Nintendo brings Airstream Tour to Salt Lake

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Nintendo display at the annual Airstream Tour in Salt Lake City. Nintendo plans to launch its first wave of amiibo figures in time for the holiday season. (Simon Liu)
Nintendo display at the annual Airstream Tour in Salt Lake City. Nintendo plans to launch its first wave of amiibo figures in time for the holiday season. (Simon Liu)

Patrons of the Radisson Hotel were probably confused when they saw a trailer decorated with a large Mario and Luigi parked in front of the hotel Oct. 6.

The trailer was making its first stop around the country as a part of Nintendo’s annual Airstream Tour. The tour features an Airstream trailer outfitted with TVs, Wii U systems and handheld consoles to showcase many of Nintendo’s upcoming video games and products.

“We just want to show that there’s fun for everyone, from the casual to hardcore gamer,” said Marcus Suniga, a member of the Team Nintendo.

One of the primary attractions of the tour was the highly anticipated “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U,” which will launch in North America on Nov. 21. The brawler will feature classic characters and new characters from a range of Nintendo games, including Mario and Bowser from the “Mario” series, Pikachu and Greninja from the “Pokemon” series and the Wii Fit Trainer. The 3DS version of the game has already sold more than 2.8 million units worldwide, according to a Nintendo press release.

Amiibo figures can be individually trained and customized by players. The first wave of figures will be available Nov. 21. (Simon Liu)
Amiibo figures can be individually trained and customized by players. The first wave of figures will be available Nov. 21. (Simon Liu)

“Nintendo’s holiday software lineup is more than impressive,” said Scott Moffitt, an executive vice president at Nintendo. “And our amiibo figures start a new chapter in the world of Nintendo interactive entertainment”

The amiibo figures can wirelessly interact with Nintendo games in many ways. Suniga said players can tap the figures on the Wii U GamePad to enter them into the game. Players are also able to customize the amiibo’s stats and other characteristics to make them unique. The first round of amiibo figures, which include Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Link and Fox, are scheduled to be released on the same day as “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.”

“With so many great experiences available, this holiday season is going to be an amazing time to be a Nintendo fan,” Moffitt said.

Nintendo entered the video game industry with the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1983. Many of today’s BYU students grew up playing the Nintendo 64, which was released in 1996, with classic video game titles such as “Super Mario 64,” “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” and the original “Super Smash Bros.”

“I like ‘Zelda,’ ‘Goldeneye’ and of course the Star Wars podracing game,” said Michael Pratt, a computer science major. “They’re just classic and so much fun to play!”

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