The latest from E3: Nintendo makes a smashing entrance
The Star’s Raju Mudhar is in Los Angeles for the year’s biggest video game convention, filing daily updates on the biggest news of the day.
Nintendo has a Smashing E3 Direct
Instead of hosting a big glitzy press conference, Nintendo stuck to an online Direct webcast to announce its E3 news.
There were not that many surprises, save for the launch of Fortnite on the Switch, which became available immediately after the webcast was over.
Most Nintendo maniacs were waiting for news about one of the company’s beloved franchises, Super Smash Bros., the fighting game which brings characters from all kinds of franchises together.
The new game is called Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and will feature every character that has ever been available in the game’s history, with some updates and changes to their attacks. As well, eight-player battles will be coming to the console. This took up the bulk of the Direct, as it went over changes and updates to many of the characters’ attacks and appearances. Ultimate is slated to arrive on Dec. 7, 2018.
The previously announced Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, and the oncoming Pokeball Plus accessory were also showcased. Also, Nintendo said that the legendary pokemon Mew will come with the Pokeball as a bonus.
Super Mario Party is also coming for the console, which is a collection of mini-games that try to make use of the Joy-Con’s motion controls in interesting ways.
Other games showcased include the new Xenoblade Chronicles, Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Daemon X Machina, which looks like a new mech monster fighting game. The Switch has also become a thriving home for indie games, and Hollow Knight, Overcooked 2 and Killer Queen Black were also given a piece of the spotlight.
That is probably the biggest change for Nintendo in this console generation, as so many third-party games (i.e. games not developed by Nintendo) are coming to the Switch, thanks to its impressive sales. This was one of the biggest problems with Wii U and even the Wii by the end of its life. Many developers didn’t bring their games to those consoles because of the difficulty translating to those systems and the lack of an installed base of players.
With the Switch, that’s not an issue, and the company showed a long sizzle reel, showing off several games that are coming including Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Megaman 11 and many more.