Pokemon USA, Inc. and Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Resolve Dispute

NEW YORK & RENTON, Wash.--()--Dec. 29, 2003--Pokemon USA, Inc. and Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., announced today their resolution of a lawsuit filed October 1st by Wizards of the Coast concerning the Pokemon trading card game. All parties named in the original lawsuit, including The Pokemon Company, Nintendo of America Inc., the U.S. distributor of Pokemon trading card games, and two Pokemon USA employees have agreed to resolve their differences amicably without the need for protracted legal proceedings. Specific terms were not disclosed.

About Pokemon USA, Inc.

Pokemon USA, Inc., the New York-based subsidiary of The Pokemon Company in Japan, manages and oversees the Pokemon franchise other than in Asia, which includes licensing, merchandising, TV animation, trading card games, theatrical releases, home video entertainment, the official Pokemon website, the Pokemon Center NY in Rockefeller Center and www.PokemonCenter.com, an e-commerce site. Pokemon merchandise has generated over $15 billion in worldwide retail sales since 1998. The trading card game has global sales of more than 10 billion cards to date. For more information about Pokemon, visit the company's website at www.Pokemon.com.

About Nintendo of America Inc.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. Nintendo of America Inc handles marketing and distribution for the Pokemon(R) Trading Card Game as well as the Pokemon video game series. The worldwide leader and innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd. manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home and portable video game systems. Each year, hundreds of all-new titles for the best-selling Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo GameCube(TM) systems extend Nintendo's vast game library and continue the tradition of delivering a rich, diverse mix of quality video games for players of all ages. Since the release of its first home video game system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 1.8 billion video games globally, creating enduring industry icons such as Mario(TM) and Donkey Kong(R) and launching popular culture franchise phenomena such as Metroid(TM), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R).

About Wizards of the Coast, Inc.

Wizards of the Coast, Inc., is a worldwide leader in the trading card game and tabletop roleplaying game categories, and a leading developer and publisher of game-based entertainment products. The company produces the premier trading card game, Magic: The Gathering(R), among many other trading card games and family card and board games. Wizards is also a leading publisher of role playing games, such as Dungeons & Dragons(R), and publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers. For more information, visit the Wizards of the Coast website at wizards.com.

Contacts

Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
Barbara Dawson, 425-917-5614

Contacts

Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
Barbara Dawson, 425-917-5614