Nintendo New York, recently closed for renovations, reopened today with a ribbon cutting ceremony and special guest, Charles Martinet. Located in the heart of New York City and open to tourists and gamers alike, Nintendo New York is becoming the place where everyone comes to play.
One of the biggest exclusives sold at this flagship store are the exclusive re-opening t-shirts which comes with a commemorative coin. The coin, measuring about 2 inches in diameter, is based off of the 250lb brass coin in the entryway reminding players that Nintendo New York is the place where everyone comes to play. There are two tee designs, one featuring Super Mario Bros with the iconic Mario and another featuring the Legend of Zelda with a silhouette of Link. These shirts will be sold only this celebratory weekend at $29.99.(EDIT: A tweet from NintendoNY informs us that the shirts were sold out Friday night)
Aesthetically speaking, there have been many improvements for a cleaner feel. A life-sized Donkey Kong statue with an overturned barrel full of bananas, once held behind the staircase, now sits in the open for better photo ops. DK’s barrel can still be spotted with an upgrade as it now acts as a charging station.
Currently there is are statues featuring friends from the Mushroom Kingdom, Luigi, Toad, and Mario on a flag pole that extends into the second floor. There is a Pokémon corner that has memorabilia in celebration of their 20th anniversary. In addition the original amiibo display on the second floor, there is now a new amiibo display on the first floor featuring every amiibo to date. More changes in the store are perhaps the demo stations. Demo stations are located on both floors with the demos clearly marked and easily accessible.
The second floor has been renovated to include a 15ft wide and 7ft tall gaming screen that makes players feel like they’re in a theater. It now makes for an ideal venue for special and bigger events such as major tournaments. Scott Moffitt, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, announced earlier today that Nintendo New York will host an early access Pokkén Tournament. Moffitt also highlighted the difference in design, as this space can be easily cleared for events.
This gaming screen featured a demo of the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. Twilight Princess HD is set to launch later on this year on March 4th. This particular demo is geared towards veteran players as it only includes 3 stages set in Hero Mode, a challenge mode where players take twice the damage, so new players, be careful! Using a Ganondorf amiibo will quadruple the damage Link takes for an added, or perhaps impossible, challenge.
Previously, the Nintendo World Store’s second floor used to have an historical alcove of featured games. At present, there are generations of consoles on informing younger fans on historic releases. This is really a space in which to appreciate the history and transformation that Nintendo has gone and constantly go through.
A common question is whether or not Nintendo New York, whose name changed from Nintendo World Store into a more localized area, almost makes me think that there might be a “Nintendo San Francisco,” but alas, these are just speculations.
Check out our current gallery of the event here, with more pictures to come. The grand re-opening weekend is not over yet. Fans can return tomorrow and pick up the second exclusive Splatoon poster and purchase a re-opening tee before it’s too late. Nintendo New York is located at 10 Rockefeller Plaza, on 48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue. Closest Subway stop is at 47-50th St Rockefeller Center via the B, D, F, M. The Nintendo New York website is up and running with more information and an events calendar.