LodgeNet Begins Installing Hotels With Nintendo 64 Game Systems; Initiative Includes New Installations, System Upgrades for Thousands of Hotel Rooms
SIOUX FALLS, S.D., June 10 / LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation
The 64-bit N64 video game platform features high-resolution 3-D graphics, CD-quality sound, and an ergonomically designed, full-featured game controller. LodgeNet will install the systems with a library of more than twenty of Nintendo's most popular games, including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, 1080o Snowboarding(R), Super Mario 64(R), and Mario Kart(R) 64. The company plans to add even more titles later this year as they become available.
"With the approaching summer travel season, the time is right to offer travelers a new choice in guest room entertainment," said Steven D. Truckenmiller, Vice President, Guest Pay Services for LodgeNet. "Last summer, more than 35 million hotel guests viewed the Nintendo name on a LodgeNet hotel system and purchased 54 million minutes of video game playing time. As we accelerate the deployment of N64 and continue to add new game titles, we expect this year's numbers to exceed those by a significant margin. "
"As a result of our long-term relationship with LodgeNet, now millions of N64 players of all ages will have the opportunity to test their video gaming skills away from home," said Peter Eck, Director Network Planning for Nintendo of America Inc. "LodgeNet's proven ability to bring cutting-edge, video game technology – from 16-bit to the current 64-bit – to the guest room environment has been instrumental in allowing Nintendo to reach an even broader video gaming audience."
LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation ( www.lodgenet.com ) is a specialized communications company that serves more than 4,600 lodging properties in the United States and selected international markets. Through its proprietary b-LAN(R) technology, LodgeNet delivers guest pay services including on-demand movies, in-room Nintendo video games, OnLine by LodgeNet(SM) high-speed Internet access and other interactive applications, as well as digital-quality basic and premium free-to-guest programming. LodgeNet is listed on Nasdaq and trades under the symbol LNET.
Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, is the acknowledged worldwide leader in the creation of interactive entertainment. To date, Nintendo has sold more than one billion video games worldwide, has created such industry icons as Mario and Donkey Kong and launched franchises like The Legend of Zelda and Pokemon. Nintendo manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home video game systems, including the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy – the world's best-selling video game system. As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in North America.
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