Nintendo World Store
I’ve had a couple of weeks to ruminate on my trip to the Nintendo World Store and, as promised in my article on my trip to New York, I’d like to share my thoughts with you great readers.
Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved Nintendo. If you listen to the Loadcasts, you know this already. As such, I wanted to soak up the entire experience and go through the store as slowly as possible. Before we even got inside, I had Lisa take a couple of shots of the storefront. The photo below shows me in front of Mario.
The first thing you see when you enter is a full-size Mario Kart go-cart (not for sale). Unfortunately, this was the highlight of the first floor, as the rest of the floor is dedicated to Wii, 3DS, and DS games and Pokemon paraphernalia. The store used to be a Pokemon-only store, which explains why so much of the first floor is dedicated to that merchandise. I wasn’t really in the mood to buy any new games as I didn’t really want to spend full price, and, not surprisingly, there weren’t a lot of great deals. I’m not a huge Pokemon fan, either, so we decided to quickly get moving upstairs.
On the top floor, several gaming kiosks are set up with big television screens on which you can play various Wii games. Since I own most of these already, I moved right along to the section I came for: Nintendo-themed merchandise. The majority of the second floor was filled with racks of clothes, backpacks, blankets, plush toys, and other cool items. I immediately found a couple of shirts I wanted, a pair of Yoshi-themed pajama pants, a plush Goomba, and a Mario cup. Lisa found a Zelda shirt, a Zelda cup, and a plush Link. While I clearly was able to find plenty of things I liked, I would have enjoyed an even bigger selection. The kiosks for the games took up too much of the store for my liking.
The last part of the store we came to was the coolest section: a collection of old Nintendo systems and a large display of Zelda games and collectibles. Lisa and I took our time poring over each and every game and item in the case. I would have been happy with an entire floor for old-school stuff, be it more Mario, Zelda, Metroid, or even lesser-known games. I would have liked to see kiosks set up for playing the classic games, and a section where I could purchase old NES or SNES games would be ideal. If the M&Ms store in New York could have three levels, there’s no reason the Nintendo store couldn’t have housed more.
The Nintendo World Store in New York is the only one in the United States, and it was certainly one of the highlights of my visit to the city. Although I would have liked to see more merchandise, especially classic stuff, what was presented was very cool. Until I visit Japan, this will probably be the most Nintendo-themed merchandise I’ll see in one place. I highly suggest you stop in next time you visit New York. I know that the next time I’m in town, I’ll be stopping by.