Between now and the Tokyo Game Show in late September, there is another show called PAX Prime hosted by Penny-Arcade in Seattle, Washington. You have probably heard of it before and that’s good because Nintendo dropped some of their plans for PAX Prime.
PAX Prime will take place from August 29th through September 1st at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Nintendo has a few things planned including a Super Smash Brothers Tournament as well as a Hyrule Warriors Event that sounds a lot like a Zelda Bash.
The Hyrule Warriors Event will feature prizes at random, encourages cosplay as your favorite Zelda character and does not require a PAX Pass to enter. Entrance only requires that you take a picture with a specific backdrop at the door and hash-tag a specific and unknown at this time tag.
There also will be a Pokemon area set up where trainers will be able to battle and trade with each other.
Games that will be present include:
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
Stealth Inc. 2
Swords and Soldiers 2
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Pokemon Art Academy
Azure Striker GUNVOLT
Nintendo has recently been known as a company that has been absent from big presentations and rather having a show-room floor with their games for folks to not just look at but to play. The past two E3’s, Nintendo decided to host their show via Nintendo Direct, which is essentially their news format since abandoning production of Nintendo Power magazine. This year, while Nintendo had booths at Gamescom, they were absent from doing a keynote for two years in a ro.
In essence, the Penny Arcade Expo’s are perfect places for Nintendo to make their presence. All in all it has been a great year for Nintendo. I dubbed them this years’ winner at E3 and at the end of E3 and Gamescom, retailers noted spikes in sales for the Wii U console and pre-orders. It is hard to imagine that Nintendo would fail to yet again see a benefit from PAX Prime, and with PAX South looming in early 2015, it is hard to imagine that Nintendo will not be repeating their success.