The Play Nintendo Tour is Coming to a Mall Near You

Play Nintendo Tour

Think your mall’s just for shopping and catching the latest flick? Well, yeah, it is good for those things. But starting this weekend, select malls around the country will be oh-so-much cooler thanks to Nintendo!

The Play Nintendo Tour 2014 hits Charlotte, NC today at the Northlake Mall, and spends the next 3 months on the road hitting different malls and different cities each weekend.

Photo by Nintendo/Bob Riha, Jr.)
Photo by Nintendo/Bob Riha, Jr.)

The Tour lets kids (and yes adults too) test out the 2DS with a slew of portable games including:

Guests will enjoy whimsical-themed gaming zones filled with iconic items like banana-shaped seats in the Donkey Kong area, a giant Poké Ball in the Pokémon section and Yoshi egg chairs in Yoshi’s island. Attendees will also have the chance to meet costumed characters Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong and Kirby. Radio Disney will also be at the events, featuring the Radio Disney Road Crew and prize giveaways (while supplies last).
Racers can satisfy their need for speed in the Mario Kart racing area, where their skills will be put to the test on Mario Kart 7 in qualifying rounds. Winning drivers advance and will be eligible to move up to the main stage to show off their racing skills on a giant TV screen featuring the new high-definition, anti-gravity racing game for Wii U: Mario Kart 8, which launched May 30.
Seriously, while I haven’t played the 2DS and my kids still don’t understand the need (“It doesn’t fold! Why doesn’t it fold?!?”), I want to move in to this Play Nintendo Tour. It just looks insanely comfortable and (no pun intended) like barrels of fun! Look at this video for proof!

The Play Nintendo Tour 2014 is scheduled to make the following stops (Sadly none in NY!):

June 20-22: Charlotte area
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
Charlotte, NC 28216

June 27-29: Chicago area
Woodfield Mall
5 Woodfield Mall
Schaumburg, IL  60173-5012

July 4-6: Twin Cities area
Mall of America
60 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425

July 18-20: Seattle area
The Bite of Seattle
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA  98109

July 25-27: Phoenix area
Arrowhead Town Center
7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center
Glendale, AZ  85308-8612

Aug. 1-3: St. Louis area
Chesterfield Mall
291 Chesterfield Mall
Chesterfield, MO  63017

Aug. 8-10: Indianapolis area
Castleton Square
6020 E. 82nd St.
Indianapolis, IN  46250-4746

Aug. 15-17: Atlanta area
Mall of Georgia
3333 Buford Drive
Buford, GA  30519-4913

Aug. 22-24: Houston area
The Galleria
5085 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX  77056-5673

Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Orange County, California, area
Irvine Spectrum Center
71 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA  92618

For more information about the Play Nintendo Tour 2014, visit

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  2. This would have been awesome if it was coming near me, I’m surprised too because we have a mega mall that was even supersized more recently. Thanks for the picks though, fingers crossed that they’ll set more dates in the North East.

  3. I would love to see the Nintendo Tour and see what it is all about. I like Nintendo Video games with Mario in them! This tours sounds like so much fun and my niece and nephew would love to see it!

  4. This is an awesome idea! I just wish one was closer to us. The closest would be Chicago but that is still 4 hours away.

  5. That looks like so much fun. My son would love it. Too bad they won’t come to the Kansas City area. The nearest one to us is 6 hours away 🙁


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