Nintendo kicked things off with a pretty intense montage of new and upcoming games. Some of them we knew about, some were surprises, but this was just the warm-up act. Nintendo had come to E3 to talk about one thing, mostly, and that thing was Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Here’s everything that happened. There was SO MUCH SMASH BROS.
- We got a trailer for a new Marvelous game, Daemon X Machima. It’s cel-shaded, and full of mechs, swords and missiles. It looks pretty badass, and it’ll be out sometime in 2019.
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is getting a new DLC: Torna: The Golden Country. It’s coming in September 2018. You play as the members of Torna, attempting to take down Malos.
- Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee will be out on November 16 2018. Reggie fiddled around with the nifty Pokeball Plus peripheral that we all obviously need to own. It’ll come with Mew, who’ll be exclusive to the Pokeball device.
- Party time! Finally, Switch is getting Mario Party, Super Mario Party no less, and it looks like the party game we all know and love with a few special Switch touches. Like, if you and your pals have more than one Switch between you, you can pop ‘em all together to make a big game board. Nifty, eh? It’s out 5th October.
- There’s a new Fire Emblem game. It’s called Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and it’s coming in spring 2019.
- Fortnite Switch was confirmed, and it’ll be on your eShop any minute now. For free. You wonder why other royale games bother sometimes.
- Overcooked 2 was confirmed, and it’s landing on August 7th. More cooking chaos for all! Now the kitchens change shape and layout mid match sometimes.
- We got a glimpse of a new game, Killer Queen Black, which is set to launch in Q1 2019. Based on a 2013 arcade game, it sounds a bit weird, but looks quite fun.
- Hollow Knight is out on Switch now!
- Octopath Traveller hits Switch on July 13. There’ll be a demo available on June 14, and you’ll be able to carry over your save to the full game. Happy days.
- If that wasn’t enough information thrown at us in about 10 minutes, we then got a sizzle reel. Brace yourselves. We got to see: Starlink, Arena of Valor, Minecraft AB, Just Dance, Dragonball FighterZ, Splatoon 2 expansion, Captain Toad, Crash Bandicoot, Ninjala, Carcassone, Fifa 19, Ark, Wasteland 2 Director’s Cut, Paladins, Fallout Shelter (out now!), Dark Souls Remastered, SNK Heroines, MHXX, Wolf 2, Megaman 11 and Mario Tennis Aces.
- And then the real part of the show began. The moment we were all waiting for: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. And when they say ultimate, they mean ULTIMATE. The game includes every character ever to grace a Smash Bros. game before. This is “the biggest crossover event in video games history”. Oh yes, they went there and said that.
- You can read our full roundup of the Smash news here - seriously, this thing was like the whole presentation. If you want the short version, it’s that everyone’s in it, they’ve made what seem to be a billion tiny tweaks, it looks pant-wettingly amazing, and it’s out December 7 2018.
It’s interesting to think about how the other big companies show off their ‘big’ game at E3 - maybe a 2 minute trailer, a scripted on-stage walkthrough if you’re lucky. Nintendo just dove right into the guts of Smash Bros. and gave players a real idea of what to expect.
That did leave the presentation overall feeling a little… underwhelming. It’s not that Nintendo has to set the world on fire, because it’s basically doing that already. And there were big announcements here: Fortnite would have been an awesome surprise, had it not leaked ages ago, while only a churl would turn their nose up at a new Mario Party. But you’re always hoping that the Kyoto wizards will pull a real surprise out on the E3 stage, blow everyone away, and sometimes you’re disappointed. This year? It was business as usual for Nintendo, and business is very good.