Aside from visiting my cousin and eating a street vendor hot dog, this
was my primary goal for having a layover in New York.
The time? Summer 2010. The place? New York City. The reason? A layover en route to Ireland. The goal? Nintendo World.
I'm not much for Dragon Quest (just never got into it) but I was still pretty jazzed by this staircase display! The game was either about to come out, or had just launched, so the whole store was decked out.
Aside from huge Dragon Quest displays, the store was full of all manner of Nintendo items in t-shirts, mugs, hats, toys, demos, games, displays, bags, and happy people everywhere reveling in the pure, unadulterated joy that is Nintendo.
Be still, my beating heart.
This fantastic Mario Galaxy display was hanging from ceiling down to the lower floor via a giant circular hole in the second floor. "Magical" is the only word for it. I wanted to reach out and touch the Lumas and ride Yoshi.
If I worked in this store, I would be vibrating with excitement whenever a new piece of display came in shipment. I also know it would be like Fight Club with the other employees deciding who got what when a new marketing set went into effect.
Even the sturdy, cute bag became a souvenir.
It took all the power within me (and remembering that I had approximately zero extra room in my luggage) to not purchase every single thing in the store. It was literally a dream come true. I managed to keep my wallet as full as possible and walked away with only a baby Lapras plushie and a stunning Link mug.
Behold my crazy, excited eyes.
Dear Nintendo, please open more stores around the country, specifically Seattle and LA. Thank you!