Next to “So how do you make money blogging?,” the biggest question I get asked about Mommy’s Busy, Go Ask Daddy is, “Why do you do it?”
Well, besides just the fact that I love writing and blogging is a fantastic outlet for me to do just that, I also get some insanely incredible perks. I don’t just mean “free stuff.” No. I mean once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. You know, like getting to hang with the Muppets. Or interview Scarlett Johansson. Or get hugged by Frozen’s Kristen Bell. Yeah, small things like that.
Well, recently I got to add another notch in my Coolness Experience Belt. I’ve been working with Nintendo for over a year now (My kids are certified Nintendo Kid Reviewers!), and I finally got to visit the Nintendo offices in Manhattan, NY to preview this year’s upcoming sure-to-be hits.
Upon entering the small reception area, I was greeted by the always-smiling Luis Hernandez! I remembered Luis from a previous Nintendo event where we spent a long time geeking out about video games in general. As you can see in the photo above, Luis is something of a Star Wars fan. Could you imagine a Star Wars/Mario crossover one day?
Behind Luis’ desk was a collection of Mario toys that I know my boys would’ve loved for me to have
We actually have a number of these, but I really had my eye on that Original Figure Mario Family from Japan!
After waiting just a few minutes, I was called into one of the offices to meet with Nintendo’s Assistant Manager Public Relations David Young. And by “meet,” I really mean “hang out and play video games.”
David was kind enough to show off some of the coolest upcoming titles from Nintendo’s library. Some of the games he showed us were unfinished versions even, so I really felt like I was getting a peek behind the curtain!
Super Mario Maker
On Sale: September 11, 2015
The first (and easily greatest game ever made!) out of the gate was Super Mario Maker. Due out in less than a week (!), this game looks unbelievably amazing. Like really. I can’t explain enough how much fun this game is to watch, use and play.
Using a stylus and the game pad, you simply drag and drop all sorts of items from the Super Mario Universe to create your own game levels. Different generations are represented and you can pretty much mix and match almost anything you can think of. I suggested adding some wings to a blooper, and we did!
As you add items to the screen (like a Goomba), you also get adorable sound effects.
When you’re done with your level, you can share it and have other Wii U players rate it! One thing though… in order to share a level, you first have to beat it! That means you can’t create and share anything that’s unsolvable.
The only bad thing I have to say about Super Mario Maker is that it’s going to cause a lot of fighting in this house when it first shows up, because I think I may be more excited than the kids for this one!
Yoshi’s Wooly World
On Sale: October 16, 2015
Cutest. Game. Ever! That’s pretty much how I’d describe Yoshi’s Wooly World.
This one’s a real fun side-scrolling adventure starring the colorful Yoshi dinosaurs. You play as Yoshi in a yarn-style world, eating up balls of colorful yarn and then spitting them out to help you attack enemies and swing across big open spaces.
I couldn’t get enough of Yoshi’s Wooly World and it’s actually one title I could see even Allie getting addicted to. Oh, and did I mention the Amiibo figures?
Available in pink, blue and green, these yarn Yoshis are real working amiibos!
Place the Yoshi yarn amiibo on the game pad just like any other amiibo, and you can unlock various effects. We even tried putting regular amiibos on this game and for some of them it actually worked to create a yarn-like look for Mario and others!
Star Fox Zero
On Sale: November 20, 2015
I remember the jet-flying original Star Fox from decades ago. Star Fox Zero, the latest version of the furry flyer really takes things to the extreme.
The game pad acts like you’re sitting in the cockpit, looking around as you blast oncoming enemies. It’s a classic flying game with a zillion bells and whistles to make for an intense experience.
One really cool feature is the transforming vehicle that convert your plane to a walker!
On Sale: October 9, 2015
Chibi-Robo! looks to be the sleeper hit of the year, if you ask me. A seemingly basic side-scroller adventure, Chibi-Robo is just about the coolest, toughest and most adorable little robot you’ve ever seen.
He carries around his plug and swings it for use as a whip (Think Castlevania!) to attack enemies, swing across gaps and grab items seemingly out of reach.
I only played the first level but I was dying for more! And yes, there’s an appropriately adorable Chibi-Robo! amiibo to go with it!
I also got to try my hand at Mario Tennis Ultra Smash (Wii U) and Zelda TriForce Heroes (3DS) both of which are a total blast and great games to play with friends!
I honestly don’t know how Nintendo does it, but they continue to improve upon already-great games and really know how to bring the fun. Look for a slew of hands-on reviews for all these titles in the coming weeks and months!
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10 thoughts on “My Drool-Inducing Trip to Nintendo HQ”
Nintendo would be such a neat place to visit. Did they have a museum or anything there or anything about their history? I mean it is somewhat brief in years, but it would be fun to see something like that.
This was only one of their offices in NYC. Not a huge one. No museum or gift shop or anything like that. There is a Nintendo World Store (few blocks away) in Rockefeller Square. It’s 2-floors of awesomeness and there is a mini museum there of everything Nintendo from the first game to now.
Thanks for the amiibo info!!!^_^
That would be a cool visit. I have always been a Nintendo fan. I still have my NES, Super Nes, and the original Gameboy!!
This is like Toys R Us for adults. That Yoshi game looks so cute, and I’ve got to check out that Super Mario Maker.
WOW! This looks like a cool visit. Nintendo is my favorite gaming system for sure!
My kids had to explain what an amiibo was to me. I still don’t fully get it.. but they love ’em! Very cool post.
This is so cool Andrew! My Nintendo (Mario Bros.) obsessed 8-year old daughter can’t stop looking through your post. This is bucket list check off for you I’m sure!
What a great review! I haven’t been a gamer for a while, but these are getting me excited. Now that I’ll be having a boy, you are the first person I’ll go to for video game recommendations, not to mention that I think my daughter would be excited about a lot of these games. Very cool post!