Nintendo is, once again, approaching the upcoming E3 extravaganza in its own way. It will be broadcasting a Nintendo Digital Event, live demo booths at Best Buy stores around the U.S. and streaming live demonstrations from the famous Treehouse team. Plenty to enjoy, then, but it'll also show off Super Smash Bros. on Wii U with a special Invitational event that'll be broadcast live, with 16 elite players putting it through its paces.
This is, of course, Nintendo's major live theatre event and a celebration of the fighting franchise, as opposed to the standard presentations of rivals. It'll take place in the NOKIA theatre, and Nintendo has now issued details for those that will be keen to attend — there'll be 3000 places up for grabs to the public, with dedicated fans to be those that get in. Details below, all times local to LA.
As a special treat for the biggest fans, attendees who dress up as their favorite Super Smash Bros. characters may be selected for priority seating right in front of the stage on which the tournament will occur. The event will be photographed and filmed, so the best costumes might appear on Twitch or Nintendo’s YouTube channel, where the event can also be viewed.
Here are the details for Tuesday, June 10:
9:30 a.m.: Wristband distribution begins at NOKIA Plaza at L.A. LIVE, 777 Chick Hearn Court in Los Angeles. A wristband is required for entry, and 3,000 wristbands are available to Nintendo fans on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Fans are requested to not line up prior to Tuesday morning. Once a wristband is obtained, fans can leave the plaza area and then return later that day, closer to the start of the event. The order that wristbands are obtained in the morning does not impact the order of entry into the venue in the afternoon.
2:30 p.m.: Doors open
4 p.m.: Super Smash Bros. Invitational begins
In great news for the publicity and potential viewer figures of the event, it'll be broadcast on the E3 Twitch Channel, Nintendo's Twitch channel and Nintendo's YouTube channel. We'll be giving it the full live streaming and live text coverage treatment here at Nintendo Life too, of course.
Are you excited about this event and planning to tune in? Better yet, are you planning to head to LA to attend? Let us know, and if you want a bit more insight into what this Invitational could mean for a potential future of more competitive Nintendo gaming events, check out our feature with Isaiah TriForce Johnson.