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The Nintendo Switch

Nintendo's consoles are selling like hotcakes these days, but it looks like the publisher wants to keep the hype train running full steam ahead. To that end, they'll be touring the country as part of a Summer of Play tour, bringing Switch and 3DS hits from state to state.

First, we'll go over which games will be available at these Nintendo events, then we'll let you know when and where you can visit Summer of Play tour stops. If you need that pot sweetened, folks who visit will also get a "free gift" while supplies last, though no word yet on what that gift might be. We're guessing it's not a free Switch.

Switch Games

The Legend of Zela: Breath of the Wild

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe




Splatoon 2

Super Bomberman R

Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition

3DS Games

Pokemon Sun

Pokemon Moon

Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS



Those are some pretty safe bets in the games category, offering several hit titles for both platforms as well as a couple of anticipated title for the Switch. We're a little surprised that none of the killer indie games Nintendo has lined up for the Switch will be on display, especially since those games are some of the biggest draws for the console during this first year. But hey, it's a solid lineup all the same, so no complaints from us. Onto the tour dates.

Tour Dates

June 9-11 (Irvine, California; Irvine Spectrum Center)

June 16-18 (Pleasanton, California; Alameda County Fair)

June 23-25 (Bloomington, Minnesota; Mall of America)

June 30-July 2 (Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Henry Maier Festival Park)

July 7-9 (Chicago; Navy Pier)

July 14-16 (Glendale, Arizona; Arrowhead Towne Center)

July 20-23 (San Diego; Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina)

July 28-30 (Arlington, Texas; The Parks Mall at Arlington)

Aug. 4-6 (Miami, Florida; Aventura Mall)

Aug. 11-13 (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Musikfest)

Aug. 18-20 (New York; DUMBO Waterfront)

Aug. 25-27 (King of Prussia, Pennsylvania; King of Prussia Mall)

Sept. 2-4 (Baltimore; Harborplace)

Nintendo's reasoning for the Summer of Play tour is pretty simple: Not everyone owns their consoles yet, and they want to remedy that. Never mind that you can still barely find a Switch on store shelves two months after launch; they still want you to want the thing.

So what do you think, folks? Are you going to try and make it out to any of these events or are you set in the Nintendo department? It might be worth the journey just to play unreleased Switch games like ARMS and Splatoon 2. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.