Nintendo Unveils E3 2015 Plans


Nintendo has just announced its plans for E3 2015

  • Nintendo Digital Event: June 16 at 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT
  • Nintendo World Championships (back after 25 years): June 14
  • Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3
  • Playable Mario Maker at over 120 Best Buy locations: June 17, 4-9 PM and June 20, 12-5 PM

Nintendo’s expanded lineup at this year’s E3 includes the glorious return of the Nintendo World Championships after a 25-year absence, a new Nintendo Digital Event on June 16 at 9 a.m. PT, the always in-depth Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3 from the show floor and a chance to play Mario Maker at more than 120 Best Buy locations.

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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 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.
More information about the Nintendo World Championships, events at select Best Buy stores and other Nintendo events during E3 will be announced shortly. Keep an eye on Nintendo’s social media channels, or visit

Nintendo just recently announced that it aims to remove region locking on its future game consoles, president Satoru Iwata said during a recent investor Q&A session, following the company's latest earnings report.

"Removing region-locking from current game machines presents various issues, so we don't consider that to be very realistic," he said (translation by Cheesemeister on NeoGaf) when asked for an update on Nintendo's take on locking copies of games to only work in certain parts of the world. "However, regarding NX, given the customer feedback and proposals from the market, while nothing has been decided yet, we're currently investigating internally what problems there would be in realizing it.

"You can think of that as the current situation. I understand your desire, so I'd like to look at it optimistically going forward."

Earlier this year, Nintendo announced that it was working on its next console, code-named the NX, and last week that for the first time in four years it was profitable. Additionally more than three-quarters of the company's sales came from outside of Japan. Although Nintendo stated that the company does not plan to tals about or reveal their new system until 2016.

“We do not plan on talking specifics about the NX until 2016,”

President Iwata clarified that the reason that they announced the existence of the system was so that people would not think that they were abandoning the console market, as a result of their mobile venture.

“Presently, we cannot talk about the time period when it [the NX] will go on sale or what it’s like,” Iwata said. “Because we are calling it a ‘new concept,’ we are not thinking of this as a ‘simple replacement’ for the 3DS or the Wii U.”

"Incidentally, we’re getting various questions for this year’s E3, like ‘Won’t there be a NX announcement?’, ‘Will there be a presentation on smart devices?’, or ‘Will there be more on the quality of life platform?’ However, since we understand that E3 is an event for dedicated video game machines, we do not intend to discuss the smart devices as well as quality of life.”

So question is what will Nintendo be showcasing at their Press Conference? The company has not held a press conference for some time now, opting for their own Nintendo Direct instead during the time of the show. One would think that they would have something big this year for them to host a press conference after some hiatus.

Nintendo has recently announced that the new Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U, would not be making an appearance at E3 2015, quite possibly their biggest title currently in development for the Wii U. Shigeru Miyamoto the father of Mario himself stated some time ago that the company was planning on bringing Mario in a new way for their next console, perhaps as an innovative launch title.

Star Fox will surely be present but what else could be that big to have an entire press conference for?

I wouldn't put it passed Nintendo to have a surprise reveal of the new system or at least a tease in some form, be it some footage of an upcoming game for the console or some details on specs. Regardless we will bring you all new information from Nintendo as well as full coverage of their E3 2015 press conference.