Opened in 2015, the Nintendo World Store is a flagship store entirely dedicated to Nintendo. Visitors can purchase Wii U and Nintendo 3DS consoles + games, plenty of goodies (including some that cannot be found anywhere else), and more. There’s even a museum section (regularly “updated”), and a Pokémon Store. Unfortunately for Nintendo fans who don’t live in the United States: the Nintendo World Store is the only store of its kind in the world.
And next month, the store is getting a massive makeover. It will be temporarily closed from January 19th, and will re-open on February 19th. The goal of this make-over is to give the store a new “look and feel”, with “updated interior design, new Wii U and Nintendo 3DS demo units, a 15-foot gaming screen and more fun elements and surprises”.
At the entrance, a large bronze coin will be installed:
On February 19-21th, Nintendo will celebrate the re-opening of the Nintendo World Store with various activities, such as giveaways, Mario & Luigi appearances, and more. Visitors will also be able to purchase exclusive merchandise only available during that week-end, such as limited-edition T-shirts featuring Mario or Link.
One thing to note is that, from February 19th, the Nintendo World Store will have a new name: the Nintendo NY Store. This would imply more stores will be opened elsewhere in the world: Tokyo? Paris? London? Los Angeles?
Unfortunately, Nintendo hasn’t made any announcement in that regard (yet?), though Satoru Iwata (and then Tatsumi Kimishima) repeatedly said in the past few months that Nintendo would make a more aggresive use of its IP in the future. This could very well happen via the opening of more Nintendo Stores, along with the attractions in theme parks, and the various things Nintendo has already planned.
Source: Nintendo PR