Nintendo promised a big showing at E3 2017 and according to the plans they released today, they’ll be delivering just that. While we won’t be returning to the large scale press conferences of the past, the company has a number of big things to discuss in their usual Nintendo Direct format. This includes upcoming Switch games like Super Mario Odyssey.
“As part of Nintendo’s plan to deliver news about upcoming games all throughout the year, the company will provide a packed week of activities at the E3 video game show, which runs from June 13 to June 15 in Los Angeles,” reads the press release.
“Proceedings will be headlined by the first-ever opportunity to play the Super Mario Odyssey game, Mario’s upcoming sandbox-style adventure for the Nintendo Switch system, as well as other Nintendo Switch games. Additional activities at the annual show include a Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2017 video presentation announcing new details for Nintendo Switch games launching this year, the return of Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3, and tournaments for the ARMS and Splatoon 2 games live-streamed from the show floor.”
Super Mario Odyssey will be playable on the E3 2017 show floor, marking the first time the public has been able to go hands-on with the highly anticipated game. Odyssey represents a return to classic sandbox Mario gaming, and it promises to be the highlight of Nintendo’s holiday season.
The show floor will be a flurry of activity though, with tournaments going on all week for Splatoon 2 and ARMS. E3 2017 is the first year where the public is allowed into the show, so this is a great addition from Nintendo. Previously E3 was only a media and business event, making tournaments like this not really pertinent. Nintendo seems to be taking big advantage of this change, inviting the public to try their upcoming games for Nintendo Switch.