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Summer Jobs Won't Suck With Nintendo

by Thomas on May 1, 2002 @ 7:40 p.m. PDT

Apply For The Ultimate Summer Job: Playing Video Games! School's almost out and it's time to get the ultimate summer job: playing video games and getting paid for it! Forget flipping burgers, stocking shelves or bagging groceries. Thanks to Nintendo, nearly 50 individuals will have an opportunity to beat the job market blues by becoming a part of the Nintendo Street Teams in six markets across the country.

Candidates (ages 18 and over) can submit their application, along with a two-minute video explaining why they deserve the ultimate summer job, between May 13 and June 14. Job applications can be found starting May 13 on the official job web site, www.nintendostreetteam.com.

Nintendo and its retail partner, Circuit City, will also conduct live casting calls on location in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, and Boston. Exclusive electronics partner Panasonic will provide the latest video equipment.

"One of the leading past-times for individuals of all ages --playing video games -- is sure to be the best summer job ever," says Peter MacDougall, Nintendo executive vice president, sales and marketing. "The Nintendo Street Team provides a fun and challenging employment opportunity for young adults who are usually limited in their job choices and lets them explore a career in the booming video game industry."

Every year, nearly 90 percent of students plan to work over the summer, most to earn spending money. Age and lack of work experience often limit students' options for employment. Most find jobs in retail (24 percent), food services (18.9 percent) or babysitting (14 percent). (a)

But not this year! The Nintendo Street Teams -- eight members from each of the six markets -- will be announced in July and receive intensive on-the-job training at a 48-hour Nintendo Boot Camp that will cover every aspect of Nintendo's 100 plus-year history, key titles and beloved franchise characters. If the lucky members survive Boot Camp, the Nintendo Street Teams will hit hot spots in their hometowns to give consumers a taste of Nintendo's upcoming games. Who knows, their summer experience may lead to successful careers in the $10 billion burgeoning video game industry.

From July to August, Nintendo Street Teams will earn their wages working Fridays through Sundays, visiting local hangouts -- such as concerts, malls and summer fairs -- and sporting "human interactive" NINTENDO GAMECUBE(TM) and Game Boy(R) Advance jumpsuits to give everyone a chance to experience the Nintendo systems and games. At the end of the summer, Nintendo will offer a surprise extension to the program to one special Nintendo Street Team member in each market.

In addition, Nintendo Street Team members will track their work experience and give a peek into their lives on www.nintendostreetteam.com. The Web site will host fresh content with information, such as job diaries, popularity polls, online chats, bios, and photographs of the team members, along with the latest team news and gossip from all over the country.

Visit www.nintendostreetteam.com starting May 13 for information on local casting calls near you and how to become a Nintendo Street Team member.

As the worldwide leader and innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co. Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home video game systems. The systems include Game Boy(R), Nintendo(R) 64, Game Boy Advance and NINTENDO GAMECUBE. Since the release of its first home video game system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 1.4 billion video games worldwide, creating enduring industry icons such as Mario(TM) and Donkey Kong(R) and launching such franchises as Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere.

For more information about NINTENDO GAMECUBE or any other Nintendo product visit the company's Web sites, www.nintendo.com or www.nintendogamecube.com.

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