New York City is a unique and cool place to visit, especially for those of us who live in the Midwest and the largest city we ever see has 2% the population that NYC has. But there was something very specific I wanted to see while I was in the city, a place where my inner child could play, that place was Nintendo New York.
The store originally opened as The Pokémon Center in 2001, it was then renamed Nintendo World in 2005, but as of 2016 it has officially been renamed Nintendo New York and it is the only official Nintendo store here in the US. It is located in the Rockefeller Plaza where many other game and toy stores can be found, such as The LEGO store, Gamestop and FAO Schwartz’s new location. So needless to say this was like a dream come true…except one problem, I’m a broke college student. However, I did still get to enjoy the area and especially the Nintendo store.
As soon as I walked into the store, I felt right at home. Nostalgia was hitting all at once as I saw franchise after franchise of displays, games, and merchandise from Nintendo’s big game titles. The music, atmosphere, and liveliness kept me in the store for over an hour. It is hard for me to say what exactly was my favorite part about the store as I was as happy as a kid on Christmas the entire time I was there. I would say that it was super cool to see all the different kids and parents playing games together! Nintendo has always had a way of having games bring people together and I definitely saw that here.
This post was a short one today, because I wanted you to see a glimpse of what I got to enjoy. I did end up walking out of there with two t-shirts, but if I had had the money, I would have came back with half the store! Tell me if you would like to visit this store in NYC or one of the many stores in Japan and if this brought on some nostalgia for you. Also, feel free to ask questions you may have about the store or Nintendo products in general!
“Hey, listen (check out more of Ciara’s blogs)!” Navi, Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, 1998