Magazine article USA TODAY

Be a Kid for a Day on the Play Nintendo Tour

Magazine article USA TODAY

Be a Kid for a Day on the Play Nintendo Tour

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Nintendo has touched millions of families all over the world with its much-loved characters and games. Parents can rekindle the magic of the Nintendo world that shaped their childhood and share the wonderful memories with their kids this summer at the Play Nintendo Tour. Inspired by the Play Nintendo website--the age-appropriate online destination for kids and families--the multicity tour will visit malls and other locations across the U.S., with playable Nintendo 3DS games starring characters like Mario, Kirby, and Donkey Kong through Sept. 5.

There will be contests, prizes, and photo opportunities, offering parents a fun and engaging way to spend time with their kids. Best of all, the tour is free for everyone.

Visitors can hop into a Yoshi egg to play Yoshi's "New Island," recline on a giant banana while checking out "Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D" and relax in pink beanbag chairs to play one of the newest games, "Kirby: Planet Robobot." Those who are into family photos or selfies can take some snaps next to a huge Kirby figure, beside an oversized Yoshi egg, inside a barrel flanked by Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, under a devastating blue Spiny Shell in the Mario Kart 7 area, or next to a giant Pokeball in the Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire region. The New Super Mario Bros. 2 section features a photogenic flagpole, stacks of coins, and a warp pipe, while the Yo-kai Watch area makes people look like they have stepped into Springdale, the town in the game, complete with mischievous Yo-kai lurking about.

At each location, visitors can compete for a chance to win prizes and play games on a video wall shaped like a giant Nintendo 3DS system. …

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