Post updated: 7th July 2016

In a true celebration of the Japanese phenomenon YO-KAI WATCH® Nintendo will be inviting visitors to step into Springdale, offering them a fully immersive experience and the chance to get involved with a host of YO-KAI WATCH® themed activities. Starting today, Nintendo UK is hosting a unique Fan Art Contest, challenging you to share your artistic interpretation of your favourite Yo-kai in a bid to win a one-off YO-KAI WATCH® prize bundle and have your art prominently showcased on the Nintendo booth at HYPER JAPAN Festival 2016 for all visitors to admire. For more details on how to get involved, visit the contest page.

During HYPER JAPAN Festival 2016, you will have the chance to wander the town of Springdale, take part in the iconic YO-KAI WATCH® dance with Jibanyan in front of a green screen with the opportunity for you to share your creation directly to your social channels, as well as take part in a Yo-Kai Stamp Quest, a mission whereby the first 300 people each day to spot ten hidden Yo-Kai located around Springdale on the Nintendo booth (and receive a stamp for each Yo-Kai they spot, as well as a stamp for playing the game on the booth) will be rewarded with a YO-KAI WATCH® Medal Mystery Bag! Everyone that completes the Yo-Kai Stamp Quest will also have the opportunity to enter into a prize draw raffle for a chance to win a host of special YO-KAI WATCH® goodies.

DRAGON QUEST VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past will be playable for the first time in the UK exclusively at HYPER JAPAN Festival 2016. Visitors will get the opportunity to travel to the past to save the present in this timeless quest, completely revamped from the ground up for Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo UK has today launched a Fire Emblem Cosplay Contest that will give all entrants the opportunity to showcase their creations on the main stage in the Nintendo booth. Those participating will be able to take to the catwalk before an overall winner is decided. The winning entry will receive a whole host of Fire Emblem goodies. To find out more on how to enter please visit the contest page. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest and Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation will all be playable on the Nintendo booth, in addition to other #3DSAdventures games that include Hyrule Warriors: Legends, Bravely Second™: End Layer and FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS!

Pikachu is also set to make an appearance at HYPER JAPAN Festival 2016 in celebration of the Year of Pokémon. Fans will be able to get a special distribution of Shiny Xerneas (Level 100) for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Be sure to head to the Year of Pokémon area on the Nintendo booth to get your unique download code. Players can also expect to take a walk down Pokémon memory lane to trigger warm feelings of nostalgia, as well as get hands on with some of the most recent Pokémon games including the action packed Pokkén Tournament for Wii U, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire,Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon and Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow.

Update: 7th July 2016

Showcased for the first time at the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles last month, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild represents the next great boundary-breaking adventure from Nintendo. The game marks a new pinnacle for the franchise, and thanks to a daily live demonstration of the Wii U version of the game that was shown at the E3 video game conference,  UK fans heading to HYPER JAPAN will be able to get a first live glimpse of this massive open-air adventure. Nintendo representatives will take to the stage once per day during the show to take visitors on an immersive journey filled with unprecedented freedom of adventure.

Which games are you hoping to get your hands on at this years HYPER JAPAN Festival?? Share your thoughts in the comments below!