Extra time at Dulles International Airport? Stop by Nintendo's pop-up gaming lounge and play some Mario and Zelda.
Nintendo, home for iconic video game franchises like Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Pokemon, wants to make your time at the airport a little more fun. Dulles International Airport will be one of four airports to get a Nintendo Switch pop-up gaming lounge.
As detailed in their press release, the Nintendo Switch On the Go lounge will feature multiple gaming stations, ports for charging, and seating. Lounge-users will be able to play the Nintendo in both handheld and TV-docked modes. The lounge comes to Dulles on February 17 and stays through March 29. It'll be past the TSA, in Concourse B near the west entrance/exit, next to Gate B62.
The sort of games you can expect to play include The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, Super Mario Party, and Tetris ® 99, among others.
If you've ever seen marketing for a Nintendo Switch, you've probably been shown how multiplayer-focused, convenient, and family-friendly it is. Commercials show strangers and friends coming together, at places just like airports, to play some games together. Ads are quick to remind that Switch systems have parental controls that let adults manage what and how long their kids play. Nintendo hopes to demonstrate how the "Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite make great companions for their trips,” says Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of sales and marketing.
Of course, these pop-up lounges are meant to sell a product. Visitors will be able to order a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite, select games, and merchandise. Ordering a game system will net you a free carrying case. But even if you don't buy anything, they'll give you a free Nintendo Switch branded luggage handle wrap and a $10 coupon to Target. And of course, anyone's welcome to play without feeling pressured to buy.
The other airports getting pop-up lounges are Seattle-Tacoma International, Chicago O’Hare, and Dallas Love Field.
Will you be stopping by to beat everyone in Mario Kart? Does settling down with Zelda seem like a good way to pass the time at the airport? Chime in with a comment!