The E3 2018 Nintendo Direct has concluded, and in it was a slew of new information ranging from what the next Fire Emblem will be to details on the brand-new Smash Brothers title, Super Smash Bros Ultimate!
Starting things off was an M-rated title called Daemon X Machina. Accompanied with intense heavy-metal music, you control Gundam-like machines to fight enormous robots. This game will be released in 2019.
Next up, we finally heard about what the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 story DLC will be comprised of. Taking players into the distant past, this DLC will follow the story a key antagonist of Xenoblade after he developed his twisted ideology and how he threw the ancient world into chaos and war. Now you get to participate in the Aegis War! This DLC feels like it will be an entire game in and of itself allowing players to control a completely different cast of characters while leveling them up from square one. This DLC pack is titled Torna: The Golden Country and will be released in September 2018. You can even purchase a physical box for this DLC which will include the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass Code
After Xenoblade, Reggie came onscreen to give us a summary of all the information we learned about Pokemon Let’s Go which we learned previously in the original reveal trailer. However, there was one exciting tidbit he revealed today: if you buy the Pokeball Plus, Mew will be included with it, and you can transfer the Mew into your game from the very beginning!
Following that exciting reveal (or disappointing if you had no plans to buy the Pokeball Plus), we were introduced to the next Mario Party title: Super Mario Party. Coming on October 5th this year, Super Mario Party will feature a heavy focus on Joy-Con use and will even allow you to set multiple Switches up next to each other in way that depending on how you set them, the game board itself will be affected.
The next one is a big one. Fire Emblem: The Three Houses is the next title in the Fire Emblem series! As the series first-time return to consoles since the Wii era with Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, the developers are going all out with this title. Featuring larger battles than ever before with entire battalions onscreen for individual conflicts (perhaps inspired by Fire Emblem Warriors?) and the ability to actually walk around on a map, this is sure to be the biggest Fire Emblem yet! Look forward to this one in Spring 2019.
Confirming a rumor spread recently that Fortnite would be coming to the Switch following the Direct, Fortnite is now available for free on the eShop. It brings with it 100-player PvP shooting, building and destructible environments for players to immerse their selves in.
Next, Reggie gave us a quick update on three new indie titles coming one of which was a nice “it’s available today” surprise: Overcooked 2, Killer Queen: Black and Hollow Knight! Overcooked 2 features more recipes and kitchens, you can throw ingredients and there is also wireless local multiplayer. Killer Queen: Black allows Switch players to exclusively play locally with two team consisting of four players each. And Hollow Knight is coming out today! That will be a nice surprise for Juan who was very excited for that title!
We didn’t get much new information about Ocotopath Traveler but we did learn that on June 14th, there will be a brand-new demo for players to try! Octopath Traveler will be released on July 13th. As an added bonus, your save data from the demo will carry over to the full game after you purchase it!
To round things off, we were given a bevvy of games coming soon to the Switch:
Starlink – October 16th
Arena of Valor – Fall 2018
Minecraft – June 21st
Sushi Striker – Now Available
Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Donkey Kong Adventure – June 26th
A PIXARK – Fall 2018
Just Dance 2019 – October 23rd
Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion – Summer 2018
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – July 13th
Crash Bandicoot: N~SANE TRILOGY – June 29th
Ninjala – Spring 2019
Carcassonne – Holiday 2018
FIFA18 – Available Now
FIFA19 – September 28th
ARK: Survival Evolved – Fall 2018
Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut – Fall 2018
Paladins: Champions of the Realm – Available Now
Fallout: Shelter – Available Now
Dark Souls: Remastered – Summer 2018
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy – September 7th
Monster Hunter Generations: Ultimate – August 28th
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – June 29th
The World Ends With You – Fall 2018
Mega Man 11 – October 2nd
Mario Tennis: Aces – June 22nd
Finally, to end things, Nintendo came out swinging… literally! With their premiere fighting game title, we have gotten to see actual details on the upcoming Super Smash Brothers game titled Super Smash Brothers: Ultimate! It will be coming on December 7th of this year. Including every single character in series history along with some key changes to the moves of some characters and some changes to the mechanics such as the reintroduction of the directional air dodge mechanic, this is sure to be a game for the ages! It is impossible for me to cover everything that was revealed about Smash in the context of this roundup, so stay tuned for my upcoming feature on Super Smash Brothers: Ultimate!
What did you think of this E3 direct? Did you stay tuned for the Nintendo Treehouse in which we saw many additional details about Smash and Pokemon Let’s Go? Let us know in the comments down below!
You can watch the whole Nintendo Direct plus the Treehouse here.