The PAX Prime event is almost upon us, and as usual game companies are going to be using the event as an opportunity to showcase their latest, greatest, and upcoming projects. Now Ubisoft and Nintendo have come out with the line-ups of what they’ll be presenting at the event.
To be honest, both of them are bringing quite a bit to the event, and my paraphrasing just isn’t going to get the job done on conveying this news. So instead, I’m going to let you guys peruse the press releases for the information. First, let’s go with Ubisoft:
Ubisoft® announced its diverse lineup for PAX Prime, including Assassin’s Creed® III, Far Cry® 3 and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® Blacklist™. Along with the slew of highly anticipated sequels, Ubisoft will be showcasing two Wii U™ exclusives and two upcoming shooters. Attendees can experience Ubisoft’s PAX Prime lineup at booths 612, 632 and 832 at the Washington State Convention Center on August 31 – September 2, 2012.
Ubisoft is bringing the revolution to Seattle as PAX Prime attendees will be able to get a sneak peek of 18th century Boston in Assassin’s Creed III two months prior to launch. Along with the controlled demo on the show floor, the Assassin’s Creed team will be giving attendees the inside scoop on the development of the game during the Assassin’s Creed III PAX Prime Panel, which will be held at the Main Theatre on Friday, August 31 from 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM.
During the show, PAX Prime attendees will have the opportunity to see an extended demo of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist. Sam Fisher is back and in control of the newly formed Fourth Echelon as he seeks to combat a group of rogue nations behind “The Blacklist”, a series of escalating terrorist attacks on U.S. assets.
Fans of shooters – both first and third person – will be able to test their skills in three upcoming Ubisoft titles. Far Cry 3, a first-person shooter set on an insane island, will feature a single-player demo showcasing the open world environment. Gamers looking for something more competitive can challenge their friends or foes in ShootMania® Storm and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Online.
Finally, Ubisoft will also be showcasing two Wii U™ exclusives – Rayman® Legends and ZombiU™ – giving gamers early hands-on time with two titles that both fully utilize the features of the Wii U™ GamePad.
Not only are attendees able to play many of Ubisoft’s upcoming releases, they can also take advantage of pre-order incentives for several of Ubisoft’s biggest games at the show. Pre-order offers include:
• Assassin’s Creed III – Official T-shirt
• Far Cry 3 – Official T-shirt
• Rayman Legends – Official T-shirt
• ShootMania Storm – Official T-shirt
• Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist – Bullet-shaped light-up key chain
• ZombiU – Official beanie
Next up, Nintendo:
This year’s PAX Prime event will be action-packed, thanks to special game sampling opportunities and activities from Nintendo. Taking place Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center, the show will offer attendees the opportunity to play the groundbreaking Wii U™ system and several upcoming games, including Pikmin™ 3, ZombiU™ and New Super Mario Bros.™ U. The Wii U console launches this holiday season and introduces the Wii U GamePad, a controller with a 6.2-inch touch screen that redefines how people interact with their games, their entertainment and one another. The Nintendo booth (#462) will be the site of hands-on Wii U game demos, giving fans an early chance to check out the system’s unique integrated second-screen gaming experiences.
PAX Prime attendees can also visit the Nintendo Gaming Lounge on levels 2 and 3 of the North Galleria to experience unreleased games for the Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ hand-held systems and a special Kirby™ game collection for the Wii™ console. All Nintendo 3DS software will be playable on the new Nintendo 3DS XL, which features 90 percent larger screens compared to Nintendo 3DS. Fans of the Kirby, Paper Mario™ and Kid Icarus™ series will enjoy one-of-a-kind opportunities to celebrate these extraordinary franchises, and the Nintendo Gaming Lounge will include a special Pokémon™ area, where fans can gather to battle and trade with other Pokémon Trainers.
On Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m., a live Kid Icarus™: Uprising multiplayer tournament will take place in the Nintendo Gaming Lounge on the third floor of the Washington State Convention Center, challenging new and experienced players to show their skills. Tournament participants are encouraged to bring their own Nintendo 3DS system and copy of the game, and will compete in wireless three-on-three Light vs. Dark multiplayer battles. The first, second and third place winners will receive a Core Set of the Kid Icarus: Uprising AR Cards, containing more than 400 AR Cards that have been released to date, as well as Nintendo Prepaid Cards. Tournament participants will receive Kid Icarus: Uprising Series 2 AR Card packs while supplies last. Series 2 AR Card packs will also be given away in the Nintendo booth during show hours, while supplies last.
On Sept. 1, Kirby fans are invited to take part in a special Guinness World Records® attempt to celebrate Kirby’s 20th anniversary and the upcoming launch of Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition for Wii. The attempt will take place on the fourth floor of the Washington State Convention Center (4A). Participants will aim to break the record for the most people blowing a chewing gum bubble simultaneously. PAX Prime attendees will witness a sea of pink bubbles that resemble Kirby himself and pay tribute to his two decades of video game fun.
Meanwhile, PAX Prime attendees will be able to hunt and collect stickers being distributed throughout the venue (while supplies last) in celebration of the Nov. 11 launch of Paper Mario™: Sticker Star for Nintendo 3DS. Attendees will be challenged to find three game-themed stickers by following clues posted on Nintendo’s official Twitter account, @NintendoAmerica. Consumers who collect all three stickers and bring them to a Nintendo representative at the Nintendo Gaming Lounge will be awarded a special bonus sticker. A collectible Paper Mario: Sticker Star sticker book will be given away at retailers nationwide closer to the launch of the game, giving PAX Prime attendees a way to proudly showcase their collection. More details about the sticker book will be revealed at a later time.
Below is a complete list of games that will be available for sampling at PAX Prime:
• ZombiU (Ubisoft)
• Pikmin 3
• New Super Mario Bros. U
• Project P-100 (working title)
• Ninja Gaiden™ 3: Razor’s Edge
• Nintendo Land™
• Scribblenauts™ Unlimited (Warner Bros. Interactive)
• Trine 2™: Director’s Cut (Frozenbyte)
• Paper Mario: Sticker Star
• Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask™
• Luigi’s Mansion™: Dark Moon
• Adventure Time™: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! (D3Publisher)
• Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (Disney Interactive)
• Skylanders Giants™ (Activision Publishing)
• New Super Mario Bros.™ 2
• Mario Kart™ 7
• Kid Icarus: Uprising
Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS
• Fluidity: Spin Cycle
• Pokédex™ 3D Pro
• 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure™
• Pokémon™ Conquest
• Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition
Looks like we’ll be getting lots of Wii U stuff from both of them, which is a good thing. With the console launching this year we need to see and hear as much of it as possible. As always, we’ll be bringing the latest coverage from the event right to your eyeballs, so stay tuned!