looking for Easter eggs? I don’t mean the actual Easter egg (whether real or plastic). I mean the kind of Easter egg that is an image hidden right in front of you in a movie. Did you know that Pixar hides Easter eggs in their movies?

The clip below is from the Pixar Easter Egg Hunt found exclusively in the Discover section on Disney Movies Anywhere. Disney Movies Anywhere is Disney’s all-new, cloud-based digital movie service.

Watch the all-new Pixar Easter Egg Challenge clip and see how many hidden gems you can find from your favorite Pixar films!

ABOUT DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE (DMA):

Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is a cloud-based digital movie service that offers a hassle-free way for consumers to buy, watch, and manage Disney digital content across platforms and iOS devices via the easy-to-use DMA app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at DisneyMoviesAnywhere.com. A DMA-eligible digital title purchased from iTunes or redeemed in DMA will be accessible in a user’s DMA locker. There are currently over 400 films from Disney’s rich history available for streaming and download, including Disney Branded Animation, Disney Live-Action, Pixar, and Marvel titles, along with exclusive, original content. For more information or to redeem Digital Copy codes to build your library and earn Disney Movie Rewards for digital purchases, visit www.disneymoviesanywhere.com

ABOUT THE ‘DISCOVER’ SECTION OF DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE: Updated weekly, the ‘Discover’ section of Disney Movies Anywhere features never-before-seen and exclusive content, available at no charge for members. Including first looks at new films, behind-the scenes vignettes, music videos, classic shorts from the Disney Archives, and much more.

Nintendo Cuts the Prices of Five Great Nintendo 3DS Games

Price cuts on great 3DS games just in time for Easter and spring break!

What was the first handheld video game you (or your child) ever played? I’d love to know, please leave a comment!

Nintendo 3ds Games

April 14, 2014 12:00 UTC – REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Five great Nintendo 3DS games, including the top three best-selling Nintendo 3DS games of all time, are getting a new lower price. Together these five games have sold more than 9 million combined physical and digital units in the United States alone, and represent some of the most fun game experiences available today. The five games are must-haves for anyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS system, and their new price represents an even better value for consumers.

Starting April 22, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and in retail stores at a suggested retail price of just $29.99 each. (Photo: Business Wire)

In order, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and New Super Mario Bros. 2 represent the top three best-selling Nintendo 3DS games of all time in the United States – each one has sold more than 2.15 million physical and digital units in the U.S. alone. All five of the newly discounted games star classic Nintendo characters and franchises, and their strong sales over time demonstrate the longevity of Nintendo’s games. The games make great gifts, engaging entertainment for families and other spring break travelers, or just a way to introduce kids to the fun of video games.

For more information about these products, visit http://www.nintendo.com.

*Data regarding physical sales of games are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.

New Clips Now Available For #DisneynatureBears!

Disneynature Bears Cubs

Two new clips from Disneynature’s BEARS are now available! BEARS opens next Friday, April 18th!

Bears – Clip “Digging Up Clams”

Bears – Clip “First Steps”

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska! Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), and narrated by John C. Reilly, “Bears” arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day. For more information about Disneynature, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/Disneynature and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Disneynature.

ABOUT DISNEYNATURE:

Disneynature was launched in April 2008. Its mission is to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife stories on the big screen in order to engage, inspire and educate theatrical audiences everywhere. Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife filmmaking, producing 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, which earned eight Academy Awards®. The first four Disneynature films, “Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee,” are four of the top five highest overall grossing feature-length nature films to date, with “Chimpanzee” garnering a record-breaking opening weekend for the genre. Disney’s commitment to conservation is a key pillar of the label and Disneynature films empower the audience to help make a difference. Through donations tied to opening-week attendance for all four films, Disneynature, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, has planted three million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, established 40,000 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas, protected 65,000 acres of savanna in Kenya, protected nearly 130,000 acres of wild chimpanzee habitat, educated 60,000 school children about chimpanzee conservation and cared for chimpanzees.

  • Like Disneynature on Facebook: Facebook.com/Disneynature
  • Follow Disneynature on Twitter: Twitter.com/Disneynature
  • Visit the website: Disney.com/Bears

Disneynature’s BEARS opens in theaters everywhere on April 18th!

I saw bears up close when I was younger. The babies are adorable! I wouldn’t ever mess with one though! Have you ever seen a bear up close? What did you think? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!

Miscellaneous Mentionables

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Here some gaming news that might be of interest.

G5 adds brand new adventures to The Island Castaway®: Lost World™ (iPad) – Free Update

FREE 1.1 update features a brand-new chapter, 95 new quests, a new building, 2 new obstacles, 7 new islanders, 4 additional tasty recipes & a new magic potion

The Island Castaway: Lost World game

San Francisco, California – April 8, 2014 – G5 Entertainment invites you to spend a few weeks on a deserted island in the company of some ship-wrecked survivors as well as natives … in the updated The Island Castaway®: Lost World™. The 1.1 version guarantees lots of fun for you with a brand-new chapter, 95 new quests, a new building, 2 new obstacles, 7 new islanders, 4 additional tasty recipes and a new magic potion featured in this update. And it is available on the App Store for free download now.

This time you’ll get to a new unexplored part of the island where you’ll meet the second native tribe. They are unaware of the existence of Nepolo tribe and are hostile to strangers. And your tasks will be to make friends with Hakomo tribe, break the spell cast on you, excavate an ancient city in the mountains, fight new enemies and learn lots of new stuff. Unexpected twists and turns are awaiting you in The Island Castaway: Lost World 1.1, start your adventure now!

What’s New in Version 1.1:

Bet you never thought that being stranded on a deserted tropical island would be this much fun! Fortunately it’s not time to go home just yet. Enjoy a thrilling new chapter, meet another tribe on the other side of the island, face mysterious new creatures and find out what happens next on this enigmatic and unpredictable island!

BRAND NEW CHAPTER! Explore the other side of the island in a brand new chapter and unlock seven new locations.

NEW QUESTS AND RESOURCES! Solve over 95 challenging quests and prepare six more types of resources.

NEW BUILDINGS AND OBSTACLES! Build a lumber mill and conquer a giant quail and snake-monster.

NEW SURVIVORS, RECIPES AND POTIONS! Meet seven new islanders, master four tasty new recipes and obtain an important magic potion.

About the game:

In The Island Castaway: Lost World, players will experience all new, heart-pounding adventures and unending fun. A brand new, intriguing tropical island, challenging quests, a riveting and fresh storyline along with fearless indigenous characters await you! You can finally find out whether or not the castaways made famous in the first 2 installments make it off the island in one piece. Being stranded on a remote island has never been so entertaining!

After a shipwreck, your main goal is survival, although getting off the island would be great too. But first you must step up and become the leader of the castaways to prevent chaos and ensure everyone’s well-being. To provide reliable food sources for your group, build a fish farm to catch eels, a quail farm to cultivate poultry and a crab farm to trap shellfish. Also create a clay pit and a liana farm to source the building materials needed for shelters. Track down rare plants for your magic potions, and be mindful about protection while exploring the island. Befriend the natives and learn to cook all kinds of local cuisine.

But it’s not just about keeping safe, dry and well-fed. To escape the island and return home, you must decipher bizarre markings on the ground, collect ancient statues, kill a crab monster and unravel this mysterious island’s dark secrets!

The Island Castaway: Lost World is a treat for fans of the franchise, survival simulators fans and newcomers to the genre. It’s absolutely glorious – colorful story, cartoonish graphics and loads of engaging quests make the game vivid and believable! You will be immersed into this adventure from the first quest. And the fun will never end with regularly scheduled free updates!

The game is developed by Sampad®, Awem Games® and published on iOS by G5 Entertainment.

Key Features:

* A stunning tropical island to explore

* Over 350 challenging quests to complete

* 25 types of resources to prep and store

* 20 original and engaging characters to meet

* 15 delicious native dishes to master

* Five magic potions to concoct: protective, transfer, speed, immortality and spirit protection

* Six farms to build: a fish farm, crab farm, clay pit, liana farm and quail farm

* Collections of trophies and statues to piece together

* Regular game updates to keep you fascinated for months

Purchase in the iTunes Store: The Island Castaway®: Lost World™ for iPad

Nightmares From The Deep Sirens Call

Nightmares from the Deep™: The Siren’s Call Comes To Mac Today, care of G5 & Artifex Mundi

Ready yourself for a spine-tingling sequel to your favorite hidden object adventure!

San Francisco, California – April 9, 2014 – By popular demand, G5 Entertainment and Artifex Mundi today launch the sequel of one the best hidden object adventures of all time – Nightmares from the Deep™: The Siren’s Call on Mac. Right from the first screen, you’ll be plunged into an epic adventure featuring frightening foes and heart-pounding twists!

When Sarah Black, curator at the Caribbean Naval Museum, receives a mysterious package, she is unwittingly drawn into an ancient conflict. As she begins to remove an artifact from the package, assailants instantly descend on the museum and snatch it. In disbelief, Sarah realizes that yet again she is falling headfirst into a nightmare from the deep! Soon she finds herself on the shores of Kingsmouth, a forgotten fishing village with an incredible secret. A would-be messenger reveals the sad truth: he and the town’s other denizens are gradually turning into ghoulish, mutated ocean creatures. And this curse was cast by none other than Mayor Murray and the old sea-devil himself, Davy Jones! Answer the siren’s call to save this beleaguered village and defeat Davy Jones, Mayor Murray and his pet sea monster, the Kraken!

Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren’s Call is filled with suspense and intrigue. It brims with interactive mini-games, diverse puzzles and dynamic hidden object scenes. Silhouette type scenes hide a few items that are parts of puzzles and help you find other hidden items on the same scenes. In the end of each search you’ll get a tool that is crucial for further progress. This sequel too offers you to play mahjong mini-game as an alternative to regular search for hidden items. Stunning artwork and pleasant voiceovers maintain a proper atmosphere. Spiced up with a breathtaking story line that mixes mythology with modern characters, Nightmares from the Deep 2 will catch your attention from the very first till the very last minute, and guarantee an unforgettable gaming experience.

The game is developed by Artifex Mundi and published on Mac OS by G5 Entertainment.

Key Features:

● Thrilling storyline and awesome artwork

● 48 enigmatic locations

● Over 400 objects to find

● 20 hidden object scenes

● 28 amazingly diverse mini-games

● 30 fantastic achievements

Nightmares from the Deep™: The Siren’s Call is available for download on Mac today. Gamers can try the game for free and unlock the full version via in-app purchase for $4.99 through April 11th (reg. $6.99).

Purchase in the Mac App Store. The game is also available on iPhone, iPad, Google Play and Kindle Fire.

Open the Gates to Your Personal Disney Kingdom in Disney Magical World

With worlds inspired by two of my favorites – Winnie The Pooh and Alice In Wonderland – this game should be awesome!

Do you have a favorite character from a Disney animated movie? Who is it? I’d really love to know, please leave a comment!

Nintendo 3Ds Disney Magical World Box

April 11, 2014 12:00 UTC

New Nintendo 3DS Game is a Portable Dream Come True for Any Disney Fan

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– A whole new world awaits players in Disney Magical World, launching today for the Nintendo 3DS system. After creating a personalized avatar and a customized dream life, players embark on a 3D fantasy adventure featuring more than 60 iconic Disney characters across a main central plaza and its four surrounding worlds inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Aladdin and Winnie the Pooh. It’s all Disney, all the time as players interact with beloved characters, run a café to earn in-game coins, set off on ghost-hunting quests and even visit friends’ towns via the StreetPass feature.

“It’s very exciting to see two powerhouses in entertainment – Nintendo and Disney – come together to develop a family-friendly video game,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “With Disney Magical World, players of all ages can experience the magic of Disney through the magic of the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS systems.”

Endless opportunities for creativity and customization allow the imagination to run wild in Disney Magical World. With more than 1,000 items, players can hone their design skills to create hundreds of personalized Disney-themed outfits, accessories and furniture. Budding green thumbs can plant and harvest crops in the Hundred Acre Wood. Aspiring restaurateurs can design a café from its décor to its menu. As they foster its success through careful management, players can earn valuable in-game coins and even pique the interest of favorite Disney characters to stop by for a meal. The personal “My Room” retreat above the café offers another customizable opportunity with even more items and furniture.

For players looking for a dose of adventure, the Disney Magical World game features many exciting quests and unique collectibles. By collecting and using magic wands with different skill sets, players can battle through ghost-filled forests and dungeons. Players also can help various Disney characters retrieve missing hard-to-find items on these action-filled excursions.

Several aspects of the game leverage the unique features of the Nintendo 3DS system. By scanning Disney Magical World-specific AR Cards – which will be distributed online, in stores and at special events – with the Nintendo 3DS camera, players can unlock new clothes, accessories and furniture items. Players can connect locally or through StreetPass to interact with other players and scope out their customized avatars, towns and cafés. The game also offers additional free and paid downloadable content via Wi-Fi to players using a broadband Internet connection, including one free monthly in-game Disney-themed avatar T-shirt. Players also can opt in to receive free downloadable items like clothing and furniture every season, starting today.

As an added bonus, players who visit a Nintendo Zone location between April 18 and Aug. 7 will be able to download free exclusive items, most of which are themed to Pinocchio. These include Pinocchio hats and outfits, goldfish bowls and wallpaper. New items are available every two weeks, so players should keep checking back. For more information about Nintendo Zone and where to find one nearby, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/nintendozone.

Disney Magical World is now available in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS at a suggested retail price of $29.99. For more information about the game, visit http://disney.nintendo.com.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

Disney Magical World is developed by BANDAI NAMCO Studio Inc.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.2 billion video games and more than 669 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. 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 about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

Miis Join Real-World Friends In New Tomodachi Life For Nintendo 3DS

I remember when we got our Wii I spent a lot of time making Miis that I felt represented us.  It was important to me to do so, partially because it was fun, and partially because I felt it would help my youngest be able to identify with and remember who was who. I tried to get as close as possible in appearance, down to hair, glasses and the rest. It was quite amusing. Hubby loved to change my Mii and give me an angry face whenever I wasn’t looking, which would send my youngest into fits of giggles.

Wii owners, do you change the appearance of your Wii Mii occasionally, or do you just leave yours alone? I’d really love to know, please leave a comment!

Nintendo 3Ds Tomodachi Life Box

April 10, 2014 12:30 UTC

Live a Life You Never Imagined in a Hilarious and Unpredictable New World from Nintendo

In Tomodachi Life for Nintendo 3DS, Mii Characters Join Your Dream-World Starring Your Real-World Friends

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Take all your preconceived notions about life’s possibilities, crumple them into a ball and toss them out the window. It’s time to star in a whole new life. On June 6, visit the outrageously bizarre island world of Tomodachi Life for the Nintendo 3DS system. Everyone you know, and everyone you wish you knew, should prepare to meet their Mii maker – you! – as you build a bustling fantasy population of friends, family and even celebrities, all in one wild and hilarious world. The real emotional connection you already share with your Mii characters will keep you glued to the drama, intrigue and hilarity that ensues as everyone goes about their extraordinary daily lives, evolving and interacting in unpredictable and often uproarious ways.

The Tomodachi franchise already has taken Japan by storm, selling more than 5.5 million games. Its first North American title, Tomodachi Life, is poised to stake out unprecedented video game territory when it launches June 6. Nintendo announced more details today in a special Tomodachi Life-themed Nintendo Direct. To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct.

“Nintendo fans are familiar with Mii characters, but now they come to life in ways they never have before – with their own lives, interests and personalities,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Customization and open-ended play are two big video game trends for 2014, and Tomodachi Life delivers a fun, creative experience that makes you want to visit again and again, because there’s always something interesting going on.”

“Tomodachi” is the Japanese word for “friend.” After completely customizing all your Mii characters, from their voices and appearances right down to their personality quirks, you’ll recognize them instantly. But you can’t possibly predict what they’ll do next. For the first time ever, Mii characters behave based on the personality traits you select, playing out the drama you set in motion. A celebrity might fall in love with your math teacher. Your mom might jump on stage to belt out heavy metal songs. Or you could become famous striking poses down the runway of a fashion show wearing cute and silly outfits. Best of all, you can document these unbelievable moments for posterity and share them all with your friends via the Nintendo 3DS Image Share service.

Even your far-fetched celebrity dreams can come true in Tomodachi Life. If you have ever wanted international superstar Christina Aguilera to join you in a sing-off, or believed that she would become BFFs with your cousin or wished she would perform a song with your customized lyrics, it could happen here. The multi award-winning singer has signed on to be a part of Nintendo’s promotional campaign for the game, and her Mii character will be available at launch. Aguilera’s Mii character also will guest star in a TV commercial and in online videos that show all the exciting things that happen when celebrities mingle with Miis players know personally. The first video in the series can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/sBTHSY5GKKY. Additional celebrities involved with Tomodachi Life will be announced over the upcoming weeks.

The plot of Tomodachi Life thickens with the addition of each Mii character. As they deliver one gripping twist and turn after another, you can reward them with in-game gifts and clothes, their favorite foods or special flourishes for their apartments. Together you can further broaden your Tomodachi Life horizons by exploring the island, solving characters’ problems and helping them with their needs.

Additional information about Tomodachi Life will be revealed in the future. For the latest updates, visit http://tomodachi.nintendo.com. The game will play on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS systems, and will be available in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and on Nintendo 2DS at a suggested retail price of $34.99.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.2 billion video games and more than 669 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. 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 about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.