Like many other video game publishers, Nintendo will be attending the PAX Prime expo taking place in Seattle, Washington from August 30 through September 2. However, Nintendo is planning more than just putting up a few playable kiosks; numerous 3DS and Wii U games will be making their public, playable debut for North American gamers, and a store will be set up selling the latest and greatest in Nintendo games and paraphernalia, but the centerpiece of the show is looking to be The Wonderful 101.
On Sunday, September 1, Nintendo will be hosting a special panel dedicated to the upcoming game with its director, the oft praised and outspoken Hideki Kamiya, who will discuss how the game came to be. Furthermore, the aforementioned store will be stocked with 101 copies of the The Wonderful 101 each day of the show, giving quick enough gamers a couple week head-start before the game hits regular retailers on September 15.
Zelda fans will also be in for a treat as a separate area is being set up to celebrate Wind Waker HD and A Link Between Worlds. This will also include a convention-wide scavenger hunt with Wind Waker inspired t-shirts being the prize.
For those looking to get a sneak peek at a plethora of upcoming games, the following titles will be playable at Nintendo’s booth:
- Super Mario 3D World
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
- The Wonderful 101
- Bayonetta 2
- Pikmin 3
- Rayman Legends from Ubisoft
- Sonic Lost World from SEGA
- Q.U.B.E. Director’s Cut from Toxic Games (Nintendo eShop)
- Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games (Nintendo eShop)
- Armillo from Fuzzy Wuzzy Games Inc. (Nintendo eShop)
- A World of Keflings from NinjaBee (Nintendo eShop)
- Pokémon X and Pokémon Y
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
- Mii Force for StreetPass Mii Plaza
- Flower Town for StreetPass Mii Plaza
- Warrior’s Way for StreetPass Mii Plaza
- Monster Manor for StreetPass Mii Plaza
- Scribblenauts Unmasked from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Sonic Lost World from SEGA
- Summer Carnival ’92: RECCA from Naxat Soft (Virtual Console, Nintendo eShop)
- Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse from WayForward (Nintendo eShop)
- Retro City Rampage from Vblank Entertainment Inc. (Nintendo eShop)
Not only does this list offer an impressive array of titles, but I think a few other things stand out about this list. First, the prevalence of eShop titles is yet another example of Nintendo’s outreach to smaller developers. Second, I’m pretty sure this is the first major opportunity for gamers to get a close up look at Pokémon X and Y. Last, and most interesting to me, is this is the first we have heard of a 3DS port of Retro City Rampage, something that personally has me excited.
If you want the opportunity to check out all these exciting games and activities, then I hope you bought your tickets a while ago, because PAX Prime is sold out.