With the assumed attempt to manage lines, Nintendo will be requiring E3 2018 attendees to register a time slot in order to play the new Super Smash Bros. for Switch. If you witnessed the lines for Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey the last couple years, this preemptive step may not come as a surprise. Nintendo also states that signing up ahead of time is mandatory, and that there will be no on-site way to participate if you did not already receive a ticket.
To secure your turn in Smash, you first need to be registered for a E3 badge by May 31 (which you can do here), in which case you will be sent an email with ticketing details on June 5. Tickets are free, but slots are unfortunately pretty limited, so Nintendo suggests adding “email@example.com” to your safe sender list so that you don’t miss your chance! Don’t fret too much though if you were wanting to play any of Nintendo’s other offerings, as they will be playable on the show floor without any tickets.
Attendees are only allowed one Smash ticket for the entire show, but there are actually two types of tickets available. Keeping in mind you can only choose one, you’ll be able to select between “For Fun” or “For Glory” modes. If you need a brush up on what these gametypes represent, Nintendo has the following descriptions:
“For Fun”: Play casually against other people
“For Glory”: Test your skills and see how you stack up against other competitive players. Winners advance to play in up to three rounds, after which an overall winner is declared.”
Will you be attending E3? If so, how do you feel about Nintendo’s decision to include pre-registration for Smash? Let us know your thoughts, and we look forward to bumping into a few of you at this year’s E3 battlefield*!
*By battlefield, we mean in Smash Bros. — Not the show floor.