E3 2014 Preview: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know

6. Nintendo Will Skip the Stage Show Presentation, But They’re Still Showing a Livestream

Nintendo E3 2013

For the 2nd year in a row, Nintendo will not take the E3 2014 live show stage. However, they are planning to debut a “Nintendo Digital Event” livestream that will show off their newest slate of games. On Tuesday (June 10th), you can expect to watch the livestream here starting at 9 a.m. PST/12 p.m. EST. You can expect to see new footage of Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS, a new Wii U Legend of Zelda, Bayonetta 2 and more.

7. Nintendo’s Holding a Huge Super Smash Bros. Tournament

Super Smash Bros Wii U

Nintendo’s “Digital Event” isn’t the only planned event that Nintendo is holding during the E3 2014, though. A Super Smash Bros. Invitation tournament is also being prepped for the show. This showcase of Nintendo’s franchise fighter will feature 16 of the top Super Smash Bros. players and will be livestreamed from the Nokia Plaza (L.A. LIVE) in Los Angeles. The aforementioned 16 players will get to showcase their fighting game prowess in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U.

Game Informer offered up some extra details on this big tournament:

The tournament takes place on Tuesday, June 10 and will feature 16 pre-selected Super Smash Bros. vets playing the Wii U version of the game. Starting at 9:30 a.m. that morning, Nintendo will begin distributing the 3,000 wristbands necessary to attend at the Nokia Plaza at L.A. LIVE, 777 Chick Hearn Court in Los Angeles. Nintendo is requesting that fans not line up before that time. At 2:30 p.m. the doors open for the tournament, and at 4 p.m. the fighting begins.

Nintendo is offering preferred up-front seating to attendees who cosplay as Nintendo characters.

8. Nintendo Will Also Showcase Live Demos of Brand New Games and Allow Everyone to Play the New Super Smash Bros. at Best Buy’s

Nintendo Best Buy

The final livestream presentations that Nintendo will show off during E3 2014 are live game demos. Nintendo will be display in-depth demonstrations of their new games at a special booth called the “Nintendo Treehouse.” These demos will be streamed all day on June 10, June 11 and June 12. Best Buy shoppers will get to play the new Super Smash Bros. at Best Buy, too (the specific dates, store locations and times for the demos can be seen at the following LINK).

9. Several Big Name Publishers Will Be on Hand for E3 2014

Activision E3

A nice selection of gaming’s biggest video game publishers and developers will be on hand to present their newest and most exciting upcoming games. Here’s a list of the most notable companies who are confirmed to appear at the expo:

• Activision Publishing

• Bandai Namco Games America

• Bethesda

• Capcom USA Inc.

• CD Project RED

• Crytek

• Deep Silver

• Disney Interactive

• Square Enix

• Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

10. A Bunch of Big Name, AAA Games Have Already Been Confirmed

Alien Isolation

Along with the aforementioned list of confirmed publishers and developers that will present their upcoming products at E3 2014, a nice selection of great games have also been confirmed. Here’s a list of some of the AAA-games that will get shown off in some form on the E3 2014 stage floor:

Alien: Isolation

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare


EA Sports UFC

Far Cry 4

Halo 5: Guardians

The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

The Sims 4

Star Wars: Battlefront

Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS

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