FLEMINGTON, N.J., December 12, 2014—How do you get a group of 20 or so teenagers and pre-teens to play nicely together in a room for two hours? Bring 20 or so of one of the most popular video game systems and just let them play.
That’s what happened Friday afternoon in Flemington, N.J., when Nintendo representatives visited the Mediatech Foundation above the Flemington Free Public Library on Main Street.
Nintendo was in town to show off its 3DS XL, the largest of its handheld game systems, which displays images in 3D—no special glasses needed. The games came loaded with Mario Kart 7, Kirby Triple Deluxe, Yoshi’s New Island and Tomodachi Life—games suitable for kids of all ages. Nintendo also raffled off prizes for those in attendance.
Matthew Scimeca, 13, of Flemington, who has been playing Nintendo DS games for years, said the larger XL version was “comfortable to hold and easy to use.”
Matthew is a regular visitor to Mediatech, which is open after school each day. “I just like that there’s so much variety here, and they cater to different interests,” he said.
Indeed, while the group of kids who came for the Nintendo games and the free pizza played nicely together in the meeting room next to Mediatech, a dozen or so kids gathered around a variety of game systems in the main room.
“The turnout is phenomenal. It may be a new record for an event,” said Warren Buckleitner, Mediatech director. “Nintendo has never come to Hunterdon County in an official capacity.”
David Young, an assistant public relations manager with Nintendo, fielded questions from the children, who were remarkably well informed about Nintendo’s products. Some asked about game controllers and the compatibility of different Nintendo systems, but most just wanted to know when the new games were coming out. For the record, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is due in 2015.
About Mediatech Foundation
Mediatech Foundation was established in March 2001 as a nonprofit organization and opened to the public in May 2003. It was designed to provide free public access to all forms of digital technology and demonstrate that such a model could work in a small public library setting, built by volunteers with minimal funds. For more information, visit www.mediatech.org.
David Young (left) of Nintendo fields questions from young video gamers at Mediatech in Flemington, N.J., on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Nintendo was in town to show off its 3DS XL, the largest of its handheld game systems.
Two video gamers check out Nintendo’s 3DS handheld game systems at Mediatech in Flemington, N.J., on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Nintendo was in town to show off its 3DS XL (right), the largest of its handheld game systems.