The Nintendo San Diego Comic-Con Lounge: Old & New Collide

With so much happening at San Diego Comic-Con, it can make perfect sense for someone to not go anywhere outside the convention center for a solid four days. However, those that do venture beyond the center’s walls can find a range of events and activities waiting for them. Anyone who heads to the first floor of the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina hotel, for example, just might find themselves spending more time than they thought they might in Nintendo’s gaming lounge.

This year’s Play Nintendo Family Lounge features a range of games for fans to explore, from those that are already available to those that aren’t out yet. On Wednesday press were offered a preview of the lounge and the opportunity to try demos of Yo-Kai Watch 2, Paper Mario: Color Splash, Metroid Prime: Federation Force, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Style Savvy: Fashion Forward. In the time I had at the preview, I was able to try three of these options.


Metroid Prime: Federation Force

The game I had the most fun playing was Metroid Prime: Federation Force for the Nintendo 3DS. This is a first-person shooter where up to four players can go on missions as Federation Marines. It might have been the two missions we went on or the three other people I was lucky to play with, but the game was enjoyable from the start. You could learn to play quickly and jump right in after a few minutes of testing things out. Missions felt like they went fast and weren’t very long, but they could still be challenging—especially depending on your teammates. If they die and you have to revive them as a timer is counting down and enemies are on your tail, things get a bit more exciting and might not end well!

This game is set for release Aug. 19.


Yo-kai Watch 2

Never having played Yo-kai Watch, I was struck by many of the similarities to Pokémon at first in this demo — playing as a kid who has yo-kai to fight other yo-kai. Once you get into it, though, I thought there were more differences than similarities, and luckily you don’t have to worry about having played the first installment at all here, as in the beginning conveniently the main character has their memory wiped. I didn’t find it as easy to jump into this demo. It wasn’t quite as intuitive. There is a multiplayer option here, though, too, which allows you to play as a yo-kai and is rather fun. Two versions will also be available offering different yo-kai: Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls.

Yo-kai Watch 2 will be released Sept. 30.


Style Savvy: Fashion Forward

For anyone who wants to try their hand at a career in fashion, there’s Style Savvy: Fashion Forward. This is the third release in this series, which sees you managing a boutique and working in other areas in the industry. I’ve never been one for these types of simulation games, so the demo, which is available for gamers to play for the first time here, didn’t exactly draw me in. The range of options clothing-wise was certainly impressive, though. There are apparently about 19,000 items to choose from! If you do get a kick out of these kinds of games, I can see how that might be a draw. The game, set to be released Aug. 19, also has amiibo compatibility, which would certainly make things interesting! Gamers can also try a free demo Aug. 4. 

While I wasn't able to try my hand at Paper Mario: Color Splash and Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past during preview night, you can check them out in addition to playing a range of others, like Splatoon, Pokkén Tournament, and more, in the lounge. There will also be various tournaments and events held there during the convention. The lounge will be open Thursday to Sunday and is worth a peek for anyone who wants to spend some time gaming in the next four days.

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