NintendoFuse has received word on the official plans for E3 from Nintendo… directly.
First off, they are continuing from last year by not doing their major event show. Instead it will be another digital event – which seems to indicate that it will basically be a Nintendo Direct. Before you start moaning and groaning over this, there is more. They also announced there will be a LIVE Smash Brothers tournament that will also be aired. The tournament will be consisting of 16 players – and they did not reveal how those 16 will be chosen. The tournament will be done on the Wii U version of the upcoming game. They did promise additional details to be revealed soon concerning how to enter, where to play, etc. Is that not enough? Can’t make it to E3 this year? Well Nintendo is also allowing demos from E3 to be at Best Buy locations again this year, specifically Super Smash Brothers Wii U will be playable. It is likely that other titles will be available like last year.
The icing on the cake will that the Nintendo Treehouse will also be at E3 – to show off live demos of all the upcoming games. These demos will also be streamed online as well. These demos will not be limited to Nintendo’s main day of the show (Tuesday June 10), and will be shown all throughout the normal work day. Alex from NintendoFuse will be on the scene at E3 to give us all additional information as well.
What do you think of the announcement? Excited for Smash Brothers? Hoping to play in the tournament? Let us know in the comments.
[Source: press release - see below]
Play Nintendo: New Games, New Events and Live, Nonstop Programming on Tap for E3 2014
Super Smash Bros. Tournament Highlights Nintendo’s E3 Approach
REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Over the last few years, Nintendo has repeatedly reinvented its approach to E3 by creating unique ways to break news and get fans at home involved in the fun, while also offering great experiences for on-site attendees. That mission continues in 2014 as Nintendo offers a series of new channels to communicate news directly to its key audiences, including fans, media, analysts, investors and business partners. This includes a new format for unveiling news: the Nintendo Digital Event; a Super Smash Bros. tournament; a full slate of live, in-depth game demos from the Nintendo booth; and an opportunity for fans to play Super Smash Bros. for Wii U for the first time at their local Best Buy.
“We demonstrated last year that we are never afraid to reinvent a proven tactic or to break completely new ground if we believe it will provide the best experience for our fans, followers and partners,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president and chief operating officer. “So, whether you’re attending E3 in person or joining online, there’s an amazing lineup of games, experiences and events coming your way.”
At E3 2014, Nintendo will offer four unique experiences, all under the unifying banner of “Play Nintendo.”
Super Smash Bros. Invitational
- 2014 will see the arrival of not one, but two new Super Smash Bros. games: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. To commemorate this occasion, Nintendo is inviting 16 highly skilled Super Smash Bros. players to the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles to compete in a Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament. Thousands of fans in the audience and countless more watching a live stream online will see newSuper Smash Bros. characters clash with existing favorites in action for the first time. More important than declaring a winner, however, this event is a celebration of all things Super Smash Bros., and a great way for new and veteran fans to take part in a tribute to this legendary franchise. More information about the 16 invited participants in the tournament, the identity of the announcers, and how fans of the franchise can view the tournament in person and via webcast, will be communicated shortly.
Nintendo Digital Event
- Every year, Nintendo looks for the best way to show its games and share its news with fans, media and other key audiences. In 2013, Nintendo decided to forgo a traditional press conference and use a video – in that case a Nintendo Direct – to share its news from E3. The company is building on that approach at E3 2014 with the “Nintendo Digital Event,” a new kind of video program that will reveal and provide further detail about the gaming experiences on the way for Nintendo platforms in 2014 and beyond. The Nintendo Digital Event will air at 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday, June 10.
Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3
- This year, Nintendo will offer fans a deeper look at Nintendo’s biggest games of E3, with information directly from the source. The “Treehouse,” the Product Development department at Nintendo of America, will provide in-depth game demos live and unscripted from Nintendo’s booth. This new program will be live streamed during all hours of the E3 show. Fans can get settled in, open their browsers and experience the Nintendo games at E3 like never before.
Super Smash Bros. Smash Fest @ Best Buy
- In 2013, Nintendo broke new ground by expanding its E3 activities outside of the walls of the Los Angeles Convention Center and letting fans play some of the games being played on the show floor at participating Best Buy stores. The partnership between Nintendo and Best Buy continues in 2014 and will mark the first time around the world that fans have had the opportunity to get their hands on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
More details about each event, including dates, times, locations and game content will be revealed shortly. To follow all of Nintendo’s E3 activities, keep an eye on Nintendo’s Facebook page, Twitter feed and YouTube channel. Or visit http://e3.nintendo.com.