It looks like Nintendo is forgoing a physical press conference again for E3 2014. This time it's called the "Nintendo Digital Event." Last year's Nintendo Direct presser wasn't the unmitigated disaster I was fearing, and considering their last few physical E3 events in 2011 and 2012 were pretty underwhelming this might just be the way to go from now on. I'll still miss the old days of the E3 grand slam though.
On the bright side, they'll be hosting a tournament for the new Smash Bros Wii U game, with 16 of the world's best Smash players competing on a live stream. They'll also have the Treehouse localization staff on hand for live demos. Wrapping up the festivities will be open-to-the-public events at select Best Buy retailers, similar to what they held last year. This way fans will be able to try the new Smash Bros even if they can't make it to E3.
This is all well and good but I'm hoping for some pretty killer surprises this year. It's no secret that the Wii U isn't doing too hot, and while finally trying the new Smash Bros is exciting, we've been hearing about that game for two years now.
What about Monolith's RPG X? What is Retro Studios working on now? Will Nintendo announce any new IP? Can we at least have a new Star Fox? Hopefully Nintendo will have another E3 like 2010's stellar lineup, because this track record of "too little, too late" with the Wii U is going to put that console in the ground if they don't do something big and soon.
Super Smash Bros. Tournament Highlights Nintendo’s E3 Approach
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Over the last few years, Nintendo has repeatedly reinvented its approach to E3 by creating unique ways to break news and get fans at home involved in the fun, while also offering great experiences for on-site attendees. That mission continues in 2014 as Nintendo offers a series of new channels to communicate news directly to its key audiences, including fans, media, analysts, investors and business partners. This includes a new format for unveiling news: the Nintendo Digital Event; a Super Smash Bros. tournament; a full slate of live, in-depth game demos from the Nintendo booth; and an opportunity for fans to play Super Smash Bros. for Wii U for the first time at their local Best Buy.
“We demonstrated last year that we are never afraid to reinvent a proven tactic or to break completely new ground if we believe it will provide the best experience for our fans, followers and partners,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president and chief operating officer. “So, whether you’re attending E3 in person or joining online, there’s an amazing lineup of games, experiences and events coming your way.”
At E3 2014, Nintendo will offer four unique experiences, all under the unifying banner of “Play Nintendo.”
Super Smash Bros. Invitational
Nintendo Digital Event
Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3
Super Smash Bros. Smash Fest @ Best Buy
More details about each event, including dates, times, locations and game content will be revealed shortly. To follow all of Nintendo’s E3 activities, keep an eye on Nintendo’s Facebook page, Twitter feed and YouTube channel. Or visithttp://e3.nintendo.com.