Nintendo fans, get your controllers and passes ready! The Big N is fueling the flames of competition with a huge announcement this morning – at E3 2014, Nintendo will be hosting an invitational, 16-player tournament for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U!

2014 will see the arrival of not one, but two new Super Smash Bros. games: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 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.

What an amazing way to celebrate Smash Bros.! Players will face off in heated matches on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which doesn’t even launch until later this year!

Nintendo will be wrapping all of this under the “Play Nintendo” banner, which includes a plethora of other experiences available both at E3 and outside of the event. A new online broadcast, dubbed the “Nintendo Digital Event,” will replace a traditional Nintendo Direct as we know it.

Every year, Nintendo looks for the best way to show its games and share its news with fans, media and other key audiences. In 2013, Nintendo decided to forgo a traditional press conference and use a video – in that case a Nintendo Direct – to share its news from E3. The company is building on that approach at E3 2014 with the “Nintendo Digital Event,” a new kind of video program that will reveal and provide further detail about the gaming experiences on the way for Nintendo platforms in 2014 and beyond. The Nintendo Digital Event will air at 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday, June 10.

The Nintendo Treehouse crew will be live at E3 bringing online users non-stop content as the event goes on. You’ll be able to watch the live coverage all event along with just your internet browser.

And, finally, if that isn’t enough – Nintendo will be hosting Super Smash Bros. “Smash Fests” at select Best Buy locations for games found on the E3 show floor, including Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Nintendo will be hitting us with more details soon.

Written by Dakota Lasky

Bringing you the latest news in Nintendo gaming and the very best in competitive Super Smash Bros. When I’m not writing news and features for Nintendo Enthusiast, I’m watching tournaments and playing some Melee. You may also find me behind the mic on commentary or for a podcast. Follow me on Twitter!: @TheRapture_

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