Mario's 25th Anniversary Celebration at Nintendo World
Everyone's favorite Italian plumber celebrated his 25th Anniversary this past weekend at Nintendo World, located in Rockefeller Center, New York City.
And there were a lot of people.
The place was a mad house, overrun by more adults than children, and the second floor was a sea of people moving shoulder to shoulder to watch others play Mario games, be a part of a photo shoot with Mario-themed props, and view new cases of Nintendo memorabilia.
We soon decided we’d seen enough and that it was getting entirely too crowded to hang around -- there wasn’t really a list of events, either -- so we headed to the door and that’s when my fiancée said, “Hey, who’s everyone crowded around over there?”
Uh, “That’s.. the President.. of Nintendo of America... Reggie.” He was surrounded by six or so fans near the entrance, signing various things and posing for photos, so I got in on it. I had him sign my silver DS Lite, because I figured I had to have him sign something and that’s all I had on me. He wrote: "Rob, Thanks for all the support. Reggie". He’s actually a really nice guy in person, and great with kids (as I'd expect).
We left afterwards, and it was around 1:40 p.m., but I heard at some point Mario creator (and many other popular Nintendo franchises) Shigeru Miyamoto showed up and cut a tiered Mario level-themed cake with Reggie. It was a great coming together of fans, and a nice way to honor Mario.