With just over a month to go, anticipation for E3 2015 is starting to reach a boiling point. Nintendo in particular has had an interesting approach to the video game extravaganza in recent years, opting to go fully digital in the way it delivers its content to gamers around the world in lieu of an actual press conference.
After teasing its plans for this year’s major gaming fiasco, it has been confirmed that the same tried and true online approach for delivering news won’t change, but the Big N has also announced that it’ll be resurrecting the Nintendo World Championships after a 25 year absence.
First things first, the Nintendo Digital Event – the broadcast that Ninty uses instead of a formal press conference – is set to get underway on Tuesday, June 16 at 9 am PST. After that comes to an end, Nintendo Treehouse: Live @E3 will get underway in order to show off some of the new games that the house of Mario has been working on. There’s no specific start time for this particular showcase, but Nintendo is sure to offer updates on that very soon.
Meanwhile, eager fans that aren’t able to check out the E3 show floor for themselves will be able to head over to participating Best Buy locations and go hands-on with Mario Maker starting at 4 to 9 pm local time on Wednesday, June 17, as well as noon to 5 pm local time on Saturday, June 20. As an added incentive, fans can also nab an exclusive Super Mario Bros. 30th anniversary pin just for checking the game out – of course, that offer is only valid while supplies last.
Last, but not least, there’s the aforementioned return of the Nintendo World Championships, which will pit some of the best players from all over the United States against one another. Beginning May 30, select Best Buy locations in major cities will be hosting tournaments to determine which players will then compete at E3 2015. Those local winners, as well as a handful of hand-picked Nintendo entrants, will then go head-to-head on June 14, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
The winner of this multi-round competition will be crowned the 2015 Nintendo World Champion, and will likely be awarded some sort of wondrous prize. Fans can go and watch the action unfold live if they happen to be in the L.A. area, but the event will also be broadcasted online for fans aching for some heated, Nintendo-centric competition.
While the return of the Nintendo World Championships is sure to be fun for fans, it’ll be interesting to see what the company has planned in terms of game reveals. It has already been confirmed that gamers will get their first glimpse of the new Star Fox game for Wii U, but Nintendo has also already let everyone know that highly anticipated The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will be missing E3 2015 all together.
Only time will tell what the Big N will have one display during the big event, so stay tuned to Game Rant for more details as they emerge.
What do you think Nintendo will announced during its Digital Event? Are you excited for the return of the Nintendo World Championships?