November 11th Declared ‘Nintendo Day 2016’

NESClassicEdition_box_artTo celebrate a number of product launches and sales, Nintendo of Canada has declared that Friday, November 11th, will be “Nintendo Day 2016.”

First and foremost in everyone’s mind is the launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, which retails for $79.99 and comes with one controller (additional controllers are sold separately for $12.99 each) and comes with 30 games, which you can read about in further detail here.
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Joining it will be the launch of the limited edition New Nintendo 3DS XL Solgaleo Laluna Black Edition, customized with artwork of both new legendary Pokémon from the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. The system, found exclusively at Best Buy and EB Games, will retail for $239.99 when it is released a week ahead of the games it’s designed to promote.

If you’re looking for another model, then you may be interested in Toys R Us’s sale on New Nintendo 3DS XL systems. Kicking off on Nintendo Day 2016 and lasting until November 17th, you’ll be able to save $20 on any version of that system type.

Elsewhere, there are amiibo sales aplenty kicking off on Nintendo Day 2016. Until November 17th, EB Games will have a sale where you can buy any two amiibo and get one Animal Crossing amiibo free. During that same time period, Amazon.ca will be discounting amiibo purchased through them by $6, while Toys R Us will have a “buy two, get one free” sale of their own.

Finally, if you can’t wait until Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are released and want to hone your trainer skills in the meantime, Best Buy and BestBuy.ca will have $5 off of what are only specified as “great Pokémon games.”

Is that enough to make you feel like celebrating? I know I’ll be if I can nab an NES Classic Edition before my appointment with the gastroenterologist tomorrow!

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Still don’t have a Nintendo 3DS XL, or you’re just a huge fan of the Monster Hunter series, then there is good news heading your way!

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Nintendo of Canada has announced that pre-orders will be open “soon” for the new Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter Generations Edition. The system will retail for $239.99, and be available through Amazon, Best Buy, EBGames, Videotron, and as an online exclusive from Walmart.

Unlike some versions of the Nintendo 3DS XL, this one does include an AC adapter, but the eponymous game is not included.

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In case you missed the epic duel of the fates that took place late last month in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, you’re in luck! As countless Jedi and Sith went to war with one-another, one champion arose from each side to settle the score once and for all — and Best Buy was there to capture footage of the epic clash as it happened:

The event was to celebrate the opening of pre-orders for Star Wars Battlefront, which will be available at Best Buy Canada starting at midnight tonight, November 16th.

In addition to the above video, here are a few photos taken of the teched-out Best Buy Jedi (Jed-Buy?) and Sith locking sabers:

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2015 has pretty much been the year for fans of the Back to the Future films, culminating with October 21st’s “Future Day” celebrations. However, that isn’t the only film series to have a banner year, and unlike Back to the Future, the best is yet to come for these fans.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits theatres on December 18th, and the new Star Wars Battlefront will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and on Origin for PC come November 17th. But before all that, Newmindspace is presenting “Lightsaber Battle Toronto 2015” on Saturday, October 24th from 8pm to 11pm at Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West) in Toronto, Ontario. Fans of all ages are invited out to partake in this event, ideally bringing their own lightsaber in tow (there were some available to reserve, but those sold out quick).

The battle proper will take place a little after 9pm, though this is To Be Confirmed based on the outcome of the Toronto Blue Jays’ Game 7. Plus, at 9:30pm, Best Buy is sponsoring an epic martial arts battle featuring an LED-clad Jedi warrior “teched-out” with gear from Best Buy battling a Sith from the audience. Be prepared for backflips, roundhouse kicks, and even a bit of breakdancing.

For more information, check out the event page on Facebook.

Edited to add/clarify the Best Buy battle information.

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The buzz in the States for a couple of days now has been that if you go to Best Buy and pre-order two select titles (one of which needs to be Mario Maker), they will receive a special limited edition seven-button Mario Maker set for free when the game comes out:

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Best Buy Canada had kept mum on the subject and wouldn’t respond to requests for comment, but a press release from Nintendo of Canada has revealed that the deal is valid here in Canada as well. The full list of eligible games won’t be revealed until June 7th and you have to order online (while quantities last), but you can find out which games qualify by checking this link.

smb30thpinThis of course comes in addition to the previously announced Nintendo Access Mario Maker events, wherein you can go to Best Buy to try out the game and, while supplies last, get a special Super Mario Bros. 30th anniversary pin, as seen at right. The full list of locations, dates, and times can be seen here.

Finally, there’s… well, pretty much everything else Nintendo has planned for the week beginning tomorrow. I’m still shaking off whatever bug bit me last night, so I hope it’s okay with everyone if I just paste Nintendo of Canada’s press release right here as it was presented to me.

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Nintendo’s E3 Events Bring the Show to You – Get the Schedule

                                                

Nintendo will showcase its 2015 and select 2016 software lineup this year at E3 and will kick off the video game trade show with insider access events that extend to fans following the show from afar. Our play-by-play reference guide below lets you track Nintendo’s live E3 coverage, the thrilling return of the Nintendo World Championships and special game sampling events, so you won’t miss a minute of the fun. We will continue to share information on future games and initiatives in the months ahead.

 

Sunday, June 14

 

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U – New Content Approaching! 6.14.2015:

Tune in to a special Super Smash Bros. video presentation at 7:40 a.m. PT at http://e3.nintendo.com. Masahiro Sakurai will detail content arriving in the new update for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U.

 

Nintendo World Championships 2015 Pre-Show:

A special installment of Nintendo Treehouse: Live will preview all the action of the Nintendo World Championships 2015. The show runs approximately 2:25-3 p.m. PT on http://e3.nintendo.com.


Nintendo World Championships 2015:

For the first time in 25 years, a Nintendo World Champion will rise. Eight winners from regional qualifying events will meet eight invited competitors at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles for a multi-round Nintendo game competition, but only one will be crowned the 2015 Nintendo World Champion. Tune in to the main event 3-6:30 p.m. PT on YouTube, Twitch and at http://e3.nintendo.com. Listen in for additional announcements between matches. Los Angeles-area fans hoping to attend the competition can visit http://e3.nintendo.com for details about free tickets.

 

Tuesday, June 16

 

Nintendo Digital Event:

Get Nintendo news about upcoming games and experiences straight from the source via the Nintendo Digital Event online video program. Tune in to http://e3.nintendo.com at 9 a.m. PT for the live coverage.

 

Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3:

Watch Nintendo Treehouse staff live from the E3 show floor as they deliver in-depth coverage of Nintendo’s lineup, including live game play and appearances by Nintendo developers. This interactive show kicks off immediately following the Digital Event live stream at http://e3.nintendo.com and is scheduled to run daily throughout the show.

 

Wednesday, June 17

 

Nintendo Access: Mario Maker at Best Buy:

In celebration of the upcoming Mario Maker game for the Wii U, Nintendo and Best Buy have partnered to bring fans hands-on sampling events at 23 locations across Canada. Drop by 4-9 p.m. local time to play through levels in a variety of Super Mario Bros. styles. Everyone who plays the game will receive a button commemorating the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. (while supplies last).

 

Also, when fans pre-order Mario Maker along with one other Nintendo title from a select list, they’ll receive a free limited edition Mario Maker seven button set. Check Nintendo.ca on June 17th for qualifying games. The seven button set will be included in the same shipment as Mario Maker. Offer available online only, while quantities last. 

 

Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3:

The second day of the Nintendo Treehouse: Live broadcast featuring more games and content not shown in our E3 booth is scheduled to begin at 9:55 a.m. PT. Watch live at http://e3.nintendo.com.

 

Thursday, June 18

 

Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3:

The final day of the show kicks off at 9:55 a.m. PT. Staff from Nintendo’s Treehouse will be joined by Nintendo game developers for last looks at our E3 lineup. Visit http://e3.nintendo.com to watch live, and then relive Nintendo’s E3 2015 show highlights.

 

Saturday, June 20

 

Nintendo Access: Mario Maker at Best Buy:

The second hands-on event for Mario Maker runs at participating Best Buy locations noon-5 p.m. local time. The Commemorative button offer applies, while supplies last.  Find a location near you at Nintendo.ca

 

Fans can follow all of Nintendo’s activities on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope and Vine. For more information about Nintendo at E3 2015, visit http://e3.nintendo.com.

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Following Nintendo’s previous announcement that the new Mario Maker for Wii U would be available to try out at Best Buy during the week of the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo, they have now announced which locations will be participating in the event.

Address City Province Postal Code
5111 Northland Dr NW Calgary AB T2L 2J8
G8 – 8180 11th St SE Calgary AB T2H 3B5
13924 – 137th Ave NW Edmonton AB T5L 5H1
9931 – 19th Ave NW Edmonton AB T6N 1M4
32900 South Fraser Way Abbotsford BC V2S 5A1
4805 Kinsgway Burnaby BC V5H 4T6
2220 Cambie St Vancouver BC V5T 2T7
#10 – 1580 Regent Ave W Winnipeg MB R2C 2Y9
11 Washmill Lake Crt Halifax NS B3S 0A2
100 Mapleview Dr E, Unit 2 Barrie ON L4N 0L1
745 Kanata Ave Kanata ON K2T 1H9
770 Gardiners Rd Kingston ON K7M 3X9
215 Fairway Rd S Kitchener ON N2C 1X2
1080 Wellington Rd S London ON N6E 1M2
#1 – 6075 Mavis Rd Mississauga ON L5R 4G6
480 Progress Ave Scarborough ON M1P 5J1
65 Dundas St W Toronto ON M5G 2C3
7850 Weston Rd Vaughan ON L4L 4M9
401 Blvd. Des. Galeries Quebec City PQ G2K 1N4
790 Montee des Pionniers Lachenaie QC J6V 1N9
460 Rue St Catherine O Montreal QC H3B 1A6
8871 De L’Acadie Blvd Montreal QC H4N 3K1
6728 Trans-Canada Hwy Pointe-Claire QC H9R 5J2

Each Nintendo Access will take place from 4pm to 9pm on June 17 and again on June 20 from 12pm to 5pm, all in local time. Plus, while supplies last, you’ll receive a Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary button just for playing.

Finally, if you’re interested in my impressions from playing the game after last year’s E3, you can find those here

Source: Nintendo

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Nintendo has pulled back the curtain on their plans for this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, as amusingly revealed in the following video:

Everything kicks off on Sunday, June 16 in Los Angeles with the return of the Nintendo World Championships. It’s been 25 long years since the last one, but details are still to come on how to enter.

Following that is the Nintendo Digital Event, their online press conference that will begin at 9am PT on Tuesday, June 16. What surprise announcements await? We’ll have to tune in and see!

From there, it’s the return of “Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3”, which features developer interviews and coverage of Nintendo products directly from the show floor. More details about the specific times the unscripted live streams will take place are to be announced closer to E3.

Finally, Nintendo Access this year is all about Mario Maker at Best Buy (well, Super Smash Bros. is already out — what can you do?). For two days during the week of E3, participating Best Buy stores in Canada and the United States will have the upcoming Wii U title available for fans to try out (If it helps, I liked what I played of it). “The game lets players have fun with friends as they enjoy playing through levels in a variety of Super Mario Bros. styles.”

Further details… are available right now! The events will take place on Wednesday, June 17 from 4pm to 9pm and again on Saturday, June 20 from noon until 5pm (all times local). Better still, those who attend will receive a “sweet” 30th anniversary Super Mario Bros. pin… while supplies last, naturally.

For further updates, you can check back here or go straight to the source at http://e3.nintendo.com/.

Oh, and Reggie Fils-Aime fired Bill Trinen when he found a kid who can speak Japanese. Bill joined the company back in the 90’s when he helped work on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and has been frequently seen at Shigeru Miyamoto’s side ever since. We’ll miss you, Bill.

Update: Reggie has apparently rehired Trinen, presumably after someone clued him in to child labor laws. Maybe next time, Reggie.

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Last weekend, Nintendo had a special downloadable demo for Splatoon, but it was only available to play at certain hours throughout the course of the three days it was available. If you weren’t able to play — or even if you were, but simply want more time with the game before its launch — then you’ll want to head to Best Buy from May 16 to 17 and May 23 to 24 between the hours of 12pm and 4pm local time for a special sampling event.

Here are the locations which will be taking part:

Address City Province
5111 Northland Dr NW Calgary AB
13924 – 137th Ave NW Edmonton AB
17539 Stony Plain Rd NW Edmonton AB
9931 – 19th Ave NW Edmonton AB
4805 Kingsway Burnaby BC
#700 – 5300 No.3 Road Richmond BC
12048 – 80th Ave Surrey BC
2220 Cambie St. Vancouver BC
100 Mapleview Dr E Unit 2 Barrie ON
147 Laird Dr East York ON
167 Queen St N Etobicoke ON
745 Kanata Ave Kanata ON
770 Gardiners Rd Kingston ON
1080 Wellington Rd S London ON
5000 Highway #7 E Markham ON
#1 – 6075 Mavis Rd Mississauga ON
1701 Merivale Rd Nepean ON
18151 Yonge St Newmarket ON
695 Wilson Ave North York ON
#C – 225 High Tech Rd Richmond Hill ON
480 Progress Ave Scarborough ON
D 580 King St N Waterloo ON
7400 Boul des Roseraies Anjou PQ
790 Montee des Pionners Lachenaie PQ
6728 Trans-Canada Hwy Pointe Claire PQ
2700 boul Laurier Quebec City PQ

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As you might recall from my post from a couple of weeks ago regarding Nintendo of Canada’s preview events at Future Shop and Best Buy for the upcoming New Nintendo 3DS XL and the simultaneous launch of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D. Only a few of the events are left to go down in Alberta, Quebec, and Ontario, so if you’re contemplating the trip, here are a few pics of what you’ll be in for.

The following pictures were taken at the event held at the Eaton Centre Best Buy on January 24th.

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You knew there would be a line. Fortunately, the wait for a chance to go hands-on with the new systems wasn’t too bad.

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Kids and adults alike are fans of Link’s adventures, so it’s little surprise to see both taking part in the event.

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While waiting in line, the opportunity was presented to not only enter a drawing to win a $50 Best Buy gift card, but to also claim a special (metal!) keychain of the eponymous mask of Majora itself!

To check out a video recapping the event, visit Nintendo of Canada’s Facebook post here.

The New Nintendo 3DS XL and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will both be available on February 13th, 2015. Check back here closer to the date, as I hope to have reviews of both available in time for their launch!


amiibo_rosalinaWith the recent announcement that Target Canada would be ceasing operations in Canada, there was one question on the minds of Nintendo fans: Will they still be carrying the Target-exclusive Rosalina (and Luma) amiibo figure?

The answer, simply, is no. No, they will not.

However, their loss is effectively a gain for everyone else. In response to my query, a statement from Nintendo of Canada reads “The Rosalina amiibo will be available soon in limited quantities at the following retailers in Canada: Best Buy, Future Shop, Wal-Mart, EB Games, Toys ‘R’ Us and Amazon.ca. Please see your local retailer for more information on timing and availability.”

As of this writing, however, only Amazon.ca has any listing on their website for the figure of the Cosmic Travelers, and even those only appear to be from scal– er, resellers who have marked up the price considerably, rather than from Amazon themselves.

Still, now fans don’t have to rely on the small spread of Target stores across Canada to get Rosalina, though it sounds like the quantity will still be rather limited. But then, that’s nothing new with these figures, though at least the good and the bad seem to balance each other out.

Worth noting is that Rosalina and Luma are scheduled for a 2/1 release date in the U.S., but with the change in plans here, it’s difficult to say whether it will be available here on the same day. As per Nintendo’s statement, we’ll just have to check with the retailers to find out what we can. If you learn anything, feel free to drop me a tip!

new3dssneakpeekFollowing the recent Nintendo Direct which revealed the New Nintendo 3DS XL and a release date for The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, Nintendo of Canada has announced that from January 22nd to February 8th, 2015, fans can get a sneak peek at both the system and the game at preview events scheduled before the February 13th release of both.

At selected Future Shop and Best Buy locations across Canada, you’ll not only be able to check out the new game and system, but Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate as well. “There will be sign-up sheets on site, and time slots will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.”

Those who attend will also be able to get a Majora’s Mask keychain (while supplies last), and be eligible to enter to win a $50 gift card from Future Shop or Best Buy accordingly. Details for the latter will be available at the on-site events.

Following is the list of locations and times:

Ontario:

January 22: Best Buy, 6075 Mavis Rd, Mississauga, 4 – 7 pm

January 23: Best Buy, 5000 Highway 7, Markham, 4 – 7 pm

January 24: Best Buy, 65 Dundas St W, Toronto, 12 – 3 pm

January 25: Best Buy, 2500 Winston Park, Oakville, 12 – 3 pm

February 6: Future Shop, 2210 Bank St, Ottawa, 4 – 7 pm

February 7: Best Buy, 770 Gardiners Rd, Kingston, 12 – 3 pm

February 8: Best Buy, 480 Progress Ave, Scarborough, 12 – 3 pm

Quebec:

January 29: Future Shop, 460 Rue Ste-Catherine, Montreal, 4 – 7 pm

January 30: Best Buy, 8871 De L’Acadie Blvd, Montreal 4 – 7 pm

January 31: Future Shop, 1540 Boul Du Corbusier, Laval, 12 – 3 pm

February 1: Future Shop, 7400 Boul des Roseraies, Anjou, 12 – 3pm

February 5: Future Shop, 25 Chemin de la Savane, Gatineau, 4 – 7 pm

British Columbia:

January 22: Future Shop, 5300 No 3 Rd, Richmond, 4 – 7 pm

January 23: Best Buy, 2220 Cambie St, Vancouver, 4 – 7 pm

January 24: Best Buy, 4805 Kingsway, Burnaby, 12 – 3 pm

January 25: Best Buy, 10025 King George Blvd, Surrey, 12 – 3 pm

Alberta:

January 29: Best Buy, 9931 – 19th Ave NW, Edmonton, 4 – 7 pm

January 30: Future Shop, 10304 109th St, Edmonton, 4 – 7 pm

January 31: Best Buy, 17539 Stony Plain Rd NW, Edmonton, 12 – 3 pm

February 1: Future Shop, 9560 170th St, Edmonton, 12 – 3 pm

February 5: Best Buy, 350 Stewart Green SW, Calgary, 4 – 7pm

February 6: Best Buy, 3221 Sunridge Way NE, Calgary, 4 – 7 pm

February 7: Best Buy, 8180 11th St SE, Calgary, 12 – 3 pm

February 8: Best Buy, 5111 Northland Dr NW, Calgary, 12 – 3 pm

If a location convenient for you is not listed, Nintendo says they will have the New Nintendo 3DS XL available to play at select locations in the near future. Stay tuned to this page and check back as more locations are added.

In something of a surprise announcement today, Nintendo of Canada has revealed three new designs for the Nintendo 3DS XL (four if you count the one that’s in two colors) as they go into the holiday season.

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First up is the one-two punch of the Super Smash Bros. Edition Nintendo 3DS XL. In advance and honor of the October 3rd release of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, these special edition versions of the Nintendo 3DS XL hardware are going on sale September 19th with a suggested retail price of $199.99 each. You won’t find them just anywhere, though; EB Games has a lock on the red version, whereas the blue can be found at either Future Shop or Best Buy.

Unlike the European version, however, which is scheduled to be released on October 3rd, a copy of the game will not be included in the Canadian/North American release, be it pre-installed or physical.

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Next up is the Persona Q Edition Nintendo 3DS XL, which is presumably coming out on November 25th alongside the game which inspired it, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. Per the press release, “The design evokes the essence of Persona Q with the iconic Grimoire styling on the front – the tome used by the attendants of the Velvet Room and containing information on the many Personas – and the new style of character art represented on the back.”

This EB Games exclusive will also retail for $199.99, and you guessed it: It doesn’t come with a copy of its game, either.

Last, but certainly not least, is this beauty:

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The instant I saw this one, a flurry of curses rushed through my mind with the knowledge that though I already own a Nintendo 3DS XL, this was the one I wanted to own, yet probably won’t be able to afford. “Oh my god” was how my mouth translated it to those around me.

One other thing instantly rushed into my mind upon seeing this as well:

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Several years ago, Nintendo released a limited edition version of the Game Boy Advance SP that was similarly inspired by the NES. Naturally, it was the one everyone wanted, myself included. Unfortunately, unlike the limited edition platinum GameCube, this one was gone and gone quick, thus eluding me (and probably many others). I had hoped that the Nintendo DS would feature a similar scheme, but no luck there. Who would have imagined we would see it again on the Nintendo 3DS XL– and with a box designed to look like the NES itself, no less?

This thing of beauty goes on sale October 10th for $199.99, and unlike the others, it will be available at retailers everywhere.

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With all of that said, it’s only right to note that Nintendo of Japan recently announced the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL. These iterations of the system upgrade the hardware in a number of ways, including an analog nub on the right side of the system (think of the C-stick from the GameCube controller), additional shoulder buttons, a built-in NFC reader for amiibo (versus the external one for the current hardware), Micro SD card support, and a sensor which adjusts the “sweet spot” of the 3D visuals depending on where you look at. In addition, the regular-sized version will feature interchangeable faceplates, similar to those seen on some cell phones.

There is a little more power under the hood as well, though only one game so far has been said to make any use of it in such a way as to be exclusive to the New model: A port of the Wii title, Xenoblade Chronicles, whose protagonist, Shulk, was recently revealed as a character in the new Super Smash Bros. titles.

Scheduled for an October 11th release in Japan, no date has been given for markets outside of the country, save for it being sometime in 2015. Oh, and before you think of importing: Yes, it’s region-locked.

The timing of these announcements and releases is at best questionable, as word of the New Nintendo 3DS has quickly spread over the past week or so. So whether what is being offered in the new model with its unspecified release has more value to you than the aesthetic appeal (and whether upgrading is viable, should the time come) is a call you can only make for yourself.

As you might imagine, I made sure to attend the Super Smash Bros. Smash-Fest event at Best Buy first thing yesterday, and I came away a bit conflicted. I only got to play the games for a brief period, and I wasn’t sure whether or not I should give my impressions from the event.

Then it turned out that one of my favorite YouTube reviewers, “Some Call Me Johnny,” had already gone ahead and posted his thoughts on the event he attended. Upon watching it, it turns out his thoughts mirror mine almost exactly, so I figure I’ll let him do some of the talking for me here:

This should hopefully give you an idea of what to expect if you’re going in on Saturday. As for me, I can’t vouch for the same line experience, but as for playing the game? I ran into the very same issue of pressing the wrong buttons constantly– my mind is clearly programmed for playing Super Smash Bros. on a GameCube controller, and after worrying for the last year that I’d need to learn to make do with the GamePad or Pro Controller, Nintendo answered my prayers with the announcement of the GameCube controller adapter for the Wii U. It actually comes as a much greater relief after trying the demos.

To be perfectly fair, though, I think I could probably get used to the GamePad or Pro Controller if given more time– more so if given the option to reassign buttons. X and Y are jump, while B is Special Attack and A is regular attack, just like on the GameCube controller. Unlike the GameCube controller, however, the buttons are placed differently, which is where the confusion comes in. My ideal layout to mirror the layout of the GameCube controller is Y = Special Attack, B = Regular Attack, and X/A = Jump.

And remapping is going to be key, especially in the Nintendo 3DS version, which I was surprised to learn was also available to try there. That system has only one controller style, of course, which makes the ability to remap almost crucial for anyone whose muscle memory is like mine. That is, unless we’re able to “reprogram” ourselves to be used to the new layout. Though if I must be honest, I’m more interested in digging right in and kicking some tail, rather than basically learning how to walk again. I’ve had to learn to walk again once already, I don’t want to have to do so in my games as well, thanks.

Fortunately, if there is one thing that director Masahiro Sakurai excels at, it’s giving players options. Super Smash Bros. Brawl allowed for button mapping across its four different controller options, and one can hope that he won’t neglect to include them in both versions of the game here as well.

That aside, the game played like a dream, as near as I could tell. I chose Mega Man in both versions, and did lousy in both– coming in third on Wii U and tying for third in Smash Run on the Nintendo 3DS. It was hard to hear much of the sound in either case, but visually… it’s crazy. No video, no screenshot, nothing I’ve seen online does justice to how this game looks in person. The online stuff is almost like it fell on the floor and someone stepped on it by comparison, it’s that amazing to behold in person. If you’ve seen Mario Kart 8 in screens and videos online versus on a nice high definition television in person, then you probably know the kind of difference I mean.

Smash Run on the Nintendo 3DS was pretty cool, too, though I have to say again that I felt like I was playing handicapped. One neat surprise was encountering the Egg Robos from Sonic 3 & Knuckles as I explored the level, as well as panicking at the sight of a Metroid (why doesn’t Mega Man have any ice weapons here?!). It’s a mode I look forward to getting to spend more time with, to be sure.

So until the next time I get to play (a moment I eagerly anticipate) and hopefully spend more time with it, that’s all I really have to say about the game so far.

Hmm, I guess I still had more to say than I thought.

Just under one month ago, Nintendo revealed its plans for E3: A “Digital Event” in place of their press conferences from previous years, ongoing live web coverage via Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3, a Super Smash Bros. Invitational tournament, and following up on last year’s Nintendo E3 Experience at Best Buy, the eagerly-anticipated Super Smash Bros. Smash-Fest @ Best Buy.

Upon the announcement of the latter, no dates, times, or locations were yet announced, but that all changes today as Nintendo has released the information. Players will have the opportunity to get their hands on the very same demo of Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U that will be seen at E3 on Wednesday, June 11th from 4pm to 9pm and again on Saturday, June 14th from 12pm to 5pm, local time.

“The four-player demo of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U lets players battle it out against one another using their favourite characters from fan-favourite video game franchises like Pokémon, Super Mario Bros., Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and The Legend of Zelda,” states the press release.

In addition to getting to play the game early, the first 25 attendees in line each day will score a rare gold Super Smash Bros. collectible coin. “There will also be lots of great deals in store and online, so be sure to check them out while at the event.” Plus, plenty of opportunities for StreetPassing!

The list of participating Best Buys is as follows, and appears to be different than those which held the event last year. You can also find the list by visiting Best Buy’s website, which may or may not be updated before the event.

June 11:

 

Province City Store Name Address Time
QC Quebec Quebec City 5401 Boulevard des Galaries 4-9pm
NS Halifax Halifax 11 Washmill Lake Drive 4-9pm
ON Mississauga Mississauga 1-6075 Mavis Rd 4-9pm
AB Edmonton Edmonton South 9931-19th Ave NW 4-9pm
ON Scarborough Scarborough 480 Progress Ave 4-9pm
AB Calgary Deerfoot Meadows 300-8180 11th st SE 4-9pm
MB Winnipeg Winnipeg 10-1580 Regent Ave W 4-9pm
AB Edmonton Edmonton North 13924-137th Ave NW 4-9pm
BC Vancouver Cambie 2220 Cambie St 4-9pm
ON Barrie Barrie 100 Mapleview Dr 4-9pm
ON Brampton Brampton 451-25 Peel Centre Dr 4-9pm
BC Surrey Surrey 2153-10153 King George Hwy 4-9pm
QC Montreal Marche Central 8871 De L’Acadie Blvd 4-9pm
ON Kingston Kingston 770 Gardiners Rd 4-9pm
QC Anjou Anjou 7200 Blvd des Roseries 4-9pm
QC Lasalle Lasalle 7077 Boul Newman 4-9pm
QC Pointe-Claire Pointe-Claire 6815 Trans-Canada Hwy 4-9pm
SK Saskatoon Saskatoon 20A-3310 8th St E 4-9pm
ON Kanata Kanata 745 Kanata Ave 4-9pm
ON Toronto Bay and Dundas 65 Dundas St W 4-9pm
ON London London 1080 Wellington Rd 4-9pm
BC Burnaby Metrotown 4805 Kingsway 4-9pm

 

 June 14:

 

Province City Store Name Address Time
QC Quebec Quebec City 5401 Boulevard des Galaries 12-5PM
NS Halifax Halifax 11 Washmill Lake Drive 12-5PM
ON Mississauga Mississauga 1-6075 Mavis Rd 12-5PM
AB Edmonton Edmonton South 9931-19th Ave NW 12-5PM
ON Scarborough Scarborough 480 Progress Ave 12-5PM
AB Calgary Deerfoot Meadows 300-8180 11th st SE 12-5PM
MB Winnipeg Winnipeg 10-1580 Regent Ave W 12-5PM
AB Edmonton Edmonton North 13924-137th Ave NW 12-5PM
BC Vancouver Cambie 2220 Cambie St 12-5PM
ON Barrie Barrie 100 Mapleview Dr 12-5PM
ON Brampton Brampton 451-25 Peel Centre Dr 12-5PM
BC Surrey Surrey 2153-10153 King George Hwy 12-5PM
QC Montreal Marche Central 8871 De L’Acadie Blvd 12-5PM
ON Kingston Kingston 770 Gardiners Rd 12-5PM
QC Anjou Anjou 7200 Blvd des Roseries 12-5PM
QC Lasalle Lasalle 7077 Boul Newman 12-5PM
QC Pointe-Claire Pointe-Claire 6815 Trans-Canada Hwy 12-5PM
SK Saskatoon Saskatoon 20A-3310 8th St E 12-5PM
ON Kanata Kanata 745 Kanata Ave 12-5PM
ON Toronto Bay and Dundas 65 Dundas St W 12-5PM
ON London London 1080 Wellington Rd 12-5PM
BC Burnaby Metrotown 4805 Kingsway 12-5PM

 

Update: There was a mix-up in the information about the t-shirts and go-kart races; this has been corrected below.

Update #2: And again. I think I got it right this time!

While Mario Kart 8 won’t be available for the Wii U until May 30th, Nintendo of Canada has announced a way for racers to play the game just a little earlier than that.

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Select Best Buy locations across Canada will be host to a hands-on demonstration on Saturday, May 24th, just under a week before the game becomes available at retail and in the Nintendo eShop. The first 50 participants to join in between 12pm and 4pm that day will also be awarded a voucher for a free Mario Kart 8 t-shirt or a race at a local karting track (depending on location), and additional giveaways will be available for the duration of the events (while supplies last).

The participating Best Buy locations giving away t-shirt vouchers are as follows:

Ontario

65 Dundas Street W, Toronto

480 Progress Avenue, Scarborough

25 Peel Center Drive, Brampton

6075 Mavis Road, Mississauga

52 First Commerce Drive, Aurora

Quebec

6815 Trans-Canada Highway, Pointe-Claire

7077 Newman Blvd, Lasalle

8871 L’Acadie Boulevard, Montreal

7200 Boulevard des Roseraies, Anjou

The participating Best Buy locations giving away go-kart racing gift cards are as follows:

Alberta

350 Stewart Green SW, Calgary

8180 11th Ste SE, Calgary

9931 19th Ave NW, Edmonton

13924 137th Ave NW, Edmonton

British Columbia

2220 Cambie St, Vancouver

10025 King George Blvd, Surrey

20202 66th Ave, Langley

Manitoba

1580 Regent Ave W, Winnipeg

Nova Scotia

11 Washmill Lake Crt, Halifax

Ontario

745 Kanata Ave, Ottawa

770 Gardiners Rd, Kingston

80 Concert Way, Barrie

Quebec

5401 Blvd des Galeries, Chateau-Richer

Saskatchewan

3310 8th St E, Saskatoon

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Next, fans in Montreal and Toronto will be able to celebrate the game’s release on May 31st. From 11am to 5pm (local time), “Mario’s Canadian Karting Day” will allow the first 500 participants age 5 and up to test their pedal-to-the-metal mettle as they compete in real-life kart racing for the honor of taking home a genuine Spiny Shell trophy. Participation is free, and everyone will have the opportunity to win Mario Kart 8 prizes throughout the day.

Furthermore, those who attend will get the chance to “turn their world upside down” by having their picture taken at the Mario Kart 8 Anti-Gravity Photo Booth and meet some of your favorite Nintendo characters. If that wasn’t enough, fans in Toronto will also be able to meet Jeff Kingsley, the 15 year-old Eastern Canadian ROTAX Kart Champion.

These events will be held at the following locations:

Toronto: 401 Mini-Indy Go Karts (37 Stoffel Drive)

Montreal: Action 500 Montreal (5592 Rue Hochelaga)

You can also visit http://www.nintendo.ca/ijustkarted for a list of the events, locations, times, and other details found here.

Mario Kart 8 will be available on for the Wii U on May 30th at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $64.99, or you can get a Mario Kart 8 Wii U Deluxe Set bundle that includes a Wii U Deluxe Set system, a Mario Kart 8 game, a red Mario Wii Wheel accessory, and a red Mario Wii Remote Plus controller, all for a MSRP of $349.99. Plus, those who register their copy of Mario Kart 8 with Club Nintendo between May 30th, 2014 and July 31th, 2014 will receive a free download code for New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, or Wii Party U.