Nintendo Direct E3 2018 Details
As E3 officially opens, Nintendo has capped off a whirlwind four days of press conferences with its annual E3 Nintendo Direct, focusing heavily on Super Smash Bros. and first-party favorites. Here's what our uncle who works at Nintendo brought us:
Super Smash Bros Ultimate
First teased at the previous Nintendo Direct, the new Super Smash Bros is playable at E3 this week, and the Nintendo Direct stream gave us our first close look at what's changed in this cult favorite fighting series. "Everyone is here!" is the unofficial tagline of Super Smash Bros Ultimate. The largest roster ever brings back every (every!!) playable character from Smash past and present.
Though the starting roster is small, the team insists character unlock opportunities come fast and often in Ultimate. Returning to the series are eight player battles, classic stages, and Gamecube controller support!
Mechanically, the game appears to be very similar to previous entries, but the team went through a couple subtle details you may have missed. Perfect Shielding returns, but there's now a risk/reward factor built into the timing of the move. Some characters have undergone changes, too. Link, for example, is in his Breath of the Wild form and can use remote bombs. Samus can now air charge. Ryu always faces his opponent in 1-on-1 battles so control inputs don't get confusing. Shulk can switch between Arts with a handy UI familiar with Xenoblade players.
The only new characters announced were Daisy (an Echo Fighter of Peach), Samus' nemesis Ridley, and the Inklings from Splatoon. Waluigi still only exists as an Assist Trophy.
This jam-packed entry of Smash Bros appears to be on a good track for fans of the series. You'll be able to get your hands on it for Nintendo Switch on December 7, 2018.
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Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee
First unveiled at a Pokemon-focused Nintendo Direct, these upcoming Switch-exclusive Pokemon games are modeled on and designed to integrate with Niantic's smash hit Pokemon Go mobile game. Today's Nintendo Direct brought us additional details, like that the Pokeball Plus peripheral comes pre-loaded with popular Pokemon Mew.
Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee are slated for release on November 16, 2018.
Fire Emblem Three Houses
Nintendo showed off a new Fire Emblem game for Switch. It appears that large scale battles, exploration, and (of course) extremely complicated interpersonal relationships are all part of the experience. There were some fancy formations you and your scrub army could attack from. Nice.
Fire Emblem Three Houses is available for Switch in Spring 2019.
Super Mario Party
Everyone's favorite friendship ruiner is back and is sporting some very Nintendo-esque changes to its tried and true formula. The trailer we saw showed off some of the physical proximiity features when a group of four uses two Switch screens to play a minigame. The layout of the screens actually impacted how the minigame played out. It's a neat trick and very much in line with the multidimensional design stuff Nintendo is playing with. You can play as a goomba!
Super Mario Party is coming to Switch on October 5, 2018.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna, The Golden Country
Nintendo showed off an expansion to last year's massive RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Players can buy the Expansion Pass for $29.99, which will allow you to download the Torna expansion on September 14, 2018.
Daemon X Machina
Nintendo's presser actually started with a rousing mech battle game featuring aerial combat, lots of swordplay, explosions, missiles, massive scale, destruction, screaming, meta music, adrenaline supplied by an ancient robot god forged from the molten rock of a long forgotten star, shoulder-mounted guns, etc.
This metal mayhem simulator will be out for Switch in 2019.
Nintendo sped through a huge list of games, but there were a couple highlights we wanted to bring to your attention. Overcooked 2 is coming on August 7, 2018. Expect more kitchen chaos.
Killer Queen Black, the 2D multiplayer battle platformer, will bring team warfare to Switch later 2018.
Hollow Knight, the acclaimed platformer, is available today (!!!) with all of its extra content on the e-Shop.
Lots of other games were shown in succession, include Chinese mobile MOBA Arena of Valor, Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion, Dragonball Fighter Z, The World Ends With You, and Octopath Traveler. Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, I saw you.
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