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Network gaming on your keitai



Melanie C. Redmond discovers that her mobile is more than just a convenient way to call her friends.

Are you tired of playing the same boring games on your keitai? If so, Nintendo has the solution for people like you that also own Game Boy Color or Game Boy Advance. Simply connect the Mobile System GB (JY5800) to the Game Boy Expansion Connector to participate in network gaming anywhere you go. Also, the "mobile data center" allows you to have access to the Internet, so you can check your email too. Calling it "a new type of entertainment," Nintendo is hoping mobile gaming will catch on fast. Their portable games systems are already popular, but the notion of being able to play a video game against a real player somewhere else is exciting and may generate more consumers. As for software, Pokemon Crystal was released at the same time, with Game Boy Wars/Pocket Tactics and Mobile Golf coming soon. Compatible portable phones are NTT DoCoMo, au, J-PHONE and others with 9.6Kbps capability, as well as the DDI Pocket PHS with 32Kbps. If this does become popular, phone companies cmaOne and Astel may join in.

Home alone
Owners of the Nintendo 64 can while away their homebound hours on newly released Mario Party 3 (JY5800). This update of the original Mario Party game has 70 different and fun "Mini Games," and there are lots of game play improvements. The new four-player "Battle Royal" mode allows twice as many items as previous editions and added to the board map is an "Action Event." Another new feature is the "Dual Map," a game mode where you can bring your helper along and battle one-on-one. The wide variety of fun games with bright, playful graphics makes Mario Party 3 a great game for kids of all ages (and difficulty levels). Happy gaming!

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