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Nintendo plans playable E3 Wii U demos at Best Buy locations

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Just because Nintendo won't try to dazzle fans and media at its own glitzy E3 press conference this year doesn't mean there's nothing to show.

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime announced in today's Nintendo Direct that North American and Canadian gamers can try upcoming games themselves at their friendly neighborhood Best Buy.

"In the past, we've focused the E3 hands-on experience on those attending the event," Fils-Aime said. "But this year, we're making E3 for the people. And we want to make sure you get the chance to try our games, as well."

More than 100 Best Buy locations will host demo units for "select unreleased Wii U games" throughout the week of E3, which begins June 11. Fils-Aime said Nintendo will reveal more about which games and locations will be included in the weeks leading up to the event.

Power to the people! Definitely still look at our stuff, though. Please?

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10 comments

  • LEGOMatrix - May 20, 2013 4:33 a.m.

    Cool! Just a short trip across the Atlantic then to my local Best Buy!
  • Hydrohs - May 17, 2013 3:15 p.m.

    Since when is Canada not a part of North America?
  • brickman409 - May 23, 2013 3:52 p.m.

    lol
  • shawksta - May 17, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    Better than nothing, especially being E3 Demos that are never given to outside E3 but Nintendo should try to push for more areas.
  • winner2 - May 17, 2013 1:12 p.m.

    What an interesting approach
  • BladedFalcon - May 17, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    And the rest of the world gets shafted again, wonderful!
  • Cyberninja - May 17, 2013 11:15 a.m.

    You don't care about Wiiu so what difference does it make to you? Also you have to remember E3 is a US thing, would the rest of the world be shafted if during Tokyo Game Show some company went out there way to do something for Japan.
  • BladedFalcon - May 17, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    It makes a difference because if this idea takes off, it could later be implemented on say, the 3DS, or any other console I actually care about. And nope, the E3 might take place on the US, but it's not a US thing only, it's an international event and every single country pays attention to it, just look at the coverage made by European sites. It's just irritating that stuff like this keep getting marginalized to one single country, when nowadays you can easily make it available to the entire world if you want. And if what you want to do is to spread hype and word of mouth, one would think it'd be in the company's best interest to do as much...
  • brickman409 - May 23, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    well, if you remember at last years E3 (and every E3 before it), only the people who attended the E3 conference in LA could get access to demos of the unreleased games. So, I would call this progress.
  • BladedFalcon - May 23, 2013 4:13 p.m.

    Heh, when you look at it that way, I suppose you're right XD Still, knowing they could easily progress even MORE and easily if they chose it's what make sit frustrating ^^;

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