Love Nintendo games? Then you definitely need to show up at one of the 2014 Play Nintendo Tour events going on at malls around the United States this summer. While the 2013 event was somewhat lackluster, this 2DS-centric affair is quite lavish. I happened to stop by the Illinois stop in Woodfield, Illinois today to report on what people can see and do if they show up.
First, expect lots of photo ops. The Play Nintendo Tour is set up in such a way that there are 6 regions corresponding to each of the 3DS games. Almost every one has something you’ll want to take pictures beside. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D has a barrel to “stand” in, Pokemon X and Y has a huge pokeball to pose by, The Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds has a Master Sword to pull from a stone, Yoshi’s New Island has egg-shaped chairs, and Super Mario 3D World has a goal post to grab and you can crawl inside of a pipe. Sadly, the Kirby Triple Deluxe zone didn’t have anything picture-worthy.
Outside of the zones, there are other great places to get selfies. There’s a huge 2DS people can pose behind, peeking their heads through the top screen. Not to mention, Mario, Luigi, Pikachu, and Kirby are wandering around. Nintendo staff is even on hand to help you get a picture if you need it.
There are also opportunities to earn prizes. When someone comes to the Play Nintendo Tour, they get a card. The goal is to visit each of the six 3DS game regions mentioned above. A staff member at each will ask a trivia question, and if you get it right, you get a sticker for your card. Get all six stickers, stand in line for about 15 minutes, and you’ll get 3 tries at a grabbing machine filled with stuffed Marios, Luigis, Yoshis, and Kirbys. You win even if you miss though, as you get a small pokeball that can hold 3 DS or 3DS game cartridges as a consolation prize.
Finally, there’s a Mario Kart 8 tournament. It seems quite impromptu. Each day there are races, and when it comes time for finalists, the top racers can earn extra prizes. It’s a huge event, with even special “pit crew” staff to help people take part in massive races.
It’s actually quite an entertaining affair. Plus, an added bonus is a multitude of StreetPass hits. I only stopped by briefly, but managed to collect over 20. Imagine home many you could get if you attended the event and actually spent time playing the different games.
If you want to play some 2DS games and Mario Kart 8, check and see if the 2014 Play Nintendo Tour is coming to your nearest mall on the official website. If you’re in Illinois though, you missed your chance. The tour’s last day at Woodfield Mall was today (June 29, 2014). The tour is running until September 1, 2014, when it comes to a close in Irvine, California.
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