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Play Expo 2013 less than one week away

Less than a week to go until the UK's most diverse video gaming expo begins!


We are only a few short days away from the start of the 2013 Play Expo in Manchester. So I thought I would give you an update on the current status of the event; between my last post and todays, a rather large amount of things have been confirmed – which means I just can’t wait!

One of the bigger updates is that Nintendo will once again be back after a successful appearance last year, where they showcased the WiiU and launch title ZombiU. This year Nintendo are again bringing games to play, with the shortlist currently consisting of Super Mario 3d World and Sonic Lost World for the WiiU and for the 3DS Zelda: Link Between Worlds, Sonic Lost World and soon to be released Pokemon X  and Y.

For people who have been lucky to pre-order a PS4, you can get your hands on Sony’s latest console at Play 2013 thanks to Ubisoft, who will be bringing the console and Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag to the event. Current gen consoles are not to be forgotten, Dark Souls 2 will also be available to play.

For the retro game players, there will of course be the usual barrage of classic consoles and games both to play and to purchase at the event, but this year there will be far more tournaments for casual people to enter and enjoy. Ranging from classic tournament cartridges such as the Super Nintendo Campus Challenge 1992 cart to a more recent challenge in the form of an Outrun 2, 4 Player Heart Attack Challenge. All this means you will be spoilt for choice if you have a competitive streak!

The full list of Tournaments can be seen In this link and yes it is quite long!

For the professionals amongst us, there will of course be a few professional tournaments including Super Street Fighter, Tekken and Marvel Vs Capcom. If anything like last year, all of these will be worth a watch!

In other news for the event, the future of gaming will also be available to see as the Oculus Rift will be available to test. The Oculus Rift is a next-generation virtual reality headset, which has been designed to make games more immersive, it's still in development at the moment so hopefully it will survive the rigors of the event, but again just one more thing to look forward to.

Of course there are lots more events scheduled throughout the two days, and far more than I can list here, so if you want to have a look fully head on over to