San Diego Comic-Con, one of the biggest events of its kind, is just one week away. It's running from 20th-23rd July, and Nintendo has now confirmed its plans for the event.
Nintendo will have a booth within the main convention center (no. 235), but it'll only have one game on show there - Super Mario Odyssey. As is now the norm the company's main attendance will be in the nearby San Diego Ballroom in the Marriott Marquis & Marina hotel, which will be open to the public and not just expo ticket holders.
The full line-up of games that will be playable in the hotel ballroom is below.
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Splatoon 2
- Pokkén Tournament DX
- Flip Wars
- EA SPORTS FIFA 18
- Super Bomberman R
- Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
- Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
- Hey! PIKMIN
- Pokémon Sun
- Pokémon Moon
- Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
There'll be New Nintendo 2DS XL models to try out, along with various 'social competitive' events and promotions; the press release blurb for that is below.
Fans who want to show off their competitive side will have multiple opportunities to compete in an ongoing multi-game competition, the Play Nintendo Challenge, for the chance to receive cool giveaways and a chance to win a prize, while supplies last. These competitions are open to the public and will be hosted at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina space at various times throughout the week. Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis. If selected, competitors will start with an eight-player Turf War match in Splatoon 2. The winning team of four will then compete against each other in the hit fighting game ARMS. The final two players will enter the finals with a one-on-one battle in upcoming Nintendo Switch game Pokkén Tournament DX. The Play Nintendo Challenge will be open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on July 20 and July 21, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on July 23.
Since Splatoon 2 launches during San Diego Comic-Con this year (July 21), fans will be able to take part in some extra-fresh Splatoon 2 activities. A Splatoon 2-themed photo booth will be set up at the Marriott Marquis & Marina to let fans take eye-catching photos with replicas of Splatoon 2 weapons. Two professional Splatoon 2 cosplayers, Heidi O’Ferrall (@AtelierHeidi) and Leo Camacho (@LeoZombie), will even visit the booth at select times to celebrate the game’s launch and take photos with fans. The first 20 fans per day that show up to the Splatoon 2 photo booth in Splatoon costumes will receive game-themed gifts.
Finally, it wouldn't be a Nintendo press release for an expo without a word from Bowser - well, Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, but you knew that already, right?
Bringing our games and experiences directly to the fans is very important to us. Since San Diego Comic-Con is full of so many Nintendo fans of all ages, it’s the perfect place to let everyone enjoy many of our upcoming games.
It seems like San Diego will have quite a lot to offer Nintendo fans next week; are you planning to go along?