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From IGN:

 

First the bad news. According to the magazine [Nintendo Dream], Nintendo will not hold a Space World event this year. This goes against rumors pointing to the contrary. Space World, in case you're not too keen on your Nintendo history, was an all-Nintendo event held yearly in Japan in late August or early September until two years ago. Many years ago, the event was called Shoshinkai and saw the world debut of Mario 64 in the N64's infancy.

 

That's somewhat disappointing, even though there would be no chance of me flying to Japan to attend the event. It was usually a good place to get some updates on soon-to-be-released games and fresh impressions from the general gaming public about them. It is not, however, all that surprising since the Big N hasn't held a Space World since the debut of the Game Cube back in 2001 (if I remember correctly).

 

While we're on the subject, did anyone here ever attend one of those Cube Clubs Nintendo had during the first two years of the GameCube? I went to both of them when they were at the Mall of the Universe (sometimes called the Mall of America) and it was an absolute blast. It was my first real shot at playing such games as Rogue Squadron II, Super Smash Bros. Melee, The Wind Waker and Metroid Prime. Needless to say, I had an absolute blast at them and missed them in their absence last year. I suppose it would be too much to hope for their return this year. They may not have been as big as Space World, but they were good enough for the Nintendo fanboy in me.

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Jeff, I did attend a local Cube Club here in NC and had a great time. I thought the atmosphere was perfect, i.e. it seemed to cater to the older crowd. At the time there were some great AAA titles to check out like Meroid Prime & Wind Waker and a great amount of 3rd party too. Oh yeah, and FREE Snapple! We had a blast. :)

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Originally posted by Starhawk@Jul 22 2004, 07:04 AM

I thought the atmosphere was perfect, i.e. it seemed to cater to the older crowd. At the time there were some great AAA titles to check out like Metroid Prime & Wind Waker and a great amount of 3rd party too. Oh yeah, and FREE Snapple! We had a blast. :)

Mmm... Snapple. Did you get a free copy of Maxim at the one you went to? I got one with the gal that plays Jackie on That 70s Show on the cover. Yummy. ;)

 

I agree with you on the atmosphere of the event too, particularly during the second year. It was as if they took all the bad stuff from the first year and fixed it. The first year the event was held in a small vacant space at the Mall of America, and while I had a great time at it, there really wasn't much room to maneuver between the kiosks and all of the other players. Hence, it was a bit overcrowded and hectic. The second year they moved it outside of the mall into a large, heated tent - a good thing for the middle of November in Minnesota. The end result was that you weren't quite as crowded by the other people. You could check out the various games, play through the demos, and when your feet got tired, you could retreat into an area in the back where there were some couches and portable mp3 players for listening to music.

 

Of course my fond memories of that second Cube Club are no doubt reinforced by the fact that it was the first chance I had to play Metroid Prime and The Wind Waker. If they were to do it again this fall, just think of all the great games they could highlight: Paper Mario 2, Metroid Prime 2, Resident Evil 4, Star Fox 2, and if they really wanted to get people to show up, they could offer a playable demo of that new Zelda game. They'd have to put up barricades to keep the people out. :)

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