Nintendo's E3 plans include a Direct stream, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Championship and more

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • May 9, 2019 at 7:39 a.m. PDT

The Electronic Entertainment Expo for 2019 will be kicking off one month from now where almost all of the big name publishers an developers will be in attendance — sans Sony — to show off their newest titles and content expected to launch in the near-ish future.

Nintendo announced their E3 plans today that will actually begin before the expo itself officially kicks off with world championship tournaments for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2. It wouldn't be E3 without new game announcements from the company behind Mario, Zelda and Smash, however.

Starting the Saturday before on June 8, Nintendo will be running their Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Championship 2019 tournaments pitting teams from North America, Europe, Japan and Australia / New Zealand against one another.

The main course that everyone will have their eyes on is the E3 Nintendo Direct scheduled for 9 a.m. PDT on June 11. It is said to focus on Switch titles releasing in 2019 which the company has plenty to choose from between Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Mario Maker 2, Animal Crossing and Pokemon Sword / Shield. Nintendo specifically states that their presentation will be only about software likely an attempt to further quell rumors that a new Switch model is coming soon.

This also presents the perfect opportunity to reveal / show off the next character for Smash Ultimate following Joker given the release schedule though rumors are circulating that we will see the new fighter even sooner than that.

After battling their way through more than 11,000 players in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America Open 2019, the winning team of Wrath, Devonte and Poltergust will represent North America in the championship though the event is largely lacking the backing of the competitive community due to the rule set being far outside of what is normally played in tournaments — including items.

Nintendo Treehouse: Live is coming back once again after the Direct to show off more gameplay for upcoming titles with the developers and Nintendo members running June 11–13.

We don't know and will not know exactly what games are going to be shown off during the Direct, but you can take a look at the official E3 schedule below.

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