Nintendo Details Its Open-To-The-Public E3 Super Smash Bros. Tournament

by Kyle Hilliard on May 20, 2014 at 03:50 AM

Even if you won't be attending E3, if you're in Los Angeles in June, you can attend Nintendo's public Super Smash Bros. Wii U tournament.

The tournament takes place on Tuesday, June 10 and will feature 16 pre-selected Super Smash Bros. vets playing the Wii U version of the game. Starting at 9:30 a.m. that morning, Nintendo will begin distributing the 3,000 wristbands necessary to attend at the Nokia Plaza at L.A. LIVE, 777 Chick Hearn Court in Los Angeles. Nintendo is requesting that fans not line up before that time. At 2:30 p.m. the doors open for the tournament, and at 4 p.m. the fighting begins.

Nintendo is offering preferred up-front seating to attendees who cosplay as Nintendo characters. Those sitting up front have a much better chance of appearing on camera during the tournament's live stream, which you will be able to watch here.

As a side note, above is today's Super Smash Bros. pic of the day. Director Masahiro Sakurai writes on the Miiverse, "This is the capsule for the Assist Trophies. It may emit rainbow-colored lights, or even blink. Even if there's something like a Color TV-Game 15 inside…"

Both Super Smash Bros.games are on track for a 2014 release for Wii U and 3DS, with the latter planned for summer and the former planned for a fall release. For more, check out the latest Animal Crossing villager update, the newest Pokémon fighters, reveals of Luigi's final smash, a Lumiose City stagea new Animal Crossing stageDiddy Kong, the Mother Brain assist trophythe Waluigi assist trophy,LucarioZelda, the Skull KidMarthSonic, a redesigned Ray Gun, and the 3DS Mii Plaza.

For the full press release on the tournament, head to page two.


Our Take
After this little snafu last year, where Nintendo pulled Super Smash Bros. Melee from Evo 2013, but then saw the error of its ways, its exciting to see Nintendo embrace professional fighting game culture with Super Smash Bros.. I get the sense Nintendo realized how valuable the community can be to Super Smash Bros., and this is likely the first of many more streamed, Nintendo-sponsored Smash Bros. tournaments to come.

Nintendo Invites Public to Super Smash Bros. Invitational at E3

E3 Expo 2014

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo invites fans in the Los Angeles area to attend and observe the first-ever public tournament of its new Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. On Tuesday, June 10, Nintendo will welcome 16 previously selected highly skilled Super Smash Bros. players to NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles to celebrate Super Smash Bros. fan culture and find out who will emerge victorious on the big stage. The Super Smash Bros. Invitational will entertain thousands of spectators in person, and will also be live-streamed on both Twitch’s E3 channel and Nintendo’s Twitch channel to let countless others around the world be among the first to see the new game in action.

As a special treat for the biggest fans, attendees who dress up as their favorite Super Smash Bros. characters may be selected for priority seating right in front of the stage on which the tournament will occur. The event will be photographed and filmed, so the best costumes might appear on Twitch or Nintendo’s YouTube channel, where the event can also be viewed.
Here are the details for Tuesday, June 10:

9:30 a.m.:                 Wristband distribution begins at NOKIA Plaza at L.A. LIVE, 777 Chick Hearn Court in Los Angeles. A wristband is required for entry, and 3,000 wristbands are available to Nintendo fans on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Fans are requested to not line up prior to Tuesday morning. Once a wristband is obtained, fans can leave the plaza area and then return later that day, closer to the start of the event. The order that wristbands are obtained in the morning does not impact the order of entry into the venue in the afternoon.
2:30 p.m.:             Doors open
4 p.m.:             Super Smash Bros. Invitational begins
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is scheduled to launch during the winter of 2014, while the Nintendo 3DS version is targeted for this summer.

For more information about the Super Smash Bros. Invitational, visit http://e3.nintendo.com/#2014/tournament.