Nintendo Outlines Plans for E3 2018

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo is returning to the E3 video game trade show in June with fan-favorite activities and new features to keep watchers around the world and attendees in Los Angeles engaged and having fun. As in recent years, Nintendo will focus its E3 activities on games coming soon, with a special spotlight given to a key headlining title: the recently announced Super Smash Bros. game coming to the Nintendo Switch system this year. Games launching beyond 2018 will be featured at a later date.

The festivities kick off with two days of high-level competitive action at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. On Monday, June 11, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. PT, qualifying teams representing the United States/Canada, Japan, Europe and Australia/New Zealand will ink their way to glory in the opening rounds of the Splatoon 2 World Championship tournament. The finals will take place the following day on Tuesday, June 12, immediately followed by the Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018 tournament, which will pit invited players against each other in the recently announced Super Smash Bros. game for Nintendo Switch. A few fans who come dressed as their favorite Nintendo character on June 12 may be chosen to play the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game on stage in exhibition play. Tickets will be issued on-site at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles each day of the event. Additional details about how fans can attend in-person will be shared in the future. All the action from both days will be streamed live on https://e3.nintendo.com, YouTube and Twitch.

At 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday, June 12, Nintendo will debut a video presentation* featuring games releasing in 2018, including the recently announced Super Smash Bros. game for Nintendo Switch. Right after the presentation, Nintendo Treehouse: Live | E3 2018 will begin three days of live gameplay, appearances by developers and an insider look at games, starting with the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game for Nintendo Switch. Everyone can watch the video presentation and Nintendo Treehouse: Live | E3 2018 at https://e3.nintendo.com, YouTube and Twitch.

June 12-14, visitors to Nintendo’s booth at the Los Angeles Convention Center will be able to play a variety of games, including the recently announced Super Smash Bros. game for Nintendo Switch. Additionally, some of the most noteworthy upcoming third-party games on Nintendo Switch will be featured across several Nintendo activities throughout the week.

Streaming content will be shown live at the Nintendo NY store, starting on June 11 with the Splatoon 2 World Championship opening rounds. And June 12-15, visitors to the store will be among the first to play a selection of games shown at Nintendo’s booth during E3.

“Every year we take a look at E3 and craft the best experience for our fans, regardless of whether they are attending the show or watching from afar,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We expect that each of our E3 activities will give an additional boost to the already strong momentum enjoyed by Nintendo Switch.”

Additional details about Nintendo’s presence at E3 2018 will be shared in the coming weeks. For the latest updates, keep an eye on https://e3.nintendo.com.

Tags: 3ds, eshop, switch


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Yeah, Samus Returns *returned* during the Treehouse event, just as Metroid purists were starting to complain about the lack of a 2D Metroid. It was kinda hilarious.

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Remember when last year they said only 2017 titles and we got Pokemon and Metroid Prime 4? I expect the same thing when they say only 2018 titles.

One of my favorite events of the year. Some of that pre E3 excitement and anticipation is starting to wake up a bit in me. I like this format of a video presentation and then days of Treehouse live. I like having a tournament to show off the new Smash. I hope it has a lot of new characters or its not going to be very exciting for me; I've seen plenty of Smash Wii U.

I'm definitely getting excited for E3 already. Especially since my vacation hours got upgraded this year from 1 to 2 weeks...so I've already put in for Jun 10-15 off. I plan on doing nothing but diving deep into gaming for the week. Which includes keeping the Treehouse streaming the entire time its on, beginning to end. I simply cannot wait to learn what Nintendo has up its sleeve...and what third parties have in store as they start to come to the Switch party!

Now I know when to put in for my vacation. This is going to be great.

I wonder if smash is just a port of the Wii u version. Seems really odd for Nintendo to announce this so soon.

I don't think it sounds so unusual if you take into account what they said at the very beginning of the Switch's second year: that this second year of the Switch's life is crucial to the company in continuing the sales of Switch hardware into people's hands. And I think they started that with the Metroid Prime 4 and Pokemon Switch reveals last E3. And I think there are few things which could have drawn in more people to Switch than an announcement for Smash. That got people hyped up WAY high (just go back and watch some of the many "Smash reveal live reaction" videos on YouTube...it was pretty insane some of them). Maybe another big one would be Animal Crossing...but its Smash that would draw in that core gamer crowd that you want to get your console into the hands of. Because its core gamers who are going to buy software. Animal Crossing might bring in a more diverse crowd...but that's a game that you can get alone and spend hours and hours and hours tooling around in. I DO think Animal Crossing Switch is in the making, and I'm hoping to hear something about it at E3. But...we shall see!

A lovely 2AM for me in Australia. 2AM on a Wednesday.

The internet would explode if Nintendo announced that they were going to have a stage presence once again this year.


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