Nintendo revealing their next Super Smash Bros. installment at E3 this year has sent many fans into a frenzy. For those of us not lucky enough to be able to play the demos at E3 itself, Nintendo NY had a few kiosks set up for players. Apparently, one fan was so upset upon removal of these kiosks, that he sent multiple threats via email to Nintendo NY, one of which included a bomb threat. The complaint was filed this past Saturday but according to a report from Inverse, this email threat dates back to April. An employee was able to find these messages in an unused store email account, where they were cleaning through the inbox.
The removal of the gaming kiosks seems to be the main reason for threatening the store. This news picked up steam when Twitter user and Twitch streamer Mitsu reported that the FBI was now getting involved in the case. Mitsu also said that the FBI would treat the threat as a terrorist act. However, NYPD could not confirm their involvement in the incident. Later on, Mitsu was careful to elaborate on his initial announcement:
This news is especially worrisome with this store being in one of the busiest cities in the United States. It must have come as quite the shock for store regulars to hear of these reports, especially during E3 weekend.
Smash Bros. has been around since 1999 and has attracted quite the fan base throughout its lifetime. Fans have been waiting for an announcement for the debut on the Switch and Nintendo did not disappoint. The latest installment will feature 64 different playable characters, including some old favorites like Link and Fox. They have also brought some new characters who made their debut on the Wii U. Additionally, Nintendo has introduced a few completely new characters: the Inklings from Splatoon and Ridley from the Metroid series.
Another reveal is that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would now bring back unlocking characters in the game. As fans know, the roster for the upcoming game is massive. Game director Masahiro Sakurai says that unlocking most the characters should be a fair yet challenging task for the players. It will be interesting to see how the fans will take the return of the old character system. A few of the characters also gained some updates to their looks. Some fans feel excitement and others feel a sense of disappointment.
Nintendo was also the most popular company at E3 this year. The company did not release any details on a new Animal Crossing or tease the new Metroid Prime. Even still, the hype surrounding Super Smash Bros. made Nintendo the talk of the town this E3.
It is a shame that one fan had to take it too far because of their excitement to play. It is understandable that people are passionate about the Smash Bros. series but this was taking it to the extreme. Since the NYPD are now investigating the incident, not much info is available. Thankfully, this was only a threat and was not an actual terrorist attack.
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Tarah Bleier is a freelance writer , editor and content creator from Toronto. As a graduate from Centennial College’s Journalism program she has written for Tribute.ca, and Factinate.com and recently for Geek Enthusiast Magazine. In her free time she loves gaming, cosplaying, prop making and attending as many conventions and geeky events as she can. Writing has always been a passion of hers and she has been a contributing writer of The Planet Observer for many years before becoming its Assistant Editor last year. Her work can also be seen on The Geekcast Radio Network where she has been a podcast host and writer.