Nintendo’s been pulling out all the stops for the Switch’s grand release, and it sounds like the party will be bigger and better than ever on the release day itself. This Friday, March 3rd, Nintendo will be hosting a fun and pretty unique event in New York’s Madison Square Park. Unlike the previous “play anywhere” invite-only event with John Cena held in California, New York’s pop-up celebration is open to the public. Here’s what you can expect to see and experience:

A large, interactive living room-inspired space will take up a portion of the scene, emphasizing the Switch’s abilities to be played both at home and out in the world in portable fashion. Switch games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1-2-Switch will be available to play for select attendees while Mario and Luigi walk around, interacting with those who are there. You’ll be able to party it up with those familiar faces and ask Nintendo representatives any questions you might have about the Switch if you choose to attend.

To help amp up the event even more, a Nintendo bus branded with the famous company logo will be shuttling fans back and forth between Madison Square Park and the Nintendo New York store in Rockefeller Plaza.

So, if you happen to be in the New York area on Friday, it might be worth it to head over to Madison Square Park for some Switch action! It’ll be a “one-of-a-kind photo opportunity” for all of you who love capturing friends and family gaming together.

Here’s the official invite information provided by Nintendo:

WHO:
Mario & Luigi, Nintendo representatives, Nintendo fans, families

WHEN:
March 3
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (open to public)

WHERE:
Flatiron Plaza
Broadway between 23rd and 24th St.
New York, NY 10010

Let us know if you’re planning to attend! We’d love to hear about your experience and see your photos. Make sure to tweet us @NinWire on Twitter, or feel free to leave a comment on the site!


Source: Nintendo PR release

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