Nintendo Announces Full E3 Schedule

Mario maker's plans include four separate events, including a Nintendo Digital special, post-show recap event, and more.

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Following Microsoft, Nintendo today announced its full schedule for E3 2014, which is now just days away. The Mario maker is holding four major events at the show, all of which are listed and detailed below.

Like last year, Nintendo will not hold a traditional press conference, but the company will on Tuesday, June 10 at 9 a.m. host a Nintendo Digital Event. You can watch the stream at Nintendo's E3 website or through GameSpot. Nintendo promises news about "great gaming experiences" for Wii U and 3DS coming in 2014 and beyond.

GameSpot will also re-broadcast this event and provide instant analysis from our editors for what was announced.

Immediately following this event, Nintendo will kick off Nintendo Minute: Live @ E3, a special post-show recap that promises to include "even more game information." It's here that Nintendo will likely go into greater depth regarding what they announced earlier that morning.

Also on June 10, Nintendo will broadcast the Super Smash Bros. Invitational tournament, which sees 16 top Super Smash Bros. players duking it out playing the unreleased Wii U game. The event starts at 4 p.m. PDT and Nintendo will host a live stream at its Twitch channel.

Lastly, during all hours of E3 2014 (June 10-12), Nintendo will host a video event it's calling Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3. Broadcast from Nintendo's booth on the E3 show floor, the event will feature game demos and the "latest game reveals." Nintendo icons like Shigeru Miyamoto will also appear during the event, which you can also watch on Nintendo's Twitch channel. Nintendo points out that event is "unscripted," and should feature "surprises and unexpected moments."

For more on this year's E3, check out GameSpot's roundup of everything you need to know.

What are you hoping to see from Nintendo at E3 this year? Let us know in the comments below!

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

229 comments
jimclirad
jimclirad

*Yawn* Snore. Snort. ZZZZzzzzz...

Huh?! Oh, I fell asleep reading this, since Nintendo is a dead company. The 3DS is dying, the Wii U is dead and will be discontinued by the end of the year. Next year the 3DS will be gone. This will be the last E3 we see them at as a system maker, they'll be making games for Microsoft next year after they realize their systems are dead. Microsoft is AMERICAN! America will win this generation thanks to Japan character made games! GO USA! USA! USA! WE WIN!!

firstclassgamer
firstclassgamer

I dont give a damn about E3 in general I just want them to annouce some New friggin games for WiiU

nintendians
nintendians

hope they stream it on youtube and their e3 website. what I'm waiting for is smash bros. wii u version and the next legend of Zelda for wii u.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

These guys seriously need to get at least one "mature" exclusive just to attract some attention from third party developers.

canand
canand

Cool I can watch Nintendo Digital Event on Gamspot this year and get a embelm this year not like last year

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Show me a new Zelda game, my body is ready!


Mario Kart has me tempted to buy a WiiU, so show me what you've got Nintendo.

sonic_rareware8
sonic_rareware8

What I'm hoping to see from Nintendo at E3 is them buying Rare and the franchises we love back from Microsoft because I miss Rare working with Nintendo. :(

I'm also hoping the Wii U gets backwards compatibility with Gamecube games since it's getting the Gamecube Controller Adapter. :)

I'm also making a list of characters I would love to see in the next Super Smash Bros. game. :D

soilworker651
soilworker651

New game idea to skyrocket Nintendo out of their self-inflicted rot:  Twister with Zero Suit Samus!

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

This is the last chance that Nintendo can pull the Wii U out of the fire. E3 2014 hopefully will be good for Nintendo

AK_the_Twilight
AK_the_Twilight

Funny how Nintendo is the only one of the big three with a large amount of console exclusives that are actually releasing in 2014.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Nintendo is not going to be there in person because they plan to take revenge on Sony and Microsoft and poison gas the E3 event, while their incompetent CEO watches on his Skype account, laughing maniacally at the chaos, like the Joker.

Hey, they aren't good at making video games or consoles anymore, international super-villainry might be their next big enterprise? :)

rarerichz
rarerichz

WHY CANT THEY STREAM NINTENDO E3 ON WII U?

hestar69
hestar69

@jimclirad Are you being sarcastic or did you fall down and hit your head as a kid?

charliezard
charliezard

@firstclassgamer I'm sure they will. I think this is going to be the best E3 for the WiiU. With Mario Kart selling huge numbers and Super Smash Bros sure to bring in plenty more WiiU customers, now is the time for Nintendo to really drive it home and make the WiiU profitable. It's the best chance they're probably going to have, so I really hope they do a good job at the presentation. 

charliezard
charliezard

@beerswagger Plenty of people care. Why do Sony/Xbox fanboys have to be so anti-Nintendo. Learn to enjoy life and appreciate different things. 

Nintendo has some great games for 3DS and WiiU already, and they surely have plenty of great things to come. 


If you truuuly don't care at all about Nintendo and don't want to put in any effort toward expanding your horizons--fine. But you don't need post spam in the comments of Nintendo articles.


(I own a PS4, and don't own a WiiU, by the way. Just saying.)

Master_Of_Fools
Master_Of_Fools

@sonic_rareware8 Rare is not the same guys who worked with Nintendo anymore, not a single one of the original team is left. They are a Kinect dev now. The original members are all over the map, some are at Retro Studio's, some made their own studio's like the guy who made Conker made a studio of his own called Gory Detail. The rest...who know's where they are.

charliezard
charliezard

@Megavideogamer I totally agree with you. The WiiU is struggling. You have to be crazy to not see it. But I think it has a lot of promise, and now is THE time for Nintendo to drive the point home and start moving WiiUs off the shelves.

Master_Of_Fools
Master_Of_Fools

@Megavideogamer With all the delays, the PS4 and Xbox One are bare for the year, its sad that Nintendo got pushed this far but they seem to really be revealing a lot more then they normally would. I mean look at how much time they booked for E3....Can they "save" the Wii U, no. Can they salvage something from it? Yes. Best case scinerio is the Wii U does slightly better then becoming the next gamecube. Course it will still beat the Xbox One lol.

Master_Of_Fools
Master_Of_Fools

@AK_the_Twilight Well yeah, they have been in the works for years now...they were all in the works before the Wii U was released and the Wii U had 1 year's head start...sure for consumers we got screwed, but that was still an extra year of development time.

charliezard
charliezard

@spacecadet25 Aren't good at making video games or consoles anymore? You outta your mind? Sure the WiiU as a console was a bit of a disappointment with a lot of flaws, but that's the only point I'll give you. 

The 3DS is a fantastic console, and it's been destroying the Vita in quality games and sales since it came out.

Even that, I'll forgive you for. But how can you say they aren't good at making games? They put out more quality games than ANY other developer in the world right now. Even though it sounds like a bold statement, I think most people would agree.

Twilord
Twilord

@spacecadet25 Uh, they still make the best games and there console is the only one that is a true upgrade from their previous one. Iwata's also had a 75% rate of INSANE SUCCESS, even if the Wii-U goes bollocks up he's still a freaking genius.


That said, your plan to gas Microsoft,  and Sony (though I think we should add EA for being the puppet master for those two) would be joyously good E3 news.


[[Don't Start a Fanboy Off You Won't Win]]

byzantine_chant
byzantine_chant

@HonorOfGod Careful when addressing the REGGIE. I've seen him roundhouse a cigarette right out of somebody's mouth! Mad skills.

Master_Of_Fools
Master_Of_Fools

@kachan64False they aren't doing a press conference anymore. Times have changed press conferences have sucked the past few years across the board. Soon either E3 will die, or it will evolve and nobody will do traditional conferences anymore.

sonic_rareware8
sonic_rareware8

@Master_Of_Fools Well, right now I've heard Rare is no longer a Kinect-only developer, I know the staff have left, I know the guy who made Conker by the name of Chris Seavor made his own studio Gory Detail, but in 2012, I've heard there was a rumor that Nintendo is trying to buy Rare back, so I would ABSOLUTELY love and hope for that to happen.

reBOOT2099
reBOOT2099

@rarerichz @Megavideogamer Look, I really like the WiiU and I am having a blast with it. But the guy is right: the WiiU is not doing well. It's a fact. That doesn't mean it's a bad console, it just means the public hasn't caught on. 


A lot of it was due to the fact everybody bought a Wii but most of them didn't use it and very bad publicity from Nintendo. Most of the people I know thought the WiiU was just an add-on for the Wii...


So, Megavideogamer is absolutely right. The WiiU is in trouble and E3 is their chance to make it right and get more people excited about it and show them that even if the console is not that powerful compared to next-gen, it is still worth buying. They already started converting some people with Mario Kart 8, let's hope it continues.



Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@plasmatic5 That's actually what I intend to do. Watching E3 on a big TV is much more comfy and you can even use the GamePad to read and post comments.

sonic_rareware8
sonic_rareware8

@Master_Of_Fools You mean it costs $375 million dollars for Nintendo to purchase it back because that's how much Microsoft payed on that horrible decision. XP

hystavito
hystavito

@reBOOT2099 @rarerichz @Megavideogamer I don't see much hope for a major turnaround for the WiiU though.  Like people were saying long before the WiiU came out, Nintendo already blew it with the more serious gamers.  The only people from that group who are still buying Nintendo stuff are the diehard fans of their legacy franchises.


There is a large group that is less serious about gaming but still does buy a fair amount, the kind of people that buy a console and play the biggest franchises, like CoD types, and there's pretty much no chance they will buy a WiiU.  I think this semi-serious group actually make up the majority of console buyers.


Finally, the casuals, the people who bought a Wii or people similar to them who have only a mild interest in games.  Personally I feel the same as many others who say this market has been lost to other devices like mobile.  They prefer the extreme convenience of their tablets and phones, they now consider even having to power on something to be a hassle :).  I believe some of them might be pulled back in by something like Mario Kart, but not a large number.


What I really think Nintendo is left with now is mostly the diehard Nintendo fans that are willing to put down money for their franchises.  Not a massive group, but a decent size maybe.  However, how many of them are already amongst the WiiU owners?  I think a lot, and maybe some are waiting for either Smash Bros. or Zelda, but again it's not going to be some massive number.


Zelda is particularly interesting because it's such a legendary beloved franchise, but in reality it's sales numbers are tiny compared to stuff like the big Mario games and even Smash Bros.  If you look at Wii numbers, even Twilight+Skyward combined together would still be in 10th place, still below Smash Bros., and not even 1/3 the sales of Mario Kart.


This is another reason why I don't see much hope, Mario Kart is the juggernaut, there's nothing else coming that has a good chance of selling more than it.  Now it's only been out for less than a week, but it's probably going to be the biggest spike in WiiU sales.  After it, spikes from games like Smash Bros. and Zelda will be tiny in comparison.  So, I think E3 isn't even really all that important for Nintendo, especially since most people buying video games nowadays don't know or care about E3 :).


Something to always keep in mind, I repeat this a lot, the majority of people out there buying this stuff we talk about, they don't know 99% of the stuff we talk about, they don't follow gaming news and shows and conventions, they don't analyze, their purchasing decisions are far more uninformed and far simpler than ours :).

Nev3rtime
Nev3rtime

@hystavito @reBOOT2099 @rarerichz @Megavideogamer Your biggest error here is in underestimating the sales appeal of Smash bros. Yes, Smash bros has a sales potential that's even bigger than Mario Kart. Smash bros is very very big in the US and was by far the biggest seller on the gamecube and could be the biggest seller on the Wii U.

You're are right that Zelda gets much smaller sales though. Great as the franchise is. But great franchise on other systems like Boishock also don't do as well as they should. These are games that have a strong following but in a way (Despite selling millions) comparably niche for big budget high profile franchise... At least compared to the Mario Karts of this world.

Nintendo lost momentum with the Wii U but they could regain it a bit now. Serious gamers ultimately like games and will buy a Wii U if the incentive is high enough.



Worth noting that Nintendo's marketing of Mario kart and Smash has been much better than their marketing for past wii u games. 


Engaging dedicated Nintendo directs. Slow trickle of information slowly building hype. Ads that aren't boring and feel like they were targeting young children in a patronising manner. Contrast that with the terrible job they did promoting Super Mario 3d World only half a year ago or the almost non-existant promotion for the wonderful 101 a few months earlier than that.

reBOOT2099
reBOOT2099

@hystavito @reBOOT2099 @rarerichz @Megavideogamer Very thoughtful post and I agree 99% with it!


The only thing I kinda disagree with, is the importance of E3. You're right, Nintendo's targets don't even know about E3 and if they did, they wouldn't care. In that, you're absolutely right. But the importance here is not really E3, but the new things they will announce during E3. Nintendo knows the event in itself isn't that important, shown by the lack of a conference by Nintendo.


They will, however, announce a number of things at the same time the show is taking place. It is a nice way to show gamers something, but more importantly, it's a way to get people talking. Gamers will talk about what Nintendo has announced if they like it, and it will make way to the ears of casuals.


Of course, even if they announce the coolest thing ever, like you said, it may not matter in the end. But I do think that with the right marketing campaign and a change in their business model, Nintendo can still bring some new blood in their following. 


Remember, there is another demographic you forgot to touch on: kids. Nintendo has great games for kids who can't play ultra violent and complicated games. If they can get the attention of parents (who probably were fans of Nintendo too if they were gamers) and their kids, that may be key to sell more consoles and games. 


But for that to happen, they have to market it outside of the gaming world and advertise elsewhere and make it clear what they are selling. Unlike anything they did with the WiiU. I mean, gamer friends of mine thought it was an add-on! Talk about failure! 


In the end, Nintendo has a choice to make: who are their targets? Kids or gamers? I would really like to play "mature" games on my Nintendo system and for it to compete with Sony and Microsoft. Alas, this is not possible at this time. They'd have to have a much better system and as many 3rd party games as their competitors to attract the Nintendo detractors, and that is not going to happen. Attracting kids and families, on the other hand, is possible and it's what they already do well. 


One thing Nintendo is known for, is their handheld consoles. If their next consoles are linkable to the next home console, it could change the game. I am not so sure that's what we'll get at E3 this year, though.

hystavito
hystavito

@reBOOT2099 @hystavito @rarerichz @Megavideogamer Actually I didn't mention kids but I basically include them in the casuals group, kids, parents, maybe even grandparents :).  I have said in comments many times I don't think they can really hold the kids anymore either.  I see the kids getting sucked into the tablets market as well.