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Metroid Prime Pinball (Nintendo DS)

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Advertising Blurbs

Nintendo Winter Catalog 2005:

    Morph to the Next Level

    Samus Aran's entry into the bumper-and-flipper world is a sleek, sci-fi classic gaming adventure that has her careening into gigantic boss monsters and bouncing through a variety of exciting pinball boards. Play tables across two screens, at the same time using the touch screen to nudge the pinball table. Battle deadly enemies and experience a number of special modes, such as Clone Machine Multiball and the Wall-Jump Challenge, while you blast and bomb your high score into a state of pure pinball pandemonium.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on May 23, 2006.

Press release (25th October 2005):

    Metroid® Prime Pinball

    Format: Nintendo DS™
    Launch Date: 10/24/05
    ESRB: E (Everyone): Mild Fantasy Violence
    Game Type: Pinball Adventure
    Accessories: Nintendo DS Rumble Pak™
    Players: 1-8

    Game Information

    Developed by FUSE GAMES LIMITED

    KEY INFORMATION

    Unleash Metroid pinball action across dual screens. Play Samus in Morph Ball form on different Metroid-themed tables in a classic pinball adventure.
    • Multi-Mission Mode: Play through six different pinball table regions, each with its own Metroid theme and game-play style. Collect hidden artifacts, find weapon upgrades, battle bosses and play dozens of pinball mini-games in the quest to unlock new regions and battle Metroid Prime.


    • Wireless Mission: Metroid Prime Pinball features the world's first simultaneous eight-player game play using DS Download Play with a single game card. Players hit targets to release Metroid enemies on opponents' tables as they try to beat one another to the top score.


    • Single Mission: This mode features two single-player modes. In Score Attack, players play a traditional pinball game on the board of their choice. They try to collect extra balls, because if they run out, it's game over. In Time Attack, players try to defeat a boss in the fastest time possible.


    • The Nintendo DS Rumble Pak, the first DS accessory to make use of the secondary expansion slot, gives players an added level of immersion by rumbling and vibrating in response to the action on the screens. The Rumble Pak is the same size as a Game Boy® Advance game pak and activates when the pinball hits a bumper or when enemies attack.
    Game Storyline: Samus Aran's entry into the bumper-and-flipper world is a sci-fi adventure that has her battling gigantic boss creatures and careening through all the classic Metroid® Prime regions, including Phendrana Drifts and Magmoor Caverns.

    Characters: Samus, Space Pirates, Metroids, Triclops, Thardus, Omega Pirate, Meta Ridley and Metroid Prime.

    How to progress through the game: Play Multi-Mission play on one of six pinball tables to unlock new pinball regions, or level-up the current region to increase the challenge and up the point values. Players collect hidden artifacts, play through dozens of pinball mini-games, battle a variety of enemies and defeat bosses. Even if they can defeat the ultimate boss, the game is not over. Players can backtrack through the game to take on even harder enemies so they can really rack up the points. Play individual Score Attack or Time Attack modes for high scores.

    Special powers/weapons/moves/features: Drop into a third-person Samus form to battle attacking bugs, bosses, Space Pirates and a host of other enemies. Use a combination of flipper action and Morph Ball Bombs to play through the game. Tapping the touch screen nudges the surface of the table to keep the pinball in play. Through game-play achievements, Samus collects a variety of weapons like Power Bombs and Missiles. This slick, action-packed pinball game features more than a dozen pinball-style game modes. Players flip and bomb their way through the Triclops Terror, and even unleash the mighty Phazon Multiball.

    Contributed by Sciere (245760) on Mar 20, 2006.

Press release (19th October 2005):

    Metroid Prime Pinball: Pickin' Up Good Vibrations On Oct. 24

    Vibrating Rumble Pak Helps Players Explore Creative Ways to 'Feel' Their Games

    REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 19, 2005
    – The Oct. 24 launch of Metroid® Prime Pinball will bring all the bumping, flipping and tilting of a real pinball table to a portable video game system. Metroid Prime Pinball, made exclusively for Nintendo DS™, includes the Nintendo DS Rumble Pak™, the first accessory that makes use of the secondary slot normally reserved for Game Boy® Advance games. The Rumble Pak is the same size as a Game Boy Advance game, and delivers vibrations of various intensity and duration to immerse the player in a realistic pinball experience.

    Because the pinball is actually Metroid heroine Samus Aran in Morph Ball form, Metroid Prime Pinball delivers an earth-shaking experience beyond the usual pinball game. The Rumble Pak activates if the ball hits a bumper, or when Samus gets attacked by a host of nefarious Metroid enemies, such as Space Pirates, Metroids, the Omega Pirate, Meta Ridley and Metroid Prime.

    "This first accessory to make use of the expansion slot of Nintendo DS demonstrates the system's versatility and potential," said George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "The Rumble Pak technology easily can be applied to future games, while the expansion slot could be used for a host of different peripherals. This is just the beginning, as Nintendo continues to explore creative ways for people to 'feel' their game experience."

    The dual screens of Nintendo DS show off an expansive pinball playing area, and players can even tap the touch screen of the DS to "nudge" the table to keep the pinball in play. DS Download Play allows for the world's first simultaneous eight-player game using just a single game card. Players drop enemies onto one another's pinball boards as they race to hit a high score.

    The Nintendo DS Rumble Pak also will be compatible with Mario & Luigi™: Partners in Time, which launches on Nov. 28. More information about Metroid Prime Pinball, Rated E for Everyone, can be found at www.metroidprimepinball.com.

    Contributed by Sciere (245760) on Mar 20, 2006.

Press release (17th May 2005):

    Metroid® Prime Pinball

    Format: Nintendo DS™
    Launch Date: Q4 2005
    ESRB: RP (Rating Pending)
    Game Type: Pinball
    Players: TBA

    Developed by FUSE GAMES LIMITED

    Samus Aran's entry into the bumper-and-flipper world is a sleek, sci-fi classic gaming adventure that has her careening into gigantic boss monsters and bouncing through a variety of exciting pinball tables. Play tables across two screens at the same time using the touch screen to nudge the pinball table. Battle deadly enemies and experience a number of special modes such as Clone Machine Multiball and the Wall-Jump Challenge while you blast and bomb your high score into a state of pure pinball pandemonium.

    Contributed by Sciere (245760) on Mar 20, 2006.

Nintendo.com:
    Samus Aran’s entry into the bumper-and-flipper world is a sleek, sci-fi classic gaming adventure that has her careening into gigantic boss monsters and bouncing through a variety of exciting pinball tables. Play through six tables across two screens at the same time using the touch screen to nudge the pinball table.

    Battle deadly enemies and experience a number of mini-games such as Clone Machine Multiball and the Wall-Jump Challenge while you blast and bomb your high score into a state of pure pinball pandemonium.

    Challenge up to seven friends in the wireless mission with a single game card. During the match, you can send Metroids to players with a higher score or light up all the Drop Target Lights to send Metroids to all players. The first to score 100,000 points wins the match.

    Leaderboards

    If you'd like to tout your high score, you can post it on the official leaderboards! Go to the Metroid Prime Pinball site, click the "Add Score" button, and the leaderboards will open.

    To find your high score code in Metroid Prime Pinball, play a complete Single or Multi Mission. When you game ends, your score will appear on the touch screen. Press the B button and 'Press Start' will appear. Press the B button again, and the game will display your result time or score. Press the Select button here to display the verification code!

    Bottom Line

    Metroid Prime Pinball effectively encapsulates the Metroid spirit in one very tight arcade experience. A surprising, exciting, and all together addictive entry in the pinball genre. You won't be able to put this down.

    Contributed by Kartanym (10780) on Mar 20, 2006.

Back of Case - Nintendo DS (Australia):
    Collect hidden artifacts, find weapon upgrades, battle bosses, and play dozens of pinball mini-games as Samus shows how powerful her morph ball ability can be. Tables based on Classic Metroid Prime regions, including Phendrana Drifts and Magmoor Caverns provide challenge and intense action.

    • 8-player wireless game play using a single Game Card. Hit the drop targets to release Metroid enemies on your opponents' tables as they try to beat you to the top score.


    • Feel each shake and bump of the table through the special Rumble Pak (included) that plugs into the Game Boy Advance slot of your Nintendo DS.


    • Features over a dozen pinball-style game modes. Flip and bomb your way through the Triclops Terror, and even unleash the mighty Phazon Multiball.

    Contributed by Ben K (23018) on Mar 19, 2006.