Oh, that was definitely not what I was expecting.
Leading up to E3 Nintendo made it clear that the latest Super Smash Bros. would be the focus of both their booth and digital event, but I don’t think anyone expected the game to take up more than half of their press conference. Nevertheless, as a huge fan of Smash I thoroughly enjoyed Nintendo’s E3 showing and the handful of new game announcements showed really well.
Daemon X Machina
Sharing the same producer as From Software’s Armored Core franchise, Daemon X Machina is a gundam-influenced fighting game. That’s really all I can really take from this trailer because this game looks insane. Daemon X Machina will be releasing on Nintendo Switch in 2019.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Nintendo’s brutal strategy-RPG makes its HD debut at long last with Fire Emblem: Three Houses. In what appears to be a large departure from previous instalments, individual units now have the ability to command large armies on the series’ grid-based battlefields. Fire Emblem: Three Houses will release Spring 2019
Fortnite Battle Royale
In an announcement that surprised literally no one, Fortnite was announced and released on the Nintendo Switch during the Nintendo Direct. It’s worth noting that this is only the immensely popular Battle Royale portion of the game, with no sign of the title’s Save the World mode releasing for the Switch.
A new trailer was shown for Square-Enix’s throwback to classic RPG’s, showcasing each character along with a brand new demo that will be made available tomorrow. Octopath Traveller is releasing July 13th 2018.
Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee
Not a whole lot of new stuff was shown here, but Reggie did announce that every Pokéball Plus accessory will come with the extremely rare Pokémon Mew. Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee are releasing alongside the Pokéball Plus accessory on November 16 2018.
Super Mario Party
At first glance, a new Mario Party release isn’t much to get excited about, but what’s extremely surprising is that Super Mario Party will ditch the car-based gameplay that the mainline games have been criticised for. Super Mario Party is launching October 5 2018.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 DLC
Xenoblade 2 gave us a new look at its upcoming expansion. Although as someone who’s unfamiliar with the base game, I honestly didn’t understand anything that was happening in this trailer. Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country releases September 14th for Expansion Pass owners.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Just as we expected the Nintendo Direct gave us a massive blowout on the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game, announcing its subtitle would be Ultimate in the West. The most mind-melting announcement made was the confirmation that every character who’s appeared in a Smash Bros. game would be returning for the fifth instalment! Yes, that means characters like Solid Snake, Wolf, and the Ice Climbers will all be returning, in addition to one long-requested fighter: Ridley from the Metroid franchise. It’s not clear whether or not any more characters are to be announced, but it would be a real shame if they didn’t have any more new-comers beyond Ridley and the Inklings. In addition to the insanity of 65 confirmed fighters, Nintendo went into great detail on changes to returning characters and stages. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is releasing on Nintendo Switch December 7th.