Here it is, almost two months later! While in New York City I visited Nintendo World (which Nintendo Nut wouldn’t?) at Rockefeller Center and I’m glad I did. While the upper stairs are mostly dedicated to Pokémon stuff (pretty much like the Pokémon Center of past) there are now also monters acting as a museum of sorts and an area where you could try out Mario Party 10. I’ll give you a virtual tour of sorts, though the real experience without a doubt beats this by far. Also, I haven’t photographed each and every nook and cranny in the building, so don’t expect to see everything there is in Nintendo World as I don’t want to ruin the magic for you. Click the images to make them bigger or open them in a new tab.
At the entrance we were greeted by Skull Kid from Majora’s Mask as they were promoting the remake on the 3DS. I was thinking to myself how much I’d like to have this cardboard cutout of one of the easily creepiest antagonists there is in video game history. And I’ve never even played the game! I do have it for the Gamecube in the Legend of Zelda: Collectors Edition, and after having read the Majora’s Mask manga adaptation and watching this revival I feel even more of a desire to play it through. Well played, Nintendo, well played… Marketing Complete. You got my attention, and would’ve got my wallet too if it wasn’t for the fact that I have a version of Majora’s Mask already.
The lower floor was full of merchandise, and you could find everything from the newest video games to collectible figures and figurines and even custom clothing. I got a t-shirt with the cast of Super Mario Bros. on it. Neat! They had Amiibo’s and such and I figured I’d get a Wario one, but I had misread the release date. I thought “Where else to get a newly released Amiibo early than in Nintendo World?” but that actually requires the item to have been released, evidently, as I was a month too early! Anyhow, you could try out a lot of the newer Nintendo Wii U and 3DS titles on this floor too.
The Upper Floor mainly housed Pokémon merchandise, as in the good ole’ Pokémon Center days (there actually is a smaller Pokémon Center in Tokyo still, but now it’s only housed in 1 of it’s original 2 floors, at least it was when I was there in 2010) but there was more this time around, as they’d added a considerably bigger Museum part with one wall dedicated to all things The Legend of Zelda and, as you can see below, a monter with all the released handheld devices thus far. I’ll show you some of the items I found interesting myself.
They begin in chronological order, it seems, and they even have a Nintendo Micro Vs. System. That’s not something you see to often, and I have seen one online in a tattered old box and I believe the game was Ice Hockey or something akin to that. I would’ve gotten it had it not been priced at a whooping 50 Euros… I wonder who got the task to rally these in for Nintendo World, or if they were donated or purchased… Some look to be in very good condition but others looks worse for the wear, just take a look below.
Couldn’t they have found a Game Boy in better condition to showcase? I’m just kidding with y’all, this is the fabled brick Game Boy that survived an explosion during the Gulf War and it still runs Tetris flawlessly. If someone launches a bazooka at you, shield yourself with the closest to you Original Game Boy system. On a more serious note I’d reckon this item is showcased as a testament to the “Nintendo Quality” and also as some sort of item of morbid curiosity. “So that’s what a Game Boy would look like in an explosion… Wicked.” And here is the original Nintendo Power article for you to read, click to enlarge (or open it in a new tab):
They had a few more or less rare Game Boy systems. The Game Boy Light, which is a Pocket with a frontlight installed to it and, due to popular demand, an LED Power indicator as the original Pocket didn’t have one much to the gamer’s ire. This one to the left is a special edition Astro Boy GB Light, and you’ve just got to love the transparency. Not only does it looks awesome on it’s own, but it really fits Astro Boy well. Then we have this Pokémon Center Special Edition Game Boy Color which is gold as opposed to the other standard Special Editions released (of which I have one too). There was a similar Special Edition released in Japan and you can see it to the left; a Pokémon Center Special Edition Gameboy Advance. This kind of special editions were normal back in the day but have been replaced by the more commonplace units of modern times (with prints of legendary Pokémon and such) that are released everywhere or exclusively in certain chains. And last but not least we have a Famicom Special Edition Game Boy Advance SP. This is what the Japanese got instead of the Nintendo Entertainment System one we got in the west. I’d love myself the NES themed one, if ever sold for a decent price…
I’d have wet myself if I ever got this Mario Kart Ride-on Vehicle as a kid, and for a price tag of 199,99 USD this can be yours… I mean your kids ride… right. It’s amazing the things you can get… I had no idea this kind of custom items existed as a kid. It might have to do the fact that very little, if any, of these merchandise made their way into our country. Spoiled kids.
And here’s the Demo area for Mario Party 10, and it was also on the upper floor. I never got to play too much of this game since we were about to eat lunch very soon and we were a big party (heh, you see what I did there?). I’ve heard mixed reviews about this game, some say it’s good, especially when in multiplayer, some say it’s a weak entry in the franchise. Myself I’d say, based on what little I actually played the game, that it’s decent nough to buy if you don’t have a Mario party game of preference yet. But if you have one you’re very fond of and that you pick forth every time your friends are over, then chances are you will get dissapointed.