The Nintendo Experience in Melbourne, Australia has closed forever

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Upstairs at an EB Games store in Melbourne, Victoria, there was a cool little experience for Nintendo fans to check out. This upstairs area, aptly named Nintendo Experience, was the place to catch midnight product launches, book signings, Nintendo merchandise and just the latest Nintendo releases. Unfortunately, the Nintendo Experience closed forever last weekend.

The area opened on December 6, 2008 at the EB Games on Swanston Street. Fans were greeted with retro consoles and modern consoles on display, hooked up to TVs so you could go with your friends and tune them out Mario Kart in the public!

Vooks, Australia’s largest Nintendo community, shared some photos of the experience on Twitter.

There were weekly gatherings like Pokémon Trading Card Fridays, and even the voice of Mario himself, Charles Martinet, made a visit. The store got a makeover back in 2018, a year after the Switch launched, and people were able to check out Splatoon 2 and Starlink: Battle for Atlas, despite previous comments on Reddit about concerns about the lack of Switch content.

Unfortunately, the area is now cordoned off and stock has been removed from the upper floor. It is always sad when something unique like this closes and we are sure that many who were able to visit have fond memories of this place.

Vooks has reached out to Nintendo of Australia to find out why the Nintendo Experience has been shut down. Until we find out more, you can check out some photos of the store from Vooks at the link below. If you had the opportunity to visit us, share your memories with us in the comments. The Nintendo Experience in Melbourne, Australia has closed forever

Fry Electronics Team

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