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Kiosk Hunting: Here and there, but mostly there


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When you ask DS Fanboy readers to do something for you, they don't waste much time. This is a valuable lesson I've now learned after putting out a call to you guys to let us know where and when you stumble across one of the many Wi-Fi tendrils of Nintendo's download station network currently spreading across the world. My online persona was buried beneath an avalanche of tips, comments and the usual death threats, but it has now surfaced and is ready to start compiling the information in an epic list that's sure to inspire a major motion picture. This is just the second part of our ongoing quest and I hope to keep adding new locations on a weekly basis.

A big, slightly overzealous "thank you" to everyone that contributed to this round. If you don't see your highlighted area in the list, be sure to check back later in the month. A few brave souls have also added some new locations to the Frappr map--quite a feat given that working with that application is about as pleasant as a sturdy kick in the head. The format of this list is probably far from optimal, so please let me know how you'd like me to change it in the future.

Also, the information from readers isn't always exact, but if you see that one Best Buy (or another store) has a download station in your region, chances are decent that others will have too. You'll know you're close to one by either recognizing a small banner and a DS set in wireless mode behind some plastic or experiencing a lightheaded sensation as Wi-Fi beams scramble your brains.

Keep the details (we want street names!), pictures and experiences coming! The full list is but a click away.

North America

  • Emeryville, CA: Meteos, Brain Age and the usual suspects are up for grabs at a Best Buy in this area. The download kiosks themselves, however, are not.
  • Normal, IL: Prepare to spend an abnormal amount of time in this region's Best Buys sampling the demo delicacies.
  • Valparaiso, IN: The download stations in this region offer up demos of Meteos, True Swing Golf, Mario Kart DS, and "some Pokemon game". That must be Pokemon Trozei, since Nintendo wouldn't possiby be so cruel as to offer up demos of Pokemon Dash.
  • Louisville, KY: The Best Buy on Shelbyville Rd. in St. Matthews has a download station. The other stores are insanely jealous.
  • New York City, NY: A kiosk at the Best Buy on 23rd St and 6th Avenue is reported to be in fine working condition and sporting a cheery disposition.
  • Columbus, OH: Best Buy (store #295) got a station featuring demos of Tetris DS, Metroid Prime Hunters, Meteos, Mario Kart DS and Brain Age. Crowded next to a couple of Gamecube controllers, this station is "ghetto-rigged".
  • King of Prussia, PA: Check Best Buy over here for pure, unfettered demo access. Since the King of Prussia mall is basically the entire town, it's hard to miss this one.
  • Plano, TX: Best Buy. Download station. That sort of thing.
  • Lynnwood, WA: The Best Buy here has a download station which, according to employees, "crashes a lot".
  • Woodinville, WA: Signified by a poster and a floor mat, a Best Buy Game Crazy store in this region has installed a download station. And there was much rejoicing.
  • Appleton, WI: You'll spend about 90 seconds in this Best Buy, waiting for a demo to download to your DS.
Not North America
  • Basingstoke, UK: The Gamestation in this region has a download station which seems to be having some power difficulties--the store doesn't have enough electrical outlets to have it plugged in all the time. Hooking up some extension cords to adjacent stores and leeching power could solve the problem quite easily.
  • Brighton, UK: Somebody found a kiosk over here, but they also found that it didn't work. Bummer.
[Thanks again to everyone that contributed!]

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