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Nintendo and The Pokémon Company are kicking off a promotional tour around the United States for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, beginning with PAX West next weekend. Galar Visitors Centers are pop-up locations that feature tour guides, photo opportunities, and themed swag.
“Discovering a new region is part of the fun of diving into a new Pokémon adventure,” said Nick Chavez, Senior VP, Nintendo of America. “With this tourism-themed activity, we want fans of all ages to explore the region and learn about the people, places and things that make Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield so special.”
Visitors will be able to participate in fun activities and earn promotional items like postcards and brochures. If you show proof of pre-ordering the games, you can receive a special luggage tag. There will also be numerous Galar-themed photo opportunities.
The first Galar Visitors Center will appear at the PAX West show floor in the Washington State Convention Center. Although the Visitors Centers themselves won’t actually feature demos of the games to play, the Nintendo booth at PAX will feature playable demos.
Locations for the Galar Visitors Centers are very limited, but more locations will be added in the future.
- PAX West (Seattle, WA), Aug. 30 – Sept. 2.
- Lost Angeles County Fair (Pomona, CA), Sept. 11-15.
- State Fair of Texas (Dallas, TX), Oct. 10-14.
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Sony may be pulling out completely but Nintendo will still be in full attendance at E3 2019, which takes place next week on June 11-13. The show floor will show off big upcoming games like Pokémon Sword and Shield, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order.
As usual, Nintendo will kick off the official convention times with a Nintendo Direct on Tuesday, June 11 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern. The Direct will focus entirely on games coming out later this year. Following the Direct will be a Nintendo Treehouse Live broadcast. It will showcase several new and upcoming Nintendo games. The Treehouse will return on Wednesday and again on Thursday, at the same time. The Thursday stream will focus on indie games.
As previously announced, Nintendo will feature multiple tournaments during E3, including the Splatoon 2 World Championship and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Championship.
Newly announced is a Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational. Four members of the Super Mario Maker community have been invited to compete in a gauntlet of Super Mario Maker 2 courses. The tournaments are hosted at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, starting at 10 am. Admission is free but space is limited.
On the show floor the following announced games will be playable by attendees: Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Luigi’s Mansion 3, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. Nintendo will utilize a new Warp Pipe Pass as a fast pass system. The Warp Pipe Pass will allow attendees to reserve times to play games rather than wait in long lines.
“The 2019 lineup for Nintendo Switch aims to deliver smiles with many different unique games and experiences,” said Doug Bowser, president, Nintendo of America. “Games available this holiday season will be the focus of our booth, and no matter where you live, you can participate in the fun events by watching Nintendo Treehouse: Live during E3 or visiting Nintendo Early Access events at Best Buy, which have a focus on Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order.”
If you’re not going to E3 next week, you can still take advantage of an eShop Sale. The digital sale on Switch and 3DS games starts June 11 and runs through June 18.