Personal Trainer: Math for Nintendo DS

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Feb. 25, 2009 13:00 UTC

Nintendo and MATHCOUNTS Give Math a Makeover

Middle School Clubs Nationwide Can Win Nintendo DS and Personal Trainer: Math

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo is trying to give mathematics a makeover by partnering with MATHCOUNTS, a nonprofit organization that promotes math education. Between now and March 25, MATHCOUNTS is challenging its middle school math clubs across the country to boost their membership in a quest to win Nintendo DSâ„¢ systems and copies of the new Personal Trainerâ„¢: Math software.

MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes mathematics at more than 48,000 middle schools in every U.S. state and territory. Personal Trainer: Math plays on the portable Nintendo DS system and includes more than 40 fun, fast-paced math exercises, from basic addition and subtraction to more extensive multiplication tables and calculation ladders. Up to 16 players with Nintendo DS systems can wirelessly race to finish their problems, even if only one player has a game card.

Nintendo will provide Nintendo DS systems and an equal number of Personal Trainerâ„¢: Math software to MATHCOUNTS. How many? (2 x 4 x 5 x 2)! You figure it out. As an incentive to get clubs to participate and increase membership, MATHCOUNTS will randomly select four schools with at least 12 participating students in their MATHCOUNTS Club Programs to each receive 20 Nintendo DS systems and 20 copies of Personal Trainer: Math.

“Anything that gets kids more interested in math helps prepare them for whatever careers they eventually choose,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Personal Trainer: Math is great in a competitive club environment.”

“Math teaches kids how to solve problems creatively and develop critical-thinking skills that will help them in the future,” said Lou DiGioia, executive director of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation. “Personal Trainer: Math will be another helpful tool that students in our programs can use to make learning mathematics fun, exciting and challenging.”

For details about the program and more information about MATHCOUNTS , visit For more information about Personal Trainer: Math, visit

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 2.8 billion video games and more than 485 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii and Nintendo DS, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. 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, visit the company’s Web site at

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