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Super Mario Odyssey Will Be Playable For the First Time at E3

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Nintendo has provided its first details into its E3 2017 showcase. As in previous years, Nintendo will forgo a live presentation in favor of a video event called Nintendo Spotlight: Live at E3. The Nintendo Spotlight presentation will kick off E3 by airing on June 13 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern.

The E3 Spotlight will focus on the Nintendo Switch games coming out in the latter half of 2017, including the biggest release, Super Mario Odyssey.

Following the E3 Spotlight presentation will be a Nintendo Treehouse live stream. That show will provide a more in-depth and hands-on look at upcoming games for both the Switch and Nintendo 3DS. It will be hosted by members of the Nintendo Treehouse marketing and social team and include developer commentary.

“Our various E3 activities will showcase the next steps for Nintendo Switch, from a summer of social competitive gaming to a holiday season highlighted by a milestone Mario adventure,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO at Nintendo of America. “With Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3, fans at home can watch in-depth gameplay of Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS games launching this year.”

Nintendo will have a sizable presence on the show floor, where they’ll be presenting Super Mario Odyssey for the first time. Nintendo is marketing Odyssey as a true 3D sandbox title for the Mario series – the first seen since 2002’s Super Mario Sunshine on the GameCube.

Two Nintendo Switch tournaments will be live streamed from the E3 showfloor. The first is the 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational. It’s the first Splatoon 2 competitive tournament of its kind, comprised of qualifying teams from Japan, Europe, Australia/NZ, and the US. It will be streamed on June 13. Splatoon 2 is scheduled for release on July 21.

The second tournament is the 2017 ARMS Open Invitational, which will feature Nintendo’s upcoming motion-controlled fighting game. The tournament will take place on June 14; ARMS launches on June 16.

More details about Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight and games will be announced as the event draws closer. E3 2017 runs from June 13-15.


E3 Opens Its Doors To The Public For the First Time This Year

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After several years of slightly declining relevance, E3 just gave everyone a jolt of both excitement and dread. This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo will be open to the public, for the first time in the expo’s 20+ years history.

Tickets will go on sale beginning next week, on Feb. 13. A total of 15,000 public tickets will be sold. The first 1,000 tickets can be purchased at a discount of $149. After that the price jumps to $249. Tickets are good for all three days E3 2017: June 13-15. E3 is located at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

The Electronic Software Association (ESA) hosts the event every year. Last year E3 experimented with allowing public access through its E3 Live event. Attendees could play many of the E3 games at a separate location in Los Angeles. “The feedback we heard was clear,” Rich Taylor, ESA Senior VP told GameSpot. “They wanted to play the games inside the convention center. In addition, exhibitors inside the convention center wanted to have access to the fans. So this year we’re bringing the two together.”

Business passes will still be available for those in the industry. These passes will allow for preferred entry into the convention center and access to special areas.

In recent years attitudes toward E3 have declined. Major companies such as Activision and EA have pulled out entirely. The once prominent trade show has been suffering from an identity crisis. It will be interesting to see if this big change is exactly what E3 needs, or if it ends up being a huge mistake.