Everything that Happened at Nintendo Spotlight

By Julian Benson on at

Nintendo is capping off this year’s E3 conferences with a brief 25-minute Spotlight. We’ve heard that a lot of the show will be dedicated to Mario Odyssey so it may be a little slim on games.

Reggie Fils-Aime walks on screen and delivers a bizarre monologue about fun, why you should bother with games, and the joy of battling. I’m paraphrasing but basically he said: open your mind to violence. That’s Reggie for you.

The first game of the show is Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on Switch, and it looks pretty damn spectacular. As Nintendo Europe has continuously reassured everyone, it's still set for release this year.

It also has a character who keeps a cat in his backpack. Best game of E3?

No time to dwell, the stream is already moving onto another trailer, this time for a new Kirby game. Simply called Kirby at the moment, it looks like it can be played as a single-player platformer or in four-player local co-op.

A man from GameFreak is now reiterating the news from last week that there'll be a Pokken game coming to Switch before the end of the year.

Wait, no, there’s more, he’s also saying that the company is working on a full-blooded Pokémon RPG for the Switch but it won’t be released this year.

Well, this is a welcome surprise: Metroid Prime 4, the very-very-very long awaited new entry in the classic series, is definitely a thing that’s coming out! Unfortunately, that’s literally all we know right now. Thanks for the tease Nintendo. You bastards.

Yoshi’s been going from strength to adorable strength in recent years, and that looks set to continue when the little green ‘un stars in another new platformer next year. It’s just called Yoshi at present (seems to be a theme today), and it’s out on Switch.

Koei Tecmo, the makers of Dynasty Warriors, are at it again, bringing their massive melee combat format to other franchises. After the brill Hyrule Warriors we’ve now got Fire Emblem Warriors for the Switch. We knew it was coming, but we get a fresh look at the game today.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC for ages know, but all we were given was a nebulous ‘summer’ release date for the first of its two chunks. Now though, Nintendo has revealed that the first pack - featuring Trials, Hero's Path mode, new armour (including the Korok Mask) plus the tougher Master Mode - is coming June 30th, with the second still scheduled for winter this year.

Unsurprisingly, we turn the spotlight on Ubisoft next, to showcase the really rather wonderful Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle coming to Switch. It’s a really small spotlight, it turns out, because we’re basically just told that it’s coming on August 29th, which we already knew.

Oooh, fans have been clamouring for this since Switch’s launch, and we’ve just been told that Rocket League is coming to the console hybrid. It’ll have cross-platform support (so you can play with people on other machines) and a bunch of other new features. We even get to see a bit of it in action. Two-player split screen on the train is going to be bloody marvellous.

And, finally, the one game we knew was going to be talked about: Mario Odyssey.

This is weird, it starts off with a dinosaur stomping onto screen wearing Mario’s hat. Oh, neat, you can possess tonnes of stuff in the game with Mario’s hat. From living characters to taxis. This is bizarre.

Watch the trailer for yourself:

We were warned beforehand that we wouldn't want to miss Treehouse: Live immediately after the Nintendo Spotlight, and that, it turns out, was sage advice.

Nintendo has just revealed its second Metroid game of the day: Metroid Samus Returns for 3DS. It's a re-imagining of the 1991 Gameboy game Metroid 2: Return of Samus and it's being made by Castlevania: Lords of Shadow developer MercurySteam.

All in all then, a strong if not-quite-spectacular showing for Nintendo. The long-awaited arrival of new Metroid is obviously nice, but beyond Samus Returns, the show was a little light on tangible surprises—Metroid Prime 4 and proper Pokémon on Switch, while great news, are basically just promises right now.

There's no doubt that the likes of Super Mario Odyssey and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be masterful experiences, but it's a shame that Nintendo didn't broaden its reveals beyond the usual IPs to demonstrate that it's exploring more unique propositions for the Switch. Still though, dinosaur Mario and Metroid, eh?!