Upstairs at the EB Games Store in Melbourne, Victoria, there was a cool little adventure for Nintendo fans to check out. Aptly named the Nintendo Experience, this upstairs section was the place to go for midnight launches, subscriptions, Nintendo merchandise, and just trying out the latest releases from Nintendo. Unfortunately, last weekend the Nintendo Experience was closed permanently.
The zone opened at EB Games on Swanston Street on December 6, 2008. Fans were greeted with retro consoles on display and modern consoles connected to TVs so you can go with friends to film them in Mario Kart in public!
Vooks, the largest Nintendo community in Australia, shared some of the photos on Twitter.
There were weekly meetings such as Pokemon Trading Card Fridays, and even the voice of Mario himself, Charles Martinet, paid a visit. The store was updated back in 2018, a year after the Switch launched, and people could try out Splatoon 2 and Starlink: Battle for Atlas, although there were comments before that. on reddit about concerns about the lack of Switch content.
Unfortunately, now this place is fenced with a rope, and the inventory has been removed from the top floor. It is always sad when something unique closes, and we are sure that many who were able to visit have fond memories of this place.
Woux contacted Nintendo of Australia to find out why the Nintendo Experience was closed. Until we know more, you can take a look at some photos of the store in the link below from Vooks. Also, if you happened to visit, share your memories with us in the comments..