With E3 open to the public again this year, Nintendo is applying the principles of other fan shows and requiring registration for its biggest announced game at the Los Angeles event.
In order for fans to play Super Smash Bros. for Switch on the E3 show floor, they have to register with an electronic ticket given a week before the show begins. This ticket allows people to show up at registered times and play the game for their allotted slot, much like ticketing at a packed convention like PAX would work.
In order to get a ticket, you will need to register for E3 by May 31. On June 5, an email will go out to registered attendees to register for their time to play the game, which will be made available in the form of a QR code for you to pull up on your phone or print out on a piece of paper. This is the only game at Nintendo’s booth that requires registration.
This seems like an effort to curtail lines for what will likely be Nintendo’s most popular game at the show and avoid people waiting in line all day to play the game for one match. Nintendo’s E3 showcase will be on Tuesday, June 12 at 9:00 a.m. PT.