Pokémon, Dragon Quest, Luigi’s Mansion at Nintendo’s PAX West Both

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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.

Nintendo’s Full PAX West 2018 Lineup

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Nintendo has announced all the games they’re bringing and events they’re hosting at PAX West 2018. PAX West takes place this weekend, Aug. 31 – Sep. 3.

“Many of our biggest fans descend on Seattle every year to celebrate video games at PAX West,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior VP of Marketing. “It’s the perfect venue for us to interact directly with our fans with fun activities and engaging hands-on demos with some our upcoming games.”

Here is the full list of Switch games that will be playable at Nintendo’s booth on the show floor (#1939, South Hall).

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Super Mario Party
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
  • SNK Heroines

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the marquee game and one of the most anticipated games of the year. A giant mural at the Nintendo Booth will feature all the announced fighters, and Nintendo is encouraging fans and cosplayers to take pictures in front of it.

On Friday (Aug. 31), fans will get a chance to meet Kit and Krysta from the Nintendo Minute online show. During the event, fans will get to play Super Mario Party with the hosts and be part of an upcoming episode for the first 30 attendees. Details about the time and location of the event will be announced this week.

On Friday and Saturday (Sep. 1), Nintendo is hosting a Trainer Battle scavenger hunt around the convention and surrounding Seattle area. The Nintendo twitter account will tweet clues and photos of locations. There you will find two Nintendo street team members dressed as Pokémon Trainers. You’ll be able to “battle” them by answering a trivia question and receive a special item.

Also on Saturday, the Pkachu and Eevee official costumed characters will make an appearance at the Sheraton Seattle hotel.

Ahead of the convention, Nintendo will release a new Nindies Showcase tomorrow, Aug. 28, that will announce multiple new indie games coming to Switch.

PAX West 2018 takes place Aug. 31 – Sep. 3 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA.

PAX West 2018 Reveals Dates, Tickets Almost Sold Out

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It’s nearly impossible to write a timely news post on PAX West. Each year tickets sell out within minutes, and this year was no exception. As of right now only single-day tickets for Monday remain available.

PAX West 2018 will take place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA on Aug. 31 – Sep 3. Single-day badges are $50 each, though only Monday, the final day of the convention, remains.

“PAX West is where it all started, so whenever we have a chance to invite people into our home it’s just a good feeling,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade. “Purely as a word advice, I would briefly minimize this window and try to get tickets as soon as you can. They tend to go fast.”

PAX West 2018 is the 14th incarnation of the original gaming convention that began in Seattle by webcomic Penny Arcade. Now run by event company ReedPOP, PAX has since spawned multiple annual conventions around the United States, from Boston to Texas, and Australia.

PAX West (once simply called PAX, then PAX Prime) remains the largest of the PAX conventions, and certainly the biggest gaming event in the west coast. It spans eight buildings in downtown Seattle. It features multiple exhibition halls with develoeprs and publishers presenting new and upcoming games. You can also find autograph signings with YouTube and Twitch stars, esports tournaments, professional panels, live concerts, and freeplay areas for consoles, PC, and tabletop games.

The full PAX West 2018 schedule has not yet been revealed. Non-attendees can still watch many of the tournaments and panels at PAX thanks to multiple twitch channels that broadcast the live event.

PAX West 2018 will take place Aug. 31 – Sep 3 in Seattle.