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

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

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

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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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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