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August 30, 2013 11:35 ET

Voice of Mario to Make Appearance at Birmingham's Bullring

Charles Martinet, the 'voice' behind Mario and Luigi to visit GAME at the Bullring Birmingham on Friday 6th September

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 30, 2013) - Nintendo fans are in for a real treat as Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario and Luigi, visits GAME at the Bullring Birmingham on Friday 6th September.

As 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of Luigi's debut video game appearance in Mario Bros, for one day only, fans will have a once in a lifetime chance to get an autograph and photograph with the gaming celebrity at a special Mario event, taking place in-store at GAME. Exclusive posters and game sleeves will be handed out to fans in line to meet Charles, and Mario and Luigi costume characters will be available for photographs.

Charles Martinet is an American voice actor who has voiced Mario since 1995. He also provides the voice for Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Toadsworth, Baby Mario and Baby Luigi among other Nintendo characters.

As well as meeting Charles Martinet, visitors will have the chance to play a number of games including Mario Kart 7 and New Super Mario Bros. 2 on Nintendo 3DS, both featuring the voice work of Charles, and available to play throughout the day.

Lee Hunt, Local Marketing Manager for GAME Retail Ltd says, "We cannot wait to welcome Charles Martinet, one of the ultimate gaming celebrities into the store. Charles is such a popular figure in the gaming world and we're really excited to be able to offer the UK gaming community the chance to meet the man behind so many iconic characters. 2013 is already a huge year for Nintendo fans, with Luigi's 30th anniversary and some amazing games on the horizon, it's great to offer the community another reason to celebrate".

Customers are encouraged to bring along their Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL consoles to increase their StreetPass hits.

The exclusive Mario event with Charles Martinet will take place from 11am to 1pm and then from 2pm to 4pm on Friday 6th September at GAME in the Bullring Birmingham shopping centre.

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About Nintendo 3DS:

Nintendo 3DS offers Parental Controls so that parents can control the level of 3D their children can view on the Nintendo 3DS as well as the content they can access. Nintendo 3DS also features a 3D depth slider which lets players turn off or adjust the level of 3D they want on the 3D Screen, two built-in screens for different functionality, a Circle Pad which provides a full 360 degrees of direction, a built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor. It is equipped with three cameras (two of which are facing outwards to allow the taking of 3D pictures), houses a 2GB SD Memory Card and is compatible with AR Cards which come packaged with Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo 3DS is also backwards compatible with all existing Nintendo DS games, which can be played in 2D on your Nintendo 3DS system.

About Nintendo:

The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.1 billion video games and more than 655 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.

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