Nintendo has always marched to the beat of their own drum, especially when it comes to E3. While most developers save the majority of their reveals for the year’s biggest video game conference, Nintendo tends to sprinkle theirs throughout the year with their own Direct presentations. After the recent reveal of Pokemon Quest and Pokemon Let’s Go, fans have been hyped to see what Nintendo’s E3 showcase has in store. They packed quite a bit into their 45-minute presentation, so let’s dive in.
Nintendo E3 2018 Press Conference Wrap Up
Daemon X Machina
To kick off Nintendo’s E3 presentation, Marevlous Entertainments revealed a new action-packed mech game called Daemon X Machina. Few details were given, but the debut trailer showed of some stylized graphics and hyped up metal music to set the tone. Coming to the Switch in 2019.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna — The Golden Country
Next up we got a look at a new expansion for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which has seen a slew of both free and paid updates since its release on December 1st, 2017. This expansion will focus on the game’s antagonist, Jin, and the history of his birthplace, Torna. Torna — The Golden Country releases September 14th and will be available with the game’s expansion pass, which costs $29.99.
Pokemon Let’s Go!
The recently revealed Pokemon Let’s Go game coming to Switch got a few minutes in the spotlight when Reggie Fils-Aime talked about some of its compatibility features with mobile game Pokemon GO, from which you can transfer your captured creatures to the upcoming Switch game. The new PokeBall Plus controller was also highlighted. You can use it like a Joy Con controller with the game and store Pokemon inside to take into the world with you. The PokeBall Plus will release alongside Pokemon Let’s Go: Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go: Eevee on November 16th, 2018.
Super Mario Party
A great new reveal of the Direct was a Mario Party title for the Switch. The trailer showed off players competing in iconic mini games both on a television and while using multiple Switches together. Super Mario Party releases October 5th of this year.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
The Fire Emblem series is getting its Switch debut with Fire Emblem: Three Houses, a tactical role-playing game with full 3D battles and large forces at your command. The trailer showed off some of the game’s new features, which we’ll get to experience sometime in Spring 2019.
To no one’s surprise, Fortnite is coming to the Switch. The popular battle royale game has been in high demand for Nintendo’s hybrid console, and now Fortnite players can wreck each other both on their televisions and on-the-go starting today via download on the Nintendo eShop.
The popular fast-paced party game Overcooked is getting a sequel that is sure to be a hot seller with plenty of new recipes to take on together. Teams of up to four players will be able to play Overcooked! 2 in local wireless and online co-op multiplayer starting August 7th, 2018.
Killer Queen Black
Bumblebear Studios’ Killer Queen Black, a 10-player strategy arcade game where each player has only one button and one joystick at their disposal, is coming to Switch later this year.
Another game out today is Hollow Knight, a long-awaited indie 2D platformer with a charming hand-drawn art style. The game was a hit on PC, Mac, and Linux but this release marks Hollow Knight‘s console debut. Download it now from the Nintendo eShop.
We got a new look at Square Enix’s Switch-exclusive turn-based role-playing game Octopath Traveler, which we also learned is getting a brand new demo on June 14th. Your progress will be transferable to the full game, which releases July 13th.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The main focus of Nintendo’s E3 Direct was Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which now has a name and a release date. Big news: Every character in Smash Bros. history, plus a few new ones, will be available in Ultimate. The feature showed off several fighters’ move adjustments, new Final Smashes, and some smaller details — like an icon showing what item the Villager fighter has pocketed. Watch the full showcase of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate above and look forward to its release on December 7th of this year.
If you want to watch Nintendo’s E3 Direct in its entirety, check out the video below.