On August 27, from 8 p.m. to midnight, anyone in the Seattle area will be able to attend a special event put on by Nintendo and the EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum. (That’s the Thursday before PAX Prime, so chances are there will be a lot of game fans in the area.) The EMP already hosts an Indie Game Revolution exhibit (created in partnership with Pixelkin), which will be open during the event. The exhibit details the history of games in Seattle, and has a lot of neat games that you can try out. 

The event, dubbed “Nindies@Night,” will celebrate independent games and developers who appear on the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS consoles. There will be a lounge where guests can play 19 different games, a presentation from some of the developers, multiplayer competitions, prize giveaways, and (most importantly) food and drinks. On top of all that, admission is free. It’s on a first-come-first-serve basis, however, so prepare for lines.

Damon Baker, Nintendo of America’s Senior Marketing Manager of Publisher and Developer Relations, said that “support from our esteemed ‘Nindie’ developers on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS continues to surprise and delight our fans. We’re thrilled to highlight these partners in collaboration with EMP and kick off the expo weekend in the best way possible—by playing new games together with friends.”

“The independent video game community is producing some of the most diverse, innovative and exciting experiences in gaming,” added Jacob McMurray, EMP Senior Curator. “EMP is excited to work with Nintendo on this event that celebrates their vision and gives fans a unique opportunity to explore these creative works and understand their creators.”

If you can’t make it to the EMP event, Nintendo will also be at PAX, of course. They will have a “Nindies” lounge at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, which partners with PAX that weekend to host events and con-goers. The hotel is just a block away from the Seattle Convention Center.

This article was written by

Keezy is a gamer, illustrator, and designer. Her background is in teaching and tutoring kids from ages 9 to 19, and she's led workshops for young women in STEM. She is also holds a certificate in teaching English. Her first memory of gaming is when her dad taught her to play the first Warcraft when she was five. You can find her at Key of Zee and on Twitter @KeezyBees.