Nintendo details Best Buy E3 Wii U promotion

Demos of "select" Wii U titles will be playable at 110 locations across North America on June 12 and June 15.

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Nintendo has provided more details regarding its recently announced partnership with Best Buy that will allow gamers to play some of the Wii U titles it shows off next month at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

The Mario maker today released a list of over 100 North American Best Buy locations that will host the games. Nintendo did not specify which titles will be playable, though the company has previously confirmed Wii U Mario Kart, Smash Bros., and 3D Mario games will be on display at E3 2013.

The Wii U games will be playable at Best Buy locations on June 12 from 4-8 p.m. and June 15 from 1-5 p.m. Nintendo cautioned that participating Best Buy stores are subject to change. The most up-to-date list is available through a special Best Buy landing page.

Below are the US Best Buy locations participating in the promotion

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

Discussion

169 comments
Elann2008
Elann2008

Part of the CEO's plan to sell as much software as possible to recoup cost for hardware sales.  This isn't a promotion.  This is an event.  Unless they are marking off a certain percentage of the price tag off games and hardware, it isn't a promotion.  At least not for the customers.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

How is this a promotion? And honestly, in Ohio all of the listed stores are in bufu, no one lives there. Do I get a Wii U for like 200 dollars for deluxe set because if so I'm in otherwise, no shits given.

snowball9879
snowball9879

Virginia Beach!! yesss if smash bros is there me and some friends will check it out only reason id go!

alrepairs
alrepairs

To be honest, those who are quick to sell their items usually have a history of making bad purchase decisions anyway.


Usually during the hype, they might sell their PS3, then repurchase..or sell their xbox, then repurchase. 


May not be those items specifically, but similar material..concluding poor money management.

Saketume
Saketume

*chorus*

I've been everywhere, man.
I've been everywhere, man.
Crossed the desert's bare, man.
I've breathed the mountain air, man.
Of travel I've had my share, man.
I've been everywhere.

alastor529
alastor529

uggh  You would think they'd have an event closer to LA  or SGV.   I mean  Culver City!?! that's like one of the most notoriously low rated bestbuys in cali. Everyone raggs on there service, how could they possibly get on the list over Pasadena or Duartes best buy.

Vodoo
Vodoo

The general public already has Wii U demos to play and they don't care. Does Nintendo think it's gonna make a difference by just switching up the games in the kiosks for 2 days? They should worry about keeping the customers they already have at this point.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

Fort Smith Arkansas... Nintendo you missed NW Arkansas the part that isn't stuck in depression...

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

Interesting...I had no idea that Nintendo has a partnership with Best Buy.

I see my local Best Buy on the list, so I may check this out.

I will definitely be carrying a little bottle of hand sanitizer with me.  Those controllers can get quite grimy.

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

A shame that none of the locations are closer to me. The closest to where I live (Culver City, CA) is too far away.

okassar
okassar

Right now Rayman and Super Mario are the only games you can play on most Wii U demos. They don't even show the system's full potential. Nintendo really dropped the ball on this one (besides a confusing name and no good games yet).

DarthLod
DarthLod

Nintendo is getting desperate. They know they missed the ball this time. Thats what happens when you live up in the clouds and dont live in reality. I saw this coming ALONG time ago.

Gargus
Gargus

So the game company that's in last place is teaming up with a retailer that's in last place?

Poodger
Poodger

If Smash Bros ends up being one of those games, I will absolutely just have to drop all my plans that day to go play it.

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

such a sad joke..

NOA got saved by the M$ blunder

> wii u

liandrikonflict
liandrikonflict

Good Fuck Canada...they are up in North North North America...

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

There's one 45 minutes away from my house!

McGregor
McGregor

I may give this a try. Great way to try out their console before making a purchasing decision. Oddly, the Wii U is currently at the top of my list, at least until MS and Sony release more information on their consoles. If the MS rumors end up being true, it will come down to this and the PS4, this may win out by default because I already have an excellent gaming PC.

Superzone
Superzone

This is so awesome but none of these are in my state :(

Zelda99
Zelda99

Why do they have two in Tampa but only one in Miami? This is a very odd list of stores

consoletroll
consoletroll

nothing special here. Not driving to the ghetto to play wii u games. Sega did this prior to dreamcast launch at toysRus and sony did this with ps2 at my local mall. This is 6 months late.

darkfiercelink
darkfiercelink

Well, they should have let people try out the demos from E-shop as well

Will be visiting the best buy near me to play the demos

csward
csward

Yay one out of 4 stores in the Des Moines Area at least. 

Here's hoping there are no lines ^^

D_K
D_K

North America refers to a continent... C'mon! Where the heck is Canada!

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

so i live in ohio right well the 4 cities they pick are basically towns... Wouldn't it be smart in the cities? 

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

Good.  They need this badly.  Let's hope it works out in their favor.

Elann2008
Elann2008

@alastor529 

I live in Burbank and I agree.  It's about 32 miles from Burbank and at least 45 minutes or more with traffic.  If anything, they should have one here in Burbank, and one at the  Los Feliz location.  

Prime_28
Prime_28

@okassar The demos are of NEW wii u games that will be shown at E3.

Prime_28
Prime_28

@Gargus Last place? Last time I checked Nintendo won last generation in both the home console and portable market. They are also the only ones who made a massive profit. PS3 and 360 failed to do that. Truth hurts.

Prime_28
Prime_28

@racerxgundam Ahahahaa someone's jealous of the competition. The Wii U was never competing with the Xbone, PS4 was dumbass.

LOL

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Yes all the smart people reside up here. Excluding Alaska of coarse.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Yep the wii sold a lot if consoles to people that wouldn't ordinarily own one. However most if these people never bought more than a couple games. These systems now collect dust in boxes, it's easier to buy a used wii than any other console these days.

Superzone
Superzone

@Zelda99 South Dakota.  I love my home but we always miss out on cool stuff like this because of our smaller population :/

Eden Prairie, Minnesota isn't too far away though....

McGregor
McGregor

@KBFloYd @horizonwriter If they fail, it won't be because of lack of interest, it will be because they pissed off their entire fan-base. Having a "play it free" day won't change that.

Superzone
Superzone

@Zelda99 @Superzone Haha I appreciate the sympathy.  But hey, if I'll get the chance to play the new Smash Bros. and 3D Mario early, the trip would be worth it.

Zelda99
Zelda99

@Superzone Here i am complaning about the hour it'll take to drive to the one in Miami, but you gotta cross state lines. sry to hear that