Nintendo World: The Search for a Wii
Going to New York on vacation is an exciting proposition. The sights and bustle of the city feel almost alien in nature to your normal life. Where buildings touch the sky, and trees are scarce, I happened upon something incredible. Nestled in a corner of Rockefeller Center, you will find the Nintendo World store.
You may not notice it at first glance. With the madness that comes with a day in New York, an unassuming glass building hardly peaks interest. The building is practically an aquarium, but as with most aquariums, it’s the inside that counts. If you listen closely, the sounds of excited children echo through the spinning doors, hinting as something unseen that somehow provides unrelenting joy. My mind raced as I recognized the magnitude of what I had discovered. Will I finally find it? Will my quest for a Nintendo Wii finally be complete? Surely here, at the center of New York, in one of the largest Nintendo stores in the world, they will have a Wii for sale. What that in mind, I eagerly jogged across incoming traffic, ignoring the angry honks of speeding cab drivers.
Wow. The sounds of excited children and classic gaming soundtracks create a dim of chaos that’s hard to describe. Exhausted parents follow their kids around the store, nodding politely at their child’s joy of being able to play one of the random DS stations that are set up all over the store. Not a single wall is bare, as it seems Nintendo has crammed every single product they have ever created onto the first floor.
Mario, Luigi, Wario, Pikachu, and all the rest can be found attached to every knicknack imaginable. Stuffed animals line the walls, with rack after rack of various Nintendo-related clothing littering the aisles. Mario’s face is everywhere. Backpacks, coffee mugs, towels, hats, and all manner of cheap touristy merchandise. Suddenly, from the top floor, I hear the excited scream of a teenager who just bowled a strike. Looks like I am heading upstairs. Off I go, into my very own Nintendo-themed elevator.
Music from the Link series echoes through the speakers in the elevator, as freckle-faced kids line up against the glass doors, eagerly awaiting what adventures lie on the top floor. Perhaps Nintendo should stick to designing games and not elevators, as the trip up seems to take 4 times as long as the stairs would have. The wait is worthwhile, as I see the end of my quest in sight.
I have never seen so many Wiis in one place. There must be 25 demo kiosks, playing a variety of different titles. (I’m guessing they would have more, as I don’t think the Wii has 25 games available for it. Burn.) It’s surprising to me that they let so many people play the Wii in such close proximity. The kids are really going for broke, swinging the remote in crazy arcs, coming within inches of hitting innocent bystanders. Ducking the frantic motions of a parent playing baseball, I make my way over to the object of my quest, the Nintendo Wii sales desk.
Hello, do you have any Wiis for sale?
*The cashier laughs* “No, I’m sorry.”
Really? There’s like 40 Wiis over on that shelf behind you.
“Those are just empty boxes, we ran out of our shipment last week.”
This is THE Nintendo store right? You don’t get shipments every week?
“Sometimes. Come back next Monday at 8am, you might be able to get one then.”
The quest, continues.