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Nintendo / Best Buy announce store locations for "The Nintendo Experience" (play Wii U E3 demos!)
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May 29, 2013, 23:14:48
Nintendo recently announced that we would get to play various E3 Wii U demos live at Best Buy stores during the show. E3 is taking place in just a few short weeks, from June 11th to the 13th, and we now know when and where we will get to get our hands on those demos.

The dates and times will be as follows:

Wednesday, June 12th, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 15th, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

You can search Best Buy's site to find a location near you.

Who all is going to check this out? I will probably try to make the trek.

SOURCE: Best Buy website

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Posted: 05/29/13, 23:14:48  - Edited by 
 on: 05/29/13, 23:14:34    
Why not sign up for a (free) account and create your own content?
I might be able to go.

You know, we could get a bunch of willing and able NW members to go to their respective Best Buys. We setup a thread for each demo that is announced. Then those members can come back and report within the threads with their impressions!

Posted by 
 on: 05/30/13, 21:30:24  - Edited by 
 on: 05/30/13, 21:30:43

I don't think that's too unique. If you compare the list of the largest metropolitan areas with the list of the largest city propers you'll see similar situations. Paris is a good example.

Posted by 
 on: 05/30/13, 21:33:26  - Edited by 
 on: 05/30/13, 21:33:41
@Jargon Maybe. I've had various visitors that are a bit shocked at how many suburbs we have though. Toronto has like... 10 suburbs. Chicago has like over 100 or something.

Actually this is a bad map, because for every suburb it shows, there are a bunch missing. And it cuts off the entire south suburban area (sorry Anand!)

Posted by 
 on: 05/30/13, 22:04:06  - Edited by 
 on: 05/30/13, 22:04:42

Where are the high crime areas? Oh, "pictured?" Thanks.

Posted by 
 on: 05/31/13, 00:47:06
Oh shit so the Canadian locations were revealed too. They're vague yet accurate at the same time. I mean, it only gives off the city that the Best Buy is in, but I'm assuming there's only 1 Best Buy in Vancouver. I coulda sworn there's...wait...there is...wtf. So my initial WTF is correct.

I keep reading "Vancouver, Langley, Richmond", yet there's at least 2 in Vancouver I can think of. The fuck.

K they need to give out more details.

Posted by 
 on: 05/31/13, 04:00:49

That sounds kind of like how Pittsburgh is too. Which I personally really like. I'll take that over the mess of LA or NYC any day.

Posted by 
 on: 05/31/13, 07:01:35
Windsor? REALLY?!?! Whaaaaaaa---??? I am so there!

Posted by 
 on: 05/31/13, 07:09:14

Is there really a big differentiation between the two when one refers to 'Chicago'? Do those outer areas see themselves as something else rather than Chicago?

Like here for example, 'Sydney City' is the main buisiness district, and only covers a small area clustered around the south side of the harbour. But 'Sydney' in general usage refers to the whole lot- All the suburbs from the harbour right out west to the mountains, and a fair chunk to the north and south.

PS- Those are local council areas. The bigger ones contain dozens of suburbs on their own.

Posted by 
 on: 05/31/13, 07:24:30  - Edited by 
 on: 05/31/13, 07:26:09
@Shadowlink It depends on the people, I guess. In a pinch I just say I'm from Chicago, because people have heard of Chicago and know where it is, but it also feels weird to say it because I grew up in the suburbs and still live in the suburbs and I've only lived in the city proper for a combined um... 15? months (2 separate occasions.) And a lot of city people mostly hipsters and gangsters I think get all snarky when a suburban person says they are from Chicago, like that is a huge sin or something. There is even a whole series of memes about it...

Of course this meme might exist for every major city, I dunno. I've only seen the Chicago ones.

Most people see a pretty clear distinction between Chicago and the suburbs though... I mean, the only time anyone from the suburbs says they are from Chicago is to out of town people or to try to look hip or something. Pretty much all of the suburbs are distinct cities / towns / villages / etc. with their own mayors and junk. And, at least where I live, there is a big racial difference between the suburbs (primarily White) and the city (primarily Black / Hispanic) so you kind of know when you have crossed between the two.

But that's just the southside of Chicago, the northside is more White / mixed.

And I'm from one of the suburbs that is literally touching Chicago, not sure how the people further out feel. Anand! What does it feel like down in the boonie suburbs of Chicago? Do you feel like a true Chicagoan or a straight up suburbanite!? Actually Anand lives down where it starts getting into rural farmland... starts, although he is right on the edge.

Posted by 
 on: 05/31/13, 07:33:51  - Edited by 
 on: 05/31/13, 07:48:25


I know a bunch of people who are scattered all over the above map, and we all consider ourselves to be Sydneysiders. Although in amongst ourselves we'll usually identify with our regions/suburbs too-Which can lead to those sort of amusing discussions . For example I'll consider myself to be a 'westie' living in Parramatta (or back with my parents in Bankstown), but my friends out in Penrith do nothing but mock me when I make that claim. To them you don't get to be a true 'westie' untill you get past Blacktown .

They're wrong though. The media refers to pretty much everything from Parramatta and beyond as Western Sydney.

Posted by 
 on: 05/31/13, 07:53:09
Well as far as I know Chicago's suburbs are like 100% distinct from Chicago politically, etc. So no formal source like the media or anything would call them Chicago because it would be just plain inaccurate.

But yeah, if some random person from the Internet asks me where I live, I just say Chicago, because if I say Evergreen Park they will have no idea what I'm talking about.

Posted by 
 on: 05/31/13, 07:57:52
Looks like Iwata's Geography lesson rubbed off on you guys.

Posted by 
 on: 05/31/13, 08:05:00

Too bad you don't live in Evergreen Terrace. Everyone would know where you are then.

Posted by 
 on: 05/31/13, 08:19:34
anon_mastermind said:
What do you mean "if for nothing else but the streetpasses"? You're not excited to play the new Wii U games?

Eh. *shrugs*

Posted by 
 on: 05/31/13, 15:43:38
The one in Arlington, TX, is an hour drive from my house. I may go there!


Wow, you really don't like the system do you.

Posted by 
 on: 05/31/13, 19:29:07
Grant if you get a Wii U you can hide the console in the closet and pretend you're playing a big fancy handheld.

Posted by 
 on: 05/31/13, 19:39:41

Not yet. Once it has games I wanna play, though? It'll be on like Donkey Kon.....oh wait, I'm not allowed to say that anymore, right?



I would never buy a handheld the size of the Gamepad! That thing dwarfs the already too large (IMO) 3DS XL!


In all seriousness, I'm definitely going to be looking forward to seeing what Wii U games will be playable post-E3. But it's difficult for me to get too excited since A.) I don't currently own the system, and B.) I barely get to play the consoles I own now, and most of my gaming time is taken up with 3DS/DS/GBA. So console gaming is much, much less of a priority for me.

Also, if this event is BIG, I'm not really looking forward to standing in line, waiting to play a demo of a game for a system I don't own, for...what? 5 minutes? 10? Will there be a time limit for each person?

I am psyched about potential StreetPasses though, for sure. I love me some StreetPass, and I need Pink Pieces for the Animal Crossing: New Leaf panel!

Posted by 
 on: 05/31/13, 21:32:50
There is also this already going on... Wii U tour 2013. Not sure if it will have E3 games, certainly not before E3, probably after though?

May 24th through Sept. 2

Nintendo’s Wii U console is hitting the road to give people across the country a chance to experience second-screen gaming for themselves.

Between May 24 and Sept. 2, the hands-on Wii U events will visit six iconic destinations that should fit in nicely with many people’s vacation plans. The tour will give Nintendo fans a chance to test-drive the new console and show them the many great reasons it’s time to graduate to Wii U. At the same time, existing Wii U owners can play some games to see which will become their next favorite.

May 26th - June 23rd
Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA

June 5th - June 23rd
Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, FL

June 28th - July 21st
Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL (yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!)

June 28th - July 21st
Bloomington, MN - Venue TBD

August 10th - September 2nd
Boston, MA - Venue TBD

August 10th - September 2nd
Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA

Posted by 
 on: 05/31/13, 23:36:16
Eh, I'm kind of detached from reality, anyway. As long as the strip malls are plentiful, I'm happy. Good things come in shabby, sparse packages.

But I do think that it's natural to identify with the major metropolitan city that's 20-30 miles away. Especially when you explain your location to someone.

As for this whole shebang, it's cool, but the locations are kind of far away. Plus, I don't know that I'd really want to go out of my way just for previewing some games. A new system, sure. New games? Ehhhh...

Posted by 
 on: 06/01/13, 03:47:25

Go anyway and stock up on StreetPasses!

Posted by 
 on: 06/01/13, 04:03:15
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