Some pretty exciting news was announced today regarding some of Nintendo’s plans during E3 2018!! Nintendo announced that on June 11 – 12, an invited group of players and teams will participate in Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. tournaments. And the best part? It will feature the newly announced Super Smash Bros!!
This will be the first exhibition tournament for Smash and the first world championship since the launch of Splatoon 2. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to E3 to watch – it will be live streamed!
According to the press release, Nintendo will host U.S./Canada online qualifiers for the Splatoon 2 tournament. The U.S./Canada qualifier will be the Splatoon 2 U.S./Canada Inkling Open 2018 hosted by Battlefy. Open qualifiers for teams of four ages 13 and up will take place on April 21 starting at 11 a.m. PT and finals will take place on April 28 at 8 a.m. PT. Teams will compete in Turf War during the open qualifiers and in Ranked Battle modes during the finals. Players can learn more about the qualifiers at https://e3.nintendo.com/splatoon-2-inkling-open/. Players from around the world competed in their region’s qualifying events for a spot at the Splatoon 2 World Championship, and those in Japan (Splatoon Koshien 2018), Europe (Splatoon European Championship) and Australia (AUNZ Splatoon Cup) should check information from their local regions regarding these qualifiers.
In the same press release, Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said the following – “Nintendo always takes an original approach to video game competitions, and the portability of Nintendo Switch enables unique gameplay possibilities. We’re looking forward to watching some of the best players in the world test their skills against each other in these two uniquely competitive games.”
I know there are a lot of rumors about Smash being brand new or a port, and luckily, we won’t have to wait too long to find out for sure! This will be a very exciting event during E3. Last year, a tournament was played in the Nintendo Booth, and it was a blast to watch while waiting in line.
Nintendo will announce more plans for E3 2018 at a later date.
Will you be tuning in for the tournaments? Let us know in the comments!