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Monday, October 3, 2022

Nintendo Live 2022 - Everything You Need To Know

Nintendo’s premier in person event is back for the first time since 2019 with Nintendo Live 2022. The festivities are set to take place on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 at Tokyo Big Sight and we (well, @dannybiv at any rate) will be there. Things were pretty exclusive this year. For the General Admission days, just 5,000 people are allowed in the event per day on top of those who registered to take part in the tournaments. Just in case you’re wondering about what this event has to offer, we went ahead and broke everything down for you in this helpful article.

Day 1: Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Day 2: Sunday, October 9, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
*music event will remain open until 7:00 p.m.

Before we get into the 2022 iteration of Nintendo Live, here’s a bit of information about the past two events. 

Past Events
The first Nintendo Live took place in 2018 in both Tokyo between November 3 and November 4 and then in Kyoto from November 23 to 24. Both events featured tournaments for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, ARMS, Mario Tennis Aces and Splatoon 2. Attendees were also able to play a demo of Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu / Eevee before release (at the Tokyo Event). Wait times were up to 90 minutes according to a report from 4gamer
Nintendo Live 2019 took place only in Kyoto between October 13 and 14, 2019. Just like the 2018 iteration, tournaments, demos, stage shows and more. Four demo stations were available with Ring Fit Adventure, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Brain Training for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Labo. With the exception of Nintendo Labo, all of the games were available to play before their official release dates. 
Source: 4gamer

This Year
A whole weekend of fun, music, entertainment and games are promised for the event this year. Below, we break down everything that can be seen at Nintendo Live 2022. 

Live Concerts - D.J. KK Paradise Mix & Splatoon 3 Bunker Live
Two concert sets are going to be performed at the show - an Animal Crossing themed bit featuring K.K. Slider called the “DJ KK Paradise Mix” and another pre featuring Splatoon 3’s Deep Cut called “Splatoon 3 Bunker Live.” Three performances will be held each day lasting about an hour each. 

Stage Shows
Stage shows featuring Japanese comedians and other online/television personalities will also be a pretty big part of Nintendo Live 2022. The following shows will take place during the course of the event, several of which will be simulcast online. 

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Online Championship Finals
October 8 (Sat), 11:45 - 12:45 p.m.
MC: Shizuka Kuno
Play by Play: Kosuke Hiraiwa
Analyst: Is-san
Guest: Hiroshi Yamamoto
*Live Stream Available*

Four finalists from a tournament held in August get together to compete on the big stage at Nintendo Live 2022. The race rules are as follows:

Mode: 150cc
Team: Individual
Items: Normal Items
CPU Difficulty: Hard
Karts: Everything Available
Race: Four Races
Courses: Random

The following four players will be competing: 

Omae mo na

Pokémon History
October 8 (Sat), 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
MC: Shizuka Kuno
Guest: Hiroshi Yamamoto
*Live Stream Available*

In Japan, the Pokémon series was born on the Game Boy in 1996 and has continued on to this very day. This panel will take a look at the history of the series as well as provide a variety of quizzes. 

Everyone’s Nintendo Challenge
October 9 (Sun), 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Panelists: Sōichi Nakaoka, Saya Hiyama
*Live Stream Available*

The inaugural episode of the series, Nakaoka and Saya Hiyama get together in a variety setting to discuss questions about games from kids in Japan. This won’t be live exactly - it’s pre-recorded and will air on the show floor. 

Yoiko no Sports de Chōsen-sha Motomu Seikatsu
October 9 (Sun), 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Panelists: Shinya Arino, Masaru Hamaguchi

The two winners from the Nintendo Switch Sports tournament will take on these two Japanese television personalities LIVE on stage. 

Several tournaments will be taking place over the weekend with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Splatoon 3 and Nintendo Switch Sports being the main events. You can find a list of the games and start times for the tournaments below. 

October 8 (Sat)
Splatoon 3 (elementary school kids)
10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Qualifiers: 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Final Stage: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
*Live Stream Available*

Nintendo Switch Sports (parents and kids)
Qualifiers: 9:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Final Stage: 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

October 9 (Sun)
Splatoon 3
10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (elementary school kids)
Qualifiers: 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Final Stage: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
*Live Stream Available*

Demos & Photo Spots
Unlike the past Nintendo Live events, unless something comes up at the last minute, all of the titles that are available to attendees are games that are already released. On top of the games, there are a few photo spots on the show floor for all in attendance. Below, you an find some of the areas and demo stations that will be available:

Mario Dojo
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Super Mario Maker 2
Mystery Game

If you win all three rounds, you get a special pin badge. Winners of two rounds will receive a sepal Mario Dojo folder. The mystery game will be chosen from Mario titles that can be played on the Nintendo Switch. 

Nintendo Switch Sports Free Match

This is a one-on-one match with any of the three sports listed above. If you win, you get a free Nintendo Switch Sports Nintendo Live 2022 folder.

Pyon Zuba Bash Iya no Song Game (kids)
This will give kids a chance to try out Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 3 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. A numbered ticket is required to participate. 

Splatoon 3 Skill Challenge
Team up with friends or randoms to take on another team of four. Win two matches in a row and you can take home a Splatoon 3 Nintendo Live 2022 folder. A numbered ticket is require to participate. 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2 Win Challenge
This is a one-on-one tournament where the aim is to win two matches in a row. Winners take home a special Smash Ultimate sticker. 

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Photo Booth
Pretty self explanatory here, but you can snap a photo with Link in this photo booth. 

Pokémon Scarlet / Violet Photo Booth
Again, snap a photo with the upcoming Pokémon game as the theme.

Participate Online (via the Website)
Two live quizzes per day will be open to everyone (well, as long as you have a Japanese My Nintendo Account) via the Nintendo Live 2022 website. Of course, everything will be in Japanese, but if you want to try out the quizzes for yourself, you can check them out via the website here. The run times for these are listed below.

October 8 (Sat)
Volume 1: 12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Volume 2: 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

October 9 (Sun)
Volume 1: 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Volume 2: 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

There WILL be some Nintendo Live 2022 merch, however it will not be for sale at the venue itself. Given the tiered entry for attendees, Nintendo feared that stock would run low or completely out. Nintendo has opened up the ability to purchase their goods to attendees before the show. You can read more about that here

What NOT To Expect
In the short lifespan of Nintendo Live, this has not been the place or avenue for Nintendo to announce new games. Don’t expect that this year either. While the past events have provided some early access to a handful of games pre-release, that is unfortunately not the case for 2022 as things stand right now. 

Let’s turn things over to you. What do you think about Nintendo Live 2022? Do you wish you could attend? What are you looking forward to the most? Be sure to sound off in the comments and let us know!

Source: NCL

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