Nintendo’s secret New York party!

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!

Brett Elston

A fomer Executive Editor at GamesRadar, Brett also contributed content to many other Future gaming publications including Nintendo Power, PC Gamer and Official Xbox Magazine. Brett has worked at Capcom in several senior roles, is an experienced podcaster, and now works as a Senior Manager of Content Communications at PlayStation SIE.