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Engage in some friendly competition at the 2017 SDCC Nintendo Lounge

Nintendo is calling fans of all ages to check out the Nintendo Lounge at San Diego Comic-Con, which is open to everyone, no Comic-Con badge required. While in past years, the lounge has been something of a free for all, with various different areas and places to sit, this year sees a more streamlined layout, and a focus on friendly competition. Splatoon 2 stands out as the star of the lounge, with two playing areas, matches projected onto a huge canvas, and a live narrator for tournaments. Kids and squids line up for a chance to get a hands on on experience before the game releases this Friday. (You can check out our review of it here)

Competitive types can take part in the Nintendo Play challenge, a tournament where players can prove themselves masters of not one, not two, but three games. Each day, the lounge will host several multi-game tournaments, starting participants off in an eight player turf war in Splatoon 2. The winning team will then take up their Joy-Cons and compete against each other in Armz. The two winners will then go head to head in Pokkén Tournament DX winner take all match.

Fans can also play a number of Nintendo games, including Super Mario Odyssey, place themselves in the world of Splatoon with props and a green screen, and take pictures with several beloved Nintendo characters, including Pikachu, Mario, and the Squid Kids. The lounge also provides a first look at the new SNES Mini, the first time the console has been on display.

The SNES Mini, on display for the first time at the SDCC 2017 Nintendo Lounge

The Nintendo Lounge is located inside the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina and is open to the public, no Comic-Con badge required. The Play Nintendo Challenge will be open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on July 20 and July 21, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on July 23. You can learn more about the lounge at Nintendo’s site.

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