The new Super Smash Bros. game for Nintendo Switch will be playable at E3 on the show floor, which is open to the public. Given the profile and popularity of the franchise, many were understandably bummed about the idea of having to stand in line for a long time when they could otherwise be enjoying the show. The good news is that Nintendo today announced an early reservation system whereby you can secure a spot to avoid the lines.
Here’s how it works: If you buy a ticket to E3 2018 by May 31 you’ll get an email from the ESA–which organises E3–on June 5 with details on how you can reserve an electronic ticket to play. Nintendo said you’ll want to be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your email so it doesn’t get associated as junk. You can reserve a “for fun” ticket to play casual matches, or a “for glory” ticket that puts you in a more competitive match. Your ticket will come as a QR code that you can either access on your phone or by printing it out.
Nintendo added that you need to sign up to play Super Smash Bros. for Switch. “No on-site registration will be available,” the company said, so you will absolutely want to do this. Nintendo added that it’s not taking reservations for other games at its booth; for those games, you can just show up and wait in line.
In other news, Nintendo is hosting a high-level Smash Bros. tournament at E3, so you’ll be able to tune in to see some impressive skills on display.
Additionally, Nintendo announced that it’s giving away a collectible Nintendo Switch pin to people that the company spots playing the system at Nintendo’s booth and throughout the Los Angeles Convention Center.
E3 2018 public tickets are available for $250 as part of the three-day Gamer Pass. In addition to access to the show floor, tickets get you into the E3 Coliseum, which is a theatre where developers discuss their upcoming projects as part of panel presentations.
The new Super Smash Bros. game for Switch launches this year, and given that it’s one of Nintendo’s biggest and most beloved franchises, it’s expected to help Switch sales improve further still.
Nintendo’s E3 2018 briefing is happening on Tuesday, June 12, as part of a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct-style video. After that, Nintendo will host its annual Nintendo Treehouse video presentation where more details and footage on upcoming games will be shared.