Nintendo announces PAX West 2018 lineup
Nintendo today announced the games and events it will bring to PAX West 2018.
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Some of the most anticipated Nintendo Switch games of the upcoming holiday season are coming to this year's PAX West expo in Seattle from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3. Games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Party, Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! will join Diablo III: Eternal Collection from Blizzard Entertainment, Starlink: Battle for Atlas from Ubisoft and DRAGON BALL FighterZ from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment as playable games in Nintendo's booth. The booth will also feature the Nindies Arcade, full of hands-on demos of upcoming indie games, including Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes from Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. Fans can also take part in fun activities related to the Super Mario Party, Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! games throughout the four-day show.
"Many of our biggest fans descend on Seattle every year to celebrate video games at PAX West," said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "It's the perfect venue for us to interact directly with our fans with fun activities and engaging hands-on demos with some of our upcoming games."
On Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, fans that want to be Pokémon Trainers in real life can participate in a "Trainer Battle" scavenger hunt all around PAX West and nearby Seattle areas. The @NintendoAmerica Twitter account will tweet clues and/or photos of different locations where there will be two Nintendo street team members dressed as Pokémon Trainers, who fans can "battle" to receive a special item by answering a trivia question. The Pikachu and Eevee costume characters will also make a special appearance at the downtown Sheraton Seattle hotel on Saturday, Sept. 1. More details will be revealed soon.
Nintendo's booth will also be home to a giant mural inspired by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The massive banner will display all the announced fighters in the upcoming Nintendo Switch game and is a great place for fans to snap pictures and share them on social media. Fans who cosplay as a character from the game can even find their matching character and take a photo.
The scheduled list of playable games at Nintendo's booth is as follows:
Additionally, a new Nindies Showcase will premiere on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 9 a.m. PT. The video presentation will highlight multiple unannounced indie games coming to Nintendo Switch. Watch the video live by visiting live.nintendo.com.
On Aug. 31, Nintendo will host a get-together for fans to meet Kit and Krysta from the "Nintendo Minute" online show and play Super Mario Party. At the event, fans will be some of the first to get hands-on time with the upcoming Nintendo Switch party game (launching on Oct. 5), as well as have an opportunity to be on an upcoming episode of "Nintendo Minute." Nintendo will select 30 attendees to attend on a first-come, first-served basis. Details about the time and location of the event will be shared in the coming days.