Nintendo, EMP Museum Host a Night of Indie Games, Developers in Seattle

Jesus Figueroa
Free Event Kicks off Nintendo’s Presence at PAX

Fans attending PAX Prime or who live in the Seattle area are invited to a special event at EMP Museum from 8 p.m. to midnight on Aug. 27, the Thursday night before PAX Prime begins.

The Nindies@Night event is a celebration of recently released and upcoming independent games appearing on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems.

An interactive lounge will feature many playable games, a presentation from independent developers, multiplayer competitions, giveaways (while supplies last), food and drinks.

Admission is free and on a first-come, first-served basis, and all attendees will also have access to the Indie Game Revolution exhibit in the museum, complete with refreshed content from the Nintendo independent community.

EMP Museum is located at 325 5th Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109.

“Support from our esteemed ‘Nindie’ developers on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS continues to surprise and delight our fans,” Damon Baker, Nintendo of America’s Senior Marketing Manager of Publisher and Developer Relations, said. “We’re thrilled to highlight these partners in collaboration with EMP and kick off the expo weekend in the best way possible – by playing new games together with friends.”
“The independent video game community is producing some of the most diverse, innovative and exciting experiences in gaming,” Jacob McMurray, EMP Senior Curator, said. “EMP is excited to work with Nintendo on this event that celebrates their vision and gives fans a unique opportunity to explore these creative works and understand their creators.”
During the event, 19 different independent games for Nintendo platforms (or “Nindies”) will be playable, many of which will have developers on hand to answer questions and speak to their development experience.

Impromptu multiplayer competitions will be run for select games, with finalists taking their skills to the giant 60-foot HD LED screen featured in the EMP Sky Church, a giant room with 70-foot ceilings and state-of-the-art sound and lighting.

A presentation hosted by Damon Baker will also take place in the Sky Church at 9 p.m.

During PAX from Aug. 28 to Aug. 31, Nintendo will also host a dedicated “Nindies” lounge in the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, adjacent to the Seattle Convention Center.

The lounge, located in the Willow B room, is open for all PAX attendees and will feature many playable Wii U and Nintendo 3DS indie games with developers in attendance from noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 28-30 and noon to 6 p.m. on Aug. 31.

The Sheraton Seattle Hotel is located at 1400 6th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101.

About Nintendo:
The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.3 billion video games and more than 680 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at

About EMP Museum:
EMP is a leading-edge, nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel popular culture. With its roots in rock ‘n’ roll, EMP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through collections, exhibitions and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower its visitors. At EMP, artists, audiences and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation and scholarship to the popular culture of our time. EMP is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set amid the backdrop of the Seattle Center.

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