For the past few years Nintendo has been partnering with Best Buy stores during the week of E3 to give gamers a chance to try out some upcoming games. This year the only playable game on the show floor at Nintendo’s booth will be the upcoming The Legend of Zelda title for Wii U. For obvious time-related reasons, this would be a very difficult title to demo across 100 Best Buy locations. That’s why Nintendo is taking up the initiative itself at its own retail location in New York.
In order to provide gamers with an adequate chance to try out the new Zelda game, Nintendo is going to limit the number of participants to 500. Here’s how it will work. On Saturday, June 11 the first 500 eligible people in line when Nintendo NY opens at 9am ET will receive a wristband that they can then exchange for a ticket, which will guarantee them a spot to play the upcoming Zelda game during selected times between June 14 and June 19. Fans will be allowed to start lining up for their spot at 7am on June 11 and must have a photo ID. Those 500 people will make an appointment to play the game on one of the allowed days and times. The game will be playable for those who get a ticket on June 14 from (all times Eastern) 3pm to 8pm and during normal store hours from June 15 through June 19.
If you’re not lucky enough to get a ticket to play the game yourself, you can still stop by the Nintendo NY store on June 14 from Noon to 3pm to watch the live Nintendo Treehouse show play the game. In addition, there will be special game play presentations with Nintendo experts at the store from June 15 – 19.
Sounds like a great time! If only I lived in New York. This year I’ll be relegated to watching the game via streams, like most of you. Let us know if you plan on attending! If you get to play the new Zelda game, be sure to let us know your hands-on impressions.
From June 14 through June 19, 500 Nintendo fans will be among the first people in the world to play The Legend of Zelda for the Wii U console at the Nintendo NY store. The 500 fans will be selected during a Super-Fan Signup Day, which will be held on Saturday, June 11. Only the first 500 eligible people in line when Nintendo NY opens at 9 a.m. ET will receive a wristband that they can exchange for a ticket, which guarantees them a spot to play the game during selected times June 14-19. (Fans can start lining up at 7 a.m. ET on June 11. Photo ID is required, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.)
The six-day free event will begin at noon ET on June 14, when fans will be invited to watch gameplay of The Legend of Zelda live-streamed from Nintendo’s booth at this year’s E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles to the 15-foot gaming screen inside Nintendo NY. This will be the world’s first in-depth look at the game. Then at 3 p.m. ET, the first of 500 fans will begin sampling the game for the first time.
From June 15 to June 19, Nintendo experts will also be giving guided game-play demonstrations on the big screen for everyone to watch and enjoy. Several fans may even get the chance to participate in guided demonstrations. There will also be The Legend of Zelda trivia for a chance for fans to win fun prizes.
Hundreds of Nintendo fans, Nintendo representatives
Super-Fan Signup Day
- June 11, 9 a.m. ET
Nintendo NY The Legend of Zelda experience
- June 14, noon-3 p.m. ET (Nintendo Treehouse: Live screening from E3)
- June 14, 3-8 p.m. ET (hands-on experience for fans with appointments)
- June 15-19, Nintendo NY store hours (hands-on experience for fans with appointments)
- June 15-19, Nintendo NY store hours (guided game-play presentations with Nintendo experts and trivia)
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- Excited Nintendo fans waiting in line to receive the chance to play the newest game in The Legend of Zelda series for the first time.
- Fans, including some who may come dressed in different costumes inspired by the Zelda series, playing the new The Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U console.
- The Nintendo NY store decorated to celebrate The Legend of Zelda.
Group demos hosted by Nintendo representatives showing fans the extensive The Legend of Zelda demo.