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Catch 'Em Early: Get a Free Pokemon Gift; Pre-Order Pokemon Games and Receive Exclusive Guide to the World of Pokemon.

REDMOND, Wash. -- Once again, it pays to be a fast-acting Pokemon(R) fan. Starting Aug. 1, fans and interested novices who place a deposit to reserve a copy of Pokemon FireRed or Pokemon LeafGreen for Game Boy(R) Advance at participating retailers will immediately receive the Pokemon Pocket Trainer's Guide -- a handy reference guide for seasoned players or a tutorial for beginners.

The guide provides detailed Pokemon facts and information about the various characters, perfect for an introduction to the Pokemon universe, yet enough to satisfy even the most rabid Pokemaniacs. The Pokemon Pocket Trainer's Guide includes stats about each of the 17 types of Pokemon, suggestions about how to find them, evolve and battle them, plus a beautiful, full-color map of the Kanto region. Guides are pocket-sized and easily portable with the Game Boy Advance.

Fans will receive another bonus when the games arrive in stores on Sept. 7. Pokemon FireRed and Pokemon LeafGreen will come bundled with the new Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter, which lets players trade, battle and chat with one another with no connecting cords. Each game will sell at an MSRP of $39.99.

The Pokemon franchise remains as popular as ever. Pokemon has sold more than 128 million video games worldwide, accounting for more than $4 billion in sales. For several weeks in early 2004, Pokemon Colosseum(TM), made exclusively for Nintendo GameCube(TM), and its pre-sell bonus disk outsold every software title and video game console on Amazon.com. And in Japan, Pokemon FireRed and Pokemon LeafGreen sold more than 2.5 million units in just over three months.

Pokemon FireRed and Pokemon LeafGreen offer never-before-seen features, including Union Rooms, hubs for social game play where up to 40 players can meet and chat wirelessly to trade and battle Pokemon or just make conversation using chat functions. The games also feature a more colorful and easier-to-use Pokedex that lets users sort their Pokemon in a variety of different ways.

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 and portable video game systems. Each year, hundreds of all-new titles for the best-selling Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo GameCube(TM) systems extend Nintendo's vast game library and continue the tradition of delivering a rich, diverse mix of quality video games for players of all ages. Since the release of its first home video game system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 1.8 billion video games globally, creating enduring industry icons such as Mario(TM) and Donkey Kong(R) and launching popular culture franchise phenomena such as Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). 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 www.nintendo.com.

Pokemon USA, Inc., a subsidiary of The Pokemon Company in Japan, manages and oversees the property outside of Asia, which includes licensing activities, brand promotions, publication of the trading card game, TV animation, home video entertainment, the official Pokemon Web site, the Pokemon Center NY in Rockefeller Center and pokemoncenter.com, an e-commerce site. Pokemon was launched in Japan in 1996 for play on Nintendo's Game Boy(R) and has evolved into a global cultural phenomenon. Pokemon was introduced in North America in September 1998 and has since generated more than $15 billion in worldwide retail sales. More than 38 million Pokemon video games have been sold in the United States, including Pokemon(R) Ruby and Pokemon(R) Sapphire, which were the No. 2 and No. 3 best-selling video games of 2003 in the U.S., according to the NPD Group. The trading card game, fueled by organized play programs around the world, has spurred global sales of more than 13 billion cards to date, while the Pokemon animated series on Kids' WB!, now in its sixth season, consistently ranks within the top shows for boys ages six to 11. For more information, visit www.pokemon.com.

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