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Nintendo Taking No Prisoners At PAX Prime

Posted by Damien McFerran

Wii U and 3DS presence, plus bubble-blowing and Kid Icarus multiplayer

Nintendo has confirmed that it is bringing its Wii U and 3DS lineup to this year's PAX Prime, due to take place at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center from August 31st through to September 2nd.

A whole raft of games and events are planned, including a Kid Icarus: Uprising multiplayer tournament, a Paper Mario: Sticker Star sticker hunt and a Guinness World Record attempt to mark the 20th anniversary of Kirby.

Confirmed games include ZombiU, New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! and Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition.

Here's the full press release:

This year’s PAX Prime event will be action-packed, thanks to special game sampling opportunities and activities from Nintendo. Taking place Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center, the show will offer attendees the opportunity to play the groundbreaking Wii U™ system and several upcoming games, including Pikmin™ 3, ZombiU™ and New Super Mario Bros.™ U. The Wii U console launches this holiday season and introduces the Wii U GamePad, a controller with a 6.2-inch touch screen that redefines how people interact with their games, their entertainment and one another. The Nintendo booth (#462) will be the site of hands-on Wii U game demos, giving fans an early chance to check out the system’s unique integrated second-screen gaming experiences.

PAX Prime attendees can also visit the Nintendo Gaming Lounge on levels 2 and 3 of the North Galleria to experience unreleased games for the Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ hand-held systems and a special Kirby™ game collection for the Wii™ console. All Nintendo 3DS software will be playable on the new Nintendo 3DS XL, which features 90 percent larger screens compared to Nintendo 3DS. Fans of the Kirby, Paper Mario™ and Kid Icarus™ series will enjoy one-of-a-kind opportunities to celebrate these extraordinary franchises, and the Nintendo Gaming Lounge will include a special Pokémon™ area, where fans can gather to battle and trade with other Pokémon Trainers.

On Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m., a live Kid Icarus™: Uprising multiplayer tournament will take place in the Nintendo Gaming Lounge on the third floor of the Washington State Convention Center, challenging new and experienced players to show their skills. Tournament participants are encouraged to bring their own Nintendo 3DS system and copy of the game, and will compete in wireless three-on-three Light vs. Dark multiplayer battles. The first, second and third place winners will receive a Core Set of the Kid Icarus: Uprising AR Cards, containing more than 400 AR Cards that have been released to date, as well as Nintendo Prepaid Cards. Tournament participants will receive Kid Icarus: Uprising Series 2 AR Card packs while supplies last. Series 2 AR Card packs will also be given away in the Nintendo booth during show hours, while supplies last.

On Sept. 1, Kirby fans are invited to take part in a special Guinness World Records® attempt to celebrate Kirby’s 20th anniversary and the upcoming launch of Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition for Wii. The attempt will take place on the fourth floor of the Washington State Convention Center (4A). Participants will aim to break the record for the most people blowing a chewing gum bubble simultaneously. PAX Prime attendees will witness a sea of pink bubbles that resemble Kirby himself and pay tribute to his two decades of video game fun.

Meanwhile, PAX Prime attendees will be able to hunt and collect stickers being distributed throughout the venue (while supplies last) in celebration of the Nov. 11 launch of Paper Mario™: Sticker Star for Nintendo 3DS. Attendees will be challenged to find three game-themed stickers by following clues posted on Nintendo’s official Twitter account, @NintendoAmerica. Consumers who collect all three stickers and bring them to a Nintendo representative at the Nintendo Gaming Lounge will be awarded a special bonus sticker. A collectible Paper Mario: Sticker Star sticker book will be given away at retailers nationwide closer to the launch of the game, giving PAX Prime attendees a way to proudly showcase their collection. More details about the sticker book will be revealed at a later time.

Below is a complete list of games that will be available for sampling at PAX Prime:

Wii U

  • ZombiU (Ubisoft)
  • Pikmin 3
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Project P-100 (working title)
  • Ninja Gaiden™ 3: Razor’s Edge
  • Nintendo Land™
  • Scribblenauts™ Unlimited (Warner Bros. Interactive)
  • Trine 2™: Director’s Cut (Frozenbyte)

Nintendo 3DS

  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star
  • Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask™
  • Luigi’s Mansion™: Dark Moon
  • Adventure Time™: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! (D3Publisher)
  • Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (Disney Interactive)
  • Skylanders Giants™ (Activision Publishing)
  • New Super Mario Bros.™ 2
  • Mario Kart™ 7
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising

Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS

  • Fluidity: Spin Cycle
  • Pokédex™ 3D Pro
  • Pushmo™
  • 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure™

Nintendo DS

  • Pokémon™ Conquest

Wii

  • Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition

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User Comments (15)

NintyMan

#1

NintyMan said:

It sounds like fun. I wonder if those are going to be the same demos from E3 or new ones? I'm eager to see new gameplay footage.

Lunapplebloom

#4

Lunapplebloom said:

Man, that all sounds cool. Wish I could go, but can't do to... well everything. Have fun for those who can make it though. And some new gameplay footage would be nice as well of something.

LittleIrves

#5

LittleIrves said:

Fluidity: Spin Cycle! Hope to hear some impressions soon from you lucky ducks out in the Pacific Northwest...

aaronsullivan

#7

aaronsullivan said:

Normally I'd say Nintendo is going to wait for the big announcement coming later, BUT Nintendo has really been into trickling out information slowly, so I wouldn't be surprised to be surprised — err, Nintendo could very well release some cool news.

Geonjaha

#8

Geonjaha said:

No Animal Crossing? Really? They havent even translated enough of the game for a demo? Get your act together here Nintendo...

rjejr

#10

rjejr said:

I don't know what PAX Prime is, and I know Nintendo is set to release WiiU info next month, but it still seems ridiculous that they keep doing these big game shows with the WiiU without having a date and price out there. It's like they don't want anybody to pre-order one.
Shouldn't "NSMBU" have a number in it's name? I hate the whole "new" thing (don't even get me started on the New iPad) and sticking "U" in the name is old already (how many Mario or Nintendo games had "Gamecube" in the title? Any?)
Surprised they would have Pokemon's Conquest, that's been out for awhile.

Chunky_Droid

#13

Chunky_Droid said:

Fingers crossed for anything half like this at the EB Expo in Sydney in October, but I have my reservations.

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