Nintendo Switch and flying make a good mix. Gamers can play in handheld mode while high in the sky. Other times, people get lucky and receive a brand new console for free. Airport pop-up kiosks, though, are less of a guaranteed hit. Nintendo of America is trying its luck with these demo units in the coming weeks.
Kiosks at an airport = pandemonium
Beginning February 13, 2020, and lasting until March 29, 2020, NoA will have Switch demo units at the following locations:
Dulles International Airport
Concourse B near west entrance/exit, next to Gate B62
Feb. 17 –
Seattle – Tacoma International Airport
Concourse C, next to Gate C10
Feb. 17 –
O’Hare International Airport
Terminal 1, Concourse B, between Gates B12 and B14
Feb. 17 –
Dallas Love Field Airport
West Terminal, near Gates 14 and 16
Feb. 13 –
Please note these kiosks will only run for the dates listed.
After conquering the mighty boss known as the TSA, passengers can look for these pop-ups. Titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, Super Mario Party, and Tetris 99 will be on offer. Also, attendees can order either a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite and get a free carrying case for their commitment. A luggage handle wrap and $10 Target coupon will be gifted, as well.
While it’s admirable Nintendo is trying to provide entertainment in such a stressful environment, I don’t think this is a good idea. Can you imagine getting into a tense session of Super Mario Party with your loved ones, losing track of time, and missing your plane? A vacation ruined and a family fractured beyond repair. Is all that worth a few minutes of fun, Nintendo?!
Enthusiasts, do you live near any of the above airports? Will you be trying out the Switch pop-up kiosks before boarding a flight? Let us know your inclinations below.