[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith a little more than a month left separating us from E3 2017, it was only a matter of time before companies began talking about their big plans. Nintendo is not exempt from this, despite their rather unusual approach to the expo. In fact, Nintendo has just given us an idea of what we’re going to see during E3. So now seems like the perfect time to go over those plans and give you an idea of what to look out for.
Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2017
Naturally, the most important part of their E3 show will be the digital event or video presentation. This is what takes place of Nintendo’s conspicuously missing live stage presentation. Nintendo has promised we would see Super Mario Odyssey during this time, but they specified 2017 releases as the focus. This means we’ll also see Arms, Splatoon 2, Fire Emblem Warriors, and possibly Xenoblade Chronicles 2, as well. It’s also very likely we’ll see some talk of third party support, like Skyrim or NBA 2K18.
The event didn’t mention anything of the 3DS, but it’s not specifically about the Switch either. This means we’ll likely see 3DS titles, but the presentation will likely spend more time on Switch titles. If you catch no other part of E3, make sure you tune in for the Spotlight. It’ll air at 9AM Pacific/12PM Eastern time on June 13th.
Treehouse Live at E3 2017
Of course, that won’t be all. Nintendo is bringing back their now-standard treehouse event. While the spotlight is more tailored to the major announcements, the treehouse event is all about the gameplay details. If a title caught your attention, it’d be in your best interest to watch the treehouse to see if they talk more about it. During this time, we’ll also hear from developers and other people in the gaming industry. This event will begin almost immediately after the Spotlight presentation ends and continues for days afterwards, while E3 is still going.
Invitational E3 Tournaments
Another event that’s becoming a staple of Nintendo’s E3 show is their invitationals. In the past, it’s been upcoming games, and this year will be no exception. However, this year there will be two major tournaments. On the 13th, there will be a Splatoon 2 Tournament involving four pre-qualifed teams from four major regions. That’s right, there will be a US team, a Japanese team, a European team, and a team from Australia and New Zealand. Here’s hoping it’s double elimination or round robin, because this will be too short, otherwise.
That’s not the end of it, though. On June 14th, there’s going to be an Arms invitational, as well. We don’t have as much information about this, but hopefully it’ll feature a wide variety of playable characters so we can get a good idea of how this game is going to work competitively.
It’s important to note that these are the games being chosen. This likely means that Nintendo is truly all-in on seeing these games gain a competitive following. You can bet we’ll be tuning in to see what these tournaments can teach us about the games before they launch.
Nintendo at E3 2017 Website
Finally, we conclude with a link to the E3 website, which Nintendo has recently opened. Feel free to check it out, as they’ll be sure to broadcast everything here.
Nintendo E3 Predictions
You can read our full Nintendo E3 predictions right here.