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Halloween it’s over – let the holiday season begin! Nintendo has announced a new pop-up booth called the Nintendo Holiday Experience. These booths will be available at 17 major malls across the US. They’ll arrive November 11 and run until December 17.
“We want to bring smiles to people’s faces this holiday with experiences the whole family can enjoy,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. “The Nintendo Holiday Experience is a great opportunity for people to try Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS, this season’s must-have holiday items.”
The Nintendo Holiday Experience will be available at the following locations:
- Perimeter Mall in Atlanta
- Natick Mall in Natick, Massachusetts
- Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois
- The Parks Mall at Arlington in Arlington, Texas
- FlatIron Crossing in Broomfield, Colorado
- Memorial City Mall in Houston
- Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, California
- Glendale Galleria in Glendale, California
- Aventura Mall in Aventura, Florida
- Mall of America® in Bloomington, Minnesota
- Queens Center in Elmhurst, New York
- King of Prussia Mall in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
- Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale, Arizona
- Washington Square in Portland, Oregon
- Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, California
- Westfield Southcenter in Seattle
- Tysons Corner Center in Tysons Corner, Virginia
The Nintendo Switch launched earlier this year, making this its first big holiday season. All the major first-party Switch titles will be available to play at the Nintendo Holiday Experience, including Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Nintendo’s handheld gaming system, Nintendo 3DS, will also be shown some love with playable handhelds and games. Recent releases include Metroid: Samus Returns and Mario Party: The Top 100 will be featured.
Visitors who are My Nintendo members can use their QR Code to receive a collectible Platinum Point code card. Each code can net 100-500 Platinum Points. Platinum Points can be redeemed for Nintendo game discounts or digital items and perks for Nintendo’s mobile games.
The Nintendo Holiday Experience will arrive in select Malls November 11, and leave December 17.
October 27 is one of the biggest release days for gaming this year, with three AAA titles launching today: Assassin’s Creed Origins, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Super Mario Odyssey. Super Mario Odyssey is launching for the Nintendo Switch as one of the most anticipated games of the year. Nintendo celebrated the big launch with a road trip across the US, ending in a party in New York City.
The cross-country road trip began in Los Angeles, California. The Nintendo tour bus traveled between major cities such as Dallas and Chicago to meet with fans and give them a chance to play Super Mario Odyssey leading up to its release. Pictures of the trip can be found on Nintendo’s social media accounts on twitter, instagram, and tumblr.
The final celebration took place last night in Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, New York. The party featured a costumed Mario and a big dance number with music from the game. Fans could purchase the game at midnight at the Nintendo store.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 27, 2017
“Super Mario Odyssey is the must-have video game for this holiday season, and this event was the perfect way to kick off Mario’s latest adventure,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America President and COO. “Video game fans of all kinds will want to dive into this latest Mario adventure as soon as possible.”
Fils-Aime was also on hand to sell the very first copy of Super Mario Odyssey at the Nintendo store.
Super Mario Odyssey is a 3D platformer with a sandbox-style. It’s set to be the next evolution of Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy. Mario is joined by a new sentient hat called Cappy. He can throw Cappy at enemies and objects to take control and gain new abilities and solve puzzles.
Super Mario Odyssey is rated E for Everyone. It’s available only for the Nintendo Switch. A Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo Switch bundle is available with Mario-themed Joy-Con controllers for $379.99.