Go hands-on with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at Insomnia63 later this month!


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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches on Nintendo Switch on December 7th and attendees at Insomnia63 will be able to play the game, as well as other Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS titles.

The following games will be playable at the Nintendo stand throughout Insomnia63:

Nintendo tournaments at Insomnia63

Friday 24th August – ARMS Insomnia63 Grand Prix

Punch your way to the top with ARMS at Insomnia63! Choose any fighter with any combination of ARMS and prove you’re the best in a fun double elimination bracket. Stages will be chosen at random from a limited selection. To register your place in the tournament, please visit the registration desk within the Nintendo UK VS Tournament Zone at the event on Friday 24th August at your earliest convenience.


Saturday 25th August – Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018 Qualifier Tournament

This tournament will offer qualifier spots in both the Inkling League, for teams of players aged 13 and under, and the Octo League, for teams of any age. Winners of each qualifier will go through to the Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018 Grand Final in November.

We’re accepting pre-registration for both leagues from full teams of 4 or 5 people. To secure your team’s place in the tournament please send an email to NintendoCommunity@Nintendo.co.uk with the subject line “Splatoon 2 Tournament Insomnia63”, providing the names or tags of your team members*. Please note that you will need to purchase a ticket to enter Insomnia63, which you can do so at the Insomnia63 website.

Teams can also still register at the event from 2pm on Friday 24th August, if there is space available. For players not in full teams that attend the event and wish to compete, we will endeavour to match any squids for hire with others looking to create a team if there is space in the tournament.

For teams thinking about taking part, these will be the modes and maps played throughout the four rounds in the Octo League Qualifier. All rounds are best of five:

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Clam Blitz | Piranha Pit Splat Zones | MakoMart Tower Control | New Albacore Hotel Rainmaker | Inkblot Art Academy
Splat Zones | Wahoo World Tower Control | Manta Maria Rainmaker | Sturgeon Shipyard Clam Blitz | Blackbelly Skatepark
Tower Control | Snapper Canal Rainmaker | Ancho-V Games Clam Blitz | Kelp Dome Splat Zones | Arowana Mall
Rainmaker | Shellendorf Institute Clam Blitz | Goby Arena Splat Zones | Walleye Warehouse Tower Control | Starfish Mainstage
Clam Blitz | Humpback Pump Track Splat Zones | The Reef Tower Control | Camp Triggerfish Rainmaker | Port Mackerel

You can watch the Octo League tournament live on Twitch and YouTube from 11:00 BST.

Catch up on the tournament so far by visiting the Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018 hub.


Sunday 26th August – Mario Tennis Aces Insomnia63 Open

Get on the court with Mario Tennis Aces and show you’ve got what it takes to rise to the top! This singles tournament will use Standard Rules and Extended Play on Stadium Courts only, with KO Loss turned on. This will be a single elimination bracket. To register your place in the tournament, please visit the registration desk within the Nintendo UK VS Tournament Zone at the event from Saturday 25th August.

The top 8 of this tournament will be livestreamed on Twitch and YouTube on Sunday 26th August from 16:00 BST.


Monday 27th August – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Insomnia63 Grand Prix

Think you’ve got what it takes to get on the podium in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Insomnia63 Grand Prix? Race in a 150cc single elimination tournament taking place across increasingly trickier tracks, with the top two racers advancing to the next stage each time! To register your place in the tournament, please visit the registration desk within the Nintendo UK VS Tournament Zone at the event on Monday 27th August.


Insomnia63 is held on 24th-27th August at the NEC, Birmingham. If you’d like to join us you can buy tickets for Insomnia63 at the official Insomnia website. You can get 10% off the ticket price when you apply the following code at purchase: i63Nintendo

If you’re attending the event, make sure to bring your Nintendo Switch so you can play with other fans at the event. We’ll have charging stations for you to use as well!

For those that can’t make it to the event, fear not! We will be livestreaming on Saturday and Sunday, bringing to you the action from the headline tournaments, as well as interviews with top players, and general coverage from the event. Make sure to tune in at Twitch.tv/NintendoUK or YouTube.com/NintendoUK, and follow @NintendoUKVS on Twitter, to keep up to date with all the Nintendo social competitive updates from the UK. The full stream schedule is below.


Other UK Nintendo Events in 2018

Can’t make it to Insomnia63? There are other opportunities to go hands-on with upcoming titles, and relax with like-minded Nintendo gamers, at a range of events in 2018.

The current list is as follows. Content and available titles will vary between events, so please check back often to read the latest news, and follow @NintendoUK and @NintendoUKVS on Twitter to see updates about each event as well as coverage from all the events over the course of the year.

Event Date
Unnannounced event September 2018
MCM Comic Con London 26-28 October 2018
@NintendoUKVS Live: Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018 Grand Final. Birmingham November 2018 (Final date TBA)

Whether you want to get hands-on with upcoming Nintendo Switch titles, seek fame in our headline competitions, like parading your favourite cosplay or simply want to bring your own Nintendo Switch to find like-minded fans at our ‘Bring your own Switch’ sections, every event is sure to offer unique fun and surprises. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to an event soon! Happy gaming.

*Registrations will be handled on a first come first served basis. Registration closes at 23:59 BST on 19th August 2018