The limited special edition of the Nintendo eShop Card includes an additional Augmented Reality card as well as a download code for the free Photos with Mario software. With this software, owners of a handheld Nintendo 3DS series console can bring characters such as Mario, Luigi or Bowser to life in real-world environments and take pictures with them. Furthermore, the bundle offers all the usual benefits of a normal gift card usable as a present or secure payment alternative. The new special edition cards will be available at participating retailers from November with a value of €15 (Luigi), €25 (Mario) and €50 (Bowser), respectively. The credit can be activated on the Wii U as well as on Nintendo 3DS series consoles.
The limited edition gift cards are introduced in cooperation with epay, the leading full-service provider of prepaid solutions with offices in Martinsried, a centre of innovation near Munich. The company does not only provide Nintendo with a first-class retail network for the distribution of the limited edition gift cards and carries out card production, logistics and merchandising, but also handles all technical and commercial background operations.
You can find a short video detailing the use of the AR cards here:
epay, a division of Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NADSDAQ: EEFT), is the leading global epayment full-service provider with more than 681,000 points of sale in 33 countries around the world. The company connects retailers, content providers and consumers, and offers its partners an extensive portfolio of third-party gift cards, prepaid mobile solutions, proprietary gift cards, eCommerce, corporate incentives, and traditional payment solutions.
The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ home console as well as Nintendo 3DS™ family of portable systems. With the GamePad, a controller with an integrated camera and touchscreen, Wii U combines the advantages of both home and handheld consoles in one device. The Nintendo 3DS series includes the New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL handheld consoles, capable of displaying 3D images without the use of 3D glasses, as well as the affordable entry-level console Nintendo 2DS without 3D capabilities. Since 1983, when the company launched the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Nintendo has sold more than 4.3 billion video games and more than 680 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation consoles as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Super NES, Nintendo 64 and Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DS, and Wii systems. Nintendo has also created video game icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Samus Aran from Metroid games, Link from Zelda, and the Pokémon. Nintendo of Europe GmbH, based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.