E3 2018 is officially here. The show formally kicked off on Tuesday, June 12, but as in recent years, many big-name publishers hosted their own press conferences in the days leading up to the event. Nintendo’s will once again take the form of a pre-recorded Direct-style video presentation, which is scheduled to air at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST, just before E3 proper begins. [Update: Nintendo’s event is over, and it focused a lot on what we now know is called Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. You can read about everything we learned in our Nintendo briefing news recap.]
As usual, the company has been fairly secretive about its plans heading into this year’s E3. Outside of confirming that Super Smash Bros. for Switch will play a prominent role both in its presentation and on the show floor, Nintendo hasn’t announced any of the titles it plans on showcasing at the expo. However, we do know that the aforementioned video presentation won’t be the extent of its plans for E3 2018.
Once again, Nintendo will follow its E3 briefing with a series of Treehouse Live streams, which will air each of the three days the expo runs. Additionally, Nintendo will host competitive esports tournaments for Super Smash Bros. Switch and Splatoon 2, the latter of which is set to receive a big, paid DLC expansion this summer. The Splatoon 2 World Championship begins on Monday, June 11, with the finals taking place on June 12. The Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018 tournament will kick off shortly afterward and features well-known competitive Smash players from around the world.
Aside from that, however, we have little idea of what to expect from Nintendo at E3. The company has said that its presentation will focus primarily on games launching soon, so we’ll get a much clearer idea of what its release schedule for Switch will be through the end of the year. It seems likely that we’ll learn more about some of the titles that were announced at last year’s E3, such as Metroid Prime 4 and Yoshi. We may also see more of the recently revealed Pokemon RPGs for Switch: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eeevee.
Nintendo E3 2018 Press Conference Schedule
Tuesday, June 12
- 9 AM PT
- 12 PM ET
- 5 PM BST
- 2 AM AET (June 13)
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