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Nintendo’s secret New York party!

Nintendo Power crossed the 20-year mark in June, a milestone that most bundles of dead trees never reach. To celebrate the occasion, Nintendo and GamesRadar baby daddy Future held a super special party benefiting the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Ubi, Konami and several other contributors jumped aboard too, courting many a guest to the swanky Nintendo World Store in New York City. I was lucky enough to attend the evening party as well as the Saturday event which was open to the public. Problem is, 8,000 people showed up to a store that can only house 400 at a time. Guess that means people will be...

 
Above: ...waiting in line overnight despite the horrendous weather!

 
Above: Finely dressed individuals enjoy drinky drinks and yet-to-be-released Wii and DS titles like Castlevania Judgment and Rock Revolution

 
Above: The red carpet drew Nintendo staples Mario and Luigi, but before long attendees also got to mingle with...

 
Above: ... Mark-Paul Gosselaar of Saved by the Bell/NYPD Blue/Raising the Bar fame. Seen here posing with GR production editor Carolyn Gudmundson

 
Above: Heading up the stairs leads to even more Nintendo goodness, from Rabbids kiosks to a mini museum.

 
Above: Did you know the NES almost looked like this? It was cassette-based, called the Advanced Video System and only shown once in public

 
Above: Here it is in all its glory – keyboard, infrared controllers and something vaguely resembling the Zapper

 
Above: Longtime Nintendo Power readers should remember this Game Boy damaged during Desert Storm

 
Above: If three or four DS Lites aren’t enough, you could choose one of the 19 seen here under glass

 
Above: It’s Pikachu barely cramming into an elevator. So what?

Next page – Day two draws thousands, and cosplayers abound!

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14 comments

  • TheKickAssSpartan - September 22, 2008 4:08 p.m.

    ...wahnt wahnt waaaaaahnt...
  • Lcheeseboy - September 18, 2008 12:49 a.m.

    That's me in the Chibi-Robo Costume. I MADE IT ONTO THE FRONT PAGE OF GAMESRADAR! W00T! And the gift bags had a copy of Nintendo Power, Mushroom Men & MySims Kingdom trading cards, a "Tales of the Mushroom Men" booklet, a mushroom filled with candy, and a DS kit with two stylus's, a cleaning cloth, and what might be a sticker (I haven't opened it ).
  • Juriasu - September 17, 2008 1:46 p.m.

    That Pikachu costume is so awesome. I think I wan't one.
  • grappler51 - September 17, 2008 12:38 p.m.

    I love this place. I wish i could go to the party
  • Life - September 16, 2008 11:29 p.m.

    Cool
  • iluvmyDS - September 16, 2008 10:09 p.m.

    I wish I was there, I entered the sweepstakes too, will we soon have evidence of what is in those gift bags?
  • Wubbles - September 16, 2008 8:02 p.m.

    Woo. Scrolling up and down on those Nintendo POwer stairs at the end there is a doozy.
  • Yellowhat17 - September 21, 2008 2:16 a.m.

    I feel... so... left out.
  • Burn - September 18, 2008 11:59 p.m.

    Seriously, Lcheeseboy? So envious right now *grrr...*
  • Thequestion 121 - September 17, 2008 7:28 p.m.

    I wish that I could have gone. I love Nintendo Power!
  • Kehno - September 17, 2008 2:19 a.m.

    Nintendo Power stairs= OPTICAL ILLUSION FTW? I really wish I lived anywhere near New YOrk city. I wanted to go real bad. T_T
  • londonjack - September 16, 2008 11:33 p.m.

    pikachu got laid at that party OH YEAH
  • PixelSly - September 16, 2008 9:11 p.m.

    Lol i remember seeing the melted gameboy there
  • ELpork - September 16, 2008 7:06 p.m.

    haha, pikachu is so fat.

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