Nintendo hosted their E3 showing this morning as a 43 minute Direct in which Super Smash Bros. Ultimate took up over half of this time getting a world premiere and full run-down of characters, levels, and gameplay changes. There was also a few games released during the show including Fortnite for Nintendo Switch and some world premieres of both exclusive and third party titles.
Flashing colors with soft tones are replaced by dark rock music as mechs and tanks fire up the screen with projectiles. Daemon X Machina is revealed.
DAEMON X MACHINA (EXCLUSIVE, WORLD PREMIERE)
The game is given a cinematic cuts-scene trailer in which light sabers and heavy swords are used as well as heat-seeking missiles, melee combinations, large bombs, and laser weapons. The music stops very abruptly and we are met with a credit roll. game is being produced by Kenichiro Tsukuda with Shoji Kawamori on mechanical concept design, Yusuke Kozaki performing character design, and music by Junichi Nakatsuru / Rio Hamamoto. The game’s directors are Ken Awata and Ken Karube. Daemon X Machina is coming in 2019 for Nintendo Switch and utilizes Unreal Engine 4.
XENOBLADE CHRONICLES 2: TORNA ~ THE GOLDEN COUNTRY (EXCLUSIVE, WORLD PREMIERE)
Next we are shown a setting of the year 3564. A hand-drawn cinematic trailer introduces a long backstory which is replaced by in-engine cinematic cut-scenes for Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s next reveal. Japanese voice actors are subbed by English text as they perform well choreographed combat in cinematic format which is then replaced by our first looks at a new gameplay trailer. The road players must walk is revealed for Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country which arrives on Nintendo Switch September 2018.
Reggie (President of Nintendo) appears in a well furnished home and tells us that when Nintendo launched the Switch their vision was a home console you could play anytime, anywhere. Two detachable JoyCon controllers, countless play possibilities, and from day one players have shown the world what that means. We then see images of gamers using their Nintendo Switch in various scenarios including a rocky beach or camping, there’s also a huge flat-screen setup in-home displayed. We are asked where Switch goes next?
Nintendo Switch will go on a journey Reggie says, relating the journey to various Switch games that were recently announced. He recaps all of the announcements Nintendo has made recently including Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! for Switch. The game’s features are ran through once again as can be found in our previous article. Reggie pulls out a Poké Ball Plus and lets us know the entire game can be played with it. He also announces that Mew will come exclusively with every Poké Ball Plus for the game which releases November 16, 2018.
SUPER MARIO PARTY (EXCLUSIVE, WORLD PREMIERE)
JoyCons in hand, tense yet casual at the same time, the game that friend love to compete in reborn for the Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Party is revealed. Multiple Nintendo Switch consoles are sat on a table in a coffee shop, they are lined up together in various ways, and amazingly Super Mario Party is able to determine the way in which a level can spread across the two consoles.
We see four people playing together with one JoyCon each as they use the area of both Switch consoles to become one single battlefield in a tank mini-game challenge. Tons more mini-games are shown including sports, cooking, racing, and more. All different kinds of control methods are used for the game which releases October 5, 2018 for the Nintendo Switch exclusively.
FIRE EMBLEM: THREE HOUSES (EXCLUSIVE, WORLD PREMIERE)
Next we are shown a role playing game map that many will be immediately familiar with. The goddess which watches over this world is discussed. Anime clips are seen and then quickly fade to gameplay with graphics beyond previous installments. Fire Emblem: Three Houses is revealed.
Cut-scenes are full-fledged Anime quality while gameplay takes place in a combination of fantasy and realistic art styles, during a troubled time in the Fire Emblem world. Strategy RPG combat is looking impressive with new gameplay systems and upgrades revealed. Fire Emblem: Three Houses releases Spring 2019 for the Nintendo Switch.
FORTNITE – NINTENDO SWITCH
A llama and a party bus lead up to a skydive for the ages as Nintendo Switch gets its own version of Fortnite: Battle Royale. Spray-painting seems to be a new feature we haven’t seen before. The game becomes available to download for free on Nintendo Switch. After a sizzle trailer we are told by Reggie about the game’s Switch version, local multiplayer is hinted at and possibly available offline.
Reggie on behalf of Nintendo takes a minute to thank all of the indie game companies that have released an incredible amount of content for the Nintendo Switch since its launch. He thanks the gamers who take a chance on indie games and give so much support to new ideas and quality gaming. Two new Nintendo Switch indies are revealed, and Hollow Knight is given a showcase.
NINTENDO INDIES AKA NINDIES
Overcooked! 2 from Team17 is revealed. It has Switch exclusive local multiplayer. The game comes out for Switch on October 7, 2018.
Killer Queen Black from LiquidBit is revealed next for Nintendo Switch. The game is a pixel art game based on arcade classic battles. Two teams of up to four each will be able to engage in combat on the Switch version. The game will be available for consoles first on Nintendo Switch some time during 2018.
Hollow Knight from Team Cherry is coming to Nintendo Switch as well. The adventure and exploration meets action combat sequences with hand-drawn graphics and platforming elements. Hollow Knight will have all of its previous downloadable content included when purchased on the Nintendo eShop starting today.
OCTOPATH TRAVELER (EXCLUSIVE)
Octopath Traveler also gets an update, it is coming exclusive to Nintendo Switch on July 13, 2018. A new demo for the game is being made available on June 14, 2018 through the Nintendo eShop. Gamers who play the game demo will be able to carry over their save data when the full title is released.
Nintendo Switch is given a sizzle reel which takes a few seconds per game to highlight a bunch of titles heading to or already on the platform. Starlink: Battle for Atlas comes out October 16, 2018 and was revealed for the first time at the Ubisoft E3 Conference with a Star Fox experience exclusive to the Nintendo Switch.
We are also shown Arena of Valor from Tencent coming Fall 2018, Minecraft from Mojang arriving June 21 (with exclusive Mario skin and world), Sushi Striker (available now), Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Donkey Kong Adventure from Ubisoft coming June 26 (also revealed at the Ubisoft E3 show), Pixark from Snail Games USA coming Fall 2018, Just Dance 2019 (coming to Wii, Wii U, and Switch on October 23 from Ubisoft), Dragonball FighterZ from Bandai Namco during 2018, Splatoon 2’s OctoExpansion by Nintendo coming Summer 2018, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker for Nintendo Switch, Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy arriving June 29 for Switch by publisher Activision, and Ninjala from GungHo Online Entertainment arriving Spring 2019.
We are then shown Carcassonne, an interesting strategic tabletop style video game arriving on Nintendo Switch during the Holidays of 2018 and produced by Asmodee Digital. We also see FIFA 18 and FIFA 19 will come to the Nintendo Switch, ARK Survival Evolved (Fall 2018), Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut by inXile Entertainment (Fall 2018), Paladins: Champions of the Real by Hi-Rez Studios (Available Now), and Fallout Shelter. Dark Souls Remastered gets a shout out and will arrive on Switch during Summer 2018.
SNK Heroines: The Team Frenzy by NIS America hits Switch September 7, 2018, Monster Hunter: Generations Ultimate from Capcom arrives on Switch August 28, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus by Bethesda (June 29), The World Ends With You: Final Remix comes to Switch in Fall 2018, Mega Man 11 from Capcom on October 2, and last but absolutely not least, we are shown a reminder that Mario Aces Tennis comes out on June 22.
Meanwhile… back in Kyoto, Japan at the Nintendo Development Center we are greeted by Shinya Takahashi of Nintendo who shares with us that the Switch has a purpose of introducing new and unique games to surprise people all over the world. Nintendo is thankful for all of their publishing partners and today’s E3 is just a small portion of what Switch owners can expect. Next, it’s time for the big boss of the Smash Bros projects, Super Smash Bros. Director Masahiro Sakurai, who greets viewers with a bombardment of information that will nearly fill the rest of the show regarding Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch (releasing December 7, 2018).
SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE (EXCLUSIVE, WORLD PREMIERE)
Next, we are greeted with an almost 20 minute long extended reveal of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch. This game features so many characters, feature upgrades, new gameplay mechanics, and of course graphics enhancements, that it would take forever to break them all down and list them. However, we have included the entire video below our summary of some highlights from the information dump!
Many new characters were announced including the return of some favorites, tweaks and enhancements made to previous characters, costume variety additions, and way more. Some of these included (but are not limited to) Cloud Strife from FFVII but also Cloud Strife from Advent Children. His Limit Break is always displayed now, three LInks, Princess Zelda from Breath of the Wild, Bayonetta (with a costume for each game), Mega Man, Proto Man, Bass, Mario from Super Mario Odyssey, Link’s tunic of the wild, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance version and Radiant Dawn version, Female Pikachu (heart shaped tails), a female Pikachu Libre, Fox (Star Fox Zero style), an upgrade to final smahes, and Marth’s dancing blade being upgraded in speed.
Additionally, we also saw Ryu who now always faces his opponent during 1 on 1 fights for an authentic Street Fighter feel. Mid-air charging and cancelling of the charge are now possible for Sammus (although dangerous), we are told that after 10 years new matchups are possible, Shadow Moses Island returns, Solid Snake is back by popular demand, Donkey Kong has upgraded moves, characters are now fully voiced in English, Transformational final smashes are no longer using normal moves, and of course more. Pit’s new final smash is the lightning chariot, online battles are in our future, 12 different voice options are available for Mii characters, their move sets have been enhanced, proportions adjusted, and Fiora also makes an appearance.
There’s also a new way that Monado Arts can be directly selected, Ganon the Demon King can be summoned (The Legend of Zelda: Orcarina of Time style plays a role), eight versions of the Villager are available, a clear display of items picked up is now enabled, Bowser’s final smash is bigger and stronger, slow motion effects occur when strong attacks are now used, Pokémon can now be freely changed during battle, and more. Knocking out an assist trophy is worth a point, Splatoon squids are in the game, each outfit uses a different ink color, Inkling is available in the game, inked opponents take more damage, Wily castle has all the hazards from both versions of the game, the Squid Sisters appear and during their concert, the camera zooms in closer and closer, Ridley the dragon is available, *All current Super Smash Bros. series Amiibo are compatible, the entire game is compatible with GameCube Controllers, and more.
Some levels revealed so far include Wily Castle, Shadow Moses Island, Wrecking Crew, New Pork City, Tortimer Island, Moray Towers, Great Plateau Tower, and many more.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases December 7, 2018 exclusively for Nintendo Switch.
DRAGONBALL FIGHTERZ – NINTENDO SWITCH
POKéMON: LET’S GO, PIKACHU!
Later on during Nintendo’s Tree House post-E3 gameplay sessions we were shown an extended look at Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! which comes to Nintendo Switch later this year.