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Excitemike
06-17-2007, 06:33 PM
I visited the store for the first time about a month ago but I didn't have time to take pictures. It's not a very large store (at least not as big as the photos on the website made me think it was) but it's two stories tall, located near New York's Rockefeller Center. There is a small display case on the second floor showing various Nintendo hardware through the ages (they had some hanafuda cards, but I forgot to take a picture), including one piece of video game history.

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The NES and Famicom, twin quasars of the eighties.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d25/eye_robot/Nintendo%20World/NW006.jpg

An impressive display of GBA SP units.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d25/eye_robot/Nintendo%20World/NW007.jpg
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I've heard this one was tuned three time faster than a regular GBA SP.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d25/eye_robot/Nintendo%20World/NW008.jpg

Excitemike
06-17-2007, 06:35 PM
The famous Gulf War Gameboy
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d25/eye_robot/Nintendo%20World/NW010.jpg
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d25/eye_robot/Nintendo%20World/NW011.jpg

Hey R.O.B. S'up?
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d25/eye_robot/Nintendo%20World/NW012.jpg

Mario Bros. Game and Watch
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d25/eye_robot/Nintendo%20World/NW013.jpg

Tetsuwan Atom (Astro Boy) Gameboy Color
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d25/eye_robot/Nintendo%20World/NW014.jpg

A display of Nintendo's portable units. I took a few other pictures that didn't come out, and I somehow completely missed the rare color Popeye Game & Watch unit.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d25/eye_robot/Nintendo%20World/NW015.jpg

Shigeru Miyamoto attended the store's opening. He signed a number of gold Zelda-themed GBA SP's which were sold at the store for a limited time. I would have loved to get one.
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Excitemike
06-17-2007, 06:37 PM
On the first floor there are some rare items you can only get at the store. Kate snapped some photos of these expensive items that were under heavy glass display cases. This was all that was left of the first batch of some custom painted DS's.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d25/eye_robot/Nintendo%20World/NW018.jpg

These were huge chunks of crystal with amazing 3D images of Nintendo characters.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d25/eye_robot/Nintendo%20World/NW025.jpg

The 3D effect is really incredible. Kate tried to explain how it was all done with lasers, but I'm still not sure how they do it!
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d25/eye_robot/Nintendo%20World/NW017.jpg

Of course, the reason I was making this trip was to get my DS engraved. But when I got there I was told the machine was broken. I'll get it done next time, this won't be my last trip to this store.
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This was the design I wanted. It almost looks like a Gucci pattern if you squint just right.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d25/eye_robot/Nintendo%20World/NW021.jpg

But I did leave with a new friend.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d25/eye_robot/Nintendo%20World/NW022.jpg

Peach
06-17-2007, 07:00 PM
The AVS looks and sounds awesome. The Zapper prototype looks sweet - cooler than new Guncon (not that that's hard), and aside from the questionable joypad, the controllers are pretty nifty. Infrared though?

Eusis
06-17-2007, 07:04 PM
This is pretty fascinating to see and read, it'd be neat to visit their story.

... Sega apparently failed to see why Nintendo ditched that square thing though.

poetfox
06-17-2007, 07:10 PM
When I was there a few years ago, it was still Pokecenter NY... which was awesome, because I love Pokemon. I bought many Pokemon dolls. But there seems to be tons more interesting stuff to look at now, judging from these pictures. Pretty awesome stuff.

SamuelMarston
06-17-2007, 07:14 PM
I want one of everything.

Parish
06-17-2007, 08:36 PM
I sure hope you have an EXP Share... otherwise you'll be swapping that plush in and out of battle for the next 20 levels. How tedious.

nadia
06-17-2007, 09:10 PM
I visisted Nintendo World back in November and I got a Wii and I danced around the aisles, but all I really wanted was that drawing by Miyamoto.

Tomm Guycot
06-17-2007, 09:42 PM
That AVS is incredibly dorky looking, and square buttons look REALLY uncomfortable... but check out that early Zapper! That is straight out of the sci-fi movies we're making nowadays.

Maggie
06-17-2007, 11:19 PM
Nice. I didn't even know there WAS a Nintendo store when I went with my family or I would've begged to have gone.

All we ended up doing was visiting the statue of liberty which is fantastic if you like walking up the top of something, then walking back down.

I guess there's some unpleasant joke to be made about being inside a giant woman, etc etc, but you know. I just saw a movie with the guy who plays Balthier in it, so I suddenly want to pretend I'm classy.

Peach
06-17-2007, 11:22 PM
Looks like the AVS would have cost a lot, though. And to think that Nintendo was this [visualize me holding my finger really close together] close to not revolutionizing how we play video games by including a joystick. Maybe they thought they could handle flight sims on that puppy.

I guess there's some unpleasant joke to be made about being inside a giant woman, etc etc, but you know. I just saw a movie with the guy who plays Balthier in it, so I suddenly want to pretend I'm classy.

Was he the leading man?

Parish
06-17-2007, 11:51 PM
The AVS was basically the Coleco Adam, and I am so glad they didn't go down that road.

LBD_Nytetrayn
06-17-2007, 11:55 PM
Nintendo World was great, I'd love so much to visit NYC again and go there, but with money for stuff besides a Wii.

And lucky me, I can actually claim I got to play it before it was released. No big deal for some of you press types, but...

I'd love to get some of the Mario figures, and a DS engraved...

Love that original Zapper. It reminds me of those Blade-Blasters the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers carried around.

Those crystal things are neat.

This is also the place where I fell in love with Donkey Kong Jungle Beat...

Good times...

--LBD "Nytetrayn"

Squall
06-17-2007, 11:59 PM
i got to go when it was the Pokemon Center. Unfortunately I didn't bring Pokemon with me, but I seem to remember the Pokemon machine was down at the time, so no Mew for me anyways.

Makkara
06-18-2007, 01:16 AM
These were huge chunks of crystal with amazing 3D images of Nintendo characters.

The 3D effect is really incredible. Kate tried to explain how it was all done with lasers, but I'm still not sure how they do it!

Looks like moulded acrylic. I believe the way they do it is to pour a very thin layer of acrylic, engrave it with a cross section of the 3D image, and repeat until done.

Yeah, this is the kind of useless trivia that fills my brain.

dangerhelvetica
06-18-2007, 03:57 AM
Magikarp, f--k yeah.

openedsource
06-18-2007, 04:08 AM
Yeah, Magicarp isn't worth much in a fight:

http://lh4.google.com/image/openedsource/RnZmqJylpmI/AAAAAAAAAJY/BsRwoauKOAc/DSC00404.JPG?imgmax=512

But this one time, I Gamesharked some moves on to it...

http://lh3.google.com/image/openedsource/RnZmp5ylplI/AAAAAAAAAJQ/_Uoisn5l12E/DSC00403.JPG?imgmax=512

The NWS still has a pretty big Pokemon Store influence - there's an entire section on the first floor dedicated just to the games and merch. But now, they also have stuff like the wickedly cool King of Games t-shirts.

Makkara
06-18-2007, 04:20 AM
It's super effective! Kitty has fainted!

JohnB
06-18-2007, 05:16 AM
Hey Nicolai, I just anted to say thanks for sharing those pics. I really do feel as if I were on a field trip there, and thats just awesome. Effort = appreciated.

Excitemike
06-18-2007, 06:26 AM
http://lh4.google.com/image/openedsource/RnZmqJylpmI/AAAAAAAAAJY/BsRwoauKOAc/DSC00404.JPG?imgmax=512.

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The NWS still has a pretty big Pokemon Store influence - there's an entire section on the first floor dedicated just to the games and merch. But now, they also have stuff like the wickedly cool King of Games t-shirts.

The door handles are still also two halves of a Pokeball.

Hey Nicolai, I just anted to say thanks for sharing those pics. I really do feel as if I were on a field trip there, and thats just awesome. Effort = appreciated.

Your welcome. Every time I look at those pictures I think of something I missed, though. I'll have to get a better look at that Poepeye Game and Watch next time.
(you can see the hanafuda cards though, in the pic of the Zelda GBA SP, they are in the case behind it)

Kirin
06-18-2007, 09:48 AM
Looks like moulded acrylic. I believe the way they do it is to pour a very thin layer of acrylic, engrave it with a cross section of the 3D image, and repeat until done.

Nah... (well, I suppose it could be done that way, but) you can do things like that in a solid piece by just focusing a couple lasers to cross at each point where you want a bubble. You just tune it so heat from one laser = nothing, but heat from two lasers at once = produces gas. They have machines to do it. Mostly you see it in little paperweights for souvenir stands.

Also: Char/Zeon GBA is instant win. The Astro Boy one's nifty too.

Excitemike
06-18-2007, 11:24 AM
Nah... (well, I suppose it could be done that way, but) you can do things like that in a solid piece by just focusing a couple lasers to cross at each point where you want a bubble. You just tune it so heat from one laser = nothing, but heat from two lasers at once = produces gas. They have machines to do it. Mostly you see it in little paperweights for souvenir stands.

Also: Char/Zeon GBA is instant win. The Astro Boy one's nifty too.

Two lasers! Now I get it. Yeah, the image is made up of all these tiny dots. They were hell of expensive, but if I ever have a couple of hundred bucks to burn that Link is coming home with me.

The Char GBA was part of a limited bundle for one of the G Generation games. I was pretty set on getting it at the time but I probably didn't have the cash. There was a Char Gamecube released around the same time.

openedsource
06-18-2007, 11:36 AM
Two lasers! Now I get it. Yeah, the image is made up of all these tiny dots. They were hell of expensive, but if I ever have a couple of hundred bucks to burn that Link is coming home with me.

Did you happen to catch the Fierce Deity Link Statue up on the second floor?

Makkara
06-18-2007, 11:44 AM
Nah... (well, I suppose it could be done that way, but) you can do things like that in a solid piece by just focusing a couple lasers to cross at each point where you want a bubble. You just tune it so heat from one laser = nothing, but heat from two lasers at once = produces gas. They have machines to do it. Mostly you see it in little paperweights for souvenir stands.

Both methods are probably used, but in season 5, episode 5, segment D of this show (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_It%27s_Made), they did it layer-by-layer. Oh, Discovery Channel, is there anything you don't know?

TheSL
06-18-2007, 11:53 AM
Nah... (well, I suppose it could be done that way, but) you can do things like that in a solid piece by just focusing a couple lasers to cross at each point where you want a bubble. You just tune it so heat from one laser = nothing, but heat from two lasers at once = produces gas. They have machines to do it. Mostly you see it in little paperweights for souvenir stands.

Don't you know you're not supposed to cross the streams?

Excitemike
06-18-2007, 11:59 AM
Did you happen to catch the Fierce Deity Link Statue up on the second floor?

That was pretty nice, too. It was much larger than I thought it would be.

Calorie Mate
06-18-2007, 02:51 PM
Awesome. I really need to make my way out there sometime.

tungwene
06-18-2007, 07:29 PM
My boyfriend was in New York for a conference last month. He stopped briefly there, called me from inside the store, and told me I was probably going to hate him.

Balrog
06-19-2007, 06:11 AM
I like that faceless picture of your hand holding the Magikarp. I hear the Godfather theme in the background. Have you ever sent someone to "sleep with the Magikarp?"

chocogaz
06-19-2007, 07:08 AM
M will make you an offer you can't refuse.

Excitemike
06-19-2007, 07:36 AM
Professor Oak, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your daughter's... wedding... on the day of your daughter's wedding. And I hope the first Pokemon they breed will be a masculine Pokemon. I pledge my ever-ending loyalty.

openedsource
06-19-2007, 08:16 AM
I like that faceless picture of your hand holding the Magikarp. I hear the Godfather theme in the background. Have you ever sent someone to "sleep with the Magikarp?"

He once sent me a Goldeen wrapped in newspaper.

Wait, that's not a good thing, right? I'd better refrain from eating oranges for a while.

R^2
06-19-2007, 09:58 AM
But oranges are awesome!