NFC Goes to the Nintendo Switch Holiday Experience 2018

Nintendo is doing another holiday mall tour this year, the Nintendo Switch Holiday Experience 2018, and luckily one of the 11 locations they’re setting up residence in is just about an hour from where I live in Schaumburg, Illinois (just outside of Chicago). We needed to make a trip to Whole Foods for some vegan Thanksgiving food anyway and it’s right next door, so we decided to not kill any birds all with one stone and make a day of it.

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The event was really cool, but also today was probably not the best day to check it out. There was a celebrity make-up artist doing a signing of some kind at the Woodfield Mall today and the place was PACKED. Plus today was the launch day of the Switch Holiday Experience (which runs from now until December 16th), so it was maybe the busiest day of the event’s entire run.

Still, once Ryan texted me and let me know it was happening in my area, I had to go and I’m definitely glad I did. The primary attraction is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and that’s actually the only game I played. We waited in line for probably 90 minutes to get less than five minutes of game time, but that’s roughly what I expected and it was super cool. I played as Simon Belmont, my son Owen played as Incineroar, and he actually finished in second place in our four player battle. Every character was unlocked and available to play, and I’d imagine if you’re able to check out the event on a Tuesday afternoon or something, you could spend plenty of time checking it out.

 

Other games being demoed include Overcooked 2, Super Mario Party, Just Dance 2019 and the Labo Vehicle Kit. Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Evee will be playable too, but not until November 16th which is when they launch anyway.

 

As an added bonus, My Nintendo members can check in with their QR codes and receive a gift like stickers, bags, posters, or even $20 eShop cards. I walked away with a sticker set and Owen bagged a MyNintendo pop-socket, so while the giveaways aren’t terribly exciting, they’re still worthwhile.

Check out Nintendo’s site for a list of Switch Holiday Experience locations; if you’re lucky enough to have one nearby it’s definitely worth stopping by, though I’d recommend learning from my mistakes and waiting for a less crazy day at the mall to check it out for yourself.

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Episode 70 – *New* Operation Rainfall

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News:

Mario Kart 8 DLC

Miyamoto Talks to Edge

Bravely Default Xmas Music!

amiibo – $12.99

Register Smash on 3DS and Wii U, get soundtrack!

New 3DS model/upgrade

Xenoblade Chronicles coming to New 3DS

Music:

The Bouncing Souls – We Love Fun (unofficial Nintendo Fun Club theme song)

Dragon Quest X – Exploring the Hills

Bad Religion – Stranger Than Fiction

Episode 66 – Nintendo at E3 2014: Day 1

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Nintendo at E3 2014:

Smash Bros.amiiboXenoblade Chronicles XFantasy LifeCaptain Toad Treasure TrackerDevil’s ThirdYoshi’s Wooly WorldMario Party 10, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, SplatoonGunman Clive 2, Project Guard, Project Giant Robot, Star Fox (Wii U), Mario Maker, Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors, The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)

Music:

The Bouncing Souls – We Love Fun (unofficial Nintendo Fun Club theme song)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – Kakariko Village

Streetlight Manifesto – 1234 1234

Episode 63 – Monster In My Party

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New Fatal Frame announced for Wii U

Theatrhythm Curtain Call coming to NA in 2014, check out the rad Japanese commercial

Yuzo Koshiro composing tracks for Persona Q on 3DS

Capcom bringing GBA games to Wii U VC, including MM Battle Network 3

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Games:

NES Remix 2, Final Fantasy Legend II, Capcom Classics Collection Mini Mix, Mighty Final Fight, Lunar Legend, Star Wars Episode III (GBA)

Music:

The Bouncing Souls – We Love Fun (unofficial Nintendo Fun Club theme song)

Streets of Rage 2 – Player Select

Jon Cougar Concentration Camp – Half Ass Jedi