Gaming at Nintendo Summer of Play

If you’re still undecided on whether to buy a Nintendo Switch or game, the Nintendo Summer of Play is your chance to try them out for free. Last weekend, the event made its way to IrvineNintendo 3DS games also made an appearance.

Underneath the tent, you could find Switch games such as Mario Kart Deluxe 81-2-SwitchUltra Street Fighter IIArms and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.


The upcoming Splatoon 2 was also featured with an awesome setup. I especially loved the detail on the chairs. Attendants had the opportunity to play 4 vs. 4. And of course, my team won (hah!).

At the entrance of the tent, you were given a stamp card. The first row of stamps stood for Arms, Mario Kart Deluxe 8, Pokemon Sun & Moon and Splatoon 2. The second row of stamps were meant for any other games that are available at the event.

You were only required to get six stamps in order to be eligible for a prize. Once you get at least six stamps, you were able to bring it to a redemption section inside the tent. Once you turn in your card, you’re able to play a roulette that determined which prize you’d be able to win. I saw a pretty cool Nintendo baseball cap in there.

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However, I only ever saw people win the most basic prize: Splatoon 2 temporary tattoos. Pretty disappointing. I wonder how often people actually won the other prizes?

There was also a red metal water bottle with the “MyNintendo” logo on it that was given out to people who filled up their stamp card. Unfortunately, their stock of water bottles was very scarce. I heard that they ran out of water bottles quickly at the beginning of each day (the event spanned from Friday to Sunday).

I only attended on Sunday, and the line that filled up for the water bottles were made of people who were at the event during the previous days. The water bottles ran out within the first hour. I didn’t have a chance. So if you’re planning to grab a water bottle at one of these events, I suggest getting there as early as possible.

The Nintendo Summer of Play will be in Pleasanton this weekend. Afterward, it will make its way to different states before returning to California next month in San Diego. If you’re interested in checking out the event this summer, see if it’s in a city near you on its website. It’s a great way to hang out and game with your friends for free!


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