Nintendo hosted its Switch-centric E3 2018 Nintendo Direct on June 12 and, as always, the Kyoto-based video game company didn’t disappoint, not by any stretch of the imagination, despite the company’s overwhelming focus on one particular title – the ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.’
So, if you happen to be a fan of Super Smash Bros. games, you have a lot to look forward to; and even if you’re not, there’s still enough here to make it worth your while to read on, as Nintendo did manage to squeeze in a few other exciting announcements – its obsession with SSB Ultimate notwithstanding.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
During the, rather, long 25-minute presentation, Nintendo walked us through the different facets of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The Ultimate brings together every single Smash Bros. fighter in the series’ history, including Pichu, Snake, and Ice Climbers, in addition to brand new fighters like Metroid’s Ridley; Splatoon’s Inklings; Super Mario’s Daisy; as well as female versions of Pikachu and Pokémon trainers.
On top of that, there will be Assist Trophies like BomberMan, for example, and a bunch of new Pokémon and Midna.
The best part is that all of the above is being brought to you with enhanced mobility, improved gameplay, and better graphics, with more spectacular and destructive one-on-one combats.
There’s more; you’ll be able to play the game in different settings, as stages from earlier titles are making a comeback, including Spirit Train, Princess Peach’s Castle, the Green Hill Zone, and a brand new stage called the Great Plateau Tower, which appears to be based on the action-adventure game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is not only compatible with Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers and Smash Bros Amibos, but also supports GameCube controllers; of course, this will only be possible in the console’s docked mode as the GameCube controllers cannot work without a GameCube adaptor.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is releasing on December 7, 2018.
Super Mario Party
Super Mario Party is finally coming to Switch, with the game being the Franchise’s first entry into the world of consoles, and it looks fantastic.
The game is a blend of familiar boardgame elements, synonymous with the series, and a slew of new characters – plus, mini-games that will not only test your reflexes but your patience, as well.
Furthermore, because SMP is a Switch game, players can play with a single joy-con; however, some mini-games will require motion controllers.
Also, you can combine consoles for four-player game modes to create a unified playing field, allowing characters to move across the screens of consoles involved.
Super Mario Party is out October 5, 2018, for the Nintendo Switch.
The fact that the hugely popular title is coming to Switch is no surprise for anybody, thanks to an earlier leak.
So, Nintendo’s announcement of the game at E3 Direct was a mere formality – an official confirmation, if you like.
While the Switch variant of Fortnite has all the frenzied building, crazy dancing, and fierce action that the game is known for, apparently, there isn’t any Nintendo-themed content like you get to see in ports of other popular titles; plus there’s no PS4 compatibility for cross-play.
The great news is that the game is available on Nintendo eShop, absolutely free.
Fortnite fans, what are you waiting for?
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Having announced the game for Switch as far back as January, last year, Nintendo finally gave us a look at the promised full-fledged Fire Emblem title – Fire Emblem: Three Houses – through a full-length reveal trailer at the E3 Direct.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the first console Fire Emblem game in more than a decade – the last was 2007’s Radiant Dawn.
The game will release for Nintendo Switch sometime in 2019.
Daemon X Machina
Japanese developer Marvelous Entertainment’s wild new game Daemon X Machina features a whole lot of mechs battling it out in ways that are unique, somewhat like the old Armored Core games.
In fact, Nintendo opened its presentation with Daemon X Machina, setting the tone for all the other great announcements that followed.
The game has some amazing talent behind it, including the likes of:
- Shōji Kawamori – Legendary Japanese anime creator and producer, screenwriter, visual artist, and mecha designer
- Yūsuke Kozaki – Manga artist and character designer– the man responsible for designing No More Heroes character Travis Touchdown
- Rio Hamamoto – Known for his work on the Pecan series
- Kenichiro Tsukuda – Producer of Armored Core 2 and 3
- Junichi Nakatsuru – Composer of Soulcalibur