Nintendo Switch Holiday Experience Visits Select Malls
Nintendo is once again bringing its biggest games of the year to some of the biggest malls across the country via its Nintendo Switch Holiday Experience. You can play some of them, including: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokémon Let’s Go. Are you lucky enough to live close to one of the select locations (below)? We might have to trek down to the Mall of America and have some fun!
Some of the hottest Nintendo Switch games of the holiday season will be playable at the Nintendo Switch Holiday Experience, coming to select shopping centers all around the U.S. starting on Nov. 10. The all-star lineup of family-friendly games includes Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Party, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Just Dance 2019 and Overcooked 2, among others.
The Nintendo Switch Holiday Experience is a vibrant space that invites fans of all ages to stop in and experience all things Nintendo, and get recommendations about what Nintendo products to buy for their friends and family members this holiday season. Plus, they can try out a Nintendo Labo: Vehicle Kit and interact with a Fortnite-themed photo experience. Admission to the experience is free and everyone is welcome.
“With the Nintendo Switch Holiday Experience, we wanted to give families a place to take a break and play some fun games during their holiday shopping,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Being able to play games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate before they launch is a great way to inform shopping decisions and educate people about what Nintendo has to offer this holiday season.”
People can visit the Nintendo Switch Holiday Experience in the following shopping centers from Nov. 10 to Dec. 16:
Mall of Georgia in Buford, Georgia
Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois
Memorial City Mall in Houston, Texas*
Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, California
The Florida Mall in Orlando, Florida
Mall of America™ in Bloomington, Minnesota
Queens Center in Elmhurst, New York
King of Prussia Mall in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale, Arizona
Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, California
Tysons Corner Center in Tysons Corner, Virginia
*The Nintendo Switch Holiday Experience at the Memorial City Mall in Houston will start on Nov. 11.
The Nintendo Switch Holiday Experience will have playable games for all types of different players. Fans of high-octane racing will love taking part in four-player races on a giant screen with the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game. Families who enjoy playing together can get the party started with Super Mario Party and Just Dance 2019. For Pokémon fans, the new Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! games for the Nintendo Switch system can be played using the new Poké Ball Plus accessory, which looks and feels just like a real Poké Ball. (Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! will be playable at the Nintendo Switch Holiday Experience starting on Nov. 16.) With a giant cast of some of the most popular video game characters of all time, families will love to compete in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and get a taste of their favorite fighters before the game launches on Dec. 7.
And if all of this isn’t enough, there will also be hands-on demos with Overcooked! 2, an uproarious four-player cooking co-op game created by Ghost Town Games, one of many talented independent developers, and the chance to get a feel for Nintendo Labo: Vehicle Kit, the latest in Nintendo’s line of interactive DIY experiences.
The Nintendo Switch Holiday Experience will be open to the public from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to all of the fun games that can be played, visitors who are My Nintendo members can check in with their My Nintendo QR Code** pattern to receive a holiday gift (while supplies last). For more information about the My Nintendo rewards program and how to check in, visit https://my.nintendo.com/news/e9bebd2024cfdd08. For more information about the Nintendo Switch Holiday Experience, visit https://happyholidays.nintendo.com/holiday-experience/.
Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.
Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He’s currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.