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.
Enlarge / Just one of the hundreds of "Guitar Hero TV" songs that will no longer be playable in a few months. A customer who bought Guitar Hero Live late last year has brought a proposed class-action lawsuit against Activision accusing the publisher of false advertising and other violations regarding the coming December shutdown of […]
Valve’s Team Fortress 2 (TF2) is now over a decade old—an eternity in terms of video game development. TF2’s basic gameplay structure remains surprisingly relevant, but the implementation and mechanics detract considerably from the experience. Many modern PC games, and especially those of the team-based first-person shooter (FPS) genre, have since improved on TF2’s formula […]
Bill Roberson/Digital Trends The virtual reality headset industry is far more mature than when it re-emerged with exciting new hardware in 2016, but Oculus and HTC’s flagship PC headsets are still two of the best choices out there. While you might be more excited about the HTC Vive Pro, Oculus Go, or Oculus Quest, the Oculus […]