Nintendo announces E3 Best Buy locations

Nintendo has outlined the locations participating in its E3 Best Buy promotion, which will let fans play the company's E3 line-up on two specified days.


Nintendo is doing something a little different for E3 this year. Instead of a large press conference, it will be hosting a specialized Nintendo Direct, and giving fans access to some of the line-up through a partnership with Best Buy. Today the company announced the participating stores along with dates and times, so you can start planning your E3 week accordingly.

The full list includes 110 locations, including 89 in the United States and 21 in Canada. You can play the demos on Wednesday, June 12 between 4-8 PM, or on Saturday June 15 between 1-5 PM. The following stores are scheduled to participate right now, but you can keep up-to-date through the official site.

Alabama: Birmingham, Huntsville

Arkansas: Fort Smith, North Little Rock

Arizona: Phoenix

California: Culver City, Elk Grove, Emeryville, San Jose, Tracy, Visalia

Colorado: Denver

Connecticut: Manchester

Delaware: Wilmington

Florida: Brandon, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Kissimmee, Miami, Pensacola

Georgia: Augusta, Duluth, Savannah, Smyrna

Iowa: Cedar Rapids, West Des Moines

Illinois: Bloomington, Schaumburg

Indiana: Greenwood

Kansas: Overland Park, Wichita

Kentucky: Florence, Lexington, Louisville

Louisiana: Harvey

Massachusetts: Cambridge, Dedham, Worcester

Maryland: Frederick, Glen Burnie, Wheaton

Michigan: Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Rochester Hills

Minnesota: Eden Prairie

Missouri: St. Louis

North Carolina: Cary, Fayetteville, Pineville, Winston-Salem

New Jersey: Iselin, West Paterson, Woodbury

New York: Albany, Amherst, Long Island City, Syracuse, Valley Stream, West Nyack

Ohio: Fairborn, North Olmsted, Reynoldsburg, Toledo

Oklahoma: Oklahoma City

Oregon: Portland

Pennsylvania: Erie, King of Prussia, Pittsburgh, Reading, Whitehall

South Carolina: Greenville, North Charleston

Tennessee: Brentwood, Knoxville, Memphis

Texas: Arlington, Austin, Houston, McAllen, The Woodlands, Tyler

Utah: Sandy

Virginia: Charlottesville, Glen Allen, Virginia Beach

Vermont: Williston

Washington: Lynnwood

Wisconsin: Greenfield

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    May 29, 2013 7:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Nintendo announces E3 Best Buy locations.

    Nintendo has outlined the locations participating in its E3 Best Buy promotion, which will let fans play the company's E3 line-up on two specified days.

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      May 29, 2013 8:01 AM

      This is a cool idea. Good on ya, Nintendo.

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        May 29, 2013 8:03 AM

        That IS a pretty cool idea.

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        May 29, 2013 9:13 AM

        Agree that is a pretty cool idea

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        May 29, 2013 10:28 AM

        Yeah, it's their best option this year. They aren't going t get CNN or Wired's attention, so it's best to go strait to the people.

        I'll definitely be there considering I got lucky and the one 10 minutes away from me is participating. I would have been ready to make a longer drive if they had something crazy like a playable demo of the new Zelda.

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      May 29, 2013 8:31 AM

      I saw this list on another site, let me tell you, the plan is sound, the list of places to go see this stuff is HORRIBLE.
      I cant speak for everywhere else, but I live in NY and there are 10000000000000000 other places all around the city that can host this, hell man, Nintendo's flagship store would be a prime spot.

      I have to go to Albany, or Long Island City to see this stuff? Guess I'll be you-tubing it.

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        May 29, 2013 8:42 AM

        I would assume they are demoing in their strongest markets.

        But, I have nothing to back that up.

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          May 29, 2013 8:51 AM

          Harvey, LA is not even possibly their strongest market in the state. Hell to get there is free from New Orleans, but you have to pay to get back to murder city USA.

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        May 29, 2013 9:14 AM

        I got lucky, the best buy in town will have it.

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        May 29, 2013 9:22 AM

        Yeah that they picked Visalia, CA just blows my mind. That's seriously middle of nowhere California. ...And nowhere in Orange County. >:(

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        May 29, 2013 2:34 PM

        the LIC location isn't so bad.

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      May 29, 2013 8:36 AM

      As I assumed, no Canadian locations. Boourns

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      May 29, 2013 8:40 AM

      Interesting, I might need to wander over to the one by my office.

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      May 29, 2013 9:13 AM

      Tempted to try this out in here KC, although I assume there will be only one kiosk with a huge line of people waiting to play.

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      May 29, 2013 9:20 AM

      This idea is fine, but why not really reward Wii U owners directly (while blowing their minds too) and let them DL the a small playable chunk of what they're showing the press to their Wii Us? It would probably blow their mind, and make them feel special too.

      I mean, Nintendo could set up their own little E3 area in the Miiverse, let players feel like they're on the showroom floor, and win back some people love.

      Feels like a missed opportunity to me.

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        May 29, 2013 9:23 AM

        Because those people already own the system. I wager this is meant to curry favor with those of us on the fence, or balking at the likely significantly higher-priced XBO and PS4. We can go into Best Buy, play some cool new games that're coming soon (this year?) and then say "Well shit, let's buy a Wii U".

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          May 29, 2013 9:33 AM

          I totally understand this approach, but they should also those of us who have already bought one too.

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          May 30, 2013 6:11 AM

          Why not both, silly goose.

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        May 29, 2013 10:25 AM

        I'm wondering if they're worried about hacking, and people ripping the code for the New 3D Mario and stuff like that. I'm sure it will be tried with these kiosk units.

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        May 29, 2013 2:35 PM

        Seriously, this seems so obvious it's just ridiculous they're not doing it.

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      May 29, 2013 11:25 AM

      A cool idea but the location choices are interesting to say the least.

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        May 29, 2013 6:14 PM

        Yeah, I don't know why they chose Worcester; that location is not that spacious in terms of parking, and is the anchor of a rather dumpy mall. There's another one 10 miles away with far better parking and access, but maybe that GM said "no".

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      May 29, 2013 2:31 PM

      I'll check out either the Long Island City location or Valley Stream.

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