Nintendo’s New Service at This Japanese Airport Makes Waiting More Fun!

  • Waiting can be annoying and boring for a lot of people but is often hard to avoid. When you fly internationally, you probably arrive at the airport several hours early to ensure you don’t miss your flight. It’s significantly more difficult when traveling with small children, as they can be even more impatient than adults when it comes to waiting.

    To help with this issue, Nintendo has brought in something really interesting at Kansai International Airport that can distract children and give you a break! Nintendo is introducing a free gameplay area called Nintendo Check-In. For now, it will only be available at Kansai International Airport.

    Kansai International Airport

    Kansai International Airport is situated on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay. It serves as an international hub for All Nippon Airways, FedEx Express, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Japan, Nippon Cargo Airlines, and Peach. The airport was opened in 1994 to reduce the overcrowding of passengers at Osaka International Airport. Among the regions the airport serves are Nara, Kyoto, and Osaka.


    Nintendo is one of the biggest names in the gaming industry. The brand name can be roughly translated to “leave luck to heaven”. The company had previously dipped their toes into other niches such as hanafuda playing cards, cab services, and love hotels in the past, but their market remains primarily on video game consoles and games.

    Nintendo has released many world-famous games that had significant influence in our childhoods, such as Super Mario, the Legend of Zelda series, and Pokémon. These franchises are still popular even today so the company is definitely still very relevant now. The company had also released many popular consoles such as the Game Boy, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch.

    Nintendo Check-In

    Nintendo Check-In began at Kansai International Airport on the 23rd of June, 2017. To celebrate the opening of the free gameplay, the pop-up is beautified with unique decorations which are based on the theme of Nintendo.

    If you would like to pay a visit, the free gameplay area is located on the ground floor of Terminal 1. Things you can try there include demos for the new console they released in 2017, the Nintendo Switch. You will not only be able to play games on the Nintendo Switch, but also games on their other consoles such as the Nintendo 3DS and other devices.

    As for how long the Nintendo Check-In will be available at the Kansai International Airport, we do not know. From what we heard, it is not a temporary gameplay area so you should expect to see it at Kansai International Airport for quite some time. It isn’t only for children, so be sure to try it out next time you fly from that airport.

    So, why does Nintendo chose to promote their games and consoles at the Kansai International Airport instead of the other Airports such as Narita or Haneda? This is most likely due to the reason that Nintendo is a company based in Kyoto.
    We hope the other airports will follow suit with this entertaining implementation of Nintendo Check-In. Just be sure not to get so caught up in the free games available that you end up missing your flight!

    Kansai International Airport website

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