Here's an interesting little experiment from Nintendo, no doubt all part of a broader strategy to strengthen brand awareness. Nintendo of America has teamed up with 'escape room' company SCRAP to create a 'Legendary Puzzle Experience' themed around The Legend of Zelda; it'll make its way to eight US cities in 2017.
Escape Rooms - typically involving puzzles and some role-playing - have become a popular real-life 'experience' for groups, though this Legend of Zelda setup will be a little different. NoA's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Doug Bowser, describes it as a "new perspective" on the series, with the press release describing it as follows.
Instead of escaping from a locked room, participants work in teams of six to solve a mystery in a huge area, all within a set time limit. The experience will let guests interact with classic items and characters seen in The Legend of Zelda series like the Goron, Zora and Kokiri tribes. Discovered items can be used to solve puzzles and move forward into other areas, just like in The Legend of Zelda games.
As for cities and locations, they're below:
- San Francisco – Jan. 31-Feb. 5
- Los Angeles – Feb. 10-12
- San Diego – Feb. 24-25
- Seattle – TBA
- Phoenix – TBA
- Houston – TBA
- Chicago – TBA
- New York – TBA
The experience is supposed to take around 90 minutes, and tickets can be bought from scrapzelda.com; whoever approved that url name needs a talking to, it's accurate but dim-witted. Prices vary from $36 with an early bird offer right up to $61 for a Gold Package that includes a poster and coin - head to this page to check out those options.
Is this the kind of experience you're interested in trying out?
Is it the year of the Bowser or something??
Anyways of course the closest to me is 5 hours away....thanks again nintendo!
@Spoony_Tech I just like joking about the guy's name - it helps me get through the day.
The closest to me is a 12 hours flight away, so I'll pass.
Here's the official trailer.
Defenders of the Triforce - Real Escape Game x The Legend of Zelda
It's a Nintendo of America event
If they ran a version of this in the UK I know my friends and I would defo be down!!
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Ah thanks, I've added that in.
I've been reading about these increasingly popular attractions and they have progressed quite a bit over the last few years. It could be fun. A little too far away, but I can see these types of things growing.
No love for Boston? I'd do this no hesitation if it came to the Bean
Looks cool and going to a few cities I'd be willing to fly or drive to. I'll keep a ear to the ground.
HOLY FRIGGIN HELL!
I LOVE ESCAPE GAMES!
Now I gotta fly to U.S. just for this...
I think someone did not think the website domain's name thoroughly
or as I see it
Could be cool, but that is indeed a dopey URL.
Probably be delayed to Fall 2018. ish. Localization problems.
Tbey should have chosen scrapZeldaWiiU while they were at it.
Man, I probably shouldn't even joke about that.
Sounds interesting but too expensive for us, we'll just keep playing 3 player Zelda in Nintendo Land.
Really hope something like this comes to Europe too as to me it sounds really exciting/interesting ^^.
Really want to experience a Zelda Puzzle Break/Escape Room if possible :+).
"We're always looking for increasingly elaborate ways to Kidnap Peach"-Bowser.
Let's hope nobody blows themselves up via a misplaced bomb
Sounds good, but very expensive!!
Cute, but too far from me to care more. I played a lot escape the room games on computer, i'm wondering how good a real-life versican can really be, since I imagine there must be a lot of red tape to go through.
Sounds fun. Too bad none of this stuff comes anywhere near WV.
Themed 'escape the room' style puzzles could be a fun idea for a Switch game... base game could be free, with additional themes as paid DLC... local and online co-op... scoreboards for completion time... maybe even a 'room builder' for designing your own.
I love Escape Rooms, but none of these are anywhere near me unfortunately.
I am in San Diego but have never done anything like this. Not sure if I am interested. Might be a fun date night or something
Aaaaand, nowhere near me.
About 5 hours from me but I'm in Utah, next door to PX. If I can use a real-life hook shot, I'm there.
Sounds awesome but it's too far...
Excited that its coming to Chicago.
Wary that its not a individual experience. Website says 100-240 people playing at the same time (in groups of 6) in the same room.
Chances for extreme theming and interactive puzzles just went way down.
I am thinking more group D & D then Purge: Breakout.
Awesome. Wish it was coming to my town, but still awesome.
@rjejr "Tbey should have chosen scrapZeldaWiiU"
Well, they could still make it so that if too many people fail to complete the escape game in the allotted time that the Wii U version of the game is going to be cancelled. Good way to make people feel that they actually lost something...
This sounds so awesome. If I was living in San Fran and not Australia I'd do it for my birthday!
Oh, good to know it's coming to all those cities. Thanks Nintendo
I would definitely go if it came to the UK
...but seriously, pushing blocks and shooting conveniently-placed targets was already pretty tedious in actual Zelda games. Will this being essentially a real-life tri-Triforce Heroes really set this apart enough from the usual fare?
Aw.. No canadian cities..
Thank you for noticing San Diego, Nintendo!
Cool! But I'm on the other side of the atlantic so I'll pass.
@blaisedinsd RIP stock
Woohoo I live a 1 1/2 hr to NYC
Oh my god, I would definitely travel to do this somewhere in the UK.. of course that would be London if it ever happened
This Bowser guy seems open-minded, creative, competent, and tuned in to what customers want. That's the complete opposite of everything I've heard about Reggie.
@ThanosReXXX Maybe they can just poll everyone showing up - Do you want the game on Wii U or Switch? If more people say Switch, cancel the Wii U version.
I do think Zelda U will be on disc, some day, certainly much more likely than Darksiders. BTW I played D1 way back when it first released, really great game - you know me and my story driven 3rd person voice acting games - but I only played half of D2 before getting bored.
@rjejr Have to agree with you there. The first game was definitely much better. I still have that game for the Xbox 360 and it actually was a pleasant surprise the first time I played it. Got me hooked for months. The second one is no more than "okayish".
Still don't agree with your "no physical edition of Darksiders" idea, though. There simply is no good reason for it. It'll either be completely cancelled, or it will be both digital and physical.
And I can see a third option of it perhaps moving to the Switch, but other than that, I'm not expecting anything else.
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