Nintendo bringing E3 Wii U experience to Best Buy
posted on 05.17.13 at 10:43 AM EDT by (@salromano)
"This year, we're making E3 for the people."

Nintendo is bringing the E3 Wii U hands-on experience to Best Buy locations in the United States and Canada, company president Reggie Fils-Aime revealed on today’s Nintendo Direct.

“While in previous years we’ve introduced new hardware like Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, this year it’s all about the games,” said Fils-Aime. “In the past, we’ve focused the E3 hands-on experience on those attending the event, but this year, we’re making E3 for the people. And we want to make sure you get the chance to try our game as well.

“We’ve partnered with Best Buy to make it possible for consumers in the United States and Canada to experience select, unreleased Wii U games at more than 100 retail locations during the week of E3. We’ll be able to share more details on what games will be featured and where you’ll be able to play them in the coming weeks.

“We can say now that we’re excited to be able to give you this exclusive glimpse into the future of Wii U. As you’ve seen through Nintendo Direct this year, there’s a lot of great content coming soon to Wii U, and there’s more to share as we head toward E3.”

Stay tuned for more details.

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  • Solomon_Kano

    This is awesome as shit. I’ve always wanted somebody to work out a way for us to play E3 demos even if we can’t go to the show (and thought the advent of downloadable demos on consoles would’ve made some headway there), so this makes me happy.

    • Elvick

      I don’t know why they don’t just put out demos… well, I *do* know why…

      If we could just play the demos ourselves, then all the media outlets would lose money on us checking their demos, and hands-ons. Since we could just wait, and try it ourselves.

      Still, it sucks.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Yea, that’s the sad truth. There’d be a shitstorm from the media for losing their profits if all the publishers cut out the middleman and just gave us the demos.

        But, hey, at least somebody’s giving it a go. I’d hope some more publishers get in on this in the future, but I suppose we’ll have to wait and see how this goes for Nintendo.

    • Anime10121

      Microsoft did it right ONE year (i think it was 06) when they released demos to many properties they were showing at E3 on Live that week (this was before they started delaying demos if you didnt have Gold). I have no idea why they stopped and Sony never even tried. I remember downloading the Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey demos with the excitement of the N64 kid on Christmas! Man I wish Sony would do this for PS3 :(

      • Solomon_Kano

        I really figured Sony would start doing it when they started showing E3 in home. You could even walk around a digital recreation of their actual E3 booth and watch trailers from E3. Only thing missing was some actual demos. That would’ve been sweet. Alas.

  • Al Buns

    Wow now people will get to play Mario again yeahhhh

  • Claude

    This…is actually pretty awesome. You mean I might be able to play a demo of the next Smash Bros in less than a month?

  • almostautumn

    This is without question the most intelligent thing Nintendo has done since the GBA.