If you or your kids are into video games, you’re going to want to stop by the Nintendo Summer of Play Tour between June 15 to Aug. 28. This summer, Nintendo is hosting a tour across the U.S., giving fans a place to explore the worlds from various Nintendo Switch games, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Pokémon Scarlet, Pokémon Violet, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and a new game launching this summer.

Guests can take photos with Pikachu and other Pokémon, sit by a campfire with Tom Nook and Isabelle for an Animal Crossing-themed photo-op, join Mario to speed down Rainbow Road in a race found in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — Booster Course Pass DLC for Mario Kart 8, and play The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Kids can pose with plant-like creatures in a garden photo-op inspired by the upcoming Pikmin 4 game launching on July 21. There is also a place to take photos in the Play Nintendo Mushroom Kingdom Yourself Photobooth.

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Nintendo Summer of Play visitors will receive a free event passport that they can get stamped after participating in activities at the event and a GameStop coupon for a discount on select Nintendo video games and accessories. Once guests collect all of their event passport stamps, they’ll have a chance to receive Nintendo giveaways while supplies last. Nintendo Account holders can check in with My Nintendo at the event to receive a free gift while supplies list and 100 My Nintendo Platinum Points that they can redeem for rewards on my.nintendo.com. 

The tour will make the following stops, as well as one additional stop that has not been announced yet:

  • June 15-18: Mall of America in Minneapolis
  • June 22-25: Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Detroit
  • June 29-July 2: Meatpacking District Pop Up (60 10th Ave.) in New York City
  • July 7-10: West Town Mall in Knoxville
  • July 20-23: Florida Mall in Orlando
  • July 28-31: Barton Creek Square in Austin
  • Aug. 17-20: FlatIron Crossing in Denver
  • Aug. 25-28: Santa Monica Place in Los Angeles

In addition, the Nintendo Live 2023 event will take place in Seattle from Sept. 1-4 with live performances, tournaments, and more. Click here for more information on that and visit nintendo.com/events/play-events for more dates and details about the Summer of Play tour.

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Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco was a Senior Editor of The Toy Book, The Toy Insider, and The Pop Insider. She covered toy trends, pop culture, and entertainment news, and made appearances on national and regional outlets, including CBS, WPIX, News 12, and more. Jackie spends her time watching horror movies and working her way through every Stephen King novel out there.