Nintendo has a lot to prove during this year’s E3, especially considering the dire situation it finds itself in with its latest home console — the Wii U. Fortunately, it looks as if there will be plenty of exclusive software at the big event that should have no problem selling consoles. While the previously confirmed 3D Mario and Mario Kart 8 along would manage to gain the attention of consumers, it’s the Super Smash Bros. franchise that many die hard gamers will be tuning in for.
As many fans are already well aware, Nintendo won’t be hosting a traditional press conference during E3 2013; opting instead to air a Nintendo Direct presentation that features all of its big announcements. With anticipation for the broadcast reaching a fever pitch, the creator of the Super Smash Bros. series, Masahiro Sakurai, has announced that gamers can expect some footage of Smash 4 during the forthcoming Nintendo Direct.
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“I should note: In the Nintendo Direct scheduled for 11 p.m. on June 11, a new video of Smash Bros. will be unveiled for the first time. [It will be shown] simultaneously worldwide, here for the first time! Don’t miss it.”
This is somewhat of a relief for gamers after Nintendo President Satoru Iwata confusingly stated that fans could only expect to see screenshots of the title. Sakurai himself later clarified that Smash Bros. aficionados could expect “something better” at E3, but never clarified what he meant by this claim. There’s no question that a trailer, or even pieces of gameplay footage, are better than a handful of screenshots.
It’s likely that this trailer will be comparable to past Smash Bros. reveal trailers — effectively meaning that there will be a blend of cinematic and actual gameplay footage. Of course, those that remember the initial teaser trailer for Super Smash Bros. Brawl will recall that several playable newcomers were revealed — including Metal Gear Solid‘s very own Solid Snake — so it’s not out of the question to expect something on par with that.
Previous rumors have described what the alleged trailer will look like, but in just a few short days fans will finally find out if those reports had any merit. For now, however, the prospect of finally seeing Super Smash Bros. 4 in action should be more than enough to keep fans on their toes.
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