Nintendo is heading to Comic-Con in San Diego to bring a collection of fun games and engaging events directly to fans. Visitors will be able to enjoy hands-on time with Super Smash Bros. for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, as well as additional upcoming 2014 games like Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2 and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Add to this an exciting multiday stream of live game-play challenges on the Nintendo Twitch channel and a host of other fun activities, and you have Nintendo’s biggest presence at Comic-Con ever.
“Nintendo fans are going to have a great time with what we have planned for San Diego Comic-Con this year, whether they are attending the event or watching at home from across the country,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “From first hands-on opportunities to tournaments and a fun live stream, we want to make sure that everyone has a great time experiencing Nintendo at the show.”
Nintendo’s hub at San Diego Comic-Con will be located at the Nintendo Gaming Lounge on the first floor of the Marriott Marquis & Marina hotel, an area open to the general public, so even fans who don’t have a Comic-Con badge can get in on the fun. The playable games scheduled to appear include:
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS from Nintendo
- Pokémon Art Academy from Nintendo
- Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney from Nintendo
- Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal from SEGA
- THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL from Square Enix, Inc.
- Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games (Nintendo eShop)
- Siesta Fiesta from Mojo Bones Ltd. (Nintendo eShop)
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U from Nintendo
- Hyrule Warriors from Nintendo
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker from Nintendo
- Yoshi’s Woolly World from Nintendo
- Mario Kart 8 from Nintendo
- Bayonetta 2 from Nintendo
- Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric from SEGA
- Just Dance 2015 from Ubisoft
- Skylanders Trap Team from Activision
- Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games (Nintendo eShop)
- 1001 Spikes from Nicalis (Nintendo eShop)
- Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition from DrinkBox Studios (Nintendo eShop)
Visitors to the Nintendo Gaming Lounge will also be able to view a display of amiibo, figures modeled after Nintendo characters that will interact with compatible Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games. A special area themed after Tomodachi Life will also be available, where visitors can recharge their minds, bodies and Nintendo 3DS systems. In addition to the Nintendo Gaming Lounge, Nintendo will have a booth at the San Diego Convention Center dedicated entirely to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
On July 25 and July 26, Nintendo will stream Nintendo Challenge Live, a stage show hosted from the Nintendo Gaming Lounge that features intense tournament competition and awesome game-play challenges from some of the hottest upcoming games on Nintendo platforms. Fans can open their browsers to http://www.twitch.tv/nintendo to catch all of the action and stick around for hours to soak in all the festivities.
Nintendo will be hosting its first-ever tournament for the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS game. Tournament slots are limited for the one-day event, and fans will be able to sign up the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis. The full tournament will be streamed athttp://www.twitch.tv/nintendo. The tournament will be conducted using the E3 version of the game. This version represents a game still in development and may not represent the final quality and balance of the game, which launches on Oct. 3.
Mario Kart 8 is already one of the best-selling Wii U games of all time, and the love for the game and franchise will be well-represented at Comic-Con. Racers who visit the Nintendo Gaming Lounge will be able to compete in local Mario Kart 8 competitions. The bracket-style competitions will pit 32 players against each other. The winner of each local competition will then be invited to take on racers around the world using the online tournament feature ofMario Kart 8. Players at home can join the online tournaments with a chance to face off against the local champions. The online tournament codes and schedule will be announced via Nintendo’s social media channels in the future.
Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8 aren’t the only franchises with unique activities at Comic-Con. Bayonetta fans will want to make sure they mark their calendars for a screening of the new animated film Bayonetta: Bloody Fate from FUNimation Entertainment. The stylized animated movie follows the powerful witch Bayonetta as she battles the forces of heaven to regain her memory. The feature film will screen Friday, July 25, at 9:35 p.m. PT in Marriott Hall Room 4 at the Marriott Marquis & Marina hotel.
My comic con isn’t till September. I would go to San Diego, but not enough vacation days left… Hopefully they release a demo for Super Smash on the E shop.
So you don’t need any booking or reservation to play smash bros?
Nintendo finally started to realize they need a presence everywhere
I have lived in San Diego my entire life and I still haven’t gone to comic con. Tickets are hard to get.
Wait you don’t need tickets?? Finally my summer won’t be boring! I actually went to the Marriott hotel to play the Wii U four month before it was released. That was an experience. This is gonna be awesome.
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Nintendo always goes to the same places/events/cities. The same people goes to them every year. And the same people gets left out every year (like me).
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