E3 is an annual game-conference that has been held in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Santa Monica for decades. Nintendo has also showcased many new developments concerning the Super Smash Bros. series since 2001. So far, Mario, Link, Kirby, Pikachu, and Samus are the only characters to be confirmed in all of the E3 trailers.

E3 2001

At E3 2001, Super Smash Bros. Melee was announced, complete with a trailer.

The trailer and demos revealed the following:

Trailer characters

Demo/Trailer enemies

Demo/Trailer items

Demo/Trailer stages

Demo/Trailer other

E3 2005/06/07

At E3 2005, the Nintendo Revolution (now called Wii) was unveiled. Satoru Iwata stated that four major games were in production, three of which was called Super Mario 128, Metroid Prime 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (the name was revealed earlier). They were later confirmed to be Super Mario Galaxy and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. The third one, called Super Smash Bros. Revolution, was later renamed Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Masahiro Sakurai was surprised at this announcement, since Satoru had refrained from informing him. However, he accepted Satoru's offer to become the game's director.

At E3 2006, Super Smash Bros. Brawl was officially announced at the After-Hour Press Conference, with the very first trailer. This come as a bit of a shock, since all major games are unveiled in the normal Press Conference. The trailer has became somewhat famous, because of the incorrect statement that the Labrador Retriever was an item, while no mention of the Assist Trophy item was made. The same came true with Final Smash, with many thinking it was just was an extraordinarily strong Smash Attack.

The trailers and demos revealed the following:

Trailer/demo characters

Trailer/Demo items

Trailer/Demo stages

Trailer/Demo techniques


At E3 2007, a 15-Second representation was shown to showcase the things already known about SSBB. However, the representation also incidentally confirmed Donkey Kong. The first confirmed release date for Brawl for North America was announced to be December 3, 2007, but was delayed until March 8, 2008.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl's original trailer can be seen here.

E3 2011

A new game was finally revealed at the expo, but development had not yet begun. It was revealed that the game would be playable on both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS.

E3 2013

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U was further detailed at E3 2013 during a Nintendo Direct presentation. The first screenshots were showcased, and after a trailer, a demonstration of the game, a brief battle between Mario (Nate Bihldorff) and Mega Man (Masahiro Sakurai), and the revelation of the Wii Fit Trainer soon followed. A portion of the Smash Run area was briefly shown, but at the time was believed to be a normal stage.



E3 2014

On June 10, 2014, Mii Fighters and Palutena were announced as newcomers to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in a trailer. Also, amiibos were announced as a compatible add-on. A first ever official Super Smash Bros. tournament was held for the Wii U version. Later at the Roundtable, Pac-Man was confirmed in a trailer.


E3 2018

During E3 2018, Nintendo announced that going to host a special reservation system allowing qualifying participants to get a chance to play the new Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo Switch. Players who bring their own Switch will receive an "exclusive, collectible Nintendo Switch pin" by Nintendo themselves.[1]


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