Well, well, well… you’d think it’s the Year of the Switch or something. Looks like there will be plenty of Nintendo-themed panels for PAX East this year, so as the weekend rolls on, each morning we’ll be highlighting some Nintendo-themed panels on the schedule that we think will be of specific interest to our readership.
We may choose to mention them here based on these criteria: Content, presenters, or general thematic ties with Nintendo as a brand.
Please remember that all panels highlighted in these daily posts are entirely subjective, and we encourage you to flip through the program on your own! However, maybe us pointing certain things out here will help to narrow down your choices, or highlight panels and events that you might otherwise not have noticed.
Have fun out there today! Happy PAX-ing!
10:30am-11:30am – StreetPass Game Show (Bumblebee Theatre)
StreetPass Long Island in collaboration with StreetPass NYC and StreetPass Boston will be hosting the third StreetPass Game Show, which originally debuted at Eternal Con. We asked the gaming community to answer questions about popular Nintendo titles. Join the audience in trying to guess the top answer or maybe you’ll be chosen to battle it out on stage for top prizes! Don’t forget your Nintendo 2/3DS for StreetPassing!
11:00am-12:00pm – Before the NES Classic Edition, there was the NES (Condor Theatre)
Ever wonder how Nintendo game developers advertised their NES games nearly three decades ago? Before the internet and social media, game developers depended on the postal mail to get word out about their latest NES games. Join game historian John Andersen, and Echo Screen Live hosts Joey “Roo” DeSena and Daniel “The Commodore” Cordaro as they reveal some vintage NES game developer advertisements, newsletters and press releases from long ago. A lot of this material has never been seen before!
12:30pm-1:30pm – Mario Teaches Nothing: Entertainment Games in Education (Arachnid Theatre)
We all have a game we love because we learned something from it, yet public perception is that games are the antithesis of education. The solution isn’t edutainment; it’s hiding in the entertainment games we love. What is it that we learn from video games and how do games teach us while still making us want to continue playing? Join a three-time PAX presenter as we learn what video games have to offer both on the couch and in the classroom.
2:30pm-3:30pm – It’s Super Effective – Let’s Decide the Best Pokemon (Bobcat Theatre)
The #1 Pokemon podcast in iTunes comes to PAX to present a live podcast! For our show, we are going to try to pin down the top 10 Pokemon based on audience participation. It’ll probably be a disaster, but it should be a fun show and maybe you’ll learn a fun fact about a Pokemon you didn’t know prior!
7:00pm-8:00pm – The Wii-U-Logy: A Look Back at Nintendo’s Sixth Home Console
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mourn the passing of the Wii U, a game console that was taken from us before its time. We at Nintendo World Report would like to take this opportunity to look fondly back on the good times of the system, like Splatoon, Mario Maker, and Amiibo, without forgetting the bad times, like the long stretches of no game releases and Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival.
In lieu of flowers, please go out and buy the Nintendo Switch.