E3 2018 | Press Conferences: Day 4 Highlights (Nintendo)
Nintendo rounds out the E3 press conferences
Published on June 12, 2018
Day 4 and the final day of the press conferences at E3 2018 had a highly anticipated Nintendo showing off their announcements through their Nintendo Direct digital conference. With high hopes of the new Super Smash Bros., Animal Crossing, Metroid Prime, and more, here’s what Nintendo had to offer to fans.
Super Mario Party
Bringing back the classic board game competition, Super Mario Party is a Nintendo Switch title that utilizes some of the unique features of the system. Team up and go head-to-head in 80 new minigames as you race across the board searching for the Stars. The car mechanic from the more recent entries has been scrapped, leaving each player to move on their own around the map.
A brand-new mode called “Toad’s Rec Room” has been added, which allows two Nintendo Switch systems to be linked in Tabletop mode for some unique minigames. What we saw from the trailer was using the console as a birdseye view of a battlefield, with player-controlled tanks moving from one Switch to another. Super Mario Party is scheduled to release on October 5th.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
The newest entry in the Fire Emblem series is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch. Although it retains the traditional turn-based tactical RPG elements, it fleshed out the other features of the series, adding in a free-roam mode outside of battles to build relationships and gather information in cities. Troops akin to Advance Wars units seem to make a debut in the series, with multiple groups of units showing up in the action sequences in the trailer. Playing through the game, you will get to know three different main characters: Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude. Fire Emblem: Three Houses will launch sometime in the Spring of 2019.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The bulk of the Nintendo direct this year was spent unloading a massive amount of information about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The first big reveal is that the game will be bringing back every fighter from the previous games to a currently known total of 65 fighters. Some big names coming back are the likes of Ice Climbers, Pichu, and Snake. That may be a lot, but the game will harken back to the original Super Smash Bros. and will initially start you with only a dozen or so fighters with the rest having to be unlocked. The game will also feature new challengers like the previously revealed Inklings as well as the long requested and newly revealed Ridley from the Metroid series.
Combat remains familiar to Super Smash Bros for 3DS/Wii U but with some changes and streamlining. First, damage scaling has been implemented based on the number of fighters in a battle. Thus, damage in a 1-on-1 fight will be higher than that of a 2v2 battle. This is an excellent addition as the chaotic 8 player smash battles will make a return for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Next, air dodging has been improved to be more like Super Smash Bros. Melee by having the player do a mini dash in the air. This will help against predicting fighter movements allowing players to make a safer landing on the stage.
Many stages from previous installments will also return in addition to some new additions from Splatoon and Breath of the Wild. Finally, many other combat tweaks have been made such as perfect shields requiring better timing, the implementation of more natural short hop attacks, and streamlining final smashes to be faster. Sakurai has mentioned that there are “tens of thousands” of changes from the previous installments so keep an eye out for more info. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will release exclusively on Nintendo Switch on December 7th.
Rest of the Nintendo Announcements
- DAEMAN X MACHINA, a mecha game with lots of metal, will be coming in 2019.
- DLC for Xenoblade 2, named Torna ~ The Golden Country, will be coming in September of this year.
- Pokemon Lets Go Pikachu/Eevee was shown off again. Mew will come with a purchase of a Pokeball Plus.
- As rumored, Fortnite is coming to the Switch! Today!
- Overcooked 2 was announced for an August 7th release.
- Arcade hit Killer Queen will make its debut on the Nintendo Switch through Killer Queen Black. It will feature 4v4 battles, and will be released sometime in 2018.
- Hollow Knight, after so much waiting, got released today.
- A new trailer for Octopath Traveler was shown off. A new demo will be available on June 14th.
- We also had a whole slew of games shown off, most of which were previously announced or shown off at other conferences.
- NOTHING on Metroid Prime 4, Animal Crossing, or Advance Wars.
That wraps up all of the press conferences that were scheduled at E3 2018! The show has now officially started, so everyone will be able to get their hands on all of the cool games we’ve been seeing over the past 4 days. Thank you so much for following the conferences with us, and we’ll see you tonight during our opinions podcast episode.