Nintendo E3 2018 Press Conference Recap—Games, Trailers, and Announcements

Super Smash Bros Ultimate exists now. Let Masahiro Sakurai live.

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Today, Nintendo closed out the press conference circuit with its E3 2018 Nintendo Direct. If you were looking for anything 3DS related, you're out of luck; the Direct was all Nintendo Switch, all the time. There were a few known quantities that got some more detail and some surprises to round things out. Nintendo also hid some interesting announcements in its sizzle reel. So let's look at the biggest games coming out of the Direct!

Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Nintendo finally showed off the game we all knew was coming! The new title is Super Smash Bros Ultimate and it brings back the entire roster from every Smash Bros ever. That's right, the anchors like Mario, Link, and Samus are joined by weirder entrants like Ice Climbers, Pichu, and Snake. While many returning characters retain their moves from Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS, Nintendo has gone in and made a host of changes to characters. Many times, it's about offering alternate looks for characters, like the female Pokemon Trainer, differing Marths, or additional friends in Final Smashes. In some cases though, Nintendo has rethought or changed a moveset to accommodate a new style of play.

Dark Pit and Lucina are what Nintendo is calling Echo Fighters, characters based on other fighters. The two Echo Fighters are based on Pit and Marth respectively. There's also new challenger in the form of Daisy, who is an Echo Fighter for Princess Peach.

Speaking of new challengers, Inkling Girl and Boy are joining the Super Smash family with Ink gun and Splat Roller in two. Also the presentation ended with the announcement of Ridley as another all-new character. Super Smash Bros Ultimate Director Masahiro Sakurai said that players shouldn't expect too many new characters, as Nintendo's focus was on bringing back every Smash character.

Much like the huge returning roster, Nintendo has brought back a host of Smash Bros stages, including Rumble Falls, Princess Peach's Castle, and Green Hill Zone. Moray Towers is a new stage to go along with Inkling's inclusion. All stages have Battlefield and Omega forms this time around.

Fans will notice some holes in that absolutely huge roster, like fan-favorite sportsman Waluigi. Sadly, you'll have to be happy with Waluigi as an Assist Trophy. He'll be joined by characters like Bomberman, Starfy, Bewear, and Solgaleo.

There was a lot more that you'll find on our front page. Super Smash Bros Ultimate is coming to Switch on December 7, 2018.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem returns with an all-new entry on Nintendo Switch! Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the title of the previously-unnamed Fire Emblem. The game looks to be in the style of Advance Wars, with each character being the leader of their own squad. Like Advance Wars, the squad's health will probably be shown by the number of soldiers in your squad.

Three Houses is looking gorgeous, with a 3D presentation of the battlefield and the game simply zooming in when characters attack or defend. It also features some great 2D portraits for the new cast. I'm sure we'll have more on Fire Emblem: Three Houses before it releases in Spring 2019.

Daemon x Machina

One of the first games shown in the direct was a brand-new title with shades of From Software's Armored Core. The trailer showed powerful mechs sliding across the battlefield and shooting guided rockets at their opponents. It also highlighted city-based battles against absolutely giant robots. Daemon x Machina comes from ves like Mechanical Designer Shoji Kawamori, Character Designer Yusuke Kozaki, and former Armored Core Producer Kenichiro Tsukuda. It's releasing for Nintendo Switch in 2019.

Super Mario Party

Nintendo has decided to bring back its most heinous title with Super Mario Party! The game looks to offer a number of new mini-games based on the Switch's portability. The trailer shows players playing together with Joy-Cons on a television screen, in tabletop mode, and even one mini-game with two Switch screens being pushed together to make malleable maps. Super Mario Party is coming to Nintendo Switch on October 5, 2018.

The Best of the Rest

Those were the biggest moments of the Nintendo Direct, but they weren't the only things that were revealed. Fortnite is indeed coming to Nintendo Switch; actually it's available right now for free on the eShop. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is expanding with its new downloadable content, Torna - the Golden Country, coming on September 2018.

Indie platformer Hollow Knight is available today, Killer Queen Black brings the arcade game to Switch, Overcooked 2 expands on the original, and the Switch version of Dragon Ball FighterZ was hidden in the sizzle reel. Finally, Octopath Traveler has a new demo coming on June 14, a month before the game's full release on July 13, 2018.

If you're a Smash fanatic, today was everything to you. If you not, Nintendo still had some games to play on your Nintendo Switch in 2018 and early 2019. What are you most excited for?

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  • Avatar for SnakeEyes097 #1 SnakeEyes097 3 months ago
    Daemon X Machina has me really excited. It reminds me a lot of Robotech Battlecry, which was a huge game for my friends and I back in the Gamecube days. It looks really cool.

    Smash, of course. And I've been hoping for a new Mario Party, that'll be cool.
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  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon #2 NiceGuyNeon 3 months ago
    @SnakeEyes097 I loved Robotech Battlecry and I thought the same thing when I saw it in action!
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  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon #3 NiceGuyNeon 3 months ago
    Nintendo has a solid second year planned. It won't top their first year but really when you're first year has one of the greatest 3D games ever made AND a new Mario platformer sandwiching a bunch of first party stuff the bar is set pretty dang high. But they're sticking with their first year schedule with basically one major first party offering every month or so. Smash in December, Pokemon in November, Mario Party in October, Xenoblade expansion in September, Captain Toad July, Mario Tennis in June.

    It's actually really impressive how they've kept this output and I hope they don't stop.
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  • Avatar for Jonnyboy407 #4 Jonnyboy407 3 months ago
    Daemon x Machina does look pretty cool. For a little bit i thought it was a 1st party game using the xenoblade x engine.

    I was a bit bummed by the lack of new announcements. FE Emblem delay and yoshi-no-show is a bummer. Still there will be plenty of games this year.

    Disappointing but I'll live.
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  • Avatar for docexe #5 docexe 3 months ago
    It was a decent showing, but not really outstanding. There were very few surprises, and it doesn’t help that things like Fortnite and Dragon Ball FighterZ were known beforehand due to the massive leaks. Still, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate looks awesome, I’m glad we finally got a look at the new Fire Emblem, Daemon X Machina looks really interesting and Mario Party has some intriguing ideas.

    I would have liked to see more from Metroid Prime 4 and Bayonetta 3, but I was aware beforehand they could be absent given how early in development they must be. I’m surprised that apparently Yoshi got delayed, and I’m a bit disappointed that we didn’t get any confirmation about Retro’s game (I actually imagined that the crossover content with Starlink was going to be cue for the reveal of the rumored Star Fox Grandprix or something like that).

    In any case, the current release schedule for the Switch is packed for the rest of the year, so I’m pretty happy about that.
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  • Avatar for donkeyintheforest #6 donkeyintheforest 3 months ago
    I think if there weren't so many other things I am excited for announced at e3 prior to the nintendo direct outside of the switch ecosystem I would've been bummed, but I'm happy regardless. That one robot game was the only surprise! Not even an explanation of their upcoming subscription service.

    I was just kinda put off by the impersonal nature of the direct relative to past offerings. No stop motion, no rooms full of yarn, not even any devs in splatoon labcoats. Not even a summary at the end. Just black. Oh well. They still make great games at least.
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