In case you’re not familiar with it, PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) is a series of three-day conventions specifically centered around video games. They have concerts, multiple game areas, panels, and even an exhibit hall where publishers and developers showcase their upcoming games and systems. As of today, Nintendo has confirmed that they will attend PAX South, which takes place during January 23-25, at San Antonio, Texas.

During the event, Nintendo will give fans a chance to try out the New Nintendo 3DS XL before it’s official release on February 13. Along with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Majora’s Mask 3D will also be available for players to try out with the new handheld. Taking advantage of the three-day period of the convention, Nintendo will celebrate the upcoming release of Majora’s Mask 3D with a 72-Hour Mask Challenge, where fans will be asked to create their own, personalized masks. Those who visit their booth will get the chance to take pictures with a real-life replica of Majora’s Mask, along with also receiving a paper version to wear (while supplies last). If you have a Legend of Zelda costume, make sure to take it with you to the convention, as Nintendo will allow anyone with a Zelda-themed cosplay to bypass the lines to get to play Majora’s Mask 3D!

For those interested, here’s the full announcement:


New PAX, New Nintendo 3DS XL! During the first PAX South event in San Antonio, Texas, from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25, Nintendo is giving fans a chance to get some hands-on time with the New Nintendo 3DS XL system before it launches in the U.S. on Feb. 13. Upcoming Nintendo 3DS games The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, which both use the enhanced features of New Nintendo 3DS XL, will also be available to play.

New Nintendo 3DS XL provides a number of new enhancements designed to offer the smoothest and most engrossing portable gaming experience possible. The system features a wider range of controls with the addition of a C Stick and ZL/ZR buttons, beautifully enhanced super-stable 3D via face-tracking technology and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures. The system also has faster processing power than the Nintendo 3DS system, which allows some software to start up faster. The increase in CPU power also allows improved download speeds and smoother transitions when switching between software and when using Miiverse. (Download speeds may vary depending on Internet connections.)

PAX South runs for three days, and fans of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask definitely know the importance of a 72-hour timeline within the game. To celebrate the upcoming launch of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D on Feb. 13, Nintendo is hosting a “72-Hour Mask Challenge,” which asks fans to create their own personalized masks. For more details, stay tuned to the Nintendo of America Twitter account (@NintendoAmerica).

In addition to playing New Nintendo 3DS XL and many fun games, visitors to the Nintendo booth (#1234) at PAX South will have the opportunity to take photos with a real-life replica of the Majora’s Mask and receive paper versions to wear around the convention (while supplies last). Fans that come dressed in costumes inspired by The Legend of Zelda will be able to bypass lines to get hands-on time withThe Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D.

Nintendo 3DS games scheduled to be shown include:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D from Nintendo
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate from Capcom
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS from Nintendo

Source: Nintendo Press Room

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