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Posted by on Jul 12, 2014

Play The Latest Games for 3DS & 2DS At The Nintendo Made For Play Tour 2014

This summer Nintendo is offering folks in the UK the chance to play some of the latest 3DS games at the first ever Nintendo 3DS & 2DS Made For Play tour 2014.

The Tour will be visiting 5 cities across the UK during July and August 2014, and promises to bring games to life for the whole family. Attendees will also be able to take part in a number of fun Nintendo themed activities such as climbing Bowser’s Castle (minus all the flying fire balls I hope!) and meeting Mario, Luigi and Pikachu.

The Nintendo 3DS & 2DS Made for Play tour will be visiting the following events across the summer:

· The Sunderland Air Show, Sunderland – 25th to 27th July 2014
· CarFest North, Oulton Park, Cheshire – 1st to 3rd August 2014
· Bristol Balloon Fiesta, Bristol – 7th to 10th August 2014
· Lollibop, Hatfield – 15th – 17th August 2014
· Bournemouth Air Festival, Bournemouth – 28th to 31st August 2014

The Nintendo 3DS & 2DS Made for Play tour will allow you to see some fan-favourite Nintendo franchises come to life. Those wishing they could visit the Mushroom Kingdom should head to the dedicated Mario section where kids can climb Bowser’s Castle. Mario fans can also play New Super Mario Bros. 2 in Mario’s Den, race for first place on Mario Kart 7 or see if they can jump as high as Mario in a special real life activity behind Mario’s Den. Nintendo’s most famous brothers, Mario & Luigi will also be on hand for some photo opportunities.

Attendees can also pop over to the dedicated Pokémon area where kids will be able to jump into a Poké Ball pit to find buried surprises. Pokémon fans can watch episodes from their favourite Pokémon TV series; learn all about the latest games in the Pokémon series, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire launching for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS on November 28th, 2014; and get their hands on Pokémon X and Pokémon Y in a dedicated area inspired by the distinctive design of the Poké Ball.

Anyone feeling particularly creative can join an art lesson where they can draw their favourite Pokémon using the recently released game, Pokémon Art Academy, and some of the best pictures will be printed and displayed in a special gallery. Visitors can collect a free sun visor and Pokémon TCG: XY special sample pack (subject to availability). They’ll also be able to meet with Pikachu who will pose for photographs!

And last but not least a treasure hunt will lead visitors across the whole stand in search of the hidden Nintendo and Pokémon characters, with those who uncover them all winning some exciting prizes.

If Bowser’s Castle, Poké Ball pits and treasure hunting, plus meeting Mario, Luigi and Pikachu weren’t enough, attendees of the Nintendo 3DS & 2DS Adventure Park tour will also be able to trial a selection of the latest Nintendo 3DS games such as Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Yoshi’s New Island, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Mario Golf: World Tour, as well as popular Nintendo e-Shop titles currently available. Fans can also try one of the most recent Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS games, Tomodachi Life which will be playable on the stand for the duration of the tour.

Basically there’s a whole load of new and popular 3DS games on offer, photo ops for the kids with their favourite characters, themed areas and even a creche for parents to retreat too, sort of.

Nintendo has also created a dedicated Parent’s Island for mums and dads who want to learn more about Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 2DS and the range of family-friendly games Nintendo has available.

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I have to say this looks like a great idea. The family focused event looks to be a far more accessible event for youngsters and families than some of the trade style expos the industry has become comfortable with. Particularly in the UK. Nintendo seem to be trying to not only offer something far friendlier and inviting for families, but a memorable day out. It would be great to see this grow across other parts of the country in future.

The Nintendo 3DS & 2DS Made for Play tour will be visiting five cities across the UK during July and August 2014 – Check the website for details.

Olly Jones

Olly Jones plays, designs and writes about those computer games. For a bigger picture of his pictures, check out http://olyjns.tumblr.com/ before tumblr blows up again.

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