Nintendo to hold Smash Bros. Invitational at E3 2014


For E3 2014, aside from the usual banter of video game announcements, Nintendo has announced they will hold a 16-player Super Smash Bros. tournament at the annual event. Dubbed the Super Smash Bros. Invitational, the tournament will coincide with a limited demo run of the Wii U version of Smash Bros. at various Best Buy stores.

Nintendo has provided a full statement on the event below. In addition, Nintendo of America and Mega 64 put together a humorous video (shown above) depicting a few Nintendo fans infiltrating with a mechanized Reggie Fils-Aime. Long story short, it doesn’t end well.

All of this will be part of Nintendo’s “Play Nintendo” campaign, which includes demos at or outside E3.

“2014 will see the arrival of not one, but two new Super Smash Bros. games: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. To commemorate this occasion, Nintendo is inviting 16 highly skilled Super Smash Bros. players to the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles to compete in a Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament. Thousands of fans in the audience and countless more watching a live stream online will see new Super Smash Bros. characters clash with existing favourites in action for the first time. More important than declaring a winner, however, this event is a celebration of all things Super Smash Bros., and a great way for new and veteran fans to take part in a tribute to this legendary franchise. More information about the 16 invited participants in the tournament, the identity of the announcers, and how fans of the franchise can view the tournament in person and via webcast, will be communicated shortly.”

Harrison Milfeld is a writer, editor, and freelance journalist from Missouri. Ever since he could walk, Harrison has been an avid fan of the world of Nintendo. For years, he has purchased every one of the company's subsequent products (yes, including the Virtual Boy and eReader). It wasn't until he was a young teen when he bought a PS2 that he began to embrace cross-console relations, a decision he doesn't regret. When he's not gaming, Harrison is looking to break into the magazine journalism industry and realize his dream of becoming a features reporter.


  1. Oh hell yeah, they really ARE going to stream it! GOOD JOB NINTENDO YOU GOT SMART! Guess all that EVO money helped persuade them to these things 😛

    Mew2King is going to be there though, so I’m not sure how fair it’s going to be for everyone else. Dude wins 99% of tournaments he goes into.

  2. The only concern I have, much like last year, is the traffic from streaming it. I had trouble last year with the E3 Direct. Yet, things like this they “learn” from.

  3. They have a Twitch now, as well as all their Nintendo Directs recently being streamed from YouTube instead of Ustream. They already learned about it and have a bunch of alternatives.