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Spirit Camera Event Set to Haunt San Francisco

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Scares and snacks in one place

Nintendo of America likes to run preview events for upcoming releases, but the latest has us intrigued. Taking place tonight at 9pm, and for over-18s only, is an event to promote Spirit Camera: the Cursed Memoir, a horror game that apparently makes full use of the 3DS' camera and AR (augmented reality) capabilities.

If you're old enough and in the San Francisco area, then this event is first-come, first-served, so time to get moving. There'll be hands-on time with the game as well as some scares and refreshments. Full details are in the press release below.


Nintendo is set to give consumers a chilling first look at Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir for the Nintendo 3DS system. On March 30, an authentic haunted hotel will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, giving consumers age 18 older and the chance to get hands-on time with the new horror-themed game in advance of its North American launch on Friday, April 13. In addition to hands-on game play, guests will enjoy scares, food and beverages.

Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir invites players to experience immersive supernatural thrills they won’t soon forget using the built-in camera functions and augmented-reality features of the Nintendo 3DS system. Players must use the “diary of faces” – a 16-page AR Book included with the game – to view ghostly images and interact with the world in the story. The lines between reality and fiction blur in this spine-tingling horror adventure. More information about Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir is available at


Bay Area video game fans and ghost/paranormal enthusiasts (persons under 18 will not be admitted)


Friday, March 30
Media only: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Open to the public: 9 p.m. – midnight


San Remo Hotel
2237 Mason Street (corner of Water Street)
San Francisco, CA 94133


Consumers interacting with paranormal characters and spooky elements in a unique haunted hotel setting
Consumers sampling Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir and witnessing eerie phenomena using the augmented-reality features of Nintendo 3DS

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User Comments (25)



sykotek said:

While this may be a very good opportunity for me to get Street Passes...
50%-100% chance of rain tonight...nah.



SkywardLink98 said:

Dang, I don't live in L.A. AND I'm under 18. Ah well, I wonder what people will think about the game.



sc100 said:

I live pretty close to San Fran but I won't be able to make it tonight. Bummer. I'm interested to see how this game turns out. I think it has definite potential and since it's published by Nintendo there's a good chance it'll be good.



warioswoods said:

I recently came across this hilarious video of a guy wandering through forests and abandoned buildings in Japan using this game and a flashlight. It makes me want it so I can go on a similar expedition. (Skip around a bit to the later half.)

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bboy2970 said:

Awe man...I wish I lived in that area. This game looks extremely interesting and might be one of the best applications of AR technology yet. I can't wait to pick it up in 2 weeks!



3DS_Supporter said:

So the event is for people 18 and over (like me) but the game's aimed at teens? Doesn't that off put the audience a bit or not?



Deviant_Mugen said:

Sounds like it'd be fun. I'm nowhere near California, though...

@Objection: Probably because the event runs from 9PM to midnight and Nintendo wants to play it safe...



kdognumba1 said:

This is cool though I wish instead of all events being California or New York, Austin Texas would finally get something too....



zapdinos said:

I'm assuming like Rin_Tezuka said because the event is held from 9 to midnight. I'm sure overall it has nothing to do with the game



astrotriforce said:

Very cool. I'm insanely intrigued by Spirit Camera, definitely going to pick the game up. I'm a big survival horror fan.



Tasuki said:

Dang wish I knew about it sooner I would have gone. I probably could have got alot of street passes.

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