With E3 now open to the public, lines at Nintendo’s booth have gotten pretty insane over the last few years. In order to combat the crowds that are bound to turn out for the new Super Smash Bros. game, Nintendo is implementing an all-new ticketing system.
“To shorten the time fans will need to wait in line to try it, Nintendo invites E3 attendees to reserve play slots ahead of time for just this game,” Nintendo announced earlier today (via Polygon). “This should provide fans with a faster, smoother experience so they can play the Super Smash Bros. game and spend more time enjoying the rest of the June 12-14 show.”
Registered E3 2018 attendees should receive an email with the option of signing up for a slot to play. Only players who preregister for a slot will be able to play at the show. There are two modes available: For Fun, meant for those who want to play casually, and For Glory, for more competitive players who want to take on elimination-style matches.
We’ll have to wait and see how well this method improves the lines at the Nintendo booth, but any sort of moderation is bound to be a step up from the past few years. In both 2016 and 2017, fans lined up all across the show floor hoping to get their hands on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, respectively, and the wait would often take up an entire day of show time. This way, even if fans aren’t able to reserve a spot, they’ll at least know their day is free to pursue other games.
In order to get a slot, fans should register for E3 before May 31st. An email should arrive on June 5th with more details about how to reserve a time slot to play the game. No on-site registration will be available.