NEW YORK, N.Y. — The wait is finally over as die-hard fans rush over to Nintendo World’s launch event to pick up their copy of “Super Smash Bros. for 3DS.”
Time was of the essence for me, since finding a parking spot in NYC, especially at night, was quite a task. Then again, it didn’t work out in my favor, due to the amount of traffic that occurred during the commute to the city. After driving around for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, I managed to find one that was relatively close to the Nintendo World.
Shortly after, I arrived around the corner of Nintendo World at 8:32 p.m., and it was astonishing to see the amount of Smash Bros. enthusiasts camping out for the highly anticipated brawler. Maneuvering around the stampede of fanatics was simply a chore since they were too occupied with their Nintendo 3DS or talking with their nearby friends. I finally reached the front of the line and saw customers being escorted out with their very own “Super Smash Bros. for 3DS.”
Depressing thoughts began to spiral in my mind — as I thought that the copies for Smash Bros. would run out by the time I reach there. From start to finish, the distance from the entrance of Nintendo World to the First Republic Bank felt like a 5k walk. As I walked back to the end of the line, I stumbled across some stellar cosplayers that were patiently waiting to pick up the game.
From there, talking with gamers within my vicinity was very enjoyable — if not — the highlight of the night! These passionate fans share a lot of gaming aspects in common with me, such as the amount of consoles we own, the type of genres we like, and much more. Moreover, the in-depth conversation that I partake in kept me entertained until we eventually reached the golden double doors to Nintendo World.
Once I entered the door, I was immediately welcomed by the Nintendo World workers in such a warm manner! Those workers were very resourceful since they answered any burning questions that the consumers had, as well as making them feel comfortable as their destination was only a few yards away from them. Believe it or not, the line to the cash register was dissipating so fast that people behind me had to constantly remind me to move up.
Afterward, I was greeted by a Nintendo Worker who was operating the register — who presumed that I was purchasing “Super Smash Bros.” tonight. Without a doubt, I obviously attended to this launch event to buy the game, given the amount of dedication I had towards my favorite Nintendo fighting franchise. After successfully purchasing “Smash Bros. for 3DS,” I realized that it was 10:28 p.m. — which is almost a two hour wait for being on the line.
Overall, the launch of “Super Smash Bros. for 3DS” was well worth it for the fans that’s been anticipating the release of the epic four player brawler. It’s somewhat unfortunate that “Smash Bros. for 3DS” didn’t get a grand scale launch party — but then again, it would have been an issue trying to satisfy hundreds of people. If anything, I’m glad that everyone who participated in this event were able to get their hands on this title, thus, preventing any conflicts on anyone’s behalf.
You can check out the photos that I took at the launch event here.
Also, for those that attended, how was your experience at the “Smash Bros. for 3DS” launch event? If not, what prevented you from attending? Let me know in the comments below.