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Nintendo Delivers on its E3 2013 Nintendo Direct Promises

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Nintendo Delivers on its E3 2013 Nintendo Direct Promises

The E3 2013 Nintendo Direct video has come and gone, and as promised, we received a glimpse of what Nintendo has in store for its Wii U console. Going into the E3 2013 Nintendo Direct, Nintendo gave us an idea of what they planned to showcase. Of those things, Nintendo promised we would see the new Super Mario Wii U game (Super Mario 3D World), the new Mario Kart Wii U game (Mario Kart 8), and a trailer for the new Super Smash Bros. game. Nintendo delivered on all of those promises as we received a trailer, and approximate release periods for all three Wii U games. Let’s take a look at all of Nintendo’s major announcements.

Super Mario 3D World

SuperMario3DWorldI think a lot of Nintendo fans expected Nintendo to announce something akin to the Super Mario Galaxy games, but instead, we got Super Mario 3D World, a game that borrows heavily from its younger brother, Super Mario 3D Land. Personally, I’m more than pleased with Nintendo’s decision to go this route as opposed to the star “collect-a-thon” in previous 3D Super Mario games.

I really enjoyed Super Mario 3D Land and feel it contained more of the Super Mario spirit than any of the previous 3D Super Mario games. Things as simple as linear levels and the Super Mushroom – and by extension, Small Mario – flourished in the new 3D environments Nintendo created. While the game had plenty of spirit, it didn’t really outshine either of the Galaxy games, but I think we may see Nintendo perfect the formula with Super Mario 3D World.

After watching the trailer for the first time, it is apparent that Super Mario 3D World will be much larger in scale when compared to Super Mario 3D Land; its levels seem to be much bigger and infinitely more creative. Of course, Super Mario 3D World also sports gorgeous HD visuals which makes the Super Mario spirit truly come alive.

Speaking of Super Mario spirit, Nintendo – as is the norm – will be introducing a new power-up to the series. When Nintendo Direct was live yesterday, I never witnessed the debut of Super Mario 3D World – thanks to Nintendo’s shoddy stream – so when I heard that Mario would be wearing a “cat suit,” I was skeptical. However, after watching the trailer, I instantly believed in Cat Mario and predict that it will be one of my favourite Super Mario power-ups. I watched as Cat Mario ran gallantly across the stage on four legs and started clawing away at enemies. Cat Mario’s claw-swiping combos look like fun to pull off, plus, the new diving attack was thrown in without missing a beat. My excitement only grew larger when Cat Mario started climbing up surfaces.

Nintendo also revealed that Super Mario 3D World would have a four-player co-op component that sees gamers play as Mario, Luigi, Toad, Princess Peach. Yes, Nintendo is bringing back the cast from Super Mario Bros. 2, with each character bringing over their unique traits. Mario will be the standard (default) character, Luigi will be able to jump higher, Toad is the fastest, and Princess Peach can use her dress to float over gaps. It’s like a dream come true for older Nintendo gamers.

Lastly, I’m really excited that Nintendo seems to have dropped the repeat boss fights from Super Mario 3D Land. Yeah, I like Boom Boom as much as the next retro nut, but honestly, I grew tired of fighting him in Super Mario 3D Land. Repeat boss fights seemed to have plagued many of Nintendo’s games recently (Skyward Sword, Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, etc.), so I’m hoping the peak at this larger than life boss fight is an indication of Nintendo’s direction with Super Mario 3D World.

Mario Kart 8

MarioKart8It’s hard to imagine just how Nintendo can revolutionize its popular kart racing series, but it looks like they will do it again with Mario Kart 8. One of the first things I noticed about Mario Kart 8 is that the tracks seem to be much larger this time around. With Nintendo’s jump to HD, I believe larger and more detailed tracks are a must, however, the graphics and design aren’t the most exciting elements of Mario Kart 8.

For the first time, gamers will be able to race on the walls and ceilings of the tracks from Mario Kart 8. This is an element that really gets me excited because I can already feel my heart pounding thinking of the high-speed action around the upside-down, and sideways sections.

Not much else is known about Mario Kart 8, but Nintendo did mention some of its online features. Of course, Mario Kart 8 will feature 12-player online multiplayer like Mario Kart Wii, but its the Miiverse possibilities that are especially exciting. Gamers will be able to share replay videos using a feature called Mario Kart TV. No doubt, gamers will be able to find an interesting and creative way to utilize this feature, so I’m looking forward to that aspect of Mario kart 8.

Super Smash Bros. 4

WiiU-3DS_SmashBros_illuNew02_E3I wasn’t expecting to see much of Super Smash Bros. 4, but I was delighted when Nintendo delivered not one, but two trailers for the game, and an in-depth “Developer Direct” for the game.

The first trailer was the debut of Super Smash Bros., which showcased gameplay for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions of the game, plus one newcomer, Villager. First, let me start by saying that Super Smash Bros. looks great on the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo is opting to use a cel-shaded look for the handheld version. The characters are outlined in black, which is done to make them easier to see on the small handheld screen. I was skeptical about a Super Smash Bros. game on the Nintendo 3Ds, but this trailer alleviated my fears by showing us that the gameplay will be just as good as its console cousins.

I am also a big fan of the HD visuals in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. One arena in particular – presumably Battlefield – looks absolutely stunning with highly detailed platforms, and an incredible background. Also, the characters have been given a nice HD overhaul, which I might add, really suits the Super Smash Bros. environment. Let’s forget about the graphics and talk about the newcomers.

The first newcomer to be revealed was a Villager from the Animal Crossing series. Villager has a quirky move set that includes moves involving a bug catching net, a shovel, balloons, and pitfall seeds to name a few. Of course, the biggest reveal was the addition of Mega Man. Mega Man is the first third-party character to be announced for the new Super Smash Bros. game, and playing as Mega Man looks like a lot of fun. Mega Man uses his trusty Mega Buster and slide instead of traditional punching and kicking, plus he will also utilize the many weapons he has acquired from Robot Masters over the years. Mega Man is the only other third-party character I wanted to be added to the Super Smash Bros. family, and now that day has come. Lastly, and perhaps the most intriguing addition is the Wii Fit Trainer. Absolutely nobody could have predicted her addition, but here we are a day after the announcement. Like Villager, Wii Fit Trainer seems to be a quirky fighter, but her Yoga inspired move set might just make her a powerful fighter. She seems to be more graceful – than the other characters – in her movement, and her Yoga attacks have a great reach, and a certain unpredictability that might make her a new favourite.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreezeThe last big announcement to come out of yesterday’s Nintendo Direct video is the new Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze game for Wii U. This is the project Retro Studios has been working on, and while the game does look great, it’s not the Retro Studios project I wanted, but it was the only surprise announcement yesterday.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will bring back its two-player co-op, devious level design, and other familiar elements, but the new additions are looking pretty nifty.

I especially like the addition of swimming and underwater sections. Water levels were missed in Donkey Kong Country Returns, but it looks like Retro Studios is making up for lost time. These underwater sections are gorgeous, and swimming looks like a lot of fun, but I’m not pleased to see Retro Studios implement a limited oxygen meter. I know it’s more realistic, but this is a video game about a giant ape fighting an assortment of viking animals. Fortunately, there are ocygen bubbles that you can burst to refill your meter. Retro Studios is also adding Dixie Kong – complete with ponytail mechanics – to the game’s roster of playable characters. I’m looking forward to playing as Dixie Kong again as she was always my favourite Kong. Lastly, there is a new dynamic camera feature that activates at certain parts of certain levels that spin around, showcasing the massive, gorgeous HD world that Retro studios is creating. This is a nice touch that will break up the monotonous nature of 2D sidescrolling.

Nintendo Direct Disappointment

I wasn’t happy about Nintendo’s decision to step down from the stage at E3, but Nintendo Direct did deliver, on the promises they previously made. That feeling of excitement I felt every year before Nintendo’s E3 presentation was nowhere to be found. Couple that with the lack of surprises and you get a pretty mediocre Nintendo Direct video. We knew about the new Super Mario, Mario Kart, and the Super Smash Bros. games weeks before the show, so their debuts were met with a less than normal enthusiasm. The only real surprise – besides Mega Man in Super Smash Bros. – was the announcement of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and that was hampered by the expectations I had of Retro Studios’ project.

Don’t get me wrong, I am looking forward to all of the above for the Wii U, but after Sony’s blockbuster E3 2013 show, it would have been nice to receive some unexpected, and truly exciting announcements from Nintendo.


Nintendo Digest: Day 2 of E3 2013 – Nintendo Direct

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Nintendo Digest: Day 2 of E3 2013 – Nintendo Direct

Nintendo aired its E3 2013 Nintendo Direct video earlier today bringing with it a ton of great Wii U reveals, and a few surprises. Nintendo made good on several promises to showcase the new Super Mario Wii U game (Super Mario 3D World), the new Mario Kart Wii U game (Mario Kart 8), and debuting a trailer showcasing gameplay for both the Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS versions of the new Super Smash Bros. game.

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Nintendo Reveals the Catty Super Mario 3D World for Wii U

As promised, Nintendo showcased its new 3D Super Mario game during today’s Nintendo Direct video. This new Super Mario game is called Super Mario 3D World and will be borrowing heavily from the Nintendo 3DS game, Super Mario 3D Land. Super Mario 3D World levels are similar to those found in Super Mario 3D Land, but it looks like they will be further developed, and be larger in scale.

Super Mario 3D World introduces – for the first time ever in a 3D Super Mario game – four player co-op featuring Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Princess Peach. This is an obvious throwback to Super Mario Bros. 2 on the NES, but most certainly a welcome one.

Super Mario 3D World also introduces a new bell power-up that will transform you into Cat Mario. Cat Mario runs on all fours, attacks with awesome looking claw combos – including a diving slash – and can run up walls. In my opinion, Cat Mario is one of the most intriguing Super Mario power-ups to date.

Also, just by observing the new trailer, it looks like you can uncover hidden coins and blocks using the touchscreen on the Wii U GamePad.

Super Mario 3D World will be released for the Wii U during December 2013.


Mega Man and Animal Crossing Villager Join the Fray in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo followed through with their promise to air the debut trailer for the new Super Smash Bros. game. The first big reveal for the new Super Smash Bros. game is a newcomer from the Animal Crossing series simply known as Villager. Villager seems to incorporate many elements from the Animal Crossing games into his move set, which includes chopping down trees, digging holes, and using a bug catching net.

While the Villager is a great addition to the roster, the reveal of Mega Man that will go down in Super Smash Bros. history. This marks the third, third-party character to be introduced to the Super Smash Bros. series, and the only one announced thus far for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the new Super Smash Bros. game. Mega Man will be bringing his trusty Mega Buster and loyal robot dog, Rush, to the battle against Nintendo’s own gaming superstars. Also, it appears that Mega Man’s move set will include weapons he previously stole from classic Mega Man Robot Masters including the Metal Blade, Crash Bomber, Leaf Shield, Hard Knuckle, Flame Sword, Slash Claw, Spark Shock, Super Arm, and the Flame Blast. Lastly, it looks like the Yellow Devil will also be making an appearance.

Confirmed characters for the new Super Smash Bros. game:

Nintendo also showcased gameplay for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions of the new Super Smash Bros. game. Both retain the action we expect from a Super Smash Bros. game, but both will feature different art styles. Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 3DS will feature a cel-shaded look, and presumably stereoscopic 3D, while the Wii U version will focus on creating breath taking HD visuals. Of course, a new Super Smash Bros. game also means new stages. We caught a glimpse of Gerudo Valley from Ocarina of Time, Skyloft from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, a train from The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, and an inviting stadium featuring the first ever wrestling ring for the series.

Super Smash Bros. is currently scheduled for a 2014 release on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.


Mario and Friends Defy Gravity in Mario Kart 8 for Wii U

Also, as promised, Nintendo revealed the new Mario Kart game for Wii U earlier today. The next entry in the popular Mario Kart series will be called Mario Kart 8 and will combine new elements with fan favourites from the series.

For the first time in a Mario Kart game, Mario Kart 8 will challenge gamers to defy gravity and race on inverted tracks. Returning to the series are the motorcycles from Mario Kart Wii, coins – though their role hasn’t been detailed – and the gliders and propellers from Mario Kart 7.

Mario Kart 8 will also feature a collection of (unannounced) multiplayer modes, and deep Miiverse integration, which includes the ability to share videos ala Mario Kart TV.

Mario Kart 8 will be released during Spring 2014.


Retro Studios Reveals Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U

In a surprise announcement, Nintendo revealed that Retro Studios has been working on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze brings the challenging, platforming gameplay seen in Donkey Kong Country Returns to the Wii U, but this time there’s a new enemy. Vikings from the North Sea have invaded Donkey Kong island and Donkey Kong must adventure to five other islands to reclaim his home.

New to Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze are underwater sections that weren’t seen in Donkey Kong Country Returns. In these sections, Donkey Kong must swim fast because he has a limited amount of oxygen; he can regain oxygen by breaking air bubbles.

Two-player co-op returns to Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, but in addition to Diddy Kong, another familiar character will join Donkey Kong on this new adventure. Dixie Kong – of Donkey Kong Country 2 and 3 fame – will be returning to action, and of course, will be bringing back her famous ponytail helicopter spin.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will also introduce dynamic camera angles that spin around the player showcasing more of the game’s world. Of course, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will also be in glorious HD.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will be coming to the Wii U sometime in November 2013.


Miiverse Artists Inspire Nintendo to Release an Art Academy game for Wii U

Nintendo has noticed that gamers have are using Miiverse to display their creativity with drawings of many Nintendo characters. This has inspired them to create an Art Academy game for Wii U that will let players create art with a larger set of tools, and then let them share the art on the Miiverse.

While the Art Academy game won’t be ready soon, Nintendo will be releasing a special version – with tools from the Art Academy game – on the Nintendo eShop this summer. Tools that will be available in this version include pencils, colored pencils, and pastels.


Nintendo Reveals Fairy Type Pokémon and Pokémon-Amie

A new gameplay trailer was revealed for Pokémon X and Y, but Nintendo also revealed some interesting tidbits about two new elements for the new Pokémon games. First, and perhaps the most intriguing, is the new Fairy type Pokémon. The Fairy type will be strong against Dragon type Pokémon, adding yet another layer of depth to the already deep world of competitive Pokémon battling. Only four Pokémon have been confirmed to be Fairy type: Jigglypuff, Gardevoir, Sylveon, and Marill.

The second new element is called Pokémon-Aime, which is basically an in-game pet simulator featuring Pokémon. Players can strengthen the bond between trainer and Pokémon by feeding, petting and taking care of their Pokémon – even the gigantic Snorlax demands some love.

Other Pokémon X and Y features will be gradually revealed until the game is released worldwide on October 12, 2013.


Wii Party U and Wii Fit U Delayed

Wii Party U and Wii Fit U were supposed to be released during the spring and summer seasons but unfortunately, both have been delayed until until October and December respectively.

Wii Party U will use the Wii U GamePad and Wii Remotes to create a definitive party game for the Wii U. There will be board game style gameplay, as well as over 80 mini-games, including table top games that can be played directly on the Wii U GamePad.

Not much information was shared regarding Wii Fit U, but Nintendo did state that its delay will allow them to new features.


Reggie Fils-Aime Reveals the Four Wii U Demos you can Play at Best Buy

Shortly after today’s Nintendo Direct aired, Nintendo uploaded a video of Reggie Fils-Aime revealing the four Wii U demos you will be able to play at Best Buy. The four Wii U games you will be able to get your hands on are:

  • Super Mario 3D World
  • Mario Kart 8
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD


E3 2013 Trailer Roundup

Super Mario 3D World

Nintendo Opens its E3 2013 Website

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Nintendo has just opened its E3 2013 website, which promises to bring game announcements, behind-the-scenes video tours, interviews, and more. This actually sounds a lot like the E3 hubs Nintendo has created in the last few years. The website also reveals, in a subtle manner, the run time for Nintendo Direct to be an hour long.

Nintendo’s E3 2013 Website

Nintendo Reveals 20 Canadian Best Buy Locations that will Feature Their E3 2013 Wii U Demos

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Earlier today, news broke concerning the 89 Best Buy locations in the US that will be holding events to showcase Nintendo’s E3 2013 Wii U Demo lineup. Now, thanks to Cohn & Wolfe and Nintendo of Canada, I have a list of the Canadian locations that will also be holding these E3 2013 events. These events will take place at the same times slotted for the US events: June 12 (4-8 P.M. local time) and June 15 (1-5 P.M. local time).


  • North York
  • Toronto
  • Mississauga
  • Windsor
  • London
  • Ottawa
  • Kingston
  • Brampton
  • Oakville


  • Montreal
  • Lasalle


  • Winnipeg


  • Saskatoon


  • Edmonton
  • Calgary (2 locations)

British Columbia

  • Vancouver
  • Langley
  • Richmond

Nova Scotia

  • Dartmouth

Nintendo Reveals 89 US Best Buy Locations to Feature Their E3 2013 Wii U Demos

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Nintendo is unleashing a campaign to get customers into Best Buy stores to play the demos they will be bringing to E3 2013. I’m sure Nintendo is hoping that some people are so impressed, they buy a Wii U during their visit. As of right now, only 89 Best Buy locations have been announced for the US, however, there are still 21 locations to be announced for Canada.

You can visit any of the following Best Buy locations on June 12 (4-8 P.M. local time) and June 15 (1-5 P.M. local time) to play Nintendo’s E3 2013 demos:


Fort Smith
North Little Rock


Culver City
Elk Grove
San Jose




Fort Myers


Cedar Rapids
West Des Moines



Overland Park




Glen Burnie

Ann Arbor
Grand Rapids
Rochester Hills

Eden Prairie

St. Louis

North Carolina

New Jersey
West Paterson

New York
Long Island City
Valley Stream
West Nyack

North Olmsted

Oklahoma City


King of Prussia

South Carolina
North Charleston


The Woodlands


Glen Allen
Virginia Beach




Date and Time Revealed for Nintendo’s E3 2013 Nintendo Direct

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Nintendo has finally announced the date and time for their E3 2013 Nintendo Direct presentation. Nintendo fans can tune in on June 11th, 2013 at 7 A.M. PST/ 10 A.M. EST to watch Nintendo unveil Super Mario Wii U, Mario Kart Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, and more Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles.


Firsty-Party Nintendo 3DS Sales and Major Nintendo Franchises to Appear at E3 2013

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In a recent press release, Nintendo revealed that sales for first-party Nintendo 3DS software, from January to April 2013, is up 52 percent when compared to the same time period from 2012. In just four months, Nintendo has been able to move over 2.1 million units of its first-party software. In addition to these figures, Nintendo also provided sales figures for the following Nintendo 3DS titles:

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 530,000 total units to date

LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins – 94,000 total units to date

Nintendo also provided sales figures for New Super Mario Bros. U, which has moved 770,000 total units since the Wii U’s launch.

Nintendo also mentioned some of the major Wii U games it will be bringing to the E3 2013 show floor, as well. Gamers can expect to find information for the following upcoming Wii U games: Mario Kart, Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Super Smash Bros.


Nintendo’s Pre-E3 2013 Wii U Software Showcase Detailed

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Nintendo has been sending invites to members of the gaming media with details about their upcoming pre-E3 media event. This media only event will take place on June 11th, 2013 and will begin at 10:30 A.M. PST. This Wii U software showcase will be presented by Reggie Fils-Aime and none other than Shigeru Miyamoto.

At 11:00 A.M. PST, members of the media will have the chance to participate in a gameplay session where they can get their hands on upcoming Wii U titles, and have any of their questions answered.

There is no word on whether or not fans at home will be able to witness any of this activity, but members of the gaming press will probably tweet and blog about the new games as they are announced. Fans at home will, however, get the chance to view several Nintendo Direct videos with information on all the new Nintendo titles.


No Major E3 Conference for Nintendo This Year

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In a shocking announcement, Nintendo has decided to bow out of holding a major E3 presentation this year. This announcement comes after Nintendo has held many exciting, and successful Nintendo Direct events. Instead, Nintendo is planning to hold several smaller private events for gaming press and distributors to showcase new products. At first, it appears that fans at home are left a little in the dark concerning new content coming from Nintendo, but Nintendo has confirmed that they will deliver information to its fans using their now established form of direct communication, Nintendo Direct.

Here is the full statement from Satorua Iwata regarding Nintendo’s decision to forgo a major E3 presentation:

In the past we invited reporters, investors and analysts, industry partners, such as software publishers, and distributors who attended E3 to our large-scale presentations. We also used them as a communication tool in which we broadcast our presentations on the Internet to reach out to video game fans around the globe. I believe that many are expecting us to host a similar event this year.

On the other hand, since we set out on new endeavors such as Nintendo Direct two years ago in October, we have been paying special attention to the fact that different people demand different types of information from us. For example, as video game fans are looking for information about games, it seems that they are less interested in sales figures that investors and analysts on the other hand attach much greater importance to, and distribution partners are looking for information on how we are going to market our products in the immediate future. At previous financial briefing sessions we announced information about our products, showed videos and even uploaded the recording of these events onto our website, but given that we now have an established method such as Nintendo Direct, we feel that we will be able to deliver our messages more appropriately and effectively by doing so individually based on the various needs of different groups of people.

At E3 this year, we are not planning to launch new hardware, and our main activity at E3 will be to announce and have people experience our software. Many people are certainly very interested in learning more about the Wii U titles that we are going to announce. We will use E3 as an ideal opportunity to talk in detail mainly about the Wii U titles that we are going to launch this year, and we also plan to make it possible for visitors to try the games immediately. As a brand new challenge, we are working to establish a new presentation style for E3. 

First, we decided not to host a large-scale presentation targeted at everyone in the international audience where we announce new information as we did in the past.

Instead, at the E3 show this year, we are planning to host a few smaller events that are specifically focused on our software lineup for the U.S. market. There will be one closed event for American distributors, and we will hold another closed hands-on experience event, for mainly the Western gaming media. Also, I did not speak at last year’s presentation, and I am not planning to speak at these events at the E3 show this year either. Apart from these exclusive events for visitors, we are continuing to investigate ways to deliver information about our games directly to our home audience around the time of E3. We will share more information about them once they have officially been decided.

During the E3 period, we will utilize our direct communication tools, such as Nintendo Direct, to deliver information to our Japanese audience, including those who are at this financial briefing, mainly focusing on the software that we are going to launch in Japan, and we will take the same approach outside Japan for the overseas fans as well.

Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U Screenshots Will be Revealed at E3 2013

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Nintendo didn’t have a whole lot to say about Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, but they did mention that screenshots will be showcased during this year’s E3 event.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t make for an interesting post today, but we’ll have something to show during E3 2013.

E3 2013 Date Revealed

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Already looking forward to e3 2013? Well if you are, we now know the opening date. e3 2013 begins June 11, 2013 and will go until June 13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Read more