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This Labor Day, Nintendo is at PAX West 2022 and they’re taking over the PAX Arena! Starting at approximately 1 p.m. PT | 4 p.m. ET, they’ll be hosting a race to the finish line with the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Championship Cup 2022. Afterwards, at approximately 2 p.m. PT | 5 p.m. ET, it’ll be time for the first-ever Splatoon 3 Enter the Splatlands Invitational 2022.

Luckily, Nintendo is live streaming the events on Twitch and YouTube. You can check out the YouTube feed below once it’s live.


Tune-in to watch the top players face off in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Championship Cup 2022 invitational. Top Splatoon 2 teams will participate in the first Splatoon 3 invitational in North America as they battle it out in the Splatoon 3 Enter the Splatlands Invitational 2022 tournament.


According to Nintendo, here’s what to expect from these invitationals:

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Championship Cup 2022: 12 players will play 8 races and the player with the highest amount of accumulated points from the 8 races will be determined the Grand Prize winner.

Splatoon 3 Enter the Splatlands Invitational 2022: There will be four teams participating in the Tournament. We will start off with the Mini Bracket Round where teams will play 2 matches each to determine seeding for the tournament.

  • Team 1 vs. Team 2
  • Team 3 vs. Team 4
  • Match 1 Loser vs. Match 2 Loser
  • Match 1 Winner vs. Match 2 Winner
  • Mode: Turf War
  • Format: Best-of-1
  • Based on win-loss ratio, teams will be seeded #1-#4

All teams will move on to the Semi-Final Matchup Round and based on seeding, teams will compete in the following order.

  • Seed #1 vs. Seed #4
  • Seed #2 vs. Seed #3
  • Mode: Ranked Modes
  • Format: Best-of-5

The winners of match 1 and match 2 will face off in the Finals Round to determine the winner of the championship.

  • Mode: Ranked Modes
  • Format: Best-of-7


Who will the top prize, including some pretty sweet trophies (especially for the Splatoon 3 Invitational)? You gotta watch it all unfold on Monday, September 5th, 2022 at approximately 1 p.m. PT | 4 p.m. ET.


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)