To promote the upcoming Nintendo Switch, Nintendo is planning to host a few events in different parts of the United States over the next two weeks to show off the console’s unique style of on-the-go gaming. The first of these events will take place on February 23rd at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in Santa Clarita, California, and it’ll be hosted by the internet-famous WWE fighter John Cena, who’ll be there to play 1-2 Switch with all attendees. Sadly, this event will not be open to everyone; only a few fans and a select group of YouTube stars will be invited to the event to meet John Cena and give the console a try.
The second event will be held at the Snowmass ski resort in Aspen, Colorado on February 27th, and the last event will be hosted at the world-famous Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 3rd, the day of the Switch’s launch. The last event will be the biggest of them all: it’ll last a full eight hours, it’ll be attended by several Nintendo bigshots (including Mario and Luigi themselves), and it’ll be open to any fans in the area who would like to drop in and take a look at the new console. Entrance will be “first come, first serve,” so Nintendo has advised that fans show up as early as possible to ensure being allowed in.
These events will be somewhat different to what most fans are used to, as they’ll feature “interactive living room-inspired spaces” and “surprises [at] every stop,” supposedly to show off the Switch’s one-of-a-kind capabilities. By hosting events in a desert, a snowy mountain, and a big city, Nintendo is trying to demonstrate that the Switch can be played anytime, anywhere.
These newly announced “Switch and Play in Unexpected Places” events will be separate from the regular “Switch and Play” events that Nintendo is hosting in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the following weeks. Those will be regular preview tours set up to show off the Switch to large groups of fans, but they won’t be attended by celebrities and won’t focus on the Switch’s “play anywhere” mantra.
Nintendo released this statement about the Nintendo Switch events:
“Each of these Nintendo Switch experiences will be an absolute spectacle, featuring visuals that remind people of home gaming, but set in wildly unexpected places. Seeing these familiar settings set against dazzling backdrops like the open desert, snowy mountains and bustling city will drive home how Nintendo Switch transforms any space into a place to play.”
And here’s the full schedule for the Nintendo Switch experiences, with the time, date, and location of each one:
The Desert – Invite only
Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. PT
Blue Cloud Movie Ranch
20019 Blue Cloud Rd.
Santa Clarita, CA 91390
Aspen – Open to the public
Feb. 27, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. MT
45 Village Square
Snowmass Village, CO 81615
New York – Open to the public
March 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET
Broadway between 23rd and 24th St.
New York, NY
What do you guys think? Do you live near any of these events, and do you think you’ll be able to attend to see what it’s all about? What do you think Nintendo has planned for these Nintendo Switch experiences? Let us know in the comments below!