NINTENDO'S GLORY OF HERACLES DELIVERS HEROES FROM A TO ZEUS|
Inspired by Greek Mythology, Hand-Held Adventure Game Makes Heroic U.S. Debut
REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 19, 2010 – For centuries, the mighty heroes and wondrous tales of ancient Greek mythology have mesmerized children and adults around the globe. Now, with the Jan. 18 launch of Nintendo's Glory of Heracles™, U.S. consumers can encounter these legendary characters and fantastical settings in a new video game for the hand-held Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo DSi™ systems. Already popular in Japan, Glory of Heracles marks the North American debut of an engaging, action-filled series that packs boundless appeal for core gamers and casual players alike.
Glory of Heracles immerses players in a rich role-playing adventure written by Kazushige Nojima, known to gaming fans as one of the creative minds behind classic games such as FINAL FANTASY® VII and the original Kingdom Hearts. Combining original storylines with familiar characters and scenarios from Greek mythology, Glory of Heracles invites players to assume the role of a noble hero who washes up on the shores of ancient Crete with no memory of who he is or how he got there. To restore his memory, players must roam the countryside in search of clues, obtain powers from the great gods and battle a slew of monsters and villains along the way. Historic locations such as Athens and Sparta are among the dazzling 3-D environments players can explore as they interact with fascinating characters and work to recover the hero's identity.
"There are many gamers who view role-playing games as the ultimate genre," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "And in Glory of Heracles, they're going to find a new world, a mix of memorable characters, imaginative storytelling and epic battles. New gamers will also find that this title is a great way to get acquainted with RPGs."
Available exclusively for the portable Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi systems, Glory of Heracles lets players choose between the stylus or the control pad and buttons to control the heroic protagonist's movements. The game's turn-based adventure is enhanced by an extensive glossary that provides background details on a wealth of characters and locations. Players can also complete optional mini-game challenges on the touch screen to help power up for intense battles.
For more information about Glory of Heracles, visit www.gloryofheracles.com.
As athletes from around the world head to Vancouver to compete in the ultimate in winter sports event, take this opportunity to learn about Greek history and mythology.
Check out these Greek mythology facts that are featured in the Nintendo DS game, Glory of Heracles
- When watching the opening ceremonies on television, talk about how the Olympic games began in Olympia in the 700s B.C.
- Host a Greek night and eat Gyros, Kebabs or Dolmas while watching the winter sporting events on television.
- Play Glory of Heracles for the Nintendo DS and DSi portable gaming systems, which features familiar references to ancient Greek characters and locations with a storyline inspired by Greek mythology.
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