Last year, Nintendo chose to use their E3 platform to focus largely on a single title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Of course, The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo’s largest franchises and they were aware of the selling power our green-clad (no, wait, blue-clad) hero’s next adventure would have as a launch title for their newest system. As it turns out, they were right. Breath of the Wild sold more than 1.3 million copies, according to a March 2017 report by the NPD Group. With a more than 100 percent attach rate, the game literally outsold the number of Switch units, meaning people likely bought the game before they were able to locate the console. Nintendo has announced their upcoming E3 2017 strategy and it appears they will once again be focusing mostly on a singular title as the big heavy hitter. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean there won’t be more goodies in the coin block.
Nintendo will kickoff their activities with a video presentation set to cover Mario’s newest sandbox adventure: Super Mario Odyssey. The game follows in the vein of Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy. This presentation will also cover other titles, particularly the 2017 lineup. Fans can watch the presentation live at http://e3.nintendo.com beginning at 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday, June 13. Mario enthusiasts will get some hands-on time with the heroic plumber’s newest adventure after Nintendo opens their booth around noon on the same day.
The Nintendo Switch won’t be the only system on display. The 3DS family of systems will also get its fair share of coverage during the second annual Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3 event. All Switch and 3DS gameplay, along with behind-the-scenes commentary, will be live-streamed from http://e3.nintendo.com.
Nintendo, though, is more than a gaming company. They are known for bringing people together with their focus on fun and family-friendly multiplayer competition. At E3 2017 four pre-qualified “Squid Squads” from around the globe (specifically, the U.S., Japan, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand) will compete to see who are the best ink slingers in Splatoon 2. On June 14, an open ARMS tournament will take place, pitting competitors against one-another in Nintendo’s upcoming fighting game.
Additional details are available on http://e3.nintendo.com.