While many of the main attractions will be held on the Friday and Saturday events of the EB Games Expo 2013, Sunday is set to be a more laid back day welcoming gamers both old and young and should be a perfect wrap to the Term 3 school holidays in Australia (With schools set to go back on the Monday or Tuesday depending on state).
The EB Expo Sunday Family Day kicks off at 10am (doors open at 9:40am) with a Skylanders SWAP Force event where 2,500 free Skylanders toys will be given away during the very special EB Live presentation. The villain KAOS will make a special appearance alongside Master Eon; where fans will witness the battle of good vs evil live on stage.
Nintendo Australia has just announced they’ll be showcasing their latest titles for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS including Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, playable for the first time in Australia and launching on 12th October. Also playable on the Nintendo booth: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Words; Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze; Super Mario 3D World; Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy; The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD; Wii Party U and Sonic Lost World. Fans can also get their hands on the soon-to-be-released Nintendo 2DS, the brand new member of the Nintendo 3DS family also launching on 12th October.
If you are a fan of the Good Game TV show on the ABC, there will be a Good Game Live Show at the EB Arena starting at 1pm starring Jimmy ‘Giggle; Rees, Dave Callan, Andrew Hansen, Gus Ronald, James Cottee and of course Hex & Bajo.
While becoming more popular at conventions in Australia, the EB Games Expo will hold their inaugural Video Game Parade at 3:30PM on the day. Twenty two floats will circulate the showgrounds with a selection of EB’s favourite gaming characters and personalities including EB’s infamous hero Buck. Also taking part in the parade will be a legion of Storm Troopers from 501st alongside a life-size tank, the Just Dance Crew and the CosPlay winners whomever they may be.
Let’s be honest….. if you are an older person who has been dragged along with your younger siblings you may not want to look at all the G-rated content with the rest of your family. The 2013 Expo has included Insertion Laser Skirmish across all three days. Participants will be some of the first to experience the revolutionary new laser skirmish from epic gaming at the EB Action Stadium. Might be tempted to try that myself given the five digit score I accumulated at Dreamworld’s AVPX laser skirmish when it was still open several years ago.
I last attended the 2011 EB Games Expo, and while it wasn’t voted the overall favorite booth by the public, my favorite booth was easily the Ubisoft one due to their non-stop Just Dance (3) activities at the time. The Just Dance Crew will host a “Just Dance Kids Show” at 11:30AM in the Lovesac Lounge. This is a chance for kids to come and learn some funky dance moves that they can show off to all their friends or try out on the Just Dance 14 dance floor on the Ubisoft booth.
Other free activities for the little ones will include a roaming magician; Balloon Artist; Colouring-in Activity Zone Water Transfer Tattoos; Face Painters and a Caricature Artist.