Nintendo has passed along details about what it has in store for PAX East 2023. Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom won’t be playable, but other plans are in place.

NintendoVS Arcade will be available, which involves “a series of challenges for families, kids, friends and pros in recent and classic games” on Switch. Additionally, the Splatoon 3 North American Championship 2023 tournament and the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Championship Cup 2023 tournament will be taking place at the PAX Arena. Those stopping by the expo will have an opportunity to enter the final qualifier for the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Championship Cup right from the show floor.

The NintendoVS Arcade will be open all four days of PAX East at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, starting on March 23 and running until March 26. NintendoVS Arcade participants will be treated to a fun series of challenges from Mario Party Superstars, Yoshi’s Crafted World, Mario Golf: Super Rush and the original Super Mario Bros. game. All players will walk away with special giveaways, while supplies last. No practice needed, but all of these games are currently available on Nintendo Switch if mom or dad are rusty!

On March 26, don’t miss the best of the best race and ink it out in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Championship Cup 2023 and the Splatoon 3 North American Championship 2023 tournaments! All PAX attendees are welcome to come check out these action-packed tournaments, featuring some of the top elite players in North America. The top four teams from the Splatoon 3 Splatsville Showdown tournament will be competing across all ranked modes to see which squid squad will emerge vINKtorious! The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Championship Cup 2023 tournament will kick off at 11 a.m. ET on March 26 at the PAX Arena, directly followed by the Splatoon 3 North American Championship 2023 tournament.

Check-in for the in-person Mario Kart 8 Deluxe North American Qualifier 2023 tournament for PAX attendees will take place on Saturday, March 25, starting at 10 a.m. ET. Online registration will open at 10 a.m. ET on March 24 and will likely fill up quickly, so don’t miss your chance to enter at Who knows? The winner of the tournament could be reading this right now!

Also running during PAX East is an on-site and online sweepstakes for a NintendoVS custom-made gaming chair, perfect for anyone who wants to play Nintendo Switch in comfort and style. To register for the sweepstakes, on-site visitors at PAX East can scan a QR Code at the Nintendo booth during all four days of PAX. The at-home audience can still register as well by heading to starting on March 23. More details about the sweepstakes can be found at

Additionally, there will also be a My Nintendo check-in for two separate giveaways (while supplies last) on the PAX show floor.

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