PAX 2017

Wow. After a weekend at PAX, what more can you say than ‘Wow’? Were you able to make it this year? Maybe we bumped elbows with you in the crowded Convention Center. With so many games to sample, SWAG to bag, and booths to check out, it’s hard to pick our favorite parts… but here goes: Almost Perfect Best of PAX 2017.

Pinny Arcade pin - Double Fine
Pinny Arcade pins
An idea stolen from the Disneyland playbook and then mastered, Pinny Arcade pins are a way to show support for your favorite games and creators. Buying these beauties is certainly a highlight of my visit each year. They’re not inexpensive though – being priced at $10-15 each. I have to make sure I budget aside a Pinny Arcade fund before going in. But the fun doesn’t stop there, you can trade with other attendees, PA staff and line enforcers – who, unlike that guy next to you in line, cannot deny a trade.

Indie MEGA Booth
One of my favorite sections – and where I spent a lot of my time – was this year’s Indie Mega Booth, and it lived up to the name. This northern section on the 4th floor of the convention center was jam packed with independent developers eager for the next young soul to sample their wares. Super Meat Boy Forever, Thimbleweed Park, Eco, Earthnight… there was plenty to get excited about! We even got a chance to interview one of our favorite developers, Ron Gilbert!

Life-size Dinosaurs
Yeah, really! Life. Size. Dinosaurs. Sure, it took an hour of standing in line at the ARK booth (okay, an hour of my wife holding my place in line while I wandered) but it was totally worth it to be able to mount a raptor and then a 16 foot tall T-Rex.

Nintendo’s Nindies Showcase

For the last three years now The Big N has been kicking off PAX weekend with its own event showcasing many of its upcoming Indie game releases called Nindies at Night. It’s a fantastic jumpstart to the weekend.

They keep this showcase going through the weekend of PAX and it’s always a great way to try this upcoming titles and talk sometimes even talk to some of the devs! This year, there were plenty of Switch offerings to pick from and I was even able to play one of my most anticipated indie titles, Wargroove!(In case you were wondering, it was fantastic)

The Nintendo Switch

You may think me referencing the Switch I’m talking about the games I played. But what I’m really referring to is how the Switch worked just like Nintendo intended it to.

As my friends and I would stand in line we would pull out our Switch’s for a few rounds of Splatoon or Mario Kart. This was already fantastic. But being able to hand a joy con to someone in line who didn’t have a Switch to play too? That made for a great experience. Or playing and then have others standing in line ask if they can join in on their own Switch! It just truly felt like the teaser video Nintendo showed us when they revealed the Switch was coming to life, and it was beautiful.

Super Mario Odyssey

If I’m being honest, the whole Nintendo both was great, Fire Emblem Warriors, Pokken, Rocket League and Metroid: Samus Returns were all fantastic. But Nintendo definitely had most of its Yoshi eggs in a specific basket, and it proved to be the right choice. Super Mario Odyssey is fantastic.

In my time with the demo, I played the New Donk City level because if there is anything with Odyssey I’ve had trouble wrapping my mind around with it’s the realistic looking people. Well, after playing the level I realized, I just didn’t care anymore. It works beautifully. Using Cappy to do things from attacking, using as a way to jump further and of course, capitalize(pun intended) on your surroundings. Being able to take over objects to perform different actions like flinging yourself to a further distance or taking over someone to perform a different task like driving an RC Car to pick up one of the many power moons.

The 15 or so minutes I was allotted to play in New Donk City got me even more excited for the release of the game in October.

Bigfoot
Bigfoot has been playing video games for as long as he can remember, he was weaned straight from the bottle on to a Commodore 64 and hasn't looked back since. He enjoys sampling beer and hanging out with his family. A couple of his all-time favorite games are Earthbound (SNES) and Fallout 2 (PC).

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