New Controls and Wi-Fi Features Give Nintendo’s Soccer Smash a Wicked Boost

REDMOND, Wash., July 30, 2007 – It’s gonna take more than a good pair of shin guards to protect Mario™ and his turbo-kicking teammates in Mario Strikers Charged™, Nintendo’s blistering new soccer title for Wii™ that launches today. Earthquakes, firestorms and electric shockwaves are just a few of the otherworldly hazards in this ball-chasing battle royal. And with players from coast to coast competing online, this wildly unpredictable pitch is for neither the faint of heart nor the heavy of foot. It’s not just soccer, it’s soccer – Mario style.

Mario Strikers Charged introduces nine sensational new stadiums, plus a host of new characters with their own special abilities and power moves. Players create their own teams by mixing and matching captains and sidekicks, then use the Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™ to face opponents in single-player or multiplayer modes. Mastering Striker Challenges or the tournament-styled Road to the Striker Cup will unlock new elements and cheats.

The excitement extends beyond your living room as Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection, Nintendo’s wireless gaming service, enables players nationwide to meet and compete online. Participants are ranked using a positive structured points-based system, and rankings are reset to zero each week to keep the competition fresh and fierce.

Mario Strikers Charged incorporates unique Wii controls such as flicking the Wii Remote to tackle the ball from your opponent or using it to block shots on the goal,” says George Harrison, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. “There’s no better way to keep a game challenging and fun than to invite more people to join the action. With Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, we’re creating a real community where players at any experience level can take part in the fun.”

Mario Strikers Charged is rated E 10+ for Everyone 10 and Older. For more information about the game, visit Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other Wii features, visit

The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™, Nintendo DS™, Game Boy® Advance and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 2.4 billion video games and more than 420 million hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like 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, visit the company’s Web site at