Nintendo's first store opened in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza yesterday and 1-Up.com was there to wait in line with everyone else. The store sounds like a nice place to visit with its free-to-play consoles and portable units. There's a large part of the store devoted to the cash cow Pokemon, but that balances out with a mini-museum of Nintendo "artifacts" that includes every special edition of Game Boy Advance all the way back in time to the original Famicom.
On the second floor, there are roughly 16 GameCubes, each equipped with a copy of Super Smash Bros. Melee and four controllers. Needless to say, the room was extremely crowded, and in the corner, there was one chair designated for single-player gaming. There were three egg-shaped chairs and three wide-screen TVs.
The only downside to the whole enterprise is that I'd be willing to bet that some of the equipment has already been vandalized. When the Nintendo DS was first released and it appeared for demo play in stores I saw far too many touchscreens destroyed by multiple house key gashes. What is it that compels immature people to destroy what is freely made available for all to use? Here's hoping that Nintendo is monitoring the equipment at the store and plans to send Samus Aran after anyone who finds it amusing to destroy Game Boys.