Did you miss the Nintendo store grand re-opening event in New York City this Friday? Was you there? Either way, here’s how it all went down. The store opened 12:00pm with cutting the red ribbon ceremony with Charles Martinet the voice of Mario, Luigi, Wario and Waluigi. Pretty cool, if the line didn’t wrap around three corners of a block. There must have been over a thousand people and counting lined up to get inside. I arrived at 11:30 and the line was already on the other side of the block. At 12:00 the line slowly started to move, very slowly, as in a few steps. It was taking way too long to even move 5 steps. We walked 5 steps every 45 minutes. At this point it was getting ridiculous. I kept checking the internet to see if they were livestreaming the event at least on Facebook or something but no. We had no idea what was going on. Charles Martinet came out to thank everyone for coming and did his woo-hoo! in his Mario voice which was cool considering we were all waiting in the cold. He was really nice with the fans.
At around 1:30 I finally went to the front of the store to figure out what was going on. I found out that they were only allowing 100 people to be in the store at a time. This store is 10,000 square feet with two floors. From outside you could see open space all throughtout the first and second floor. This frustrated many people. They didn’t put a time limit on anyone either, you just had to wait until people left before you could go in. So when four people leave four people go in. There were cosplayers there (Zelda, Link, Luigi, Professor Oak, Ash to name a few). It was pretty cool but it was freezing outside. A lot of people began dropping out of the line. Things started selling out before we even got close to getting inside: Fire Emblem Fates Limited Edition, Splatoon Posters and wristband distribution to meet Charles Martinet! We didn’t even know there were wristbands for that. Many people were disapointed in the way the store handled the event. We were outside waiting in the cold while the store wasn’t even half full. People maxed out their street passes while waiting on line.
By the time I got in the store with my friends it was 8:30 pm. The store was closing at 9! After wanting to give up so many times I was finally in the store. It was awesome. They had a 15 foot gaming screen and new decor. They even let you play The Legend of Zelda: Twiglight Princess on one gamepad (It would’ve been cool if it was on a bigger screen, it wasn’t really a big deal). I was able to get two of the limited edition shirts with Mario and Link on it which came with a coin. I also bought a Goomba and Shy Guy plush. I had to validate me waiting on line for 8 and a half hours with something. Besides that there was no more free stuff and the voice of Mario already left. I feel like the event could have been more interactive. When I got in no one was really playing the gaming kiosk people were mostly just shopping and waiting on line.
It would have been cool if they had gaming tournaments on the new screen and a bunch of fun activities going on or at least let in more people and make the event FUN for everyone. It felt like everyone was just there to buy something and the only fun factor was really Charles Martinet being there and getting to see and meet him (only people with wristbands could get a picture). He was only there until 7 so he left by the time we got to the store. In the end I met a lot of friends and I the crazy line ended up being the best and most memorable part. Theres nothing like finding friends in people who share your interest and bonding over your frustrations! In conclusion, dont worry if you didn’t make it to the re-opening. You can go by the store any time to pick up your favorite plushs and games and enjoy the new kiosks!