The Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo is the largest video gaming convention in Canada. Though the event has been taking place for a few years now, this was my first time attending. Here’s an assortment of pictures and a recap of what we experienced!
The show featured no shortage of fancy PC cases. None of them were as extravagant as this one at the NVIDIA booth. Looking like the twisted torso of a T-800, I would love to have a case as wild and impractical someday.
Having visited Nintendo’s booth at Fan Expo just two months ago, I wasn’t expecting to see much in the way of new stuff. At the very least, Nintendo freshened up their Link’s Awakening area with this large diorama. Not only does it look great, but it’s an accurate recreation of a room in one of the game’s dungeons!
The highlight of EGLX for me was getting to try out the just-released Ring Fit Adventure. I will have more to say about this in a future post, but I came away from it as a believer. Definitely want to pick this up at some point!
Also at the Nintendo booth was the Nintendo Switch Lite. Based on a few minutes with the device, I loved the look of the colours and appreciated how solid the unit felt. Won’t be on my shopping list any time soon, but it was neat to give one a spin.
Only the 2nd time in my life seeing a Punch-Out arcade machine! The show had a pretty decent selection of free-to-play arcade games.
Not found in the arcade, this Arcade 1 Up Marvel Super Heroes machine continued to impress. Still feeling burned due to my awful Street Fighter II experience, but the quality of this particular machine’s buttons is a welcome improvement.
One corner of the show floor was dedicated to the fighting game community. With dozens of setups and a main stage, players competed in Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Samurai Shodown, and Dragon Ball FighterZ. Did not compete this year, as I’m not invested in the games being played. When a fighting game really sucks me back in, I’ll be ready to throw down again!
In the future, I hope to see more panel-style content at the show. The one we did sit down for was the Death Battle panel with Wiz and Boomstick. Really enjoyed hearing them speak to the intricacies that go into making each episode.
Towards the south east of the hall was the area for the Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament. Because CRT televisions are in short supply these days, one of the televisions in play was a pink Disney display. I mean, it was the most tournament-quality display there!
A real sign of the times, a local college had a huge presence at the show. Visitors had the opportunity to compete against its eSports team, which is still a wild concept to me. Interesting approach to attracting new students to your school!
Overall, had a pretty decent time at EGLX. Glad to see so much love for gaming all in one place. Would love to see more in the way of panels and non eSports-related content, but I’m glad I finally got to experience it. See you next year, EGLX!