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I'm Nintendo... Fly Me!

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There have been some really odd promotions in the history of videogames, but this one really has me thrown. Nintendo of America has teamed up with JetBlue to put 3DS demo stations in Terminal 5 of New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Of course, it's not a permanent installation, but between April 22 and May 30, travelers can demo games, take 3D pictures and tinker around with the new handheld system.

"Experienced air travelers know the value of portable entertainment," said Charlie Scibetta, Nintendo of America's senior director of Corporate Communications. "By teaming with JetBlue to bring Nintendo 3DS demo stations into JFK airport, we will give consumers an especially fun way to pass the time while they wait to board their flights."

Of course, all this is going to do is make people cranky when they actually get on their flight and sit on the tarmac for hours and wish they still had a 3DS to play with. And to add insult to injury, there's also going to be more demo stations at Gate 10 for passengers waiting to board! Just a quick reminder of the fun you won't be having on your seven hour flight across the country! (And I wouldn't want to be the parent of some kid who spent the entire flight begging me for a 3DS of his own!)

Hm... maybe they're on to something here. It's unusual, but in a weird way, I guess it kind of makes a strange sort of sense!

4 Comments

waxlion said:

Don't they have some kind of high-end electronics available in a lot of airports? (Or does this really depend on what city/country you're in?)

I thought along with those $100 headphones maybe they'd want to sell 3DSes to people who want the privilege and convenience of being entertained on their flights immediately... but then I assume those things don't come pre-charged so it's kinda a moot point. Sort of like those iPod vending machines.

naruhodo said:

This promotion sounds like a big "FUCK YOU!" to that Sony exec douchebag who said that no self-respecting person older than 20 would whip out a DS on an airplane....

naruhodo said:

Also, that Cheryl ad is disturbing.

BioAndroid said:

Most Airports have Best Buy "vending machines" in them now... I wouldn't be surprised if they moved one near these demos so people could purchase a 3DS and a few game titles!

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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