The indignities of air travel are well-documented, but the worst part might be waiting in the airport. Overpriced everything, a dearth of power outlets, and unexpected delays are enough to drive even the most seasoned traveler mad. But relief is on the way, and it’s coming from a most unexpected source.
Nintendo Switch On the Go lounges are opening at major U.S. airports starting today, when the first one opens at Dallas Love Field. Additional lounges will open in Dulles, O’Hare, and Seattle-Tacoma airports on February 17.
The lounges will include charging ports — always a hot commodity for flyers — along with playable Switch demos in both handheld and TV mode. The game selection will include popular first-party titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Party, and Super Mario Odyssey.
In addition to the chance to charge their phones (or Switches!) and pass the time with some videogames during layovers, travelers who visit the lounges will receive a free branded luggage handle wrap and a $10 coupon to use on Nintendo purchases of $75 or more at Target stores. And though it probably goes without saying, they’ll also be able to place orders for Switch and Switch Lite consoles, games, and other merchandise.
Unfortunately, these lounges are pop-ups that will only remain open until late March, so you won’t be able to play during the busy summer travel season.
The pop-up lounges are another sign that Nintendo wants to continue its growth by expanding its IRL presence. The company has physical stores in Tokyo and New York along with licensed stores in Tel Aviv and Riyadh.
It’s also making a big play into theme parks, with two Super Nintendo Worlds under construction. The first, at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, is scheduled to open this year in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The second will open at Universal’s Epic Universe, a yet-to-be opened park in Orlando, Florida, in 2023. There are additional plans to bring similar attractions to Universal Studios parks in Singapore and Hollywood.