Nintendo has revealed that it is using a special reservation system to allow players to get to grips with Super Smash Bros. at this year’s E3.

The aim is to “shorten the time fans will need to wait in line” apparently, with pre-booked slots providing a “faster, smoother experience” so people can “spend more time enjoying the rest of the June 12-14 show”.

How does it work? Here goes!

+ Anyone who registers for E3 2018 by May 31 will receive an email from E3 organizers on June 5 with details about how to reserve one electronic ticket to play the game (available while time slots last). Attendees should make sure to add [email protected] to their safe sender lists so the email doesn’t get lost in their junk folders.
+ Signing up to play the game ahead of time is mandatory. No on-site registration will be available.
+ Tickets will be in the form of QR Code patterns that can be stored on a smartphone or printed out.
+ For more details about ticketing, visit https://e3.nintendo.com/attendee-faq for continuing updates.
+ Reservations will not be taken for any other games at Nintendo’s booth, which will be available to play on a first-come, first-served basis.

That’s not all – if you bring your Switch system to the show, you could be selected by “roaming members of the Nintendo team” to receive an “exclusive, collectible Nintendo Switch pin” (while supplies last, of course). 

Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, had this to say:

We’re always looking to improve the ways people can maximize the fun they have with Nintendo at E3. This year our focus is on the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game, and we want as many people as possible to give it a try.

Will you be booking a slot this year?

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