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Game Changers Exhibition

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New Traveling Exhibit

January 28 – April 30, 2023

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This spring discover how innovation has shaped the video game industry! Game Changers takes you on a fascinating journey, exploring the past and uncovering the future of gaming.

Explore over 120 of the most influential games that have transformed the gaming scene and test your skills with 16 games that have significantly changed the gaming experience, including Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, Angry Birds, Space Invaders, Flower, and Adventure.

No tokens or quarters necessary to play! Access to Game Changers is included in Nauticus’ general admission ticket.

As always, Nauticus Members visit FREE! Join today.

explore the past, present and future of gaming

16 Playable Games

Test your skills at 16 legendary games to include Pacman, Donkey Kong, Super Mario 64, Guitar Hero & MORE! No tokens or quarters necessary to play.


Experiment with augmented reality and discover the future of video gaming.


Step inside a game and see yourself as the video game character!

Retro Video Game Music

Discover how audio has evolved and created the immersive environment of current video gaming systems.

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See if you can find the names of the games coming to Nauticus in our word search!

  • Space Invaders
  • Donkey Kong
  • Myst
  • Pac-Man
  • Galaxian
  • Star Hawk
  • Super Mario 64
  • Flower (PS3)
  • Super Mario Bros
  • Adventure
  • Kinect Sports (Xbox)
  • Angry Birds
  • Tetris
  • Guitar Hero
  • Xbox 360

During the run of the exhibit, Nauticus will host several event days providing visitors unique access to the exhibition.


  • Member’s Only Preview – Saturday, January 28 | 10AM – 11AM
  • Opening Day – Saturday, January 28 | 11AM – 5PM
  • Game Changers – Super Smash Bros. Tournament – Sat., April 1st | 10AM – 5PM
  • Game Changers – 18+ After Hours Event – Sat., March 23 | 5PM – 8PM
  • And more to be added soon!

At Game Changers, you will experience video game evolution, from memorable Pong to the photorealistic, immersive games of today. Try your hand at operating a supersized Nintendo controller, playing Tetris on a giant Game Boy, and testing your knowledge of retro video game music. You can even step inside a game and become a character yourself!

Experiment with augmented reality and examine upcoming video game trends while imagining what gaming will look like in the future.


  • Step inside a game and become a video game character – using Kinect technology, try out different costumes and accessories from your favorite characters
  • Create your own 8-bit character on a large-scale pixel wall
  • Play a game developed for people with vision loss, and discover how the gaming experience changes when the graphics are removed
  • Working with a partner, operate a supersized NES controller to play a game of Super Mario Bros
  • Play Tetris on a giant Game Boy
  • Play a sound-matching game and test your knowledge of retro video game music


  • Discover original concept art, storyboards, level designs, and scripts of some of the most influential games ever developed
  • Listen to experts from the industry explain how they develop the games you love
  • Explore iconic video game music and sound to learn how it has changed the gaming experience


  • Explore the technologies that game creators use to develop increasingly sophisticated storylines, graphics, gameplay, and audio
  • Experiment with augmented reality and virtual reality and see how these technologies may alter the gaming experience
  • Examine future video game trends and imagine what gaming could be! 

Game Changers is developed and produced by the Canada Science and Technology Museum. The Game Changers tour is managed by Science North.

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