Nintendo released possibly its greatest E3 announcement video ever on Tuesday starring the guys from Mega64 and Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aime. It’s clear that the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will have a presence at the annual gaming convention with “Super Smash Bros.” playing a major role.
In the video, Mega64’s Rocco creates a Reggie Fils-A-Mech robot that he uses to infiltrate Nintendo’s headquarters and discover their E3 plans. In humorous fashion, this reveals that Nintendo will be hosting a “Super Smash Bros.” invitational tournament during E3 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Those that can’t make it to E3 will be able to try the game out for themselves at participating Best Buy stores during a “Super Smash Bros.” Smash-Fest event.
Nintendo will also have some of its developers at E3 as part of a Project Treehouse initiative to provide daily livestreams from E3. They will be showing off all the games and other announcements from that time.
It doesn’t sound like Nintendo will be performing a stage event again this year, however. Instead, it will host a Digital Event on June 10 at 9 a.m. PST / 12 p.m. EST where all the new games and other product announcements will be made. However, it’s not clear at the time of this article if this is a livestream event, pre-recorded event or special press event.
This is a big E3 for Nintendo as the Nintendo 3DS continues to carry the company while the Wii U struggles to find its footing. “Super Smash Bros.” has obviously generated the most hype for either system, which is why the company is wisely focusing on it during the convention. However, the console maker is going to have to show much enticing games are coming to the Wii U to help juice its sales as well as provide some kind of proof the quality of life initiative that has been spoken to but not shown over the past year.
Here are the press release details for Nintendo's E3 plans that was received just after this article posted.
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 new Super 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.