Nintendo was the under dog going into E3 this year. It's Nintendo, and we do not know what to expect from them. With Nintendo having just released a new console, the Nintendo Switch. All lights are on Nintendo this year. Do they deliver? Lets find out.
Again this year, Nintendo did a presentation video, not a traditional E3 press conference. The whole presentation was around 25 minutes long, but it was 25 minutes of nothing but games featuring Nintendo's strengths.
It starts with a video, showcasing some of their already announced games, and adds in one more. Rocket League. More on that one later.
At the end of the intro video, we come to Reggie Fils-Aimé, president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America. Everybody knows and loves Reggie. He is a meme unto himself.
After a brief introduction from Reggie, we are off. The first game? Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 looks amazing. Its a direct sequel to the first game on the Wii-U. It looked to be just a story cinematic trailer, with no gameplay. The end of the video shows that its coming out holiday of 2017.
Now we keep rolling into the next announcement and I'm kinda pumped for this one, as I love these games.
Thats right. Kirby is making his official Nintendo Switch debut, with a brand new game. The game features some new powers and the ability to befriend enemies. With your new enemy friends you can team up for for a "super move" that will deal heavy damage, or use it to conquer a puzzle that was too tough for just Kirby alone. I did notice something interesting during the trailer. One of the enemy friends has a "P2" next to his name. Multiplayer Kirby any one? We know the Switch is able to do up to 4 players, and you can befriend 4 enemies. So.... ? Nothing was officially announced on this or even mentioned, but I think its safe to say that you can play this game multiplayer. The game is slated for a 2018 release date. So expect a lot more info in the coming months.
The video then jumps to Shinya Takahashi from Nintendo. He explains that he is happy that fans are enjoying the Nintendo Switch, and he is also relived that fans are happy about the portability of the Nintendo Switch. He goes on to say that Nintendo, and their many partners, are planning on releasing more multiplayer games for us to enjoy any time, any where. He then introduces us to Tsunekazu Ishihara, from the Pokemon Company.
Ishihara-san talks about Pokken Tournament Deluxe and that its going to be adding more characters to the roster. He then goes on to announce that Gamefreak has began developing a core RPG Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch. Marking the first time ever a main Pokemon game as come to a home console. However, it's only in the beginning stages so it might not be coming out for another year. So stay tuned for more info.
We cut back to Shinya Takahashi who tells us that most of the games being showcased today are coming out this year and that Nintendo is working on a lot of games that they aren't ready to show off just yet.
The game announcements keep on rolling out. In a short, 40 second video, Nintendo just made one of their biggest announcements, and one that I am very excited for.
Metroid Prime 4 is coming to the Nintendo Switch. This was my "holy crap they're actually doing it moment!". With absolutely zero information but a simple title card. We no nothing at all about this game. Who is developing it? What's it going to be about? I guess we're just going to have to have some patience. But this is not a drill. We're getting Metroid Prime 4!
After that killer announcement we jump right back into another trailer. This time for everybody's favorite green dinosaur. Yoshi!
Whats interesting about this game is that it looks like it borrows from both Yoshi's Epic Yarn and the Paper Mario RPG series. This game also appears to feature multiplayer, but we do not know to what extent. You can also flip the the game to be able to collect secrets and coins in the background.
Its Yoshi, and its cute. Need I say any more? Its also coming out in 2018.
They now show a story mode trailer to Fire Emblem Warriors.
I'm a huge Fire Emblem fan. So I'm pumped for this game. With the ability to use characters from all across the Fire Emblem franchise. The game just screams "fun". I really like the fact that Nintendo is giving us NA fans some Fire Emblem love. However, the only thing I am disappointed by was the fact that Nintendo didn't talk about the other Fire Emblem game they announced a few months back during a Nintendo Direct. Maybe no new info on it yet? Kind of disappointed about this. Fire Emblem Warriors will be released in the fall of this year.
We are now introduced to Eiji Aonuma, series producer to the Legend of Zelda. He goes on to talk about the Bethesda announcement of select Zelda inspired items will be in the Switch port to Skyrim. One of the items just so happens to be the Master Sword, of which he is holding in his hand. He then goes on to talk about the new Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC packs that are coming out for both the Switch and the Wii-U versions of the game and 4 more Legend of Zelda amiibos are set to be released also. You can buy both DLC packs for 19.99. The first set of DLC will be released on June 30th of this year and the second one has a holiday 2017 release date. No release date for the 4 new amiibo. I will be pre-ordering these. I love me some amiibos.
We go back to Reggie. He talks about the 3 tournaments that are being held at E3 for Splatoon 2, ARMS, and finally Pokken Tournament. It then cuts to Yves Guillemot, head of Ubisoft who talks about Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. This does look like a fun little title. Kinda reminds me of Final Fantasy Tactics mixed with Super DodgeBall (If you remember Super DodgeBall, please leave a comment!).
After Yves, we cut right to another announcement trailer. This time for Rocket League.
The trailer goes on to say that there will be exclusive customization options on the Nintendo Switch and that its going to feature crossplay. It doesn't say what consoles are going to be in the crossplay. We all know how Sony feels about this. Sad, but true. The game will be released in 2017.
Well that is it for Nintendo...oh wait...one more thing...
I'm just going to let the trailer speak for itself. This game looks phenomenal. And whats this? You can take controller of enemies and cars... ? Is that a flipping dinosaur?!? I'm not the biggest 3D Mario fan, but this has gotten my attention.
Just a note, this is only covering the main Nintendo spotlight, and nothing that has been announced during the treehouse event.
I am going to you with this though. Before I post it though. This is James with Game Fix. Game on everybody!
(This is going to be amazing! I cannot wait!)