Nintendo E3

As the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2019 rapidly approaches (next week! so close!), Nintendo released some more details about its planned activities for the event, held from June 11-13 in Los Angeles.

A selection of Nintendo Switch games will be available for people to play on the show floor, including Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, which were the focus of a recently released Pokémon Direct, Luigi’s Mansion 3, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order.

Fans will learn details about upcoming Nintendo Switch titles during the Tuesday morning Nintendo Direct presentation, with more info coming on Thursday, June 13 from Nintendo Treehouse: Live, with a focus on indie games.

“The 2019 lineup for Nintendo Switch aims to deliver smiles with many different unique games and experiences,” says Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “Games available this holiday season will be the focus of our booth, and no matter where you live, you can participate in the fun events by watching Nintendo Treehouse: Live during E3 or visiting Nintendo Early Access events at Best Buy, which have a focus on Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order.”

Read more about what Nintendo has in store for E3 below.

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Multiple Game Tournaments

Teams from around the world gather to compete in multiple Nintendo Switch games on Saturday, June 8, at the Theatre at Ace Hotel at 929 S. Broadway St. in Los Angeles, beginning at 11 a.m. with the Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational 2019, in which four members of the Super Mario Maker community will compete in a variety of Super Mario Maker 2 courses.

Next up are the Splatoon 2 World Championship 2019 and the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Championship 2019 3v3 tournaments. Fans who want to watch in person can gain free entry after receiving an event badge in line on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 10 a.m. Click here for additional ticket information, or you can watch the competitions online here or via Nintendo’s channels on Twitch and YouTube.

Nintendo Direct

Beginning at 9 a.m. PT on June 11, viewers can watch a presentation that focuses entirely on software and offers a look at games scheduled to launch this year.

Nintendo Treehouse: Live

Nintendo of America’s Treehouse staff is hosting a livestream from Nintendo’s booth, offering viewers live gameplay and commentary. The show on Tuesday, June 11, starts immediately following the Nintendo Direct presentation. For the next two days, the show is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. PT. Also, for the first time ever, all Nintendo Treehouse: Live programming on Thursday, June 13 will focus on indie games. People can view every day of the livestream at

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Nintendo Early Access at Best Buy

Fans and gamers watching the show from afar can still experience the fun and demo an upcoming game. For two days next week, 80 Best Buy locations throughout the U.S. will host Nintendo Early Access events for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order.  The events will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. local time on Wednesday, June 12, and from noon to 5 p.m. local time on Saturday, June 15.

Nintendo NY

Fans in New York can visit the Nintendo NY store for a variety of activities, including viewing parties for the tournaments, Nintendo Direct, and Nintendo Treehouse: Live; hands-on gameplay with select Nintendo Switch games featured at E3; and the chance to receive exclusive premium items from the show via giveaways (while supplies last). All events are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. For complete details about Nintendo NY activities, click here.

Nintendo Pipe Pass

Warp Pipe Pass

E3 attendees can reduce the amount of time they wait in line to play games by reserving a free Warp Pipe Pass. The pass will grant them priority access in line during their designated time to line up and play (while supplies last). A Nintendo account is required to sign up. Attendees can begin signing up as early as 5 p.m. PT today at Warp Pipe Passes are available to reserve until 11:59 p.m. PT the day before they can be used, or until all the passes are claimed, whichever comes first. For more details about the pass, click here.

For the most up-to-date information about Nintendo’s presence at E3 2019, visit the site.

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Sierra McCleary-Harris

Sierra McCleary-Harris

Sierra McCleary-Harris is a senior editor at Adventure Publishing Group, editing and producing content for the Toy Insider, the Toy Book, and the Pop Insider. If she's not at her desk, you can find her somewhere doing a puzzle, losing it over the latest arts and crafts, or hanging out with her kitties Hazelnutz & Pepper Ann.