There was one point in time where fans didn't believe Nintendo was supportive of fighting tournaments like EVO 2017 – at one point, the company didn't even want Super Smash Bros. games to be part of it. But it's since relented, and now it appears to be supporting this weekend's forthcoming show in a big way.
The company has announced that it will be attending the event with a booth space that features various playable kiosks of Pokken Tournament DX for Nintendo Switch. Players will be able to try out a variety of characters over the course of the weekend, challenging others and learning the fighting tactics on both the 2D and 3D planes.
In addition, Nintendo's on a mission on the show floor, as it looks to be playfully "recruiting" people to take part in the virtual Pokken Tournament DX Academy, which will provide a direct line of communication between the publisher and players.
By signing up for the Academy (which is free, by the way), players will be able to receive exclusive tips and tricks on the game directly from the development team. For that matter, they'll also receive invitations to a special Nintendo event that will be taking place during PAX West in Seattle in early September, though the company didn't indicate what that would be just yet.
The sign-up sheet will be at Nintendo's booth – it'll be hard to miss, with all the posters highlighting the Academy. On top of that, though, fans will have an opportunity to win a Nintendo Switch system and a copy of the Pokken Tournament DX game as well – so it doesn't hurt to stop by for a little bit and take your chances, right?
The company will be at the EVO tournament all weekend long, so players will have ample opportunity to get their hands on Pokken Tournament and see what the Academy is all about – and get that neat invite to the big PAX West event. There's no word yet if Nintendo will repeat this event the following week for San Diego Comic-Con, but considering it'll be there, we don't see why not.
Pokken Tournament DX releases on September 22nd for Nintendo Switch.