Earlier this year Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime stated that Nintendo had big plans for E3 2017. Until now we knew few specifics, but new information released by the company indicates they’re looking to focus on engagement and interactivity. Alongside the new game announcements and previews will be a return of Nintendo Treehouse: Live, and tournaments for Splatoon 2 and ARMS.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 11, 2017
Nintendo announced that their showing at E3 will be headlined by new gameplay footage and details for Super Mario Odyssey. The game is described as “Mario’s first sandbox-style game since Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine.” Those comparisons will surely drum up even more excitement for Mario’s latest outing. Perhaps Nintendo is aiming to capture a similar level of excitement to what Breath of the Wild generated at last year’s E3. According to Nintendo, “Show attendees will be among some of the first people in the world to get their hands on Super Mario Odyssey”.
Aside from Mario there will be “a focus on games launching this year”, so there should be plenty for Nintendo fans to be excited about. There are many iconic characters who are yet to appear on the Switch, so there are so many possibilities. In addition, more third-party support could be announced. Square-Enix hinted recently that they would be developing more for the Switch, and even Ubisoft have sent surveys out to their fans about creating a game for the new Nintendo console.
The Nintendo Treehouse: Live event will be similar to past years’ livestreams. The event will feature “behind-the-scenes info and commentary from game developers and members of the Nintendo Treehouse” for both 3DS and Switch games. It should provide an exciting insight in to the new games.
Nintendo is returning to the tournament spotlight with not one but two livestreamed events for upcoming Switch titles. The 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational will take place on June 13, with four pre-qualified teams from Europe, the U.S., Japan, and Australia and New Zealand “participating in the first-ever international Splatoon 2 competition”. The second tournament will be the 2017 ARMS Open Invitational on June 14 in what will likely be the game’s first proper showcase.
More details on the events will be announced closer to E3, but already it looks like Nintendo could steal the show again this year. What are you most looking forward to seeing?