For those not lucky enough to get into E3, Nintendo took a different tack to promoting their wares. Why bring your games and systems to a select number of media and industry folks when you can bring a touring spectacle right to the fans themselves?
The Play Nintendo Tour kicked off its grand tour of the US in Culver City, California, this weekend to show off what the Nintendo 2DS has to offer as well as host continuous Mario Kart 8 competitions in the center of the Westfield Culver City mall. Parents and kids of all ages met their favorite costumed characters and grabbed a Nintendo DS to play everything from Pokemon X and Y to the Legend of Zelda and everything in between. Big favorites among the crowd were Yoshi’s New Island, Kirby’s Triple Deluxe, and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. And there were lines to take part in the big screen multiplayer Mario Kart 8 tournaments that garnered the winners special prizes for taking 1st place.
Here’s just a peek at the festivities that took place from June 6-8.
The Play Nintendo Tour will be visiting the following cities in the weeks to come:
- June 13-15 – Dallas, TX
- June 20-22 – Charlotte, NC
- June 27-29 – Chicago, IL
- July 4-6 – Bloomington, MN
- July 18-20 – Seattle, WA
- July 25-27 – Phoenix, AZ
- August 1-3 – St. Louis, MO
- August 8-10 – Indianapolis, IN
- August 15-17 – Atlanta, GA
- August 22-24 – Houston, TX
- August 29-September 1 – Irvine, CA
Images: Doug Kline