New York's American International Toy Fair February 18, 2017
World Store! The recently remodeled Nintendo World Store has nothing to do with Toy Fair, other than the fact that I went there while hiking to Xi'an Famous Foods for dinner. I shot a few things inside and out while perusing for Metroid products. There was only one I could find, a Jakks Pacific miniature Samus Aran figure. The store was jam-packed with Mario and Link-related stuff, with a small smattering of Kirby and StarFox apparel. And some Pokemon stuff.
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The upstairs are had some high-end statues for sale next to some surprisingly understated pieces of video game history. Early, pre-NES prototype hardware could be seen of the "Advanced Video System" and numerous concept controllers. What's really fascinating is to see contemporary designs for hardware we never got - a Trakball, a cassette device, a keyboard, and some other stuff. Slightly less interesting were production samples of games and packaging related to the NES Classic Edition hardware from 2016 - these are things that were widely available in the 1980s and early 1990s, although to anyone born after 1985 they may as well be treasures from King Tut's tomb. And to think, the Switch launch will probably result in these being stuffed in a dark box in a dark room to be hidden away from prying eyes until a coffee table book calls for a photo shoot.
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