Want to get the ultimate limited edition GBA decorated by Tony Hawk, Kelly Slater, or Dave Mirra?
Extreme Sports Celebrities and Nintendo `Play for America';
Exclusive Celebrity-Decorated Game Boy Advance Systems Up for Grabs
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 22, 2002--Three of the
hottest extreme sports athletes in America are hanging up their boards
and bikes and grabbing their glue sticks, markers, and sequins to
participate in Nintendo's "Play for America" sweepstakes.
Pro skater Tony Hawk, surfer Kelly Slater, and BMX rider Dave
Mirra each are donating a personally decorated Game Boy(R) Advance
system to give gamers and extreme sports fans the chance to win!
Through August 5, visitors ages 18 and over may enter the "Play
for America" sweepstakes on www.stuffmagazine.com by voting for their
favorite celebrity-designed Game Boy Advance system. Entrants choose
the patriotic and creative design they like best and cast their votes.
Winners will receive the actual Game Boy Advance system they voted for
along with a copy of the game starring the respective athlete.
"With more than 7 million systems sold since launch, Game Boy
Advance is the fastest-selling new video game system in history," says
Peter MacDougall, executive vice president, sales and marketing,
Nintendo of America Inc. "Thanks to the participation of great
athletes such as Tony Hawk, Kelly Slater, and Dave Mirra, `Play for
America' allows fans to enjoy skateboarding, surfing, and biking on
Game Boy Advance -- without all the bumps and bruises."
As a token of appreciation and support, Nintendo is contributing
$3,000 to the charity of each athlete's choice:
-- Tony Hawk - Tony Hawk Foundation - Seeking to foster lasting
improvements in society, with an emphasis on helping children.
The foundation supports programs focusing on the creation of
public skateboard parks and other causes.
-- Kelly Slater - National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA)
- With over 2,000 active members, the NSSA is the highest
profile amateur competitive surfing association in the United
-- Dave Mirra - Dream Factory - The Dream Factory was founded
nationally in 1980 in the state of Kentucky. The organization
has made thousands of dreams come true for chronically and
seriously ill children in the United States.
The Game Boy Advance system virtually defines the $1.7 billion
handheld video game industry in North America. It has an exclusive
library of more than 200 video games and is backward-compatible with
practically every Game Boy game ever released, rocketing the game
library total to nearly 1,000 titles. Future Game Boy Advance software
includes games specifically designed to communicate with Nintendo
GameCube(TM) via the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance cable,
extending the game play experience to new, uncharted areas.
As the worldwide leader and innovator in the creation of
interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co. Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home
video game systems. The systems include Game Boy(R), Nintendo(R) 64,
Game Boy Advance and NINTENDO GAMECUBE(TM). Since the release of its
first home video game system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 1.6
billion video games worldwide, creating enduring industry icons such
as Mario(TM) and Donkey Kong(R) and launching such franchises as
Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). As 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,
UPDATE: Here are what the three custom designs look like.