The annual PAX West gaming convention in Seattle, WA is fast approaching: Aug. 30 – Sept 2. Nintendo has unveiled their lineup of games and activities at their booth on the show floor. As usual they’re showcasing upcoming Switch games such as Luigi’s Mansion 3, Dragon Quest XI S, and Pokémon Sword and Shield.
“PAX is one of our favorite events to attend, since we get to bring upcoming games and experiences directly to our fans,” said Nick Chavez, Senior Vice President, Nintendo of America. “We have a robust lineup of new, high-quality games coming to Nintendo Switch throughout 2019. Our booth at PAX West is a great opportunity for fans to try out just a taste of some of these incredible games before they launch later this year.”
The following games will be playable at the Nintendo booth (#1939):
- Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Oct. 31)
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Sept. 20)
- Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield (Nov. 15)
- Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition (Sept. 27)
- Daemon X Machina (Sept. 13)
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition (Oct. 15)
- Minecraft Dungeons (Q2 2020)
In addition to demo stations, the booth will feature a Luigi statue for photos and a handcrafted diorama of the world of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. All three color versions of the new Nintendo Switch Lite (Sept. 20) will be on display as well.
Those interested in Dragon Quest will want to attend (or more likely, stream) the Square Enix hosted developer panel called Dragon Quest Then & Now: Echoes Through the Ages. The panel looks at how the developers maintain the series’ classic roots while catering to a modern-day RPG audience. The panel begins at 10:30 am Pacific in the Raven Theatre at the nearby Hyatt Regency, and will be streamed live at twitch.tv.
PAX West 2019 will take place Aug. 30 – Sept. 2. Currently only Monday tickets are still available.
The full schedule of panels, tournaments, and events at PAX West 2019 has been revealed. The mega-popular annual gaming convention takes place later this month, Friday August 30 – Monday, September 2 in Seattle, Washington.
Most tickets are sold out, but you can still grab Friday-only, and Monday-only badges.
PAX West 2019’s schedule includes panels and podcasts from big gaming websites and YouTubers including Giant Bomb, IGN, and Mega64. Event panels include AAA developers on upcoming games, such as Gearbox and Borderlands 3 (Friday, 1pm Pacific) and Square Enix on Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers on Sunday (2:30 pm Pacific). Gaming-themed concerts, tournaments, and other events can be found throughout the weekend.
“I love PAX West because we get to have a one-of-a-kind event that’s focused on our fans, and has so many incredible games and live events in once place” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade. “Also, we’re the only show where you can see the show organizers get up on stage dressed in fantasy costumes and play Dungeons and Dragons.” The live D&D show Acquisistions Incorporated takes place Friday at 7:30 pm Pacific.
The show floor features booths from the biggest publishers in gaming down to tiny indie developers. Big names in attendance include Nintendo, PlayStation, Ubisoft, and Capcom.
PAX is produced by Penny Arcade in conjunction with event planner ReedPOP. Several PAX conventions are hosted throughout the year around the country, as well as in Australia. PAX West remains the original PAX convention and the most popular, with tickets selling out almost instantly. Many events and panels will be live streamed throughout the weekend via official PAX Twitch and YouTube channels.
ReedPOP and Penny Arcade have announced the dates for PAX West 2019 and PAX Unplugged 2019. PAX West will take place August 30 – September 2 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. PAX Unplugged, which will be the 50th PAX convention, has been bumped one week later from last year, running December 6 – 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
“When we came up with all this, I don’t think we could ever have imagined putting on 50 of these events and counting,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, PAX and Penny Arcade. “We can’t wait to welcome the gaming community to our home in Seattle this summer, and to our Winter Lair in Philadelphia this December. We hope you’ll be able to join us.”
PAX West is the most attended gaming convention on the West Coast. It features an exhibition hall, a competitive PAX Arena, industry panels, autographs signings with streamers, concerts, and other attractions.
The third annual PAX Unplugged convention focuses entirely on tabletop games. For 2019 the convention will expand into a larger expo hall to fit even more board games, card games, and tabletop RPGs. PAX Unplugged also features live shows and panels with designers.
PAX Unplugged 2019 badges will go on sale May 9. PAX West 2019 tickets will go on sale later this month.