Nintendo Direct Recap – E3 2018
Nintendo knew they had the show-stopper this year, and they kept it for the end. While fans knew to expect the new Smash Brothers game, they were surprised by an impressive number of games coming to the Nintendo Switch. Let’s dive right in.
Daemon x Machina
Release Date: TBA 2019
A mech action game is coming to the Switch, and it looks great. Highly-stylized cell-shading and freeroam flying are complemented with what appears to be huge scale boss battles. It looks like a Suda-51 mech game, which is dope.
Xenoblade 2: Tornada – The Golden Country
Release Date: September 2018
The DLC reveal is cryptic, centred on mech angels and demons which confront humanity. The RPG is open world, and the landscapes are quite impressive. The same complex action battle system is back. If you’re a Xenoblade fan, it’s a must-have.
Pokemon Let’s go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee
Release Date: November 16th, 2018
Journey through Kanto, based on the catching system of Pokemon Go. There are even co-op and transfer options from pokemon go.
At the conference, they also announced a new “Pokeball plus” that allows you to play the full game.
Super Mario Party
Release Date: October 5th, 2018
The switch gets a Mario party game that allows cross-switch play. If you’ve got two consoles, you can link them together to expand the map for friends to play. We’re getting a nice expanded cast, and the multiplayer mini-games seem great as ever. You can even take a picture of your victory to shame your friends.
The added joycon motion allows for some great new invention.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Release Date: Spring 2019
For the first time on Switch, Fire Emblem is coming to the Switch. The battle system is expanded, allowing control of units in up to three unit combat. The story and characters are brought to life. A castle allows you to communicate with your units, and expand on inter-character talk.
Fortnite – Nintendo Switch
Release Date: June 12, 2018
The popular game makes a debut on Nintendo’s console, bringing the freeform battle royale fun to a new horizon. As on PC, the game will be free!
Release Date: August 7, 2018
The sequel is coming, and it’s full of new recipes and the ability to throw ingredients. The game is also bringing some dynamic kitchens
Killer Queen Black
Release Date: TBA 2018.
The acclaimed multiplayer phenomena are coming to the Switch, and for the first time, up to four teams can fight.
Release Date: June 12th, 2018
Team Cherry’s beloved game is coming to the Switch. The hand-drawn Metroidvania offers hours of exploration. If you haven’t played it before, now is the time.
Release Date: July 13th, 2018
We got some extra information on the upcoming Square Enix release. The demo will be available on June 14 for the switch-exclusive game.
It’s time folks, for rapid fire Nintendo Switch Release Dates!
(get your Switch’s ready)
Starlink: Battle for Atlas – October 18
Arena of Valor – Spring 2019
Minecraft Mario skin– June 21
Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido – Available Now
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Donkey Kong Adventure – June 26
Pixark – Fall 2018
Ark: Survival Evolved – Fall 2018
Just Dance 2019 – October 23
Dragonball Fighter Z – TBA 2018 (HYPE)
Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion – Summer 2018
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – July 13
Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy – June 29
Ninjala – Spring 2019
Carcassonne (HELL YES) – Holiday 2018
Fifa 2018 – Available Now
Fifa 2019 – September 28
Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut – Fall 2018
Paladins: Champions of the Realm – Available Now
Fallout Shelter – Available Now
Dark Souls: Remastered – Summer 2018
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy – September 7, 2018
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate – August 28th, 2018
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – June 29th, 2018
The World Ends With You: Final Remix – Fall 2018
Megaman 11 – October 2
Mario Tennis Aces – June 22, 2018
And the conference ended with Style, Masahiro Sakurai introduced his new Switch Title!
Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Release Date: December 7, 2018
The returning fighter was a surprise to no-one, but we got some great reveals for new characters. Inklings are making their way to the battlefield, as we know, but we’re also getting the return of Roy, Pichu, Snake, Young Link and Wolf. Also, updated Zelda (a link between worlds), Mario and Link (Botw) costumes look great. They’re also allowing us to switch between two versions of characters like Ike.
Every fighter in super smash bros history is joining the battle. Nintendo has made the impossible possible, and it’s going to be EPIC.
Sakurai highlighted that the initial roster will be as small as the original game, but that the unlocking mechanics will be more predictable.
By popular demand, the video ended with the announcement of Samus’ nemesis Ridley!
Nintendo had a big year this year. With such impressive additions to the Switch roster, they might make 2019 their year.
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