As promised, Nintendo has provided more details about their partnership with Best Buy to provide playable demos of unreleased Wii U games during the week of E3 (June 11-13, 2013). We still do not know which games will be playable at the demo stations, but we now have a complete list of when and where the Nintendo E3 2013 events will be taking place.
In total, the Wii U demo stations will be located at 110 Best Buy locations, however, they will not be open the entire week of E3 2013. Apparently, the demos will only be playable between 4PM and 8PM (your local time) on June 12th, and then again between 1PM and 5PM on June 15th. It is unclear if anything will be shown at the demo locations outside of the specified times.
The complete list of cities that are scheduled to get Wii U E3 demo stations is posted below, and you can check Best Buy’s website to see the complete list of individual stores.
North Little Rock
West Des Moines
Long Island City
King of Prussia
Nintendo and Best Buy are promising to release the list of games that will be playable on June 11th, and there will apparently be free “Luigi loot” (while supplies last) and “hot offers on Wii U” for anyone who shows up at the E3 demo events.
Overall, it is a little disappointing that the Wii U demo festivities are being restricted to a total of 8 hours during E3 week, but it is still pretty exciting to see Nintendo expand their E3 games directly to consumers. It will be interesting to see if either Sony or Microsoft host similar events next year.
[Update] Nintendo has announced the following Best Buy locations in Canada will also host Wii U E3 demo stations:
Ontario: North York, Toronto, Mississauga, Windsor, London, Ottawa, Kingston, Brampton, Oakville
Quebec: Montreal, Lasalle
Alberta: Edmonton, Calgary (2 locations)
British Columbia: Vancouver, Langley, Richmond
Nova Scotia: Dartmouth