This will be the first exhibition tournament featuring the recently announced Super Smash Bros. game coming to Switch in 2018, and suggests that the game may well be making its first grand appearance during the event. This is an invitational competition, with an undisclosed number of the game's best players set to be invited by Nintendo.
The Splatoon 2 World Championship will feature four top teams, each of which will qualify for the event from Japan, Europe, U.S./Canada, and Australia/New Zealand. Prior to this Championship, Nintendo will host U.S./Canada online qualifiers which will allow teams of four, ages 13 and up, to try and earn their place in the grand finals. These qualifiers will take place on 21st April starting at 11am PT, and finals will take place on 28th April at 8am PT. If you're interested, you can find out more here.
Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, has said the following:
“Nintendo always takes an original approach to video game competitions, and the portability of Nintendo Switch enables unique gameplay possibilities. We’re looking forward to watching some of the best players in the world test their skills against each other in these two uniquely competitive games.”
The competitions will be live-streamed, allowing viewers at home to soak up all of the action, and there is no doubt that some ridiculously high levels of play will be on show.
Are you ready to see Super Smash Bros. at E3? The countdown begins.