For one week every year, San Diego offers nerd nirvana. Whether you’re in town for the video games, the movies, the TV shows, or the comic books, it’s hard to be disappointed by what Comic-Con has to offer. This year’s show was no exception as we spent four full days taking it all in, and more importantly, snapping photos every step of the way. The gallery below contains 70 photos that showcase Nintendo’s presence at the show, other video game highlights, and some bonus non-gaming sights.
For Nintendo, the focus of this year’s Comic-Con was immediate releases. The majority of the company’s attention was on Super Mario Maker, which was the only playable game in their booth on the show floor and the centerpiece of their Gaming Lounge in the neighboring Marriott hotel. The lounge was also home to a number of other upcoming titles, including Yoshi’s Woolly World, Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash, LBX: Little Battlers Experience, Yo-Kai Watch, and Skylanders: SuperChargers. Additionally, Splatoon and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U were on tap for numerous tournaments held over the course of the expo, building on the success of last year’s Smash Bros. tourneys. Nintendo also brought along its massive amiibo display case, debuting Mewtwo’s amiibo prototype for the first time and featuring other unreleased characters previously shown at E3 2015. As if all that wasn’t enough, Mario voice actor Charles Martinet was on hand throughout the weekend signing autographs as well.
Beyond Nintendo, the Comic-Con show floor featured booths for the likes of the Warcraft movie, Square Enix (who was demoing Mighty No. 9), Capcom, and Xbox, the latter of which also had its own hotel lounge nearby. Outside, Ubisoft brought back its Assassin’s Creed parkour experience, Bandai Namco set up a blood-squirting Dark Souls III fountain, Lego Dimensions took over an entire hotel, and nearby Nerd HQ served as the only place to try EA’s upcoming Star Wars Battlefront and Sony’s Project Morpheus VR headset.
The craziest part? That’s just the gaming! Other sights included a political rally for Sharknado 3, a first peek at the Batman vs. Superman costumes, a Conan O’Brien onslaught for his week of live episodes from the ‘con, and even a full-fledged MTV award show. Check out the gallery below for a taste of the craziness, and if you haven’t already done so, be sure to also listen to Episode 102 for our hands-on impressions of Nintendo’s Comic-Con lineup.