Nintendo’s E3 2018 press conference which kicked off on Tuesday June 12th was full of announcements regarding updates for veteran franchises and some new content for its Switch console.
As anticipated, most of the screen time was devoted to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which will be coming at the end of this year and will be bringing the biggest ever cast to the game. In a rush to announce significant updates, it seems like Nintendo didn’t pay much attention to other key releases.
Here are all the important announcements Nintendo made at the press conference:
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
It is rolling out on December 7, 2018 and will be bringing a lot of new characters to the game along with the existing ones. The company didn’t specify the number of new playable characters, but it will definitely be in dozens.
The title will come with a number of new stages including levels from fellow Switch titles Breath of the Wild and Splatoon 2.
One of the craziest parts of the announcement was that users will now be able to play the title with a GameCube controller, which will be compatible with the game and will also support old game controllers through dongles.
Super Mario Party
Super Mario Party is another new addition to the Nintendo Switch. Alongside the new gameplay content, Super Mario party will be using the Switch hardware for multi-player reasons. Which means it will allow users to connect two or more Switch consoles and expand the size of their screens.
It will be arriving on October 5, 2018.
Fortnite was the highlight of Nintendo’s E3 and why wouldn’t it be for the announcement of it being available on Nintendo hybrid console was big enough to be the headline. It is available for free download on Nintendo eShop.
These three were the big announcements while Nintendo made a number of other announcements introducing some new titles as well.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
The title is one of the most accomplished entries to the Nintendo Switch which is coming in spring 2019.
The announcement comes after a year and half since Nintendo first announced that a fully-fledged Fire Emblem game would come to the Switch.
Three House is a proper Fire Emblem game which will come with actual combat sequence sequences drawn on the same animated style of the cutscenes and characters.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
This is one of the year’s breakout releases however it is a little weird that Nintendo didn’t make a big deal out of the anime brawler coming o the Switch. The announcement just got hidden under the loads of other titles.
Anyways, Dragon Ball FighterZ is coming in 2019 with no confirmed release date.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country
The Xenoblade Chronicles 2 had been on the Nintendo Switch since December 2017 and has received several paid and free updates. The Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country is the final listed update on the game’s website but it doesn’t mean there will be no more updates.
The update will be released on September 14, 2018 for Expansion Pass members.
Other titles announced at the E3 press conference include Daemon X Machina, Hollow Knight, Killer Queen Black, Overcooked and Octopath Traveler.
As for Pokémon titles, Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, were announced which will be available on November 16, 2018. Users will be able to purchase the combo for $99.99 that will come with a Poké Ball Plus controller.
There was no mention of the Metroid Prime 4, no Animal Crossing for Switch and no big reveal for Star Fox Grand Prix however there were enough titles announced for E3 owners to look forward to for now.