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Shopping Malls to Bring Gamers Together as Part of Nintendo's Tour

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With Christmas only a few weeks away, shopping malls are already getting crammed with people wearing a ridiculous amount of layers and all rushing about, reluctantly spending an amount of money that's even more ridiculous. Well, if you want to take a break from all that gift-buying, or even if you have nothing else to do, why not see if there's a Nintendo demo station nearby?

Nintendo has announced its upcoming tour of shopping malls in the United States that will provide interactive demo stations where shoppers and wanderers can play some of the most recent releases on the Wii and DS. The Holiday Mall Experience kicks off on 22nd November and runs through until 19th December, with more than 20 games to play across 23 different locations. The tour hopes to attract both casual, and core gamers with its line-up that showcases a decent range of titles that attendees can play.

More details can be found at the tour's official website. Read on for the full press release where you can see if the Holiday Mall Experience is coming to a shopping centre near you:

“Come, All Ye Playful” to Nintendo’s Holiday Mall Experience

Hands-On Wii and Nintendo DSi Sampling Stations to Open at Malls Across the U.S.

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo is about to put a playful twist on the fun of bumping into old friends at your local shopping mall. Mario™, Donkey Kong™ and Pikachu™ are just a few of the familiar faces consumers will encounter as Nintendo’s Holiday Mall Experience touches down at shopping centers throughout the United States. From Nov. 22 through Dec. 19, whether they’re looking for terrific entertainment value or an imaginative break from the usual holiday hustle and bustle, shoppers can drop in and play the latest games for Wii™ and Nintendo DSi™ systems at interactive demo stations. Kids and teens, parents and grandparents, casual gamers and hard-core fans alike – the Holiday Mall Experience invites everyone under the sun to discover the beloved characters, inclusive game play, deep variety and innovative hardware available from Nintendo.

From wild multiplayer action for the living room to rich puzzles and adventures that can be enjoyed on the go, many of the year’s hottest games will be free to sample at participating mall locations from coast to coast. Visitors can get reacquainted with Donkey Kong in the new Donkey Kong Country™ Returns, grab a friend (or several friends) and check out the instant social fun of Wii Party™, take on puzzle challenges in Mario vs. Donkey Kong™: Mini-Land Mayhem! or create customized heroes in the epic DRAGON QUEST® IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies. More than 20 games will be featured at 23 Holiday Mall Experience locations.

“There’s no better way to highlight the nonstop fun and extraordinary value offered by Nintendo systems than simply letting consumers enjoy them firsthand,” said Marc Franklin, Nintendo of America’s director of Public Relations. “From the moment they pick up a Wii Remote controller or a portable Nintendo DSi XL system, anyone who takes part in the Holiday Mall Experience will quickly recognize that our lineup truly includes something for everyone.”

Games for the Wii system to be showcased during Holiday Mall Experience include Donkey Kong Country Returns, PokéPark™ Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure, Kirby’s Epic Yarn™, Wii Party, Metroid™: Other M, Wii Fit™ Plus, Super Mario Galaxy™ 2, New Super Mario Bros.™ Wii, Wii Sports Resort™, Mario Kart™ Wii, Disney Epic Mickey (Disney Interactive Studios), uDraw™ Studio along with uDraw™ GameTablet™ (THQ), Just Dance® 2 (Ubisoft) and NBA JAM (EA Sports).

Featured titles for the Nintendo DS family of systems will include Golden Sun™: Dark Dawn, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!, Art Academy™, Pokémon™ Ranger: Guardian Signs, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future™, DRAGON QUEST IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, Brain Age™ 2: More Training in Minutes a Day!, New Super Mario Bros.™ and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Super Scribblenauts™.

Confirmed locations for Nintendo’s Holiday Mall Experience include the following:

  • Garden State Plaza (Paramus, N.J.)
  • Topanga (Canoga Park, Calif.)
  • Parks at Arlington (Arlington, Texas)
  • King of Prussia Mall (King of Prussia, Penn.)
  • Houston Galleria (Houston)
  • Southcenter (Seattle)
  • Fox Valley (Aurora, Ill.)
  • Roosevelt Field (Garden City, N.Y.)
  • Beverly Center (Los Angeles)
  • The Shops at Willow Bend (Plano, Texas)
  • Mall of Georgia (Buford, Ga.)
  • Pembroke Lakes Mall (Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
  • Annapolis Shopping Center (Annapolis, Md.)
  • Northshore Mall (Peabody, Mass.)
  • Arizona Mills (Tempe, Ariz.)
  • Valley Fair (Santa Clara, Calif.)
  • Southdale Center (Edina, Minn.)
  • North County (Escondido, Calif.)
  • Castleton Square Mall (Indianapolis)
  • Lloyd Center (Portland, Ore.)
  • FlatIron Crossing (Broomfield, Colo.)
  • Tyrone Square (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

To help consumers locate Holiday Mall Experience events in their area, Nintendo has launched a website at http://happyholidays.nintendo.com. Visitors to the site will also find a handy printable gift guide and complete details on all kinds of great games for Wii and Nintendo DSi systems.

Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://wii.com.

For more information about Nintendo, visit http://www.nintendo.com.

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User Comments (30)

Token_Girl

#1

Token_Girl said:

Meh, nothing all that close to me. The heck if I'm hauling all the way to Annapolis. It would be fun to try Wii Party. I'm sot of on the fence about it.

bboy2970

#2

bboy2970 said:

What a shocker, nothing even remotely close to me. Whatever. I've gotten used to having no special events in my area....

DrDaisy

#4

DrDaisy said:

I just looked at the site. No listing for St Louis, and I'm not going all the way to Chicago just to play some demos for games that will be out soon.

DestinyMan

#5

DestinyMan said:

Being a Hoosier, Indianapolis is obviously closer to me, but I already know what games I'm getting and I wouldn't want to drive two hours just to play demos. I would like to go to the malls up there sometime though.

NFreak007

#7

NFreak007 said:

Is there going to be anything like this in the UK? There was last year. I went and played New Super Mario Bros. Wii before it was even out!

she_gamer

#8

she_gamer said:

I'm just thankful my library gets wii games as soon as they come out... I can try them all for free :)

fishman100

#9

fishman100 said:

sounds like a good idea to my ears.

Wait, wha?? Someone, quickly-steal the contents of the guy's shopping bags!

OverlordMao

#15

OverlordMao said:

hmm, I guess I can drive up to PA, but will it really be worth it?

(INSERT AWESOME GAME LIST HERE)

HECK YEAH.

Mabbit

#16

Mabbit said:

i dont think ive ever seen so many TM signs in a single paragraph ever :|

Denkou

#17

Denkou said:

the thing about being in NY: everything is near new york city. Except the majority of people who live in NY.

SilverBaretta

#19

SilverBaretta said:

Ugh, nothing near me. Oh well, sounds like a cool little event. Also, who falls asleep in front of a Foot Locker? Have some dignity man, go to the Brookstone.

amk93091

#20

amk93091 said:

The Pa ones close to ME but not in my parents eyes who would be the ones taking me... HAHA XD

Unca_LzStaff

#21

Unca_Lz said:

Hehehe, if y'all think you got it bad, there's nothing within 2-3 states from where I live!! :D

Nearest one is in Georgia :P

Noire

#22

Noire said:

Holy crap if I run to Edina can I play Golden Sun seven days in advance of it's release? :O

The_Fox

#25

The_Fox said:

Hmmm.....Aurora isn't too long of a drive for me. Maybe I'll check it out.

BulbasaurusRex

#26

BulbasaurusRex said:

Nothing near St. Louis for me.

So I can't ask Dr.Daisy what part of St. Louis he/she lives in? It's not like there's a PM feature I can use instead.

Robo-goose

#28

Robo-goose said:

The first thing I thought when I saw the picture was "Yep, that's the world's richest hobo".

Capt_N

#29

Capt_N said:

No love for the southern 1/2, or the majority of the northern half for that matter, for my state.

I kinda wonder if N got a late start on this campaign, or if they're just cheap, & only wanted to visit areas, perhaps key areas they have discovered via market research, or by population, or by richest pop, or something?

Dear anyone-from-Nintendo-who-may-be-reading-this:

Fact: You've made money this generation.

Request: Buy more server space, stop being so ridiculously afraid of piracy, & host many more demos on the Wii/DS shops, of even retail games. Then, you won't have to waste money on these campaigns.

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