Once every year a gaggle of gamers, movie fans, comic aficionados, and major stars descend up San Diego, California to attend an event that’s beloved by many. That’s right, I’m talking about Comic-Con, and it’s nearly time for the beloved multimedia showcase to rear its head once more. There will be all kinds of companies vying for consumers’ attention during the 2014 event, but one gaming company in particular has plans for a major presence during the show — Nintendo.

Traditionally, the Big N has had a modest showing at Comic-Con (traditionally only highlighting a handful of games), but this year will mark a major change in the Japanese gaming giant’s previously passive strategy. Not only will fans be able to play games that don’t launch until much later this year, but there are a pair of tournaments that players can participate in as well.

Here’s a complete list of every game that will be featured by Nintendo during Comic-Con:

Nintendo 3DS

  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS from Nintendo
  • Pokémon Art Academy from Nintendo
  • Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney from Nintendo
  • Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal from SEGA
  • Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games (Nintendo eShop)
  • Siesta Fiesta from Mojo Bones Ltd. (Nintendo eShop)

Wii U

San Diego Comic Con 2014 Nintendo

The best part about all of this is that fans don’t even have to have a Comic-Con badge in order to try out these games. Instead, all they need to do is head to the first floor of the Marriott Marquis & Marina hotel and they’ll be able to stroll right into the Nintendo Gaming Lounge without any problem whatsoever.

That means anyone (whether or not they actually purchased tickets to attend the comic-based spectacle) can enter the Super Smash Bros. for 3DS tournament that’ll be going on during the event. Those wanting to check out the portable Smash action will be able to head over to Nintendo’s official Twitch channel to watch the competition unfold live. There are, of course, other challenges happening live at the lounge and all of them can be seen on July 25 and 26.

A Mario Kart 8 bracket will also be occurring at the Nintendo Gaming Lounge, and players at home will actually be able to get in on the action. 32 players will be pitted against one another in a heated tournament at the lounge, with the winner of each session then heading online to face other players. Details on how to participate in those online bouts will be broadcasted through Ninty’s social media outlets, so fans should stay tuned to those for tournament codes and schedules.

San Diego Comic Con 2014 Nintendo Bayonetta Anime

Lastly, on Friday, July 25, at 9:35 p.m. PT in Marriott Hall Room 4 at the Marriott Marquis & Marina hotel, fans that are actually attending Comic-Con and have a pass on-hand will be able to catch a very special screening of Bayonetta: Bloody Fate. The new animated film from FUNimation Entertainment stars the high-heel adorning protagonist as she goes head-to-head with angels in a war against heaven to reclaim her memories.

All of this sounds like it’ll be a great setup for fans hoping to experience some of the bigger Nintendo titles before they’re even released.

Will you be checking out Nintendo’s offerings at Comic-Con? Which game do you want to demo most?


Comic-Con 2014 officially kicks off on July 24th and will run until the 27th.

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