If you happen to have a Nook Color and love Angry Birds, you're in for a treat. Rovio and Barnes & Noble have teamed up and made B&N stores the very first "magic location" for the Angry Birds game. All you have to do is play Angry Birds (the official Nook Color edition -- hackers with the Android Market version can't join the fun) while inside one of the 700 plus B&N stores and you'll unlock the Mighty Eagle character for free. If you don't have a Nook Color, or aren't using the Nook Angry Birds app, you can still check it out and the Nook Color display at any B&N location.
It's part of Rovio's magic places based gameplay, which uses NFC, GPS, and Wifi location to unlock in-game content. They have more planned, including an NFC phone fist-bump ritual that will unlock new levels. To help understand it all a little better, check out the interview with Ramine Darabiha, product manager for Angry Birds Magic and the full press release after the break.
Source: BusinessWire; More: GigaOm
Barnes & Noble Brings First-Ever Angry Birds “Magic Places” Enhanced Play to NOOK Color Customers In-Store
Exclusively Unlock Free Mighty Eagle Character for In-Store Game Play Only on Angry Birds for NOOK Color Reader’s Tablet™
More than 700 Barnes & Noble Stores are First Official Real-World Locations Adding New Elements to World’s Bestselling Angry Birds Game
Experience the Bestselling Angry Birds NOOK App™ and Shop for New Themed Toys and Games at Barnes & Noble Stores
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE
)--The Angry Birds’ Mighty Eagle has landed at Barnes & Noble stores today, exclusively for NOOK Color customers. Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS
), the world’s largest bookseller, announced that its more than 700 bookstores across the country are the first official Angry Birds “Magic Places,” offering NOOK Color customers the ability to add a new fun, physical element to their Angry Birds gameplay in-store this summer. Beginning today, NOOK Color customers with the bestselling Angry Birds NOOK App can, for the first time ever, exclusively add the Mighty Eagle character to their arsenal at no cost when playing the game in a Barnes & Noble bookstore. Store visitors will also find an array of Angry Bird-themed games, toys and merchandise, and in the coming days, free Angry Birds stickers and temporary tattoos, while supplies last.
Barnes & Noble worked closely with Rovio, the creator of the global blockbuster, Angry Birds, to offer the first-ever exclusive “Magic Place” experience to NOOK Color customers and make Barnes & Noble stores the first real-world locations where Angry Birds fans can magically receive in-game rewards and unlockables. In-store NOOK Color devices with the Angry Birds NOOK App ($2.99) connect automatically to the fast and free Wi-Fi® to unlock the Mighty Eagle character at no cost. While playing Angry Birds on NOOK Color in a Barnes & Noble store, customers can use the Mighty Eagle to overcome challenging levels and earn Eagle Score points. Game play on a NOOK Color is fun and immersive as players dish out revenge to the green pigs who threaten the survival of the Angry Birds, all using NOOK Color’s stunning 7-inch color touchscreen.
“We are thrilled to partner with Rovio to bring NOOK Color customers in Barnes & Noble stores an exciting, seamless experience featuring the number one game in the world,” said Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products, Barnes & Noble. “We’ve already experienced great success with NOOK Apps and Angry Birds as our bestseller, and believe NOOK Color customers will enjoy being the first in the world to access Angry Birds ‘Magic Places.’ We invite all Angry Birds fans to visit our in-store NOOK Boutiques to try this fun experience on one of our many NOOK Color demonstration units.”
"We're very glad to make Angry Birds available for NOOK Color and bring the game to another successful platform" said Peter Vesterbacka, Mighty Eagle and Chief Marketing Officer at Rovio. "Most importantly, we're super excited to take the first step towards taking Angry Birds to physical locations around the world. We're proud to partner with Barnes & Noble in introducing the first Angry Birds ‘Magic Places’ in the world: by visiting Barnes & Noble stores, Angry Birds fans with NOOK Color will be able to unlock new fun experiences -- for free!"
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