Pop-Up Booths and Yoshi Too

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With everybody locking themselves away over the coronavirus, you may not have heard that Nintendo had a cool campaign afoot that may have you longing for the good old days of late February. The company was staging what they called Nintendo Switch pop-up lounges in a handful of airports around the world, including the United States. Anxious travelers could demo or otherwise play a variety of fun Switch games while they were waiting for their flights.

The lounges came complete with comfy Nintendo-themed seating, charging ports, hand-held units, a large-screen TV or two and a bunch of games such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, Super Mario Party and Tetris®99. You could try the games out right there or (of course) buy them and some other merch for your trip. They were also handing out certificates to give people discounts on Nintendo products at Target.

The lounges popped up at Dallas Love Field Airport, Dulles International Airport, Seattle – Tacoma International Airport and O’Hare International Airport. And were scheduled to run through the end of this month. Are they still around now? Probably not. I mean, you have to double check just to make sure you can get in the front door of your nearest airport, these days.

It did sound like a fun idea, though. And who knows, maybe once things have calmed down, life gets back to normal and we all start flocking to the airport again it’ll be something fun we can look forward to.

Of course, just seeing people in a group might feel as special as hugging a four-foot-high ceramic Yoshi by then.


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