Were you unable to watch Nintendo’s E3 Nintendo Direct today? No worries! We got you covered with today’s proceedings in our E3 2018 Nintendo Direct recap. Read on to see what Nintendo had to share this year.
Daemon X Machina
A very Gundamesque trailer was shown to kick things off for Nintendo. Giant mechs do battle in what appears to be open space rather than on rails. The mech shooter is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2019.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
A new story expansion was shown off for the game. Torna: The Golden Country is coming September 14, 2018.
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee
Reggie gave a demonstration of the PokeBall Plus. Mew will come exclusive to every PokeBall Plus when the accessory releases on November 16, 2018.
Super Mario Party
A new Mario Party game is in development and makes exciting use of the touch screen console. It appears that haptic feedback can translate between both consoles. Characters will now have their own specific dice blocks. New mini-games make use of the Joy-Con’s features. Fans will be happy to know that the game will go back to its four player competitive roots, going for the most Power Stars to win. Super Mario Party is available on October 5, 2018.
Fire Emblem Three Houses
Fire Emblem makes its debut on Nintendo Switch. This latest entry in the series will stay true to its strategic roots, but also employs beautiful animation, as well as real time battle initiations. Fans of the series can expect the game in Spring 2019.
The popular battle royale game is available starting today.
Starting out the indie showcase, Overcooked!2 is available August 7, 2018.
Killer Queen Black
Two teams of four players duke it out in this Nintendo Switch exclusive when it launches later this year.
Available on Nintendo eShop starting today.
Exclusive to Nintendo Switch is coming July 3, 2018.
2018 games lineup:
Starlink – October 16
Arena of Valor – Fall 2018
Minecraft – June 21
Sushi Striker – Now Available
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle: Donkey Kong Adventure – June 26
A Pixark – Fall 2018
Just Dance 2019 – October 23
Dragonball FighterZ – 2018
Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion – Summer 2018
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – July 13
Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy – June 29
FIFA 19 – September 28
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 – September 7
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate – August 28
Wolfenstein II – June 29
The World Ends With You: Final Remix – Fall 2018
Megaman 11 – October 2
Mario Tennis Aces – June 22
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Masahiro Sakurai appeared to discuss the new Smash game. Wow there’s a lot to discuss so let’s be quick and concise over what happened during the moment everyone was waiting for.
Firstly, the biggest announcement is that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will feature every single character who has ever appeared to this point. Yes, from the N64 original to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, including the latter’s DLC characters.
In the Direct, the roster begins with the eight original N64 characters, but it remains to be seen if this is how the roster will begin out of the box. It’s said that the unlock progression for characters will be at its most rewarding, hence why all the characters now bear a number next to their name indicating their numbered appearance in Smash history.
Eight player battles will return from the Wii U game.
New costume swaps will be available for several characters, depicting recent portrayals in new games since the last Smash game. These characters include: Mario, Link, Ike, Pikachu (now with a female form), Zelda, Ganondorf, Fox, and Pokemon Trainer (also with a female trainer option).
There will be minor to major tweaks to gameplay. To highlight a few that were mentioned:
- Samus can now charge her beam in midair and cancel out of it at the player’s risk
- Snake will be voiced by David Hayter again (confirmed in a tweet from David Hayter) though it remains to be seen if he’s recorded new dialogue for the characters added to the Smash roster since Brawl.
- Fox and Falco ditch the Landmaster and use their Arwings for their final smash.
- King Dedede can now fire missles out of his hammer for his final smash.
- Zelda’s new final smash is the Triforce of Wisdom.
- Pac-Man and Sonic have gained a speed boost for their final smash attacks.
- Pokemon Trainer can freely change Pokemon in battle.
- Cloud’s Limit Break will now always display. Similarly, you can now see how much of a charge Robin carries for his/her tome and sword. You can now see what items Villager is carrying in his/her pocket.
- Bowser’s final smash has changed. He is still Giga Bowser, but at his biggest, and can now punch at other fighters from the background of the stage.
- Shulk’s Monado Arts can now be manually selected rather than on a cycle system.
- Ganondorf’s final smash now depicts him as the Demon King Ganon from Ocarina of Time, rather than his Dark Beast form from Twilight Princess.
- Pit’s final smash is now the Lightning Chariot.
- Zero Suit Samus’ final smash now has her leap onto her ship in the background while she fire’s her zero laser from atop the ship’s cockpit.
- Olimar’s helmet is now capable of cracking.
- Rodin, from the Bayonetta games, is now an assist trophy. Bayonetta’s different looks come with alternate sound effects for her weapons.
- Donkey Kong’s final smash has changed to a powerful series of fury punches.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate introduces a concept called “Echo Fighters”, noted by a symbol next to the character’s name. Echo Fighters is a term applied to clone characters. For example, Dark Pit came from Pit, and Lucina came from Marth.
- A “new” Echo Fighter is introduced: Daisy who comes from Peach, with a slightly different moveset.
The Inklings were shown off in gameplay for the first time. Fighters covered in their ink are more susceptible to damage. The Inklings make use of several weapons from their own games like the Splattershot, Splat Bomb, and Splat Roller. Their final smash is the Killer Wail. The Inklings can run out of ink but can recharge while shielding and pressing B. They will have their own stage inspired by the game, there are eight alternate costumes, and the Squid Sisters will be an assist trophy. The Inkling Girl (so far) is confirmed to have a new amiibo. Perhaps the Inkling Boy will be a store exclusive along the likes of Bayonetta, Cloud, and Robin.
New Assist Trophies are incoming and some can even be KO’d.
New Pokemon from the more recent games will appear in Pokeballs.
GameCube controllers will be compatible with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate along with all previously released amiibo.
NEW CHALLENGER APPROACHING
Finally, all the fans who have been requesting this for years have their wish granted: Ridley, from the Metroid series, is playable for the first time. Along with the surprise announcement, Ridley will also be getting his own amiibo. Color swaps also include his Meta Ridley counterpart, as seen in Metroid Prime.
Finally, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be available on December 7, 2018.