During the most recent Nintendo Direct we got the exciting news that Super Smash Bros. is coming to the Nintendo Switch! We haven’t seen much of the upcoming fighter yet, but that should be changing soon. Nintendo announced today that they’ll be holding a Super Smash Bros. Invitational at this year’s E3, as well as a Splatoon 2 World Championship.
If you’re hoping to compete with the best in
Splatoon 2, you’ll want to start practicing! Qualifiers for the World Championship will begin on April 21st in US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Additional information regarding E3 will be announced at a later date. Nintendo hasn’t given exact details on how Smash players will be chosen for the Invitational, but Nintendo of America’s Senior Product Marketing Manager, Bill Trinen, spoke to IGN about appealing to fans of eSports as well as more casual fans.
“We look at the Invitational from both a tournament perspective and a play perspective. We plan on showcasing high level, world-class play with Super Smash Bros for Switch, and we also plan on showcasing the game in a way that highlights how fun it can be for players and different ways that players will enjoy playing the game. I think that’s something that’s a bit unique to Nintendo’s approach to these types of tournaments. We try to design them in a way that’s welcoming to both people who are really into the esports side of things, but also to people who maybe don’t spend as much time watching esports but are still interested in seeing fun competitive play.
“The reality is that Smash Bros. already has its own competitive scene, and it’s a scene that we’ve tried to continue to support in a variety of different ways, and we’ve seen a lot of growth regarding the number of players and viewership. I think those tournaments are really good at focusing on the competitive scene. For E3 and with our own tournaments, we’re trying to look at how we can bring that same competitive fun to a larger audience. As we start to do some of that, we’ll see some of that larger audience bleed back over into the competitive scene and the tournaments themselves.” — Bill Trinen
If you’re interested in either of these events, you’ll want to keep your eyes on Nintendo’s Official E3 2018 website for future updates.