Fortnite leads huge list of third-party games; Super Mario Party shows crazy trick. Super Smash Bros Ultimate headlined a content-packed Nintendo Direct presentation ahead of this year's E3. Doubts about the popular fighting game resembling a glorified Wii U port were put to rest with an announcement of every existing Smash Bros character returning—and tons of tweaks big and small coming to the whopping 65-character roster. Smash Ultimate will launch on Nintendo Switch on December 7, 2018. Every third-party and DLC character from prior games, including Metal Gear Solid's Solid Snake, Street Fighter's Ryu, and Final Fantasy VII's Cloud, will join Smash Ultimate—as, too, will the fan-favorite weirdo pair of characters Ice Climbers. ("I kind of hope you aren't expecting too many new challengers," series creator Masahiro Sakurai added before revealing one more new character on top of Splatoon's Inkling: Metroid's popular, winged-and-fanged boss Ridley.) Move sets, "final smash" attacks, and mechanical tweaks were described at length, with the most notable mechanical tweak being the ability to charge certain attacks in mid-air. Support for Gamecube controllers and all (approximately) fifty gazillion existing Amiibo was confirmed, as well. The nearly 25-minute-long breakdown of characters, combat stages, fine-tuned combat maneuvers (like "short-hop attacks" and "perfect shield"), and "assist trophies" was so long, in fact, that the special began to feel less like a Nintendo Direct and more like a Smash Direct. This all appears to emphasize Nintendo's burgeoning esports aspirations, with a list of ridiculous details clearly meant for a specific hardcore audience. Nintendo did announce other games, we swear. In particular, the new party sequel Super Mario Party looks quite familiar to anybody who has played that series before, only with a particularly crazy trick: a way to connect multiple Switch systems together so that gameplay from one screen extends to another. Some, but not all, of Super Mario Party's mini-games take advantage of this feature. Its reveal confirms that Nintendo's crazy multi-screen patent, which emerged in April, is indeed being employed for Nintendo Switch games. As had already been spoiled via rumors, the hugely popular Fortnite Battle Royale mode is coming to Switch—as in, today at 1pm ET, as Nintendo announced the game is going live on the Nintendo eShop. Joining Fortnite in this immediate-launch party is the hugely popular indie metroidvania game Hollow Knight, which will also be live on Switch's eShop today. Lucky us, we already knew about another new Switch sequel, the cooking co-op game Overcooked 2, but not just because of the same Switch games leak. We went hands-on with a near-final build at a pre-E3 event and found that it has enough to make it a fully fledged sequel, not just a glorified DLC pack. Last on that leak-reveal list in today's news was Killer Queen Black, the first home-console port of the wild five-on-five arcade series from Wild Thrills. Its "2018" home-console launch will be "first" on Nintendo Switch. This home version will reduce the player count to four-on-four side-scrolling team challenges. Nintendo finally followed through with its promise of a "mainline" Fire Emblem game for Nintendo Switch by revealing Fire Emblem: Three Houses, set for release in Spring 2019. The video began with a segment of new game Daemon X Machina, an explosive mech battle game, from Marvelous Entertainment. The flashy reveal was scant on details but looked like it will push Switch hardware to its limits. So much time dedicated to Smash Ultimate, however, meant other anticipated first-party Switch games were left on the cutting room floor, including the next yarn-styled Yoshi platformer and the already-announced Metroid Prime 4.
I thought that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U was pretty close to being the perfect Smash Bros. game. I wasnt sure how Nintendo could improve it besides just adding more things like new characters and levels. And thats part of the story for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Switch. But its more. Ultimate includes every character thats ever been in the series — and some new fighters as well. I checked it out today this new entry in Nintendos crossover fighting franchise during a special Nintendo Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event today in Los Angeles. I played almost a dozen matches. Playing with the new characters and stages was a blast, but even small adjustments to mechanics and the presentation could make this the best Smash Bros. yet. For my first match, I picked Ridley. Ive wanted this Metroid villain in Smash for a long time. His debut does not disappoint. Other villains in the roster — like Bowser and Ganondorf — tend to feel slow. But Ridley is agile, with many of his best attack being the ones he can use in the air. His special moves look and feel great. One has him dashing forward, grabbing the first player he touches and then grinding them across the stage before throwing them off the edge. Another shoots out a single fireball that travels in slow, wavey pattern. If you charge the attack, he shoots out multiple flame balls. The moves are great callbacks to his appearances in the Metroid games. The Inkling is a less conventional character. They can shoot enemies with ink and run them over with a giant roller. Just like in Splatoon, they can run out of ink (aka ammo). You actually have to hold down the B button while shielding in order to refill your ink, which gives Inkling a different feel from other characters. It also captures the feel of playing as an Inkling in Splatoon. The demo included new stages based on Splatoon and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The former is a more vertical level with a lot of platforms. Smash stages that focus on verticality in the past have tended to be too big. The Splatoon level is a more manageable size, so people cant run away and hide from fights. The Breath of the Wild level takes place on one of giant towers from the game. The stage is a relatively simple platform, but I love the details in the background. Youll even notice the old man from the start of Breath of the Wild floating around on his sail cloth. The returning characters arent all clones of their Smash 4 selves. Many of them have new costumes. Mario can don his wedding suit from Super Mario Odyssey or his construction outfit from Super Mario Maker. Link dons his blue Breath of the Wild clothes by default, but you can still have him wear his classic green tunic. The demo didnt have a complete roster, but I got to try a lot of fighters. Most of them had some surprises. Snake, whos back after missing Smash 4, has a new Down Smash Attack. Instead of laying down a mine, he does a more practice double kick that hits players on both sides. Link can now choose when to detonate his bombs. Some changes seem small but give characters a lot of help. Little Macs Forward Special no longer forces him to free fall to his death, for example. Ultimate also has more general changes. When you fly of the screen, a new minimap appears showing the location of all players. This helps you see exactly how close you are to the edge of the stage … and death. You can also charge your Smash Attacks for a longer duration, so you can use some new strategies when trying to catch or play mind games with your opponents. The aesthetic changes also make a difference. A new title card screen pops up before each fight, showing large portraits of each character before the battle begins. Weve seen this in other fighting games for a long time, and Im happy to have them in Smash. It helps build hype right before the start of a fight. I love Smash, so every little detail and change delights me. I expected Nintendo to essentially port the Wii U version of the game. Im thrilled that this is much more than that. Ultimate is an appropriate name. This does feel like the ultimate Super Smash Bros. game.
The Switch is getting a new 'Mario Party,' 'Fortnite' and 'Super Smash Bros.' As is tradition, Nintendo didn't take the stage at E3 and opted instead to show a pre-recorded Direct video, which showed plenty of teased and some never-before-seen Switch games. The presentation kicked off with a peek at the mech game Daemon X Machina, followed by looks at Super Mario Party, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Fortnite (which launches on the console today), Overcooked 2, Hollow Knight, Octopath Traveler and plenty more. The second half was entirely given over to an in-depth look at Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which will have every character that previously appeared in the franchise (and more! Today's reveals: Inkling and Ridley). Phew! But don't worry about information overload -- just watch our video to see the best of what Nintendo showed off today in less than nine minutes. Follow all the latest news from E3 2018 here!
Four years ago, Smash Bros. boss Masahiro Sakurai infamously claimed that it would probably be impossible to add Ridley — the massive, dragon-like boss character from Metroid — to his fighting game series. Well, it turns out that hes managed to pull off the impossible: today Nintendo revealed that Ridley is one of the new additions to the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Switch. Ridley joins the inkling characters from Splatoon as new fighters in the game, but for Ultimate much of the focus is on the past; the game will feature a massive roster of fighters that includes every single character from past Smash Bros. titles. Its coming out on December 7th.
Nintendo came out with the big guns for its pre-recorded E3 conference this morning, delivering updates on a couple of veteran franchises while also bringing some new titles to its Switch console. We didnt get a ton of big surprises, but what Nintendo showed off was certainly exciting to a lot of fans. The bulk of the presentation was (as expected) devoted to the intimate minutiae of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which is arriving at the end of the year and will bring the biggest cast to the game ever, with some new characters arriving alongside the entire cast of the series previous iterations. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Party and Fortnite were probably the biggest highlights, but lets take a look at everything they talked about. One of the crazier parts of this announcement included the fact that Nintendo has made a redesigned GameCube controller, which will be compatible with the game and will be supporting your old GameCube controller somehow as well, presumably with a dongle. Is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate the most ambitious crossover event in history? Available December 7, 2018. Alongside the new gameplay content, Super Mario Party is going to integrate some weird multi-Switch gameplay that will allow users to play together across multiple Switch consoles and merge their screens together. Super Mario Party lets you connect multiple Switch consoles to expand your screenAvailable October 5, 2018. Fortnite arrives on the Nintendo Switch todayAvailable now for free download. In addition to the big-gun trifecta of game announcements, Nintendo also shed some light on other titles coming to the system, which has realistically had a pretty tiny game library since launch. Fire Emblem Three HousesComing spring 2019. DRAGON BALL FighterZComing 2019. Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden CountryNew update available September 14 for Expansion Pass members. Other titles announced during the Nintendo Direct included Daemon X Machina, Overcooked! 2, Killer Queen Black, Hollow Knight and Octopath Traveler. In terms of the new Pokémon titles, Lets Go, Pikachu! and Lets Go, Eevee! , they will be available November 16 and people will be able to buy a $99.99 combo that includes the Poké Ball Plus controller, as well. So thats it; no Metroid Prime news, no Animal Crossing for Switch, no other big teases — but theres certainly a good chunk of titles to keep Switch owners excited for a while. Well be at E3 checking out some of these new titles this week, so stay tuned for more from us on the ground in Los Angeles.
Nintendo choose to play it safe with this years E3 keynote, focusing more on soon to be released titles that people will actually be able to play in the coming months like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Party, and Pokémon: Lets Go! rather than offering updates on no-shows announced last year like Metroid Prime 4. If you missed the presentation, though, heres everything youll need to catch up. The obvious star of the show during Nintendos E3 showcase is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which will feature a massive roster of over 60 fighters comprising every single Smash Bros. character to ever appear in the series, including all the DLC characters from Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS. Its out on December 7th. It was rumored to be happening, and now its official: Fortnite, the biggest game in the world, is coming to the Switch and you can play it right now. For free! The Switch version promises to offer the full Fortnite Battle Royale experience, and its available to download today from the eShop. Mario Party is making its way to the Switch, just like all those early trailers of rooftop Switch parties seemed to promise all those years ago. Super Mario Party looks like itll be taking advantages of the Switchs capabilities in really interesting ways when it releases on October 5th. Nintendo has finally taken the wrap off the new Fire Emblem game for the Switch, called Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The first console Fire Emblem game since 2007s Radiant Dawn , Fire Emblem: Three Houses will be out sometime in Spring 2019. Melee fans, breathe a sigh of relief: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will support the iconic GameCube controller when it comes out in December. Youll need a USB adapter — same as the Wii U — which means it wont work in portable or tabletop mode, but for Smash purists, theres no other way to play. Nintendos own fighting game might have the spotlight, but tucked into its highlight reel was the news that Dragon Ball FighterZ and its incredible animated artwork will be making the jump to the Switch sometime later this year. The Switch is getting a pair of local co-op indies this year, with the announcement of Overcooked 2 (out August 7th) and Killer Queen Black (sometime later in 2018). Other, previously announced titles got updated release information: Hollow Knight is coming to the Switch today, and The World Ends With You : Final Remix got a fall 2018 release window. Nintendo opened its presentation with a look at Daemon x Machina, a slick new game that features mech. Lots of mechs. Itll be out in 2019. Ridley — the giant, draconic boss from the Metroid series — has been a long running meme among Smash Bros. fans, who have spent years demanding that series head Masahiro Sakurai put him in the game. Today, that dream comes true: Ridley (along with the already teased Inklings) is joining the roster in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Mostly, though, it's just fun. It's December 1999. I'm sitting in my best friend's smoke-filled bedroom, frantically mashing the buttons of an N64 controller and having the time of my life. Six months later, I'm in the same smokey hovel, but now I'm deftly dodging attacks, timing blocks and dancing between the platforms of Planet Zebes. And I'm still having the time of my life. This has been the core appeal of the Super Smash Bros. (SSB) series since day one: No matter your skill level or play style, get together with a bunch of friends, and you're going to have a lot of fun. Put in the time to master the game, though, and you'll find a rewarding and deep fighter. Fast-forward the best part of two decades, and at E3 2018, Nintendo has taken the wraps off its latest SSB game, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. A large portion of Nintendo's Direct presentation, and indeed its cavernous E3 booth, was dedicated to the brawler, which is due for release on the Switch December 7th. The new entry promises more of everything than ever before. Every single character that's been playable in an SSB game in the past -- that's over 60 -- will be included, along with some new faces. So far Ridley (Metroid's alien dragon antagonist) and the Inklings from Splatoon are the only additions confirmed, but given Nintendo's form, you can bet a bunch of new characters are going to make their way to the final game. Mechanically, the main changes seem to be some slightly tweaked physics, and much more of an emphasis on high risk, high reward timing. Masahiro Sakurai, director of every SSB game to date, said the new engine was made to play faster, and that's apparent from the start. An hour after the Direct presentation wrapped, my colleague Mat Smith and I made our way to a media pen behind Nintendo's booth and grabbed a pair of Pro Controllers. I picked Agent 3 (one of the Inklings), while Mat grabbed Ridley. He utterly smashed me. The next game, Eurogamer's Tom Philips joined us, and proceeded to beat me into the ground. I think it took four games for me to record my first victory (with Fire Emblem Fates' Corrin). It takes me a stupid amount of time to get used to a new SSB game, so there was no chance of me pulling off the new dodges and timed blocks, or even really getting to grips with the physics. But the 30 minutes or so I played told me everything I needed to know right now: This game is a lot of fun. It's going to be fun to play, fun to learn and fun to master. We'll learn a lot more about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate over the coming months, and I'm excited to see actual competitive players duking it out at the invitational tournament Nintendo's arranged at E3. In the meantime, rest assured you're going to enjoy yourself this December.
Nintendo revealed Daemon X Machina today during its Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event today in Los Angeles. The trailer showed mech suits flying around a city and fighting even bigger robots. It looks a bit like Gundam. #DaemonXMachina blasts onto #NintendoSwitch in 2019! It is coming out for the Switch in 2019 from Marvelous, a publisher in Japan. One of its designers is Kenichiro Tsukuda, who worked on another mech series, Armored Core, at From Software. The mechs (called Arsenal powered suits) are customizable. You can obtain weapons from defeated foes and swap them onto your Aresenal on the fly to adjust your strategy against different sorts of enemies.
Nintendo showed off the Switch debut for Fire Emblem during its Electronic Entertainment Expo event today in Los Angeles. It is called Three Houses, and its coming in spring 2019. The trailer shows off the best graphics weve ever seen for the franchise while retaining the turn-based strategy gameplay the series specializes in. #FireEmblem Three Houses for #NintendoSwitch arrives spring 2019! Although while most Fire Emblem games focus on units fighting one-on-one, this trailer showed commanders leading whole squadrons in attack. Fire Emblem was an important franchise for the 3DS. Fire Emblem: Awakening revitalized the series with improved gameplay that helped the franchise grow to a more commercial hit. Now, Fire Emblem on Switch can help the series continue to grow.
Nintendo revealed more about Super Smash Bros. for Switch today during its Electronic Entertainment Expo event today in Los Angeles. It is called Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It comes out on December 7. Nintendo revealed the roster today. It includes Mario, Samus, Kirby, Bowser, Link, Donkey Kong, Fox, Falco, Marth, Zelda, Sheik, Villager, Meta Knight, Mewtwo, Sonic, Peach, Pikachu, Ice Climbers (theyre back), Inkling, Capt . Falcon, Zero Suit Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Pokémon Trainer, Ness, Lucas, Ryu, Ganondorf, Ike, Coud, Snake, Jigglypuff, Pichu, Olimar, Diddy Kong, Lucario, Lucina, Robin, Greninja, Mr. Game and Watch, Dr. Mario … and, well, everyone! The roster includes everyone from Smash Bros. for Wii U and its DLC characters. It also includes fighters that werent in the last game but appeared in previous entries, including Ice Climbers, Pokémon Trainer (you can play as a female one now too), Pichu, Young Link, and Snake. Everyone! The roster will start small, but youll quickly unlock more characters. Returning characters will have new costumes and abilities. Mario can wear his builder outfit, and Link can don his classic green tunic or his blue outfit from Breath of the Wild. Mii Fighters are also back, and now you can choose between 12 different voices for them. Nintendo also teased online play. Many of the characters have new Final Smash moves. Many classic stages are coming back, including F-Zeros Big Blue. Eight player battles are also back. Ultimate has a new class of fighter, Echo Fighters. In the past, fans called these characters clones. For example, Lucina plays very similarly to Marth. In the past, these were treated as completely separate roster characters, but now they are Echo Fighters. Nintendo also revealed Daisy as a new Echo Fighter based on Peach. Assist Trophies are also back. These are items that summon characters who then attack people. New Assist Trophies include the Squid Sisters from Splatoon and Bomberman. It will also have new levels, like the Great Plateau Tower based on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. And stages will have Omega forms, which turn them into a single flat arena. New for Ultimate, each game will also have a Battlefield version. This gives each level a three platform configuration. The fighting game series is one of Nintendos most popular franchises. It debuted in 1999 for the Nintendo 64. The last entry, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, came out in 2014.
Nintendo today revealed that Ridley from Metroid is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Switch during its Electronic Entertainment Expo event in Los Angeles. It comes out on December 7. Fans (including me) have wanted him in the series for a long time, but hes only appeared in cinematics and as stage hazards before. Ridley is the most famous reoccurring boss from the Metroid series. He joins other famous baddies like Bowser and Ganondorf on the roster. The fighting game series is one of Nintendos most popular franchises. It debuted in 1999 for the Nintendo 64. The last entry, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, came out in 2014.
Nintendo finished up its Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) Direct video event today by revealing that the next entry in its multiplayer fighting game series is dropping December 7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is hitting the Switch before the end of the year, and it is bringing along with it every character who has ever appeared in a Smash game up to this point. At E3, were showing how Nintendo Switch continues to redefine play, with the broadest range of games people can enjoy together anytime, anywhere, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said. Fans whove debated which Super Smash Bros. fighter is the best now have the chance to settle their differences once and for all, pitting familiar faces against fresh challengers on stages both new and old. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokémon: Lets Go, Pikachu!and Pokémon: Lets Go, Eevee!, and the arrival of Epics Fortnite on Nintendo Switch demonstrate the strong momentum Nintendo Switch continues to have through 2018 and beyond. This is Nintendos major holiday release, and it is going all out to satisfy fans of the franchise with several tweaks that are direct responses to longtime requests. That includes the inclusion of Metroid villain Ridley as a playable character … still no Waluigi though. Nintendo also revealed that the game supports the GameCube gamepad and 8-player battles. But those features came among a neverending list of other improvements to every character, which should give diehard Smash lovers plenty to dig into when it debuts.
The big focus of Nintendos E3 presence is likely to be the upcoming installment of Super Smash Bros. for the Switch. In May, the developer revealed the latest entry in the franchise, due out this year, and very little else. Super Smash Bros. isnt the only game that will be on Nintendos roster during E3, though. The developer has promised a look at even more Switch games coming this year, which may include newly announced Pokémon: Lets Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Lets Go, Eevee! Rumors also suggest that Fortnite is heading to Switch, which may prove to be true at E3. Nintendo will continue live-streaming after its presentation wraps, including the Splatoon 2 World Championship and the Super Smash Bros. 2018 Invitational. 9AM / New York: 12PM / London: 5PM / Berlin: 6PM / Moscow: 7PM / Beijing: 12 AM (June 13th) / Tokyo: 1AM (June 13th) / Sydney: 2AM (June 13th) Keynote live stream: Nintendo will stream directly on its site, as well as on YouTube and Twitch
The creators of Mario and Zelda showed off its future plans for its Switch home-and-way console with a special Nintendo Direct during the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show today. And if you missed the companys presentation when it streamed — or just want to skip to all the good parts — heres a roundup of everything that made an appearance. Nintendo opened with mech-tastic action game Daemon x Machina. It comes in part from Kenichiro Tsukuda, one of the developers of Armored Core. RPG entry Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is scoring some prequel DLC called Torna: The Golden Country. Lets Go games. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé showed off the Poké Ball Pluss controller for the upcoming Pokémon: Lets Go Pikachu and Lets Go Eevee titles. And he revealed that each one comes with a legendary Mew already inside. Nintendo wants you to take your character-themed parties with you everywhere with Super Mario Party. It supports multiple Switch consoles playing simultaneously. And hopefully, people playing in public have strong bonds of friendship. Mario Party causes fistfights at some houses. Fans of the long-running tactics series will be happy to know that a new one is on its way. It drops on Switch next spring. It was only a matter of time before the build-and-shoot blockbuster hit the Switch, and now its coming. The port will include support for the crowd-pleasing Battle Royale mode. And its out today. Nintendo served up a bunch of indie titles heading for the console. First up was Undercooked 2, the followup to the frantic, multiplayer cooking title. The pixel-pretty, Joust-ish arcade title is coming to Switch later this year. Award-wining, moody exploration action game Hollow Knight is not only coming to Switch. Its out today. The port will include all previous DLC content with another free add-on coming soon. By far the biggest news dump of the day came for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo announced that every fighter from every game in the series history will be appearing in the Switch version. And thats big enough news, but they also introduced a new character. Metroid series villain Ridley will be joining the fight. We also found out that the new entry will be compatible with GameCube controllers, and we got a release date: December 7. Smash Bros. wasnt the only source of virtual brawling on display today. Nintendo showed off anime fighter Dragon Ball FighterZ, which is due out later this year. Keep checking back with us for our continuing E3 coverage all week.
Wise Nintendo fans learned long ago to temper their expectations for Nintendos Electronic Entertainment Expo announcements. The company famously did away with spectacle-class media events years ago, replacing them with streaming Nintendo Direct videos. With deep respect, Ill acknowledge that Nintendos once-controversial decision has proved to be (mostly) brilliant: Fans get to enjoy game preview footage spread more frequently throughout the year, while suffering through far less filler like talking heads and onstage awkwardness. But since Directs focus is on games, Nintendo is expected to deliver great new game announcements at E3. Last year, the publisher had plenty of big news — everything about Super Mario Odyssey, announcements of upcoming Pokémon, Metroid, Kirby, and Yoshi games, DLC details for Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and lots more. That E3 made clear that it 2017 was going to be great for the Switch and a fine year for the 3DS, too. This year, the E3 Nintendo Direct was a bust. Despite reserving the presentation just for the Switch, Nintendo left almost no surprises for the show. The Switch version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was announced well in advance, and so much footage of new Pokémon games was shown before E3 that there was barely a need to mention them in the Direct. So some assumed that this meant the Direct would be overflowing with new Switch game, but … no. Instead, the E3 video spent roughly half of its (brief) air time discussing various Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features, and the other half went to meh-worthy announcements like the debut of Super Mario Party, DLC for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and ports of games from other platforms. Admittedly, if you were waiting to play Fortnite or Killer Queen Black on the Switch, this was a good Direct for you — just as a preshow leak suggested — however, the lack of major new Switch games for 2018 was depressing. Fire Emblem: Three Houses? 2019. A new mech game called Daemon X Machina? 2019. Metroid Prime 4? Completely absent. A rumored new Retro Games version of Star Fox? Nowhere to be seen. New ports of great Wii U games? Nada. Its hard not to view Nintendos message cynically: Just save your money for Smash Bros. and Pokémon, buy them later this year, and help keep those franchises wildly popular and successful. The problem is that Im not a big fan of either of those franchises, so the 2018 E3 Direct was disappointing to me. Even though I went into the event with low (though optimistic) expectations, theres nothing newly announced that I plan to buy this year on the Switch. And adding Ridley to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate isnt going to sate my need for a new Metroid title. So as Im a multiplatform gamer, that means my dollars are going to flow to Sony and Microsoft instead. This isnt a surprise after attending and watching many Nintendo events over the past 20-plus years. But it does mean the Switch could lose the incredibly positive momentum it was building up until this point, which would be a shame for everyone — fans, developers, and Nintendo alike. At last years E3, I thought we might be witnessing a return to the Nintendo of old, but this year, it just seems like weve been waiting too long for more of the same.
Nintendo opened up its big E3 presentation with a wild new mech game from Japanese developer Marvelous Entertainment. Called Daemon x Machina, the game features what appears to be incredibly fast-paced robot action, along with a cel-shaded art style that makes it look like an anime. However, aside from how cool it looks, there isnt a lot of information available about the game as of now. The addition of Daemon x Machina means that the Nintendo Switch is continuing to be a great place to find Japanese action games, as its already home to the likes of Platinums Bayonetta series. Itll be available on the Switch at some point in 2019. #DaemonXMachina blasts onto #NintendoSwitch in 2019!
Its been over a year and a half since Nintendo first announced that a full-fledged Fire Emblem game would be coming to the Switch, and now weve got some more details with the first trailer for Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Unlike the spinoff Fire Emblem: Warriors, which was released on the Switch last year, Three Houses is a proper Fire Emblem game, with the top-down strategic gameplay that the series is known for. Its also the first time that a game in the main series has been released for one of Nintendos home consoles since Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn in 2007. Three Houses looks incredible too, with actual combat sequences that draw on the same animated style of the cutscenes and character art instead of the rough, blocky polygons that marred the 3DS titles. Nintendo had originally promised that the Switch Fire Emblem game would be out in 2018, but it seems that that release date has slipped a bit: Fire Emblem: Three Kingdoms will be out sometime in Spring 2019.
Today Nintendo finally unveiled the next Super Smash Bros. for the Switch, and it looks to be the biggest and most comprehensive entry in the series to date. Called Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the new game will feature every single character from the series history, for a roster of more than 60 fighters. That includes DLC from the Wii U version of the fighter, like Final Fantasy VIIs Cloud and Ryu from Street Fighter, as well as long-forgotten characters like Metal Gear Solids Snake. Despite mining the past so much, the new Smash Bros. isnt a port — its a brand new game. All of the characters have been reworked, both in terms of how they look and how they play, to better fit the modern game. Link, for instance, now wears his tunic from Breath of the Wild, and he can wield remote bombs. Meanwhile, Mario now wears Cappy, the sentient hat that introduced a slew of new mechanics to Super Mario Odyssey. Many of the changes were made with the intention of speeding up the game. There are also new stages, including a Great Plateau tower from Breath of the Wild, and a ramp-filled city scene from Splatoon 2 — Nintendo previously revealed that one of the new fighters in Ultimate is the ink-shooting Splatoon Inkling, who will be joined by Ridley from Metroid. Theres no word yet on what other new characters might make their way into the game. Itll be available on December 7th.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the biggest game in the franchises history, bringing back every character from across the entire series to the Switch installment of the fighting game. And if you missed Nintendos presentation, the company has posted the full 25-minute-long dive into what makes Super Smash Bros. Ultimate different from previous games in the series with director Masahiro Sakurai. While theres less here in the way of new characters — Sakurai says that the team wanted to focus on bringing back the entire old roster instead — theres a lot to unpack in the smaller, more subtle changes to each character. According to Sakurai, the entire game has been reworked and rebalanced from the ground up for a faster fighting speed. If youre someone who takes their Smash Bros seriously (or just are interesting in the nitty gritty details) its worth a watch. And for fans of the series looking for an even deeper look into whats new in Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo has posted its website showing off the updated roster, with additional videos and images showing off each fighters moves and abilities.
As recently as a couple of years ago, Nintendo very much felt like a company at a crossroads. The Wii U presented a rare major misfire for the gaming giant, while its executives stubbornly clung to a strategy that actively excluded smartphones. The Nintendo of 2018, however, feels newly invigorated. In January, the company announced that the Switch had blown past the Wiis record to become the fastest selling U.S. console, with 4.8 million units moved in 10 months. These days, that number is closer to 5.9 million in the States, with 17.79 million units sold globally as of April, by NPDs count. We learned from previous launches, Nintendo executive Doug Bowser ( different Bowser) said in an interview with TechCrunch upstairs at the companys E3 booth. We made sure we launched with great content. And then weve had a steady drumbeat of new titles. The company addressed that issue with the launch of the flagship Zelda title Breath of the Wild, alongside the console. This time two years ago, the companys booth was awash with Zelda imagery, made up to look like a small-scale version of Hyrule. In 2018, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the clear focus, as its E3 presence has shifted to something more tournament style, with large screens displaying the mega-crossover fighting game. For the company, those two titles represent the companys first-party play for an active gamer segment — a more direct take on the likes of PlayStation and Microsoft. Nintendos family-friendly approach is still present in those titles it produced in-house, but things have softened a bit, perhaps, when it comes to embracing third-party titles. Our goal with Nintendo Switch is to appeal to a broad audience, said Bowser. That goes well beyond family-friendly titles, and obviously with some of the third-party content weve brought to the platform, theres more mature content. We want to make it accessible, but clearly when it comes to our own IP, its in a more family-friendly arena. Todays release of Fortnite for the Switch is a pretty clear example of this. Its a big win for both parties, as the fast-selling console gets access to the large cross-platform title. But even that is a far cry from some of the extreme gore we saw on the big screen last night at Sonys big kick-off event. For younger players, the 3DS/2DS is still going surprisingly strong for an eight-year-old system. 2017 actually saw a jump in consoles sold over the year prior. Younger consumers are coming in through our 2DS and 2DS XL platforms, said Bowser. Its a great entry point for us. As long as consumers are voting, well continue to support it. And for all of its early foot-dragging, mobile has clearly been a boon for the company. First-party games like Super Mario Run and third-party partnerships like Pokémon GO have gone a ways toward spreading the gospel of Nintendo IP. Late last month, Niantic announced that its AR game had hit a staggering 800 million downloads. The newly announced Switch titles Lets Go Pikachu and Lets Go Eevee represent another step toward a more open, cross-platform Nintendo, as well. The Poké Ball Plus peripheral lets users capture Pokémon on the mobile title and utilize them into the Switch game. Its a compelling bit of synergy that could point a ways forward, wherein smartphones and the Switch play even more nicely together.
Move over, 'Fire Emblem Warriors.' Fire Emblem's long-awaited arrival on Nintendo Switch is edging closer. During its E3 press conference, the house of Mario finally unveiled Three Houses, a game built from the ground up for its portable-console hybrid. As you might expect, the experience is a graphical upgrade over Fire Emblem Awakening, Fates ( Birthright and Conquest) and Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, which all came out on the Nintendo 3DS. A brief trailer showed a top-down overview for moving troops, followed by some cinematic close-ups for deadly attacks and special abilities. There was also a bevy of anime cut scenes hinting at the larger story that will weave each mission together. The game has been delayed, though, from later this year to spring 2019. Follow all the latest news from E3 2018 here!
It includes every fighter ever. Nintendo's E3 showcase focused heavily on the return of one of its hit series: Super Smash Bros Ultimate has landed. The main takeaway is that all fighters that have ever appeared in the series are now back. That includes the return of outsiders like Solid Snake (ten years since he last appeared in Smash Bros.) and, well, over 60 characters total. Just think of the (completely compatible) Amiibo collection. Nintendo took a deep dive on the roster, outlining how each character has gradually evolved for Ultimate. This includes mildly different character designs, new final smash attacks and more expressive facial expressions for everyone. In short, even seasoned Smash Bros. fighters will have to reassess both their favorite characters and the competition. Some characters, like Cloud and R.O.B, will have gauges visible on screen to improve strategic play, while others, like Ike have multiple voice options. For some reason. More importantly, the game system itself has gone through several changes. This includes players being penalized for excessive dodging and a new 'perfect shield' technique. There's new characters too, including Inkling (more ink on your rival will increase damage) and Princess Daisy, who is an 'echo' version of Peach. While the moveset is largely the same, there will be slight differences that players will have to get used to. Expect even more character reveals before the game lands on December 7th. ( Update: Like Ridley from Metroid!) Follow all the latest news from E3 2018 here!
And a lot of shooting. So much shooting. The Switch has a new mecha property coming next year, announced at the top of today's Nintendo Direct -- Daemon X Machina. While easily mistaken for a new installment in the Xenoblade series, this is decidedly in the shooter genre like Armored Core, with humanoid mechs duking it out in open fields and city streets against even larger spider-like robots. This new title is brought to you via Marvelous Games, with Kenichiro Tsukuda from the Armored Core series acting as producer. Another big name for mecha fans will be Shoji Kawamori of Macross and Escaflowne fame, who's been enlisted to do the concept designs, while character designer Yusuke Kozaki of the last few Fire Emblem games (and Pokémon Go) is on board as well. Soulcalibur composer Junichi Nakatsuru is doing the music alongside Rio Hamamoto from Tekken. Directors Ken Awata and Ken Karube previously worked on Monster Hunter: Stories and a few other fantasy games, but this will be their first time working on something more firmly in the science fiction realm. Not much more information was given about the game itself, save that we can expect to see it on the Switch in 2019. Follow all the latest news from E3 2018 here!
Samus Aran only made an appearance in the Super Smash Bros announcement. If you've been patiently waiting since last year's E3 conference for the reveal of the new Metroid Prime 4 game, we're sorry. The hotly anticipated next iteration of Samus Aran was nowhere to be seen during Nintendo Direct, the venerable gaming company's main announcement video that broadcast live this morning. Sure, the stuff we did see was pretty great, including a news of Fortnite and Fire Emblem for the Switch, but we really did think we might see the game that Nintendo teased last year. The last version of the Prime series was back in 2015 on the 3DS, for goodness' sake. Ah, well, at least we have Animal Crossing. Oh, wait, that wasn't announced, either.