Nintendo Invites Everyone to Enjoy Its Summer Paradise at San Diego Comic-Con

Experience Nintendo Games and Activities at the Play Nintendo
Family Lounge

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–If you’re heading to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con between July 21 and
July 24, Nintendo invites you to the Play Nintendo Family Lounge to
experience the latest and greatest video games, compete in tournaments
for a chance to win prizes (while supplies last) and take photos with
iconic characters. This must-see space will be on the first floor of the
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, just a few steps away from the San
Diego Convention Center. When visiting, you will be surrounded by all of
your favorite characters and franchises, including Splatoon,
Mario Kart and Pokémon, as well as new and upcoming games like YO-KAI
, Style
Savvy: Fashion Forward
and more. Additionally, San Diego
Comic-Con attendees with a show badge can also visit Nintendo’s Booth in
the San Diego Convention Center to get inked through various Splatoon
game-play activities and competitions.

The Play
Nintendo Tour
, which has been traveling the country all summer, will
be integrated into the Play Nintendo Family Lounge. The one-of-a-kind
tour offers a fun and engaging way for gamers to experience the hottest Nintendo
games. You’ll be able to hop into a Yoshi egg to play Yoshi’s
New Island
, recline on a giant banana while checking out Donkey
Kong Country Returns 3D
or relax in a pink beanbag chair to play Kirby:
Planet Robobot
. Your inner shutterbug will be in heaven as you
take photos next to a huge Kirby figure, beside an oversized Yoshi egg,
inside a barrel flanked by Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, under a blue
Spiny Shell from Mario
Kart 7
or next to a giant Poké Ball from Pokémon
Omega Ruby
and Pokémon
Alpha Sapphire

“San Diego Comic-Con is the perfect venue for fans of all ages to
experience what Nintendo has to offer,” said Cindy Gordon, Nintendo of
America’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “This year, we have such
a wide variety of activities to take part in that there’s truly
something for everyone.”

The Play Nintendo Family Lounge will be open to the public July 21-23
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and July 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The current
schedule of events includes the following:

  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 12 & Under Tournament
    (July 23): Nintendo fans that are 12 years old or younger and have
    parental consent can participate in a Super
    Smash Bros. for Wii U
    tournament at 2 p.m. on July 23. The
    tournament will be live-streamed on the Nintendo Twitch channel, so
    even people that can’t be there have a chance to keep an eye on the
    action. Tournament slots are limited for the one-day event, and fans
    will be able to sign up the day of the event on a first-come,
    first-served basis. The Grand and First Prize winners will each
    receive a prize pack filled with Nintendo products and merchandise.
  • The Play Nintendo Challenge (July 21-22, July 24): Play through
    three elimination rounds composed of three different Wii
    games (Splatoon, Mario
    Kart 8
    and Pokkén
    ) in a group to see if you can emerge victorious!
    Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The Play
    Nintendo Challenge runs all day and takes less than 30 minutes to
    complete. Winners will receive an exclusive champion Nintendo T-shirt.
    Players who participate may receive other giveaways while supplies
    last based on how far they make it in the challenge.
  • YO-KAI WATCH Voice Actor Event (July 22): Actors
    Alicyn Packard, J.W. Terry and Melissa Hutchison, who provide the
    voices for Jibanyan, Whisper and Komasan, respectively, in the YO-KAI
    video game and animated TV series, will be conducting a
    Q&A session, doing live voice demos and a table read of a scene from
    Season 2 of the animated TV series from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. PT. Select
    attendees will also have an opportunity to receive an autograph or
    take photos with the actors.
  • Pokémon Fan Gathering Area (July 21-24): Meet up with fellow
    Pokémon fans to trade Pokémon, pick up some cool swag (while supplies
    last) and relax in a Pokémon gaming zone. The gathering area will be
    open during show hours.
  • Photo Opportunities (July 21-24): At various times during all
    four days, popular characters like Mario, Luigi, Pikachu, Kirby and
    Jibanyan from the YO-KAI WATCH series will make surprise
    appearances to take photos with fans.

And, of course, there will be playable Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games
available during all days of the convention. These include:

Nintendo 3DS

  • Monster
    Hunter Generations
    from Capcom – Launching July 15
  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force – Launching Aug. 19
  • Style Savvy: Fashion Forward – Launching Aug. 19
  • Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice from SEGA – Launching Sept. 27
  • YO-KAI WATCH 2 – Launching Sept. 30
  • YO-KAI WATCH – Now available
  • Yoshi’s New Island – Now available
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – Now available
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot – Now available
  • Mario Kart 7 – Now available
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby / Pokémon Alpha Sapphire – Now available
  • New
    Super Mario Bros. 2
    – Now available

Wii U

  • Splatoon – Now available
  • Mario Kart 8 – Now available
  • Pokkén Tournament – Now available

On the San Diego Comic-Con show floor, attendees with a badge will be
able to get inked by playing a variety of modes in the Splatoon game
from July 21 to July 24 at the Nintendo booth (BOOTH #235).

  • Splatoon Multiplayer Battles (July 21-24): Fans
    of the kid or squid variety can show off their Splatoon
    skills in 4v4 multiplayer matches throughout the day.
  • Splatoon Splatfest (July 22-23): On Friday and
    Saturday, come enjoy the last Splatfest competition by battling for
    Callie or Marie in Splatoon.
  • Splatoon amiibo Challenges (July 21-24):
    Get an up-close view of the latest amiibo lineup for Splatoon
    and experience the challenges and bonus content that they unlock.

Visitors to the Play Nintendo Family Lounge will be able to experience
the YO-KAI WATCH 2 game before it is released. When the game
launches on Sept. 30, fans will have multiple purchase options. In
addition to being able to select between YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony
 and YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls – each
version featuring a select number of unique Yo-kai to befriend and
battle – players will also receive special bonuses depending on whether
they buy the physical or digital versions. Picking up a physical version
in stores will net you an exclusive Yo-kai Medal from Hasbro that gives
Jibanyan a powerful new in-game Soultimate Move when scanned into the
game. Meanwhile, downloading the digital version will allow players the
opportunity to battle and befriend new Yo-kai: Sailornyan or Robonyan
F. The Yo-kai and Medals will also be different based on the version of
the game purchased.

Style Savvy: Fashion Forward, the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game that
lets you take the fashion world by storm, launches Aug. 19, but you
don’t have to wait until then to play. A free demo for the game will be
available in Nintendo eShop starting Aug. 4, but visitors to the Play
Nintendo Family Lounge get an opportunity to check it out early. Kicking
off on Aug. 5, fans with the demo can participate in the first Style
Savvy: Fashion Forward
Miiverse contest themed “Black and White,”
which asks fashion designers in the making to submit their best look
based on the contest theme for bragging rights. Similar Style Savvy:
Fashion Forward
contests will be hosted through Miiverse after
launch. More details about these contests will be announced in the

The Play Nintendo Family Lounge is located on the first floor of the
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina hotel just off the main lobby at 333
W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.

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interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U
and Wiihome consoles, and Nintendo 3DS and
Nintendo DS families of portable systems. Since 1983, when
it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has
sold more than 4.4 billion video games and more than 693 million
hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U,
Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy,
Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi
XL, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo
GameCube and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons
that have become well-known, household names such as Mario,
Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and
Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America
Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s
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