One-of-a-kind Wii video game consoles transformed by top Canadian artists

    Unique works top prizes for nationwide sweepstakes

    VANCOUVER, March 30 /CNW/ - High-art meets high-tech as Nintendo of
Canada launches, a nationwide sweepstakes that offers Canadians
a chance to own one of six hand-painted Wii(TM) video game consoles.
    Famed illustrator Gary Taxali, Hoi-An Tang, punk group illScarlett and
Arnold Tsang of Udon Entertainment, were commissioned by Nintendo in
association with Magic Pony, and created four of the unique consoles. The two
remaining contributing artists will be revealed on at a later
    From now until April 30, Canadians can visit to register
for a chance to win one of the fully-functional, one-of-a-kind Wii video game
consoles. Since its launch last November, the wildly popular Wii has been the
top-selling system in Canada.
    For more information, including the full list of sweepstakes rules and
regulations, visit

    About Nintendo

    As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Canada Ltd., based in
Vancouver, British Columbia, is a leader and innovator in the $1 billion video
game industry in Canada. Nintendo of Canada markets hardware and software for
Nintendo DS(R), Game Boy(R) Advance, Nintendo GameCube(R), and Wii(TM)
systems. Since the release of its first home video game system in 1983,
Nintendo has sold more than 2.0 billion video games and more than 360 million
hardware units globally, creating enduring industry icons such as Mario(R) and
Donkey Kong(R) and launching popular culture franchise phenomena such as
Metroid(R), Zelda(R) and Pokémon(R). Nintendo is dedicated to the long-term
development of the interactive entertainment industry, devoting its resources
towards maximizing the latest technology to create the most innovative,
interactive entertainment products in the world. For more information about
Nintendo, visit the company's Web site at

    About Magic Pony

    Magic Pony is a gallery, studio and retail space dedicated to expanding
the traditional notions of fine art and design by showcasing work that blurs
the boundaries between art, commerce and imaginative living. Created by Steve
Cober and Kristin Weckworth in 2002, Magic Pony began as a small array of
collectible rare designer toys and soon expanded into a studio, website and
gallery. By collaborating with multi-disciplinary artists they create unique
exhibits and products which are showcased in their space, located in the Queen
West art district of Toronto, Canada. Some top artists they have worked with
include Gary Taxali and Hoi-An Tang.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

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Cordoba, (416) 924-5700 x4092, 4089,,; Cohn & Wolfe Montréal, Virginie Martel, (514)
845-2257 x239,

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