This time around, all eyes will be on Super Mario Odyssey, which marks the first sandbox-type Mario game since Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. Mario fans were definitely excited when the first trailer for Super Mario Odyssey dropped earlier this year, and many were no doubt a little unsettled by Mario’s treks into New Donk City (which is Nintendo’s take on New York City), which sees the iconic plumber bounding around in a real-life environment.
According to Nintendo, this will be your first chance to get some hands-on time with Super Mario Odyssey (the game won’t launch until late December). In addition to the focus on Super Mario Odyssey, the company will also be highlighting other new games for the Nintendo Switch includes ARMS and Splatoon 2.
With respect to those two titles, Nintendo will hold tournaments for both games that will be live streamed straight from the show floor. The 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational opens up on June 13th, and will comprise of four pre-qualified “squid squads” from the U.S., Japan, Europe and Australia/New Zealand. The 2017 ARMS Open Invitational takes place a day later.
“Our various E3 activities will showcase the next steps for Nintendo Switch, from a summer of social competitive gaming to a holiday season highlighted by a milestone Mario adventure,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “With Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3, fans at home can watch in-depth gameplay of Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS games launching this year.”
Analysts expect that Nintendo Switch supplies will be tight through the 2017 Holiday shopping season, with people still lining up outside brick-and-mortar retail establishments to secure a console when they’re tipped to be in stock. Likewise, game sales have also taken off on the platform, especially with regards to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Early projections show that the attachment rate for game with Nintendo Switch owners is nearly 1:1. And we can’t forget about Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which has become the franchise’s best-selling title to date.