Not content with holding a special E3 themed Nintendo Direct presentation to showcase new and upcoming games, the company will also be holding a business presentation to a select group of media. The business presentation will show off games coming this holiday season as well as a few games that will make their way to store shelves in 2016. The special business presentation is on June 16th between 9am and 10am PT and will run alongside the E3 Nintendo Direct.
Nintendo reaches out directly to gaming fans, media and partners with a dynamic lineup for E3 2015, starting with the exciting return of the Nintendo World Championships after a 25-year hiatus. At select Best Buy locations around the country, consumers can vie for a coveted spot in the tournament finals set in Los Angeles to kick off E3 week on Sunday, June 14. Separately on Tuesday, June 16, online viewers can score the latest Nintendo news as it breaks by tuning in to the Nintendo Digital Event, followed by Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3, daily live-streamed game demonstrations from the Nintendo booth. Finally, Nintendo will deliver a piece of its E3 experience to consumers nationwide, with two hands-on sampling days of the upcoming Mario Maker Wii U game at participating Best Buy stores. This year, Nintendo will go beyond the show to deliver the E3 spirit and inside scoop to a bigger audience than ever via http://e3.nintendo.com and Nintendo’s social media channels.
“Whether you’re tuning in online or joining us at the show, we want to include fans of all ages this E3 with an innovative and nostalgic focus on fun,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “I’m especially eager to bring back the Nintendo World Championships and to crown the 2015 Nintendo World Champion.”
The E3 2015 video game trade show takes place June 16-19 in Los Angeles. Nintendo’s main events taking place during E3 include:
Nintendo World Championships 2015
- On May 30, select Best Buy locations in major cities around the country will host qualifying tournaments for the Nintendo World Championships, which were last seen in 1990. The winners from each regional event, plus competitors invited by Nintendo, will meet on June 14, at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles for a multi-round Nintendo game competition. In the end, one player will be crowned the 2015 Nintendo World Champion. Fans in Los Angeles will have the opportunity to attend the tournament, while others can watch online. More details about the qualifying tournaments will be shared in the coming weeks.
Nintendo Digital Event
- Once again Nintendo will deliver its main news via an online video program. The Nintendo Digital Event will start at 9 a.m. Pacific on Tuesday, June 16. Viewers will be treated to detailed information about the various games and experiences Nintendo has in store for its systems.
Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3
- Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3 2015 is ready to bring fans even more in-depth coverage of Nintendo products directly from the show floor. The unscripted action delivered by the gaming experts in the Nintendo Treehouse and various game developers will be live streamed. More information about the specific times will be announced closer to E3.
Nintendo Access: Mario Maker at Best Buy
- On two days during the week of E3, participating Best Buy locations will open their doors to let fans try out the upcoming Mario Maker game for the Wii U console. The game lets players have fun with friends as they enjoy playing through levels in a variety of Super Mario Bros. styles. The events will take place 4-9 p.m. local time on Wednesday, June 17, and noon-5 p.m. local time on Saturday, June 20. Attendees will receive a sweet 30th anniversary Super Mario Bros. pin while supplies last.
It’s probably not too surprising that recent Ubisoft titles have skipped the Wii U as the company has provided a breakdown of sales by platform and region and it clearly shows that the Wii U only accounted for 1% of sales in 2014 to 2015. In fact the original Wii shifted more software for Ubisoft than the Wii U. You can check out the sales breakdown in the chart uploaded above.
Guitar Hero is reborn in this brand new revamped version, releasing later this year on the Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One. You truly are the rockstar in this game, playing live to a real responsive crowd with your bandmates who won’t be too happy if you mess up! With an entirely new button layout too, even old Guitar Hero veterans can challenge themselves and test their might in this all new version that focuses on broad music genres. I wasn’t interested at all in this game until I saw this trailer– their concept is pretty awesome, and the Creative Director has a magnificent beard.
We all know that The Legend of Zelda Wii U has been delayed until sometime next year, so what other games are Wii U owners looking forward to this year? Well, it turns out that Monolith’s Xenoblade Chronicles X is the top of Game Informer readers lists and rightly so as the original Xenoblade Chronicles was one of the best JRPG’s of recent years. Xenoblade Chronicles X is followed by Star Fox Wii U and Splatoon. You can see the results in the pie chart above.
We all heard the news yesterday that Zelda has been delayed and won’t be shown at this year’s E3 event in June. A Nintendo of America spokesperson has clarified to IGN that the company is only focussing on showing 2015 titles at E3 this year. We still don’t know if it’s going to be an E3 themed Nintendo Direct or alternatively a traditional stage conference. Anyway, here’s what the representative told the publication.
“As Mr. Aonuma announced, The Legend of Zelda game for Wii U is no longer targeted as a 2015 release. Rather than sticking to a specific schedule, the team wants to make this the most complete and the best game it can possibly be. The new launch timing has not yet been determined. Because we’d like to focus on developing the game, we aren’t planning on showing it at this year’s E3, where we will be highlighting games launching in 2015. We will let you know when we’re ready to share more specifics.”
Nintendo of America has created a fun little page which asks users to vote which Mario themed character you would like to spend Valentines Day with. The jokers amongst you have chosen Bowser who appears to be the winner at the moment and he’s closely followed by Rosalina. Sadly the lovely Princess Peach hasn’t received too many votes. You can check out the fun-filled page, here.