Growing up, I loved exploring the heavily branded shopping experiences of the Disney Store and the Warner Bros. Studio Store. These days, I can get a more tech-oriented version of the same basic concept at one of Apple or Microsoft’s many retail locations. But to get Nintendo’s version of that kind of retail wonderland, I have to go to the company’s one and only Nintendo World Store location, in New York City’s Rockefeller Center.
For locals, Nintendo World is just another tourist trap. But for hundreds of tourists every day, the half-museum, half-arcade, half-expansive gift shop (yup, three halves) is a kind of mecca to pay homage to the company and its creations. The same appeal might not translate if Nintendo expanded the concept to every mall and shopping center in the country. That said, we think the depth and breadth of multi-generational Nintendo fandom could probably sustain more than a single location in one city.
Today, the original Mortal Kombat games’ use of live actors in front of a green screen may look … well, a bit quaint. But back in the early ’90s, Mortal Kombat was one of the most realistic games we had have ever seen. In 2018, its look has charm that nothing modern can capture. The […]
Enlarge / The Morton skull collection at the University of Pennsylvania. Steve Minicola/University of Pennsylvania Newly discovered handwritten documentation sheds new light on an ongoing scientific controversy regarding a famous collection of nearly 1,000 skulls amassed by a 19th-century Philadelphia physician. Dubbed the “American Golgotha,” the collection is the work of Samuel Morton, who used […]
Diablo 3 Blizzard fans have had a few days to digest the reveal of Diablo Immortal, the upcoming mobile entry in the action RPG series that received a startling amount of criticism from ardent Diablo fans. A new report from Kotaku suggests that the maelstrom could’ve been completely avoided had Blizzard followed through with their […]