It’s that time of year when we climb aboard the E3 hype train and head to LA for the biggest show on the video games calendar. While it isn’t quite the behemoth it used to be, it’s an exciting time for gamers the world over, with the event at the LA Convention Center still attracting huge announcements from the big companies.
Sony’s sitting this one out, which means the Microsoft and Nintendo are bookending the big presentations. Before all that, though, Nintendo will be kicking off tournament livestreams on Saturday 8th June.
Below you’ll find all the times for Nintendo’s events, followed by other presentations that may be of interest to Nintendo fans. We'll keep this updated with any changes or timetable revelations, so you can check back for more info as we get it. All aboard the hype train!
Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational, Splatoon 2 & Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Championships 2019
Saturday 8th June – 11:00 PT / 14:00 EST / 19:00 BST / 20:00 CET
Kicking things off with a trio of livestreams, the Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational 2019 promises to showcase Nintendo Treehouse-created levels being completed by four players from the Super Mario Maker community.
Nintendo Direct E3 2019
Tuesday 11th June – 09:00 PT / 12:00 EST / 17:00 BST / 18:00 CET
Yep, this is the big one. There’s no word yet on how long it’ll be but we can expect a smorgasbord of upcoming 2019 Switch titles such as Animal Crossing, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Astral Chain, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and more, plus some juicy surprises. This will also likely be the Direct debut of Doug Bowser, President of Nintendo of America, following Reggie’s retirement, so we’re looking forward to seeing how he fills his predecessor’s considerable shoes. It’s said to focus ‘entirely on software’, but Nintendo are famous for finishing on a ‘oh, and one more thing…’ note, so we wouldn’t discount anything. Check out our video with Alex and Zion chatting about what they expect from Nintendo at E3 2019.
Nintendo Treehouse Live E3 2019
Tuesday 11th June – Thursday 13th June – 09:00 PT / 12:00 EST / 17:00 BST / 18:00 CET
Following the template of the last few years, Nintendo will be livestreaming from the E3 show floor from 9am PT every day with guests and commentary accompanying gameplay from the titles discussed in the Direct.
Show attendees will have the chance to get their hands on Pokémon Sword and Shield, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Luigi's Mansion 3 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order - all playable on the showfloor, plus 'more' that haven't been announced. While Tuesday and Wednesday will be normal Treehouse days, Thursday is also 'Indie Day 2019' and will focus on titles coming from smaller developers.
This is an ongoing stream throughout the three days of the event, so you can drop in and drop out any time you please. We’ll be watching the entire thing, of course, so you can catch up on anything you miss by keeping an eye on this very site.
That’s everything Nintendo has planned this year, but what about the other companies? Well, below are the times for the other conferences you might want to keep an eye on:
Sunday 9th June – 13:00 PT / 16:00 EST / 21:00 BST / 22:00 CET – Microsoft
Sunday 9th June – 17:30 PT / 20:30 EST / 01:30 BST (Mon) / 02:30 CET (Mon) – Bethesda
Sunday 9th June – 19:00 PT / 22:00 EST / 03:00 BST (Mon) / 04:00 CET (Mon) – Devolver Digital
Monday 10th June – 12:00 PT / 15:00 EST / 20:00 BST / 21:00 CET – Limited Run Games
Monday 10th June – 13:00 PT / 16:00 EST / 21:00 BST / 22:00 CET – Ubisoft
Monday 10th June – 18:00 PT / 21:00 EST / 02:00 BST (Tue) / 03:00 CET (Tue) – Square Enix
We’ve included Microsoft just in case you fancy seeing what the competition has to offer, although with Nintendo and Microsoft getting more friendly every day, Microsoft’s conference could be more relevant to Nintendo fans than ever before - please give us Banjo, Phil! We’ll see more about the upcoming DOOM Eternal from Bethesda. Limited Run Games should be revealing some upcoming physical Switch releases. Ubisoft and Nintendo have been best buds for a while now, and we’re intrigued to see what Ubisoft has in store for Switch – a sequel to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, perhaps? Square Enix are likely to have Dragon Quest news for Switch, too, so that could be worth keeping an eye on.
As always, we'll be covering every juicy announcement and moment of the event, so don’t worry if little things like, say, ‘sleep’ take priority over a conference or two. Until then, what's that we hear? That's the sound of the hype train arriving at the station. All aboard!
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