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.”