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Nintendo has been through a difficult period in the home console business, with a rough reception for its Wii U console following the breakout success of the original Wii. But the iconic video-game company, whose North American headquarters are right here in Redmond, is known for one thing — great games.

If you have children (or you’re just a kid at heart) you won’t want to miss the Play Nintendo Tour, beginning Friday July 18. This three-day traveling video game playground will be hosted by Bite of Seattle, the Pacific Northwest’s premier food festival at the Seattle Center.

Seattleites of all ages are invited to play games, explore themed zones, and meet their favorite characters. Players can also join the Mario Kart 7 racing competition. Qualifying winners will have the opportunity to race on the big screen in recently released Mario Kart 8.

Check out this sneak peak of the Play Nintendo 2014 Tour:

That’s just one of our selections from the GeekWire Calendar — our curated list of the top tech events in the Pacific Northwest.

Keep reading for highlights and check out the calendar for more.

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Another traveling tech event is rolling through Seattle this Friday, July 18. Engadget Live is a unique trade show designed to connect consumers and tech brands. This year’s attendees will have the opportunity to provide “quality assurance” tests on a new craft beer making device, try out augmented reality glasses, and check out the latest in asteroid mining technology. Register for this free event here.

When & Where: July 18, 7:00pm-10:00pm. Showbox SODO.


Next Wednesday, July 16, is Seattle’s Wearable Tech and Biohacking Meetup. Big thinkers, innovators, technical and non-technical types are equally encouraged to stop by J&M Cafe in Downtown Seattle.

“The vision for this Meetup is to create a collaborative physical space with a strong emphasis on developing products and teams for personal projects, hackathons/competitions, startups, etc. that focus on wearable technology,” explains the event organizers. “Seattle is rich with thought leaders, creators, and crazy people who want to disrupt or improve existing paradigms.”

When & Where: July 16, 5:15pm-7:30pm. The J & M Cafe.

famous Meetup and BBQ invites developers to a roof deck BBQ complete with a “DJ. Keg. Lasers. Rad People.” In addition to food and fun, will offer a training session in their javascript framework for web design and mobile development. Developers can RSVP for this free event here.

When & Where: July 16, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Bonsai Media/3D Product Imaging.

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A visible web presence and strong online branding are crucial to any 21st century business — particularly in the technology sphere. This workshop offers SEO 101, a crash course in Google Analytics, and insights into the behaviors of site visitors. Tickets for this event can be purchased for $45 here. Website Attraction is one component of a 3-part internet marketing series which also includes website makeover and traffic driving workshops. Tickets for all three events can be purchased for $99.

When & Where: July 16, 5:30pm-8:30pm. Swedish Cultural Center.

Mark your calendar for the geekiest rooftop tailgate party in soccer: Tickets available now for Geekwire Sounders Day on Aug. 20.

Contact GeekWire’s Monica Nickelsburg at Listings for this feature are picked from the GeekWire Calendar, where you can submit free listings for technology-related events in the Pacific Northwest. 

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