Nintendo Joins Vans Warped Tour 2011Nintendo 3DS will be joing Vans Warped Tour this year to help spread the 3D love. The tour is a music and extreme sports festival, that has many live bands playing and other activities for attendees. The tour features mostly post-hardcore, pop punk, and metalcore acts, but now they are including some Nintendo 3DS fun. While yes, it mostly has bands playing, there are many booths set up with merchandise for people to shop. Nintendo has become a sponsor, which means attendees will be able to go to the demo areas and try out the 3DS. It will be different than playing it in the local gaming store.

The tour started in Texas on June 24th, and will continue to travel across the country until August 14th. You can visit the demo booths and try out the Nintendo 3DS Camera, create Mii, and play games. They will have The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, DEAD OR ALIVE Dimensions, Super Monkey Ball 3D, Madden NFL Football, RIDGE RACER 3D and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. Not a bad line up, compared to how I saw Pilotwings Resort at Best Buy.

They will also have the AR Games there, with oversized AR Cards and temporary AR Card tattoos. People who bring their own Nintendo 3DS will be able to StreetPass as well, so it’s worth bringing as long as you keep a safe hold of it.

I’ve never been to a Vans Warped Tour, but you can go here to see the dates and location of their shows. I find this a great way to get young people into the handheld system. When I first bought my 3DS, I brought it along to classes that week to show my friends. Four of them bought one for themselves within a week. All of them had been doubters until they actually tried playing it, and each admitted they had been skeptic. Nintendo might seem a bit strange in this punk rocker setting with the half pipes and bands, but I’m sure it will be fun for those who go.

Has anybody been to one of these tours? I’m not really a crowd person, and had never even heard of this until a friend mentioned it to me yesterday. Please comment about it for those who are thinking of going!

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