Nintendo continues to be one of my favorites when it comes to conference time, and they haven’t let me down yet. Starting off this glorious day (at least in my neck of the woods) we got a lot of answers about some highly anticipated titles, as well as a myriad of announcements and release date information. Without further ado, let’s dive in!
We open with a trailer for Daemon X Machina, and man, this game looks like so much fun: giant mech suits battling with guns and lightswords alike. Daemon X Machina looks action-packed and fast-paced; if you’re a fan of epic battles this looks like the title for you. We get a vague release date of 2019, but this title is on my list. I’m ready for giant robot battles!
Next up we get some awesome footage for Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna — The Golden Country, an expansion set to hit in September 2018. I’m sure fans of Xenoblade are super stoked to hear they’ll get an update to the fun gameplay and gorgeous world we all know and love.
Of course, what would a Nintendo conference be without Pokémon? We get more information for Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee, and I’m psyched. I’ve been playing some Pokémon game for as long as I remember, and Nintendo will always get my money for these titles. We are told this game will be set in the Kanto region, and you will be able to play locally with friends! There will be a new piece of tech coming out called the Pokéball Plus, in which you can store one of your Pokémon from the game and bring them with you! This Pokéball Plus will also work as a Joy-Con controller when you are playing Pokémon Let’s Go on your Switch, and will come with a free Mew inside! Look for both the game, and the Pokeball Plus on November 16th, 2018.
I think most Nintendo fans can agree that Mario Party is a seriously fun game. Well, we are getting another installment in the series, and it looks like something we’ve never seen before. According to the trailer, in Super Mario Party you can link multiple Switches together and actually CONTROL THE MAP. That’s right folks, this may be the most innovative thing we’ve seen from the Switch yet. By connecting at least two Switch systems and laying them next to each other, you can connect the bits of map shown on each and create your own unique experience. You are able to turn each Switch every which way to uncover what I imagine to be a multitude of combinations. Not to mention the new mini-games that were shown look like a blast and will really play to the Joy-Cons strengths when it comes to motion control and sensitivity. You can pick up your copy of Super Mario Party on October 5th, 2018. Take my money, Nintendo!
This is where things got a little fast-paced and info-dumpish, so bare with me folks; we’re about to go over a lot of titles we got snippets of and dates for. Starting off, we see the strategy RPG Fire Emblem: Three Houses. This is the first big Fire Emblem title to come to the Switch and I very much like the look of it. We’ll see this one hit the Nintendo eShop in Spring of 2019. Next we get the news that Fortnite is available to play on the Switch starting right now! Go have fun, you Battle Royale fiends (after you finish reading this article, of course). Overcooked 2 — now with the ability to throw ingredients, and two teams of up to four each — will be be hitting our systems with more recipies, new characters, and crazy kitchens on August 7th, 2018. We get a look at Killer Queen Black, a local multiplayer arcade style battle platformer which looks like a fun time with friends. You’ll be able to play that sometime this year. Another platformer, this time of the action-adventure variety, is Hollow Knight, and man does it look cool. From Team Cherry, the spooky art for this game is all hand-drawn, and it is available with all previous content today! Square Enix is hitting us with a beauty; Octopath Traveler looks gorgeous! It’s a turn-based RPG, so if you’re into that kind of thing check out the new demo on June 14th, 2018. We are told you will be able to “carry your save data over to the full game, once purchased.” The release date for the full game is July 13th, 2018.
Continuing with our reel of trailers and dates, we saw Star Link: Battle for Atlas from Ubisoft, which will have the next appearance of Fox McCloud; I know a lot of people are pumped for that. The release date will be October 19th, 2018. We get a look at Arena of Valor, a MOBA from Tencent Games that looks pretty awesome and will be available Fall 2018. We’re hit rapid-fire by even quicker trailer snippets and a flood of release dates. For ease of readability, we’re going to move into list mode:
- Minecraft Mojang AB hits June 21st, 2018.
- Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is available today (looks like a fast-paced sushi-making game).
- Donkey Kong DLC for Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle was shown briefly and will be out June 26th, 2018.
- Pixark from Snail Game USA (a pixelated Ark Survival Evolved?) is coming Fall of 2018.
- Just Dance 2019 will be available October 23rd, 2018.
- Dragon Ball FighterZ will be out sometime this year. (This looks amazing, oh my god!)
- Splatoon 2’s Octo expansion will be out this Summer.
- Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker will be coming out this Summer on July 13th. (This game looks so incredibly adorable and the levels/worlds shown are unique and fun.)
- Crash Bandicoot N’ Sane Trilogy will be aailable June 26th, 2018. (I know a lot of you are psyched for that.)
- Ninjala (some sort of PvP) comes out Spring 2019.
- Carcassonne (a digital version of the board game) will be out during the Holidays 2018.
- FIFA 18 World Cup update is available now!
- FIFA 19 will be coming September 28th, 2018.
- Ark Survival Evolved is coming to the switch Fall 2018. (I already have it on PC and one other console, so why not the Switch too?)
- Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut will be available Fall 2018 as well.
- Paladins: Champions of the Realm (objective-based first person shooter) is available now!
- Fallout Shelter is available now!
- Dark Souls Remastered will hit this Summer.
- SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy is coming September 7th, 2018 .
- Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate will be available August 28th, 2018 (yay!).
- Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will be on the Switch June 29th, 2018.
- Mega Man 11 will be out October 2nd, 2018.
- Mario Tennis Aces will be out this Summer, June 22nd.
Phew! I told you there was a lot of info, and I was not kidding. None of these titles got more than a few seconds on screen, but I do appreciate a comprehensive view of what we have to look forward to.
To close out the show, we get a HUGE amount of information for one of the most beloved titles Nintendo has to offer, Super Smash Bros. Now, this is another info-dump, but in a much more comprehensive way, so we can forgo the lists. First off, let’s get the huge chunk of information out of the way; we have the roster for the upcoming Super Smash Bros Ultimate: Mario, Samus, Kirby, Bowser, Link, DK, Fox, Marth, Zelda, Sheik, Villager, Meta Knight, Mewtwo, Sonic, Peach, Pikachu, Ice Climbers, Inkling, Captain Falcon, Zero Suit Samus Wii Fit Trainer, Squirtle, Ivysaur, Charizard, Ness, Lucas, Ryu, Ganondorf, Ike, Cloud, Snake, Jigglypuff, Pichu, Roy, Olimar, Diddy Kong, Lucario, Lucina, Robin, Bayonetta, Greninja, Mr. Game & Watch, Dr. Mario, R.O.B, Duck Hunt, Pit, Dark Pit, Palutena, Corrin, Bowser Jr., Toon Link, Young Link, Rosalina & Luma, King Dedede, Mii Gunner, Mii Swordfighter, and Mii Brawler, Wario, Little Mac, PAC-MAN, Shulk, Wolf, Mega Man, Luigi, and Yoshi.
Now, I do have another name to add to that list, one that was saved till just about the last second of the show; Ridley, a heavily rumored and highly anticipated edition to our Smash Bros. playable team, will be joining the roster this year! Nintendo isn’t kidding when they say EVERYONE IS HERE! Every character that has ever appeared in any Smash Bros. game will be available to play in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Director of Super Smash Bros Masahiro Sakurai tells us you will start off the game with a rather small roster, but will be able to unlock all of the characters you see above as you play. Mr. Sakurai gives us tons more information about this game, such as the return of eight player battles! On the tech side, the Nintendo GameCube controllers will be compatible with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and all current Super Smash Bros. amiibos will work for the new game as well; you even get to keep all your data from other games and bring it over! It is extremely clear that Nintendo listens to their fans, and this installment of Super Smash Bros. promises to be the most epic yet! Oh, did I mention we’ll get to play it this year? Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be available for purchase on December 7th, 2018!
As usual, Nintendo seriously delivered during their conference. We got a lot of information and have a lot to look forward to in the coming months! What’s your favorite Nintendo announcement? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned to Geeks + Gamers for more E3 coverage!