Nintendo's official report details the game designer's visit to the Nintendo World Store in support of Nintendogs-mania.
Hard-Core Nintendo Fans Wait Two Days as Nintendogs Takes on New York
Miyamoto Visits Nintendo World Store, Unlocks Secret Breed
REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- This weekend Nintendo hosted two
major Nintendogs(TM) events in New York. On Sunday, some 1,500 people lined
up at the Nintendo World Store in Rockefeller Center to meet legendary
Nintendo video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. Dedicated fans staked out the
first spots in line as early as 2:30 a.m. Friday -- more than two days
before the event began. Some came specifically for the event from as far
away as France, Canada and South Carolina, and eventually the line wrapped
around several city blocks.
Miyamoto signed T-shirts, current and classic video games and consoles
ranging from the original Nintendo Entertainment System® to Nintendo
GameCube(TM). While only the first 200 people were guaranteed a meeting with
Miyamoto, hundreds of others received a special gift from him as he unlocked
the secret Jack Russell terrier breed in Nintendogs and shared his trainer
information. The special feature moved from person to person through the
line via the wireless abilities of the Nintendo DS(TM). Owners also were
able to share a special voice message from Napoleon Dynamite actress Haylie
On Saturday, a dozen real-life pooches changed the catwalk into a dogwalk as
they showcased the latest in puppywear in the Nintendogs Doggy Fashion Show
in Riverside Park. The clothes were the creations of Little Lilly, designer
to the stars' dogs. A few of the dogs were available for adoption through
the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which
received dozens of adoption inquiries and multiple donations.
"It's no secret that Nintendo has the best, most loyal fans in the world,"
said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of
sales & marketing, who also met with fans at both events. "These events
demonstrated that Nintendogs has huge momentum to carry it through the
The smash-hit Nintendogs already has sold more than 1.5 million units
worldwide. Nintendogs, made exclusively for Nintendo DS, went on sale in the
United States on Aug. 22 and became an instant sensation. The week of Sept.
5, Nintendogs even was the subject of a weeklong plotline in the popular
syndicated comic strip "FoxTrot." Retailers nationwide are reporting
shortages, although Nintendo ensures new puppy litters are on their way.
Consumers who don't live in the New York area will get a chance to receive
the special Haylie Duff message and virtual gift at events in the future.
For details, along with downloads, video diaries and fun Nintendogs extras,