Nintendo Talks E3 Tournaments and Teases About More To Come
E3 is without a doubt one of the biggest gaming conventions on the planet. It's a place where every major publisher and numerous developers go to highlight what's coming in not just the back half of the year, but in the years beyond. As such, gamers place great expectations on Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, expecting them to deliver in big ways. Last year, Nintendo basically dominated the event, and this year is shaping up to mimic that triumph.
Last year's showing unveiled release dates for several major games, including Super Mario Odyssey (which was named Best In Show by many), and teased new ones like Metroid Prime 4. For E3 2018, the only thing we know about for certain is that there will be a Splatoon 2 Tournament and an invitational for the new Super Smash Bros. For Switch. In an interview with Polygon, Nintendo's Bill Trinen noted that fans can expect "high-level play" from both events. Meaning that Nintendo is going all out to ensure that the events will be worth watching:
“We want to have an event that showcases a really high level of play. We want it to be fun for the players, fun for the fans in attendance and for those streaming at home. We want to have matchups that people want to see.”
Also in that interview, Trinen stated that Nintendo would be making "many" announcements as to what Nintendo's programming would be like at E3 outside of the tournaments.
That's very interesting, and more than enough for us to speculate about what's coming. Without a doubt, Nintendo will have a "Digital Showcase". They've done this for years, and have actually had a lot of success with it as it erases the "real-life troubles" aspect that sometimes plagues presenters at E3. More than likely, it'll be around 30-40 minutes depending on what Nintendo wants to show.
Also, a guarantee is the Nintendo Treehouse. This is a several hour event where gamers get to see demos, developer interviews, and sometimes even some new games being unveiled. When Nintendo won E3 2017, many considered the Treehouse a big reason as to why. For it was during the Treehouse event that Metroid: Samus Returns was unveiled, along with several other 3DS titles. It was also the place where Mario + Rabbids Kingdom went from "Why is this happening?" title to one of the most anticipated games of the year.
However, something about Trinen's way of saying "Many" makes us wonder if there are more events coming. It's certainly possible given who Nintendo is, and the success of their console the Switch. But, what else could it be? Could they be having several digital events this year? Maybe one for 1st party games, one for 3rd party titles, and one for indies? Or maybe they'll finally announce the successor to the 3DS? Or maybe they'll reveal something that no one would ever expect? It's hard to say, but we will find out when E3 2018 arrives on June 12th-14th.