The Round-Up E3 2018: 13/06/2018
14th June 2018
Nintendo rounded off E3 with a vibrant, pacey conference, and maintained a strong emphasis on social interaction. President of Nintendo North America, Reggie Fils-Aimé said, “Our vision was a home system you could play together, anytime, anywhere.” The family-friendly console continued to deliver on this ideal, as it showcased its upcoming games with trailers featuring groups of people playing together.
Nintendo presented a barrage of game announcements for the Switch in their showreel, including the announcement of a demo (coming this July) for Switch exclusive: Octopath Traveller. With over thirty titles announced, released, and console ports revealed during the conference, here are some of the highlights: Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Spring 2019), Monster Hunter Generations (August 28th), Overcooked! 2 (August 7th), Daemon X Machina (brand new IP), Dragon Ball Fighter Z (highly-anticipated console port), Hollow Knight (available now!), Killer Queen Black, Carcassonne (a port of the eponymous board game, launching Winter 2018), and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (DLC).
Pokémon Let’s Go
Release date: November 16th
Exclusive to Switch comes Pokémon let’s go Eevee and Let’s go Pikachu, to tide us over while we wait for the, as yet unannounced, core Pokémon RPG. In Let’s Go, we see a first for the series as you can, ‘catch or battle Pokémon on one system with a friend’, says Reggie Fils-Aimé. He also revealed the Pokéball Plus, which acts as a controller to simulate the thrill of catching Pokémon and, on purchase, comes with an exclusive and highly desirable Pokémon, Mew.
Super Mario Party Innovates
Super Mario Party brings people and their handheld consoles together, allowing you to use the Switch in a unique board game-esque style. It showcased two Switch screens positioned in various ways to progress through the tabletop game, with a group of four people.
Epic Games announced that Fortnite is available now on the family-friendly Nintendo Switch. Fortnite has become this generation’s Grand Theft Auto, when it comes to videogame controversies – hitting the front page of the Sunday People as a nine year old girl goes into rehab, following her addiction to the game. This has also hit outlets such as the Daily Mail, Fox News, and Metro. Regardless of this, and much like GTA, it is an increasingly popular title with over 40 million players worldwide and grossed over 300 million in April alone.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate – ‘Everyone is here!’
Release Date: December 12th 2018
Twenty minutes of the conference was dedicated to Super Smash Bros Ultimate, really giving the fans every intricate mechanical change. It also announced a gargantuan list of characters coming to the arcade brawler and brings together the biggest cast in the series so far! Not only this, but you can go retro and use classic Nintendo Gamecube controllers with the game if you have a Switch adapter – or you can purchase a fresh controller optimised for Switch on launch.
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