Nintendo will be allowing the public to participate in this year’s E3 excitement. Rather than needing to be a reporter or game industry representative, you will be able to simply walk into Best Buy stores located in the United States and Canada to play the games Nintendo will be announcing at E3.

Continue reading to learn more.

No longer will you have to rely on just watching the announcements but will actually be able to experience them first hand; however, there are only eighty-nine Best Buy stores participating in the U.S. and twenty-one stores participating in Canada. The games will be playable on June 12 from 4 p.m.–8 p.m. (local time) and June 15 from 1 p.m.–5 p.m. (local time).

If you live in the United States, these are the eighty-nine cities that will be showcasing Nintendo’s E3 line up:

Alabama: Birmingham, Huntsville

Arkansas: Fort Smith, North Little Rock

Arizona: Phoenix

California: Culver City, Elk Grove, Emeryville, San Jose, Tracy, Visalia

Colorado: Denver

Connecticut: Manchester

Delaware: Wilmington

Florida: Brandon, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Kissimmee, Miami, Pensacola

Georgia: Augusta, Duluth, Savannah, Smyrna

Iowa: Cedar Rapids, West Des Moines

Illinois: Bloomington, Schaumburg

Indiana: Greenwood

Kansas: Overland Park, Wichita

Kentucky: Florence, Lexington, Louisville

Louisiana: Harvey

Massachusetts: Cambridge, Dedham, Worcester

Maryland: Frederick, Glen Burnie, Wheaton

Michigan: Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Rochester Hills

Minnesota: Eden Prairie

Missouri: St. Louis

North Carolina: Cary, Fayetteville, Pineville, Winston-Salem

New Jersey: Iselin, West Paterson, Woodbury

New York: Albany, Amherst, Long Island City, Syracuse, Valley Stream, West Nyack

Ohio: Fairborn, North Olmsted, Reynoldsburg, Toledo

Oklahoma: Oklahoma City

Oregon: Portland

Pennsylvania: Erie, King of Prussia, Pittsburgh, Reading, Whitehall

South Carolina: Greenville, North Charleston

Tennessee: Brentwood, Knoxville, Memphis

Texas: Arlington, Austin, Houston, McAllen, The Woodlands, Tyler

Utah: Sandy

Virginia: Charlottesville, Glen Allen, Virginia Beach

Vermont: Williston

Washington: Lynnwood

Wisconsin: Greenfield

Unfortunately, Nintendo hasn’t announced which stores in Canada will be participating. Nintendo will also be releasing the list of games that will be playable on June 11, which will be found here.


These Canadian Best Buy locations will be participating:

Ontario: North York, Toronto, Mississauga, Windsor, London, Ottawa, Kingston, Brampton, Oakville

Quebec: Montreal, Lasalle

Manitoba: Winnipeg

Saskatchewan: Saskatoon

Alberta: Edmonton, Calgary (2 locations)

British Columbia: Vancouver, Langley, Richmond

Nova Scotia: Dartmouth

Source: Best BuyKotaku, GoNintendo (via Kotaku)
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  • Hydra

    I read this and thought it sounded neat. Then I read the list of cities and saw they completely skipped over my state. Ah well, better luck next time.

    • Carlos Salinas

      Check again. A couple of other states have been added. SC has been added and wasn't on the original post

      • Hydra

        Good to hear, but nope. Still not in my state.

  • Koren

    yessss so excited!

  • ennie 123

    It would be a good idea if they bring free demo's for everyone on wii u. So everyone in the world can enjoy their new experiences!

    • bob

      Online features on a Nintendo console? Blasphemous!

    • kkk

      It's not nearly as hyping and they definitely won't want people playing an alpha for months on end.
      It makes the most sense.

  • Craig

    Yeah, it annoys me that it's only for the US. It might be hosted there but why do other countries get left out all the time?

    • Destiny

      I live in the U.S. but I completely agree with you, if you want Nintendo fans across the globe, then go across the globe!

      • Narök

        Absolutely. It's like they're ignoring us every single time. I whish for worldwide participating in E3 and every Nintendo Event.

        We want to feel the pulse of time from it's source.

    • NotCraig


  • Gwydion

    I think this is a neat idea! A bit sad there's not one near me, but I kind of figured that would be the case.

  • link

    Zelda a link to the past 2



  • Vladislak

    DO WANT!

  • Hylian Hero


    • frayzure

      oh yes lets all have to go to new orleans to play the demos….yay ~_~

  • Zombiefragger

    First YES about dam time they bring E3 to the masses, and second Nooooooooo. I’ve got to work both days at the times that they are having it, and my boss will not let me leave to go. Before you say just call in sick my employer is on a P.T.O. (Paid Time Off) setup for vacation sick time and personal time, and I already used it up for the year. @%#&*) you who ever created PTO @#$#$%[email protected] you to @#$%%.

  • K2L

    I wish I had waited until June to travel to the US. =(

  • This sounds cool except there are no participating best buy stores in my state.

    (…I probably would have watched E3 at home even if I had the option because I'm a lazy pile of poo…)

  • Art1st4786

    I'm so excited one of those sites is within a half hour of where I live! My boyfriend and I have already turned June 12th into date night there after work!

  • Bryan

    Of course Alaska is again, considered a non U.S. event territory…

  • ladybug95

    No Nebraska. 🙁

  • Jeff

    No Idaho!? damn!

  • It's reasons like this why Nintendo always beats Sony and Microsoft hands down. They always produce good games and especially with all the Xbox One controversy recently they moved up in my books.