News Desk: Nintendo Teams Up With Best Buy for E3 Demos

Fans will be able to try out a few upcoming Wii U games at select Best Buy stores during the week of E3.

By Kevin Knezevic. Posted 05/17/2013 09:30 3 Comments     ShareThis

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime closed out today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast by announcing that the company will be partnering with Best Buy to give fans a chance to go hands-on with several upcoming Wii U titles.

According to Mr. Fils-Aime, Best Buy stores around the country will feature several new Wii U titles during the week of E3, allowing fans who may not have the chance to attend the event to try out some of the console’s major titles before they are released.

In addition to that, Nintendo has reconfirmed via Twitter that it will be revealing new details about the upcoming iterations of Smash Bros., Mario Kart, and the next 3D Mario game (among “other titles”) in a dedicated Wii U Nintendo Direct before E3 begins. Will one (or more) of these games be featured at Best Buy? We certainly hope so!

Source: Nintendo Direct, press release

3 Responses to “News Desk: Nintendo Teams Up With Best Buy for E3 Demos”

  • 1244 points
    lukas85 says...

    This is good news, but Evan’s idea of releasing the demos of e3 on the e-shop was much better, and they can reach a larger global audience, i wonder why they are limiting the demos to best buy only.

    • 225 points
      wombatguy880 says...

      I like the idea of a combined approach because I do own a WiiU… but consider that You Already Own A WiiU and while I think Nintendo should do things to keep you interested, it is not necessarily an incentive for them to spend money on resources to distribute these to every owner of WiiUs for free. I think this best buy deal will be more like Nintendos mall invasions where they were supported with dedicated staff so if Demo1 crashes that the issue can be resolved relatively quickly. It’s primary purpose is to attract new purchasers but it will also be nice to see as an early adopter since this approach is largely unprecedented and lets us many more people feel like they are having that E3 experience that most can not have.

  • 849 points
    ejamer says...

    Said it elsewhere, but will repeat it here too: they are thinking too small.

    Releasing demos on the eShop would be awesome. It would encourage/reward ownership of a Wii U console.

    Releasing demos in stores is awesome. It gives people who haven’t tried the Wii U a reason to pick up the controller and see what’s happening.

    But limiting the demos to 100 stores across the *continent* – not even across the nation, since that numbers includes two countries?! It’s just not enough given the dismal state of Wii U sales right now.

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