Our other stop on our 1200+ kilometre trip to Redmond, WA was of course Nintendo of America HQ. Unlike Microsoft, Nintendo doesn’t except casual visitors of any kind on their property. We were able to catch a few rare pictures when we showed up and no one was home on Labor Day, but when we went back to try to talk our way into the company store to buy some rare swag we were (fairly politely) told to get the crap out of there because they have a “closed campus”. All we managed to snag was one of the business cards they have at their reception desk. We can only hope that Nintendo rethinks their current PR policy at their headquarters some day and once again lets people in to buy cool rare Nintendo stuff.
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Even though we reviewed an excellent Wii remote GCN controller adapter not to long ago, Nintendo has gone and made them largely useless by announcing that they will make a GameCube controller adapter and limited edition Smash Bros. branded GCN controller available so that we can continue to play Smash Bros. as it was meant to be played.
No details yet on its price or release, but we’ll keep you posted on any other information Nintendo releases about it. You can see the video they made to announce it here.
Best Buy has released a list of the Canadian Best Buy locations where lucky gamers will be able to play the new Wii U Smash Bros. well before it comes out. You can check out the list of dates, times, and locations below or go to the announcement page here for more information.
|QC||Quebec||Quebec City||5401 Boulevard des Galaries||4-9pm|
|NS||Halifax||Halifax||11 Washmill Lake Drive||4-9pm|
|ON||Mississauga||Mississauga||1-6075 Mavis Rd||4-9pm|
|AB||Edmonton||Edmonton South||9931-19th Ave NW||4-9pm|
|ON||Scarborough||Scarborough||480 Progress Ave||4-9pm|
|AB||Calgary||Deerfoot Meadows||300-8180 11th st SE||4-9pm|
|MB||Winnipeg||Winnipeg||10-1580 Regent Ave W||4-9pm|
|AB||Edmonton||Edmonton North||13924-137th Ave NW||4-9pm|
|BC||Vancouver||Cambie||2220 Cambie St||4-9pm|
|ON||Barrie||Barrie||100 Mapleview Dr||4-9pm|
|ON||Brampton||Brampton||451-25 Peel Centre Dr||4-9pm|
|BC||Surrey||Surrey||2153-10153 King George Hwy||4-9pm|
|QC||Montreal||Marche Central||8871 De L’Acadie Blvd||4-9pm|
|ON||Kingston||Kingston||770 Gardiners Rd||4-9pm|
|QC||Anjou||Anjou||7200 Blvd des Roseries||4-9pm|
|QC||Lasalle||Lasalle||7077 Boul Newman||4-9pm|
|QC||Pointe-Claire||Pointe-Claire||6815 Trans-Canada Hwy||4-9pm|
|SK||Saskatoon||Saskatoon||20A-3310 8th St E||4-9pm|
|ON||Kanata||Kanata||745 Kanata Ave||4-9pm|
|ON||Toronto||Bay and Dundas||65 Dundas St W||4-9pm|
|ON||London||London||1080 Wellington Rd||4-9pm|
|QC||Quebec||Quebec City||5401 Boulevard des Galaries||12-5PM|
|NS||Halifax||Halifax||11 Washmill Lake Drive||12-5PM|
|ON||Mississauga||Mississauga||1-6075 Mavis Rd||12-5PM|
|AB||Edmonton||Edmonton South||9931-19th Ave NW||12-5PM|
|ON||Scarborough||Scarborough||480 Progress Ave||12-5PM|
|AB||Calgary||Deerfoot Meadows||300-8180 11th st SE||12-5PM|
|MB||Winnipeg||Winnipeg||10-1580 Regent Ave W||12-5PM|
|AB||Edmonton||Edmonton North||13924-137th Ave NW||12-5PM|
|BC||Vancouver||Cambie||2220 Cambie St||12-5PM|
|ON||Barrie||Barrie||100 Mapleview Dr||12-5PM|
|ON||Brampton||Brampton||451-25 Peel Centre Dr||12-5PM|
|BC||Surrey||Surrey||2153-10153 King George Hwy||12-5PM|
|QC||Montreal||Marche Central||8871 De L’Acadie Blvd||12-5PM|
|ON||Kingston||Kingston||770 Gardiners Rd||12-5PM|
|QC||Anjou||Anjou||7200 Blvd des Roseries||12-5PM|
|QC||Lasalle||Lasalle||7077 Boul Newman||12-5PM|
|QC||Pointe-Claire||Pointe-Claire||6815 Trans-Canada Hwy||12-5PM|
|SK||Saskatoon||Saskatoon||20A-3310 8th St E||12-5PM|
|ON||Kanata||Kanata||745 Kanata Ave||12-5PM|
|ON||Toronto||Bay and Dundas||65 Dundas St W||12-5PM|
|ON||London||London||1080 Wellington Rd||12-5PM|
Nintendo is having an event in Canada to promote Mario Kart 8 by letting you play it almost a week early from 12:00pm – 4:00pm on Saturday, May 24th at Best Buys across the country. The selection of Best Buy locations hosting the event is a little smaller than it was for last year’s Best Buy Nintendo E3 Experience, so check them out here to see if you can satisfy your need for karting speed a little early. Check back here on the 24th for some videos/pictures showing off Mario Kart 8 in action.
Current Retail Price: $39.95
Few people know that 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the original Famicom system in Japan. To commemorate this occasion 8Bitdo (who are in no way affiliated with Nintendo) have released a bluetooth gamepad that looks a lot like the first player controller from the system that rang in the modern age of console gaming. While at first glance their commemorative unit looks spot-on, is it really a worthy tribute to Nintendo’s first major home console or is it just one of the thousands of cheap forgettable electronic devices that flood the market every year trying to make a quick buck on nostalgia instead of paying proper tribute? Read on to see if we think the FC30 is nostalgic or catatonic.
Long time president of Nintendo Hiroshi Yamuchi died today at the age of 85. Even though he stepped down as president to make way for Satoru Iwata in 2002, he had remained on the company’s board for the rest of his life and can in part be credited for Nintendo’s meteoric rise to the top of the video game industry.
He had his ups and downs as Nintendo’s president, introducing essentially all of the classic games and systems we know and love he was also responsible for Nintendo’s still archaic approach to the Internet and non-game media like movies and music.
Any way you look at it, he was a very rich an influential man throughout his life. He was able to pave the way for Mr. Iwata to take Nintendo in strange new directions that would forever change the gaming landscape. Rest in peace, Yamauchi-san and our condolences to his family and the Nintendo company for their loss.
We attended the Nintendo Experience event at our local Best Buy yesterday and took a few videos/pictures for you to show you what it’s all about. Basically, you come and schedule a time with one of the games with a Nintendo rep and then collect yourself some swag of varying impressiveness (from cool Luigi hats and coins given only to the first couple people to show up down to brochures, Mario Kart flags, and Wii U/Animal Crossing New Leaf pins). Check after the jump for more videos and pictures!