It won’t be much longer now until E3 2014 descends upon Los Angeles, California and an unfathomable amount of gaming news is dropped upon the hordes of anxious fans. While many details are still up in the air in regards to press conferences, many gamers have been awaiting some kind of confirmation from Nintendo after it bailed on its traditional showcase at the Nokia Theatre last year. Instead the company focussed on digitally announcing the bulk of its forthcoming software, and now it’ll be kicking it up a notch in 2014.
The house of Mario has announced that it will once again forego a traditional press conference in favor of a Nintendo Direct-inspired showcase called the ‘Nintendo Digital Event’. The live stream will begin airing to the masses on Tuesday, June 10 at 9 a.m. PT, and it’s said to feature a bevy of new game announcements and reveals. We already know that The Legend of Zelda for the Wii U will be present during the event, but it’s anyone’s guess in regards to what else awaits gamers.
Ninty also announced that (similar to the Developer Directs that debuted during E3 2013), there will be an ample amount of exclusive previews held for a number of newly announced titles. Branded ‘Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3’, this program will feature live demos and unscripted interviews with some of the most prestigious developers currently under the Big N’s employ. Nintendo plans on running the stream live from the E3 show floor, and it’ll be available for fans to view during all hours of the show. That’s not all that’ll be happening either.
Despite not booking the Nokia Theatre to host a press conference, the Big N will be renting out the prestigious building to provide its fans with something very different. The theatre will host a Super Smash Bros. tournament featuring the upcoming fighting game for the Wii U, and fans are invited to come and watch the spectacle live. A total of 16 “highly skilled” Smashers are being invited to participate in the tourney — although the Nintendo hasn’t revealed the identity of those players yet.
Nintendo also hasn’t spilled the beans on specifics regarding the tournament (such as how fans will be able to watch or attend the event), but it promises that those details will be arriving soon.
Of course, a majority of gamers won’t be in the L.A. area during E3 2014, but Nintendo has taken the necessary steps to ensure that geographical obstacles won’t stand in the way of Super Smash Bros. fans looking to get their hands on the upcoming Wii U iteration. Just like last year, Best Buy will allow consumers to try out an unreleased Nintendo game, and this time gamers will be able to go hands-on with none other than Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Renting out the Nokia Theatre is far from a trivial expense, which means that this is a huge deal for Nintendo. It’s a sign that the company is taking the Super Smash Bros. franchise as a serious tournament fighter for competitive players, which explains why series’ creator, Masahiro Sakurai, has spent so much time balancing the title.
Game Rant will be covering all ongoings from the Nintendo Digital Event and any other news that emanates from E3 2014, so stay tuned for more details.
Do you think this format during E3 2014 will work best for Nintendo? Will you be tuning into the Smash Bros. tournament or heading to your local Best Buy to try out the game?
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