Hard to believe, but E3 is only a few short weeks away. In preparation for the big show, Nintendo has pulled back the curtain on their weeklong plans. Visitors can expect a lot of hands-on time with upcoming Switch titles, as well as some Nintendo-themed tournaments.
With E3 2017 set to run from June 13-15 in Los Angeles, Nintendo aims to give gamers their first hands-on time with some big Switch titles at this year's show, according to a press release from the publisher. Probably the biggest draw will be some one-on-one time with Super Mario Odyssey, the latest entry in the storied franchise that's expected to launch later this year. Nintendo is touting this as the mustachioed plumber's first "sandbox-style outing" since Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, so get ready to do lots of exploring in the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond.
Other big Nintendo events during E3 include their annual Spotlight video presentation, which will be stuffed with everything you need to know about upcoming Switch and 3DS games. If Nintendo plans to make any big reveals, talks DLC for existing games or show off any additional hardware, their video showcase is likely to be your first chance to soak up all of the details. It's scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 13, beginning at 9 a.m. PT. They've already set up a page where you can watch the live footage or view presentations you may have missed, so don't forget to give the page a bookmark before the show gets rolling. Or, if things get too crowded, you can always stay up to date on Nintendo's YouTube and Twitch feeds, too.
As in years past, the Nintendo Treehouse gang will be offering their usual dose of Nintendo-related news throughout the show. If the Spotlight presentation is the bird's eye view of Nintendo's next year in gaming, the Treehouse crew is the microscope. They usually spend the week interviewing developers, showing off gameplay, and revealing additional details about all things Nintendo.
Also, in keeping with the promotional trailer for the Switch pre-launch, Nintendo is gearing up to make official tournaments a bigger part of their gaming presence. During E3, they'll be hosting tournaments for both ARMS and Splatoon 2, with visitors to the show competing for glory over the course of the three-day event. Nintendo plans to livestream all of the action too, so said tournaments should serve as a nice showcase for those yet-to-be-released titles.
Nintendo has hit the ground running with the Nintendo Switch, so we figure they'll be doing everything possible to keep that forward momentum going during this year's E3. So now we throw it to the readers. Is there anything you are especially excited for out of Nintendo at this year's show? Any missing details you hope to have filled in? Let us know in the comments below.