Nintendo is hosting its own fan convention in Japan

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Nintendo’s annual Japanese fan convention returns for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, promising attendees a chance to get hands-on with Switch games, compete in tournaments for games like Splatoon 3, and enjoy live concerts.

Nintendo Live 2022 will be held on October 8 and 9, according to the official website (opens in a new tab) (via ResetEra (opens in a new tab)). As a COVID precaution, potential attendees will need to apply through a lottery system, and Nintendo warns that the event could be canceled if the Japanese government’s health and safety guidelines change in the run up to the event.

The current schedule includes tournaments for Splatoon 3, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Nintendo Switch Sports, more informal challenges in games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Maker 2, and a concert featuring music from Splatoon 3 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Japanese comedy duo Yowiko will also host a stage event centered around Nintendo Switch Sports. (Ultra-nerds might recognize half of Yowiko, Shinya Arino, as the star of the retro gaming challenge show, Game Center CX.)

The first Nintendo Live event was held in 2018 and the event returned in 2019. In these older iterations, the showroom featured fan art exhibits, booths with playable games, photo ops with Nintendo mascots, a merchandise store, and museum exhibits spanning the history of series like Pokemon.

A direct look at Nintendo Live 2019 was provided to English-speaking audiences as part of NOA’s Nintendo Minute series.

If anything’s going to sell you on Nintendo Live, it’s probably the concert – and, again, NOA has translated video from the 2019 live show available for your viewing pleasure. KK Slider opens for a holographic pearl and marina backed by an extremely enthusiastic live band.

There is a lot of upcoming Switch games be excited.

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