Let the Games Begin!

The annual event that most North American gamers look forward to, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is just around the corner, and it looks like Nintendo is more than ready to deliver an amazing and unique experience this year. Invitational Tournaments are going to take over the show, and fans at home will have a front-row seat for all of the action.

This year’s E3 promises to showcase several Invitational player tournaments, and the excitement can’t get higher. Not only has Nintendo announced there will be the Nintendo Spotlight, showcasing new details on the upcoming gaming landscape for the company, but there will be a Treehouse Live presentation to follow, that will allow us to see many of the games featured in the Spotlight in game play action. In addition, they will treat observers to a display of the competitive nature of many of the games that are bringing so much life to the Nintendo Switch. Splatoon 2, ARMS, and Pokkén Tournament each have their own Invitational Tournament where competitors will go head to head live during the show to see who will come out victorious.

Name: 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational
Date: Tuesday, June 13
Time: 2:30 p.m. PT*
Details: For the first time ever, competitors from four different global regions will compete for world dominance in Splatoon 2. The four-person teams – from the United States, Japan, Europe and Australia/New Zealand – defeated their local rivals and gained the chance to take on competitors at E3.
Format: Teams will battle in a round-robin Turf War tournament that will decide seeding for the next round. All teams will play one another and get a chance to scope out their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses. In the next round, teams will battle in the game’s Ranked Battle modes, in addition to Turf War. The semifinal stage will be a best-of-five battle, while the championship will be best-of-seven
Prize: The winning team will win global bragging rights and its members will have their names engraved on a sweet Splatoon 2 trophy.
Casters: Jordan Kent, Ashley Esqueda and Nintendo of America’s Eric Smith

Name: 2017 Pokkén Tournament DX Invitational
Date: Wednesday, June 14
Time: 10:30 a.m. PT*
Competitors: Eight YouTube and Twitch stars
Format: Crew battle with four teams and two players per team. Random draft order. The first person in each crew must choose one of the new characters; the other person can choose one of the original characters.
Prize: Winners will each receive a Pokkén Tournament DX art piece signed by Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, and members of the development team.
Casters: Jordan Kent, D1 and VikkiKitty

Name: 2017 ARMS Open Invitational
Date: Wednesday, June 14
Time: 3:30 p.m. PT*
Competitors: Four professional competitive fighting game players (Alex “CaliPower” Valle, Kelsy “SuperGirlKels” Medeiros, Daniel “Tafokints” Lee and Marie-Laure “Kayane” Norindr) will take on four E3 attendees who rise to the top by competing in Nintendo’s booth.
Format: Single-elimination
Prize: The coveted 2017 ARMS Open Invitational Belt
Casters: Jordan Kent, D1 and VikkiKitty

It is utterly exciting to see Nintendo continue to embrace their competitive roots when it comes to their games and the esports landscape. Over two years ago, Triforce Johnson was often quoted as saying that through his observations, Nintendo was positioning themselves to seriously move back into the esports and competitive scene with many more of their games, beyond the Super Smash Bros. franchise. Shortly after that, Nintendo announced their Nintendo World Championships event at E3 2015. Now, more and more, we are seeing the company embrace their competitive gaming roots.

Splatoon 2 and ARMS are games that lend themselves perfectly to tournaments, and E3 is an ideal venue to bring people together to compete,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “These friendly tournaments will highlight the fun, competitive nature of these games and the Nintendo Switch hardware for people at home and on the show floor.”

One staple that has grown to be a major fan-favorite that started at an E3 event and has returned for several key events, is the Treehouse Live presentation. This is where we fans tuning in to Nintendo’s E3 presence from home get the opportunity to get a lot of the insight into Nintendo, and of course, what they have to offer us in the coming days and months. That is why I am thoroughly excited about what we will get the opportunity to experience next week!

Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3
What: Members of Nintendo’s Treehouse will once again delve into the details of the Nintendo Switch console and games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, including Super Mario Odyssey and Pokkén Tournament DX. Viewers will get an in-depth look at gameplay and hear behind-the-scenes details about Nintendo’s lineup for E3.
When: On Tuesday, June 13, the show starts right after the Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2017 presentation about 9:30 a.m. PT. On Wednesday and Thursday, June 14-15, the show starts about 10 a.m. PT.*
Who: Treehouse members, as well as developers and other game experts, including Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company. Ishihara and development team members will talk about the upcoming Pokkén Tournament DX game for Nintendo Switch.

Will you be tuning in live next week for any/all of the Nintendo E3 2017 festivities? Which event are you looking forward to most (aside from the Nintendo Spotlight, of course)?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!



Nintendo’s Treehouse to Compete in Splatoon 2 Global Testfire

Recently we were informed of the upcoming Global Testfire event for Nintendo Switch owners to compete in the newest iteration of one of the company’s latest franchises, Splatoon 2. The Global Testfire is an event that allows players to compete in a demo version of the game, playing in Turf War mode which has the objective of players “inking” the most turf within an allotted time frame. For players who were unable to play the original Splatoon, they will get to enjoy the exhilarating fury that is the pace of this great franchise.

For Splatoon veterans, this event will give them an opportunity to test out some of the new weapon sets, gear and even a couple new stages. This Global Testfire will take place this weekend at the times below:

Event times (You can only play during these time periods)
• 3/24 (Fri) Noon – 12:59 p.m. PT
• 3/24 (Fri) 8:00 p.m. – 8:59 p.m. PT
• 3/25 (Sat) 4:00 a.m. – 4:59 a.m. PT
• 3/25 (Sat) Noon – 12:59 p.m. PT
• 3/25 (Sat) 8:00 p.m. – 8:59 p.m. PT
• 3/26 (Sun) 4:00 a.m. – 4:59 a.m. PT

Now, we also have the opportunity to watch a new Treehouse Live event that will be during the first hour of the Global Testfire.

The new stages that will be featured during this weekend’s event will be The Reef and Musselforge Fitness.

This Global Testfire event looks to be a great introduction, as new players will have the chance to experience the game play of Splatoon for what will likely be their first time, and for the experienced players, it will be a wonderful introduction to those stages and weapons.

What are you more excited to experience for the first time? Were you able to participate in any of the previous Global Testfire events for Splatoon? Will you be able to play in this event?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

Nintendo Switch Day Has Finally Arrived!

00000440_820_461The day that many Nintendo fans have been waiting for for months (even years) has finally come. Today is Nintendo Switch Day–the day that Nintendo finally unveils their newest dedicated home console and much more. Last October, the company shared the reveal trailer with the world and it was received remarkably well. Later we learned about today’s event, and we can breathe a long-waited sigh of relief to know that we made it here.

Over the last few months, weeks, and days, the rumor/leaks generator has been overheating…spewing all kinds of information about the Nintendo Switch, whether true, false, or imagined, the stuff kept coming. It’s easy to see how some people grew weary of the information overload, especially since none of it was able to be confirmed by Nintendo, themselves. Now, though, we will get to see what the company has in-store for their fan base/customers and there is so much to be excited about in anticipation.

I have a few things that I do hope to see,nintendo-switch-treehouse-live “expect” to see, but mostly cannot wait to see. In addition to the live Nintendo Switch Presentation later tonight, January 12, at 11pm EST, there will be the Treehouse Live event tomorrow, showing so much in-depth game play from the games that we will see for the first time tonight.

gliding-in-botwSince I began this site, I have purposely avoided too many of the rumors, and speculation that always seems to take on a life of their own. With the mad flurry of such information in this recent climate, I not only avoided spreading the rumors, but I also wanted to refrain from even participating in the sharing of my predictions, or even wishlists. I will however begin doing some things to bring more content soon, as we are finally going to see the most comprehensive details about the Nintendo Switch, and most things will be able to carry more legitimacy again. Great times are certainly on the way.

So, what new are features of the Nintendo Switch are you looking to see announced tonight? Which games do you expect to see? Which is your most anticipated for release? How many surprises do you think Nintendo will give us? Will you be watching live?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep on gaming!!

Nintendo Announces a New Treehouse Live Event

The Nintendo Switch presentation and subsequent events are beginning to take shape, as Nintendo prepares to fully unveil their newest home console. On January 12 at 11PM EST, the company will be live-streaming the global reveal of the entirety of what makes the Nintendo Switch what it is. The next day, Nintendo of America will be live-streaming a new Treehouse Live presentation to go into much more detail on the games featured.

This presentation promises to be an amazing display of games that have been nothing more than rumors for all of us to this point. Now we will not only see them in some capacity during the Nintendo Switch Presentation, but we will also be able to get in-depth with the Treehouse employees. The Treehouse Live events are always incredibly informative and entertaining, at the same time, so I am really excited about this.

Will you be tuning in for the livestreams next week, as we finally get a full view of what the Nintendo Switch is/will be? How many surprises do you expect to see during the Nintendo Switch days of reveal/hands-on? What do you want to see most during the Treehouse Live event?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!


E3 Has Begun…And Zelda is Amazing!

Nintendo kicked off their E3 show today, and they opened with a moment of silence directed by Reggie Fils-Aime, the President of Nintendo of America, in observation of the tragic events in Orlando within the last few days. As that was concluded, Reggie went on to tell us that Nintendo’s approach to E3 this year was to be different, as always, however, the information that would be shared was going to be phenomenal!

The opening trailer showed so many never-before-seen elements, visuals, and game mechanics, it could literally bring tears to the eyes of fans who have been waiting in anticipation for the game to launch since it was confirmed to be in development a few years ago.

Following the initial trailer for the game, Nintendo invited two of the developers of the new Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games onto the stage to share some game play and insights on the game. Pokémon Sun and Moon launches later this Fall on November 18, 2016.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a very unique art style that is inspired by Japanese animation and painting styles.

As the Treehouse Live event continues throughout today and tomorrow, I will continue to share more and more details followed by a full analysis after E3 has concluded.

Know this though, Nintendo inadvertently showed the demo version of the game that will be available for attendees to play. It was said early on that no one would be able to explore completely the area that the demo covered, and when that was shown during the first minutes of the presentation, it was basically confirmed.

Are you looking forward to finally getting your hands on this game, yet? Are you able to participate in any of the events on-site or elsewhere that are being hosted by Nintendo? What is the most exciting thing that you have seen/experienced with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, so far?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

Nintendo @ E3, Continued…

When Nintendo initially announced their plans for E3, they made sure to let us know that more details would be to follow, as well. Those “more details” have started to trickle out even more. Last week, I shared some additional information that is now being updated even more.

Although we know that the newest Legend of Zelda is the focus for this year’s E3, we have now learned that during this year’s Treehouse Live presentation there will be additional games shown, as well.

Nintendo heads to E3 once again and brings the coverage directly to you with a two-day program from Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3! Tune in starting at 9 a.m. PT on June 14 for a day of live-streaming gameplay focused on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U and first live gameplay ofPokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon that kicks off the program!

Day 2 of Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3 will showcase upcoming releases for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, including Monster Hunter Generations, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE! Day 2 will start with a special Pokémon GO developer Q&A at 10 a.m. PT on June 15.

Minus a Digital Event (or press conference), Nintendo is still looking to go into this year’s Electronics Entertainment Expo with quite a bit to share with fans. For those individuals in attendance, they are sure to thoroughly enjoy the immersive experience that The Legend of Zelda environment that the company will have on hand. And for those of us unable to attend, we are bound to truly enjoy our experience, too.

What are you most looking forward to seeing from E3 this year? Do you expect to see more surprises coming from Nintendo during the expo?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!


And the Winner is…

Nintendo of America held their Splatoon-focused Treehouse Live event, Splatournament earlier today, and it was a fun affair, to say the least. Nintendo has hit on a major find with Splatoon and the continued attention it receives is warranted, but also essential. Such high-quality software getting all of the attention and support that it is, allows Nintendo to catch this lightning in a bottle, so to speak.

The Splatournament was held in the Mario Conference room at Nintendo of America HQ in Redmond, and was an internal competition between members of the Treehouse, and Nintendo graciously allowed us to have a look-in on the action.

Nintendo live-tweeted the event, and you can see that just below, and you can also watch the entire event in the video below, if you missed it, or just want to watch it again. Enjoy!

I think overall, Nintendo’s accessibility to their fans is part of what makes them as a gaming company the most appealing, and I look forward to every chance we get to see them and hear from them. Next year promises to be another great one for Nintendo, and if the close of 2015 is any indication, 2016 certainly will be.

Were you able to watch the Splatournament earlier? Do you look forward to more event like this one? Will you be looking to create/participate in any tournaments of your own?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!