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Nintendo Hosting 'Wii U Experience' for Club Nintendo Members

by Neal Ronaghan - June 17, 2012, 4:28 pm PDT
Total comments: 20

Nintendo is bringing a Wii U demo tour to select Club Nintendo users in certain regions.

Shortly after E3 2012 came to a close, Nintendo sent out Wii U Experience invites to select Club Nintendo members in the New York area. The event, which offers playable Wii U demos, is taking place during the last week of June.

They also seem to be sending out invites to Club Nintendo members in other areas, including Miami Beach (mid-July).

The Wii U Experience will allow guests "the opportunity to experience Wii U, including its new touch screen controller, full HD graphics and innovative new games." It's pretty safe to assume Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U will be there, but who knows if there will be a wide swath of third-party games.

The events seem reminiscent of the Cube Clubs that ran before the GameCube launch, and the numerous Wii playable events that occurred before that system's launch.

Each invite allows one person to register and then bring two friends for a two-hour block of time from a select few days. Each attendee needs to have their name registered beforehand, and you need to bring photo ID with you when you go. Kids can come, but they need to be accompanied by an adult 18 years old or older. You can see the full FAQ here.

If you've gotten an invite from another region, feel free to leave a note in the Talkback thread to let us know so we can get the world of Nintendo updated.


TurdFurgyJune 17, 2012

That's it. I'm moving to New York.

Spooky TanukiJune 17, 2012

Come on, Nintendo, don't forget Chicago!

EnnerJune 17, 2012

Hope there will be one near San Jose. There will most likely be one in San Francisco and/or Los Angeles.

MagicCow64June 17, 2012

WTF? I'm in NYC and I haven't received an invite. I am a high-value person.

snowydayJune 17, 2012

I wonder if UK will get this

PhilPhillip Stortzum, June 17, 2012

Quote from: Spooky

Come on, Nintendo, don't forget Chicago!

At least Mr. O'Brien didn't.

I wouldn't fret if you're in a bigger market and you haven't heard anything yet. As far as I can tell, NYC is the kick-off, and they might slowly roll out and build up to more markets as the year goes on.

FlyingRaisinsJune 17, 2012

Are they gonna bring Zombi U to Miami? xD

SonofMrPeanutJune 18, 2012

Just hope they don't come to Los Angeles September or later.  :(  I'm moving to the Boston area at the end of August.  If so, I hope they don't go to Boston before September.

TJ SpykeJune 18, 2012

Nintendo thinks western New York doesn't exist, so I don't expect to be able to go since it won't come within 5 hours of me.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJune 18, 2012

Drove seven hours to get to mine 4 states away.

You're not hardcore if you don't manage to get to one of these. ;)

CericJune 18, 2012

Quote from: TJ

Nintendo thinks western New York doesn't exist, so I don't expect to be able to go since it won't come within 5 hours of me.

Nor Nashville or Middle US.
As I said when they said they be doing this with the Wii.  They should at the very least go to 1 Town in every State in the US and then in Canada I assume something in the North and South Canada State Thingies, because there so big.  In Tennessee I do Nashville, Memphis (Biggest Town in Mississippi), and Knoxville (with UTK literally voted a top Party school.)  Mostly because those are the 3 distinct segments of TN.

broodwarsJune 18, 2012

Thanks for the reminder, Nintendo, that apparently Orlando FL is never big or important enough for any of your events, despite apparently sending invites out to Miami further down South.  ::) Someone must have screwed-up when they made the Zelda Symphony Concert schedule, because it's probably the only reason we're getting the concert next month.

Yeah, I'm not really that bitter.  But it would be nice if Nintendo actually came to town for a change with these events.

VickiLJune 19, 2012

Given that the Moffitt Spotpass was my first hit since the Reggie Spotpass, I will understand entirely if Nintendo skips my region.

I hope Miyamoto does a pass to plug Pikmin 3...I want to finish a puzzle.

TheFleeceJune 20, 2012

I got an invite and I'm excited for the chance.  Watching videos from E3 didn't make me want to play the games because the visuals seemed to be along the lines of what the Wii produces. Hopefully using the hardware will convince me about the system.

ZachJuly 19, 2012

Sweet, I got an invite to the Washington DC event!

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterJuly 19, 2012

I went to one of these last week. It was nice not having to wait in super lines all day. Love that pro controller!

I think the best thing about these events is the limited amount of people there. It really does give you the chance to try anything you want that is playable. I think only P-100 and Pikmin ever had long lines. Most everything else was, at most, 3-4 people deep.

maelovesnowAugust 16, 2012

Seattle is in September!!!!!! I got invited:) super excited!

Finally making it to the west coast! Oh geez, Cali seems to be getting this thing last!

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