Nintendo has been a staunch supporter of the UK's Hyper Japan festival for a good few years now, but for 2016's event the company is really pulling out all of the stops.
As well as turning part of its stand into a replica of Yo-Kai Watch's town of Springdale - complete with a dancing Jibanyan and hidden Yo-Kai to track down - Nintendo will be celebrating the launch of Monster Hunter Generations on 3DS, showing off Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past for the first time in the UK and holding a special Fire Emblem cosplay contest. Oh, and Pikachu's going to be there, too.
Hyper Japan takes place from Friday 15th July until Sunday 17th July 2016 at the Olympia, London. Here's the feature-packed press release, which should be read only after taking a really deep breath:
In a true celebration of the Japanese phenomenon YO-KAI WATCH Nintendo will be inviting visitors to step into Springdale, offering them a fully immersive experience and the chance to get involved with a host of YO-KAI WATCH themed activities. Starting today, Nintendo UK is hosting a unique Fan Art Contest, challenging you to share your artistic interpretation of your favourite Yo-kai in a bid to win a one-off YO-KAI WATCH prize bundle and have your art prominently showcased on the Nintendo booth at HYPER JAPAN Festival 2016 for all visitors to admire. For more details on how to get involved, Click here.
During HYPER JAPAN Festival 2016, you will have the chance to wander the town of Springdale, take part in the iconic YO-KAI WATCH dance with Jibanyan in front of a green screen with the opportunity for you to share your creation directly to your social channels*, as well as take part in a Yo-kai Stamp Quest, a mission whereby the first 300 people each day to spot ten hidden Yo-kai located around Springdale on the Nintendo booth (and receive a stamp for each Yo-kai they spot, as well as a stamp for playing the game on the booth) will be rewarded with a YO-KAI WATCH Medal Mystery Bag! Everyone that completes the Yo-kai Stamp Quest will also have the opportunity to enter into a prize draw raffle for a chance to win a host of special YO-KAI WATCH goodies.
With 2016 being an epic year for RPG offerings on Nintendo 3DS, visitors will be able to get hands-on with some of the best of them, as Nintendo's booth will feature a wide selection of #3DSAdventures.
Celebrating the launch weekend of Capcom's Monster Hunter Generations a sprawling action RPG, Nintendo has a whole host of activities planned. As well as being playable on the Nintendo booth, budding hunters can download the Monster Hunter Generations demo from 30th June on the Nintendo eShop and bring their Nintendo 3DS family system to hunt with other players to slay in style. You will also have the chance to follow the action as expert players take to the stage, as well as pose with a Prowler and a host of props in a special Monster Hunter Generations photo set on the Nintendo booth.
DRAGON QUEST VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past will be playable for the first time in the UK exclusively at HYPER JAPAN Festival 2016. Visitors will get the opportunity to travel to the past to save the present in this timeless quest, completely revamped from the ground up for the Nintendo 3DS.
Nintendo UK has today launched a Fire Emblem Cosplay Contest that will give all entrants the opportunity to showcase their creations on the main stage in the Nintendo booth. Those participating will be able to take to the catwalk before an overall winner is decided. The winning entry will receive a whole host of Fire Emblem goodies. To find out more on how to enter click here. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest and Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation will all be playable on the Nintendo booth, in addition to other #3DSAdventures games that include Hyrule Warriors: Legends, Bravely Second: End Layer and Final Fantasy Explorers.
Pikachu is also set to make an appearance at HYPER JAPAN Festival 2016 in celebration of the Year of Pokémon. Fans will be able to get a special distribution of Shiny Xerneas (Level 100) for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Be sure to head to the Year of Pokémon area on the Nintendo booth to get your unique download code. Players can also expect to take a walk down Pokémon memory lane to trigger warm feelings of nostalgia, as well as get hands on with some of the most recent Pokémon games including the action packed Pokkén Tournament for Wii U, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon and Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow .
Phew! That's a lot of stuff to get through. Will you be attending Hyper Japan this year? If not, will Nintendo's activity at the event tempt you to change your mind?
.....and a first look at Nintendo's new console.
@zool I don't think so, Hyper Japan ain't big enough.
Count me in! ^_^ Haha if Nintendo are to have a big part of this, there'll be lots of fun to be had. Will my Inkling cosplay be enough to compete? Haha.
No Zelda, and London as usual.
If they had the Zelda demo I would be there so fast. Pretty disappointing to not offer UK residents the chance to try it
@Peace-Boy I suspect that will be happening at Tokyo Game Show.
@Matclip But how would they reveal it in the west? Tokyo Game Show is Japan only.
@Vegaphil I think they'll have Breath of the Wild ready for EGX in Birmingham instead. (September)
Yay, Mario Kart 8. At least for non gamer will know what it called Awesome Wacky racing games with Anti-Gravity feature. Who can't stop looking at GBA Ribbon Road, Big Blue, GCN Baby Park tracks ?
Yeah, I don't think I'm gonna be interested in any future Nintendo conferences unless there's something about NX.
I'm so there. Fire Emblem Cosplay? Yes.
@Peace-Boy Wish egx was still in London. ;-;
That looks fun. I've never been to these sorts of shoes before.
@Jazzer94 I'm glad it's in Birmingham, because I live really far away from London and Birmingham is just that little bit nearer than London.
Manchester would have been even more nearer though. :/
It's also my first time going this year, can't wait.
@crimsontadpoles (Laughs) Shoes? Yeah, you'll love these shoes, they play the games for you even! XD
@Peace-Boy Yeah I can see how it better for northerners to have a more centralised location but it was so easy for me to get to before.
@Peace-Boy Lol, the NX is a foot wearable confirmed. Either that or I meant to say shows but can't type today.
@crimsontadpoles Your shoes are the NX controller, that would probably make The Bit Block happy. He's so obsessed with shoes. XD
@Peace-Boy That's like saying "How will they reveal it in Japan, E3 is US Only.". If it's revealed at TGS, it's still going to be revealed to the world. . Besides, after the reveal at TGS, they could easily bring everything NX related to EGX since it's literally the following weekend. This way they have their official reveal, followed by an English blowout.
@TsukiDeity I hope you're right. When I looked at the dates for TGS, I thought it would be really crazy if it was revealed then and then they had the NX playable the following week in the UK. I wonder how long it takes to get these things set up for events like that.
It would be even crazier that the UK would get to try out the NX before the US too, which I think is a first, right? When's the next US games event after September?
@Peace-Boy I would imagine the NX will be revealed via a Direct for Europe Japan and US all at the same time. Maybe just before TGS or while TGS is happening. Or maybe in January next year, no idea.
@Peace-Boy Ah, let me correct that statement. I suspect that it will be REVEALED through a Nintendo Direct, where all eyes are on them rather than on all of the gaming companies (E3, TGS, etc.). What I was meaning in reference to TGS is that I suspect that will be the first time anyone outside of Nintendo will get to actually put their hands on it.
@Matclip I actually doubt it will be a Nintendo Direct, they're not as big as E3 and other events.
What about Dragon Quest VIII?
@Peace-Boy Eh, the internet and social media, times have changed. Youtube and the like get more attention and views than E3-like events. I doubt it will be revealed at a large event, but we shall see
@Matclip Nintendo doesn't have as much popularity as the other companies, compare their subscribers on YouTube as well as their Twitch followers, Twitter followers and Facebook likes.
Doing an event can help gain popularity for them, though they also need to advertise more.
@Peace-Boy Hmm. Youtube was just an example I was using to point out the scope of internet coverage. But, during their E3 live event, which started the day after the other companies, they had the top viewer count on twitch streams. That's the point I'm making with them doing something around an event rather than right at prime time of it while the other companies are also presenting. I'm just basing that on recent Nintendo trends, I could certainly be wrong.
@Matclip A reveal with a Nintendo Direct is certainly a possibility, but the problem with Nintendo Directs are that they simply preache to the choir. Nintendo is going to want to catch the eyes of PS, Xbox, PC fans and the mainstream audience.
Sure gaming website will check out Direct, but big events will get mainstream media coverage.
Who knows though, we'll have to wait and see.
@Peace-Boy It really doesn't take them that long to set these things up, even if it does, they could simply send a second team to set of the EGX stuff while the TGS crew packs everything up. That way the key devs can just fly in.
As for big events in the US after September... I think the next big one is Dice Summit in February of 2017.
@TsukiDeity Oh, cool. Thanks for the info.
Doesn't the US have PAX? I have no idea when that happens though.
Oh your right, there is PAX west at the beginning of September. Maybe we'll get some news there. PAX is indeed a big deal, but I'm not sure if it's big with the mainstream media.
September does seem like the perfect time to announce the system and get great coverage and hands-on in the US, UK and Japan.
Tap here to load 32 comments
Leave A Comment
Hold on there, you need to login to post a comment...