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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.

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Nintendo Switch Launches Today Alongside The Legend of Zelda

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Nintendo has been releasing home gaming consoles since the 80s, and it always marks a uniquely special occasion within the industry. Today sees the release of the Nintendo Switch, the first home console that’s also completely portable.

The Nintendo Switch is selling at a retail price of $399. It comes with an HDMI cable, detachable Joy-Con controllers, portable screen, a dock for TV play, and a grip to combine the Joy-Con into a single controller. It’s being sold in two color options that change the Joy-Con: all gray, or one blue and one red. It does not include any games.

“Nintendo Switch makes it easy for anyone to enjoy their games in the living room and then quickly take them on the go,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. ‘This versatile system allows people to play in unexpected places. It’s the kind of twist in gaming that Nintendo is known for.”

Nintendo always pushes the envelope on their hardware, whether for better or for worse. Ultimately every gaming system boils down to its games.

Launching alongside the Nintendo Switch is Nintendo’s biggest game in years, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This hotly anticipated entry in one of gaming’s most beloved and well-known series looks to redefine both open-world RPGs and its own storied franchise (read our hands-on preview). The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is also launching for Wii U today. An Expansion Pass is available for $19.99.

Here are the big titles launching with the Nintendo Switch today, March 3:

  • 1-2 Switch
  • Just Dance 2017
  • Skylanders Imaginators
  • Snipperclips
  • Super Bomberman R

Coming later in the Spring and Summer are Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms, Has-Been Heroes, and Splatoon 2. This Fall should see the release of the first Mario game on Nintendo Switch with Super Mario Odyssey.