Ahead of its North American launch on 27th March, Canadian gamers can experience the 3DS at one of two venues as part of Nintendo's official 3DS launch event.

On Saturday, 26th March from 6:00pm to 12:00am; Toronto, Ontario, and Vancouver, British Columbia will be hosting the special occasion where gamers can spend some quality time with the handheld ahead of its release. Multiple gaming stations will be available where games like Face Raiders, Nintendogs + Cats, Pilotwings Resort, Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition, and many more will be playable.

The earlier you head down, the more time you'll get to spend with the system, plus, you can win 3DS toques and t-shirts (subject to stock availability). At the Toronto arm of the event, Virgin Radio will be in attendance and giving away 3DS systems on an hourly basis. The only thing better than a 3DS, is definitely a free one!

Electronics retailer Future Shop at Yonge-Dundas Square, and Robson & Granville will both be open from 12:00am so if you weren't lucky enough to win one, you can splash out on a 3DS as the clock strikes midnight.

Dates and locations:

March 26, 2011
6:00pm to Midnight
Yonge/Dundas Square

March 26, 2011
6:00pm to Midnight
TD Square / Granville & Georgia St.

Can't wait until launch day? The official 3DS Tour has already started and teams of Nintendo representatives equipped with 3DS systems will be sent out to various cinemas, malls, and other locations so you can try it before you buy it. For dates and locations that have been announced, head over to the Canadian Nintendo website and be sure to check back on it regularly as more dates get confirmed.

[source nintendo.ca, via nintendo.ca]