E3 2018 Features

Nintendo Direct Recap – E3 2018

It's a good year to be a Nintendo Switch owner...or to become one.

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!

Overcooked 2

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.

Hollow Knight

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.

Octopath Traveler

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.

For more information on Nintendo’s E3 conference, check back regularly on IMGMR. 

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Cédrick studies law, but his passion lies in gaming. PC is his platform, PS4 is his bloodborne machine, Dark Souls is his true love.

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