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The Nintendo PAX West 2016 lineup is indie-heavy

The Nintendo PAX West 2016 line-up sees the return of Nindies@Night, plus Pokémon Sun and Moon and Dragon Quest VII.

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Gamescom 2016 is over, but it’s only a short hop – in terms of time at least; it’s a bloody long way to Seattle – until PAX West 2016. Penny Arcade’s premier West Coast expo is less than two weeks away, running September 2-5 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, and the exhibitors are starting to let us know exactly what to expect.

After a fairly idiosyncratic expo showing so far this year – with an all-Zelda lineup at E3 2016 and virtually no Zelda at Gamescom (yet it still won the best in show award) – the Nintendo PAX West 2016 line-up is heavy on the indie, with the return of Nintendo’s free Nindies@Night event to kick off the weekend, with a selection of those games available to play at the Nintendo Indie Lounge on the main show floor.

Here’s the full skinny from the Nintendo PAX West 2016 press release:

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  • Nindies@Night: For the second year, Nintendo will kick off its PAX West activities with an event at the EMP Museum in Seattle. The event is free and open to the public and will give people a chance to sample both first playable and anticipated video games from our Nindie community. Playable games include Axiom Verge (Thomas Happ Games), Jotun: Valhalla Edition (Thunder Lotus Games), Shantae Half-Genie Hero (WayForward/XSEED), Severed (Drinkbox Studios), World to the West (Rain Games), FAST Racing NEO – NEO Future Pack (Shin’en) and SteamWorld Heist (Image & Form) for the Wii U console, and Runbow Pocket (13AM Games), Punch Club (tiny Build Games), Severed (Drinkbox Studios), Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 (INTI CREATES), Noitu Love: Devolution (MP2 Games) and Gurumin: A Monsterous Adventure (Mastiff) for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Attendees will also have the chance to snag some giveaways and prizes, while supplies last. Additionally, all attendees will have access to EMP’s Indie Game Revolution exhibit, which includes newly installed titles from the Nintendo independent community. The Nindies@Night event takes place 8 p.m.-midnight on Sept. 1 at the EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N in Seattle.
  • Indie Lounge at PAX West: For anyone who wasn’t able to make it to the Nindies@Night event, we are bringing the same playable Nindie content to PAX West in the convention center on the sixth floor in Room 612. Developers will be there to demonstrate their games and answer questions, and giveaway free swag. Indie Lounge hours are noon-9 p.m. Friday to Sunday, and noon-6 p.m. on Monday.
  • Nintendo’s Booth: PAX West attendees can swing by the Nintendo booth (South Hall, Booth No. 2335) to check out a variety of fun games and products. In addition to a number of fun activities themed to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Nintendo plans to have playable versions of theDragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and YO-KAI WATCH 2 games on hand. Additionally, visitors can check out cool displays of amiibo figures and the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition hardware, which launches Nov. 11.
  • Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Photo Experience: A photo booth will be set up at the Nintendo booth for fans to take some fun photos with two legendary Pokémon and Pokémon trainers. Additionally, fans who pre-order Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon onsite will receive a collectable gift.
  • Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past Developer Discussion: The producer of Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past from Square Enix will host a game-focused developer discussion at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 at the Hydra Theater.

So in addition to the indie focus, the Nintendo PAX West 2016 schedule will also bring with it Pokémon Sun and Moon, Dragon Quest VII, the NES Classic Edition and of course, plenty of amiibo. No mention of Breath of the Wild, though; the idiosyncrasy continues.


Looking for details on PAX West 2016? Visit their official site.

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