PAX Prime is taking place in Seattle this week, one of the most popular expos held annually in the US - it's already sold out. As always Nintendo of America is planning to have a significant presence, in the process aiming to win over some gamers to the Wii U and 3DS cause.
A notable event this year is a Xenoblade Chronicles X panel, which will feature members of the Treehouse localisation team. Taking place on 29th August at 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Pacific in the Wyvern Theater, attendees will be able to check out concept art, "new game play" and pose some questions in a Q & A.
Sadly, Xenoblade Chronicles X won't be playable on the show floor, which is disappointing in light of its recent appearance at Gamescom in Germany. The following retail games will be playable, though.
- Star Fox Zero
- Super Mario Maker,
- The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
- Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash
- Splatoon - showing off the Autumn update and Transformers Splatfest outfits an
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
- Skylanders SuperChargersRacing (3DS version, playable with Bowser and Donkey Kong content)
As always, there'll also be contests and events for attendees to compete in, using the following games.
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
- Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
- Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
Pleasingly Nintendo is also planning plenty of eShop 'Nindie' support. There'll be a Nindies Lounge in the Sheraton Seattle hotel opposite the main venue, with 13 games (and their developers) available to try out and talk to. Pleasingly there are a few games that will serve as a first look for many.
- Action Henk (Curve Digital)
- FAST Racing Neo (Shin'en)
- Freedom Planet (Galaxy Trail)
- Hive Jump (Graphite Lab)
- Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty (Oddworld Inhabitants, Inc. / Just Add Water (Developments) Ltd. / Nephilim Games)
- Runbow (13AM Games)
- Shantae Half-Genie Hero (WayForward)
- Typoman (Headup Games / Brainseed Factory)
- Year Walk (Simogo / Dakko Dakko)
- Mutant Mudds Super Challenge (Renegade Kid)
- SteamWorld Heist (Image & Form)
- The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (Nicalis, Inc.)
- Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows (Yacht Club Games)
Quite a lot going on at PAX Prime this year, then. We'll be soaking it in as always - are you a lucky ticket holder?