Coming off a strong 2017, Nintendo might have an even bigger year in store in 2018 thanks to the confirmation of Smash Bros. coming to the Switch this year and more, with Nintendo highlighting it and last year’s Splatoon 2 in a big way at E3 2018.
Nintendo has announced that the company will be hosting two tournament events during the week of E3 2018, the first being its Super Smash Bros. Invitational that will bring players together from around the world to compete in the recently-announced Super Smash Bros. title that is coming to Switch later this year. The invitational will gather a select number of players to compete in a way that will be similar to the Smash Bros. events that Nintendo hosted during E3 2014 for the Wii U and 3DS titles.
The second of these events is the Splatoon 2 World Championship, which will gather qualifying teams from various regions, including the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, and more in a series of qualifying matches leading up to the tournament itself in June. The US and Canada qualifying matches will be held in April, and fulls details for locations and registering to qualify for the US/Canada Inkling Open can be found here at Nintendo’s page for the event.
Nintendo also confirmed that both tournaments will be livestreamed through Nintendo’s official YouTube and Twitch channels for viewers to stay tuned to the action, even if you can’t be at Los Angeles that week to experience it for yourself.
Both of these Nintendo-hosted events will be taking place from June 11-12 in Los Angeles, while E3 2018 itself will take place from June 12-14, 2018. For a closer look at both events, you can check out the new videos released by Nintendo highlighting the Smash Bros. invitational and Splatoon 2 World Championships: