Microsoft and Sony have had their chances to wow the audience with their upcoming games, systems, and vision for the future of video games. Nintendo has always kind of taken their own approach and largely ignored what their competitors are doing — with mixed results. Nintendo seems to have a hit on its hands with the Nintendo Switch, and the Nintendo E3 2017 briefing spent most of its time showing off what’s new and exciting for their latest console. There are some big games on the horizon for the Switch, let’s take a look at what was discussed today.
The event started with a sizzle reel showing many of the games that will be further discussed later on. Really the only one that didn’t come up during the rest of the event was FIFA 18, which will be coming to the Switch. Next, Reggie Fils-Amie came out to introduce the theme for the rest of Nintendo’s spotlight. To paraphrase: “Games are fun, games are a battle. If it’s not fun, why bother? If it’s not a battle, where’s the fun? Games are a journey, a passport to new worlds. It’s not always about where you can take your game, but where your game can take you.”
First up: Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Take care of all of your giant sword needs, coming Holiday 2017
Up next, a much lighter note, with a currently untitled Kirby game coming to Switch in 2018. The game looks to focus on teamwork, with Kirby’s signature shape-shifting prevalent as well.
Next was a brief break where Shinya Takahashi spoke about the adoption with the Nintendo Switch, and how happy they are to see gamers truly enjoying the system. Tsunekazu Ishihara from the Pokémon talked a bit about Pokkén Tournament, but the news that most all Pokémaniacs will be excited about was the news that Game Freak is developing a core Pokémon RPG title for Switch, though no further information or release date were provided.
Up next, we get the very shortest of looks at Metroid Prime 4. You can watch the announcement trailer below, but I’ll save you a few seconds, they don’t show you anything and no information is given at all. Something to look forward to though.
A new Yoshi title will be coming to the Switch, and from the looks of things, it has a very similar aesthetic to Little Big Planet. Manipulating the environment and flipping the image on the screen will be important game concepts.
Fire Emblem has been all over the place lately, and Nintendo took this opportunity at E3 to show off Fire Emblem Warriors, which will be available this fall.
Eiji Aonuma, the Zelda series producer, came out briefly to talk about the Zelda items that can be unlocked in the Switch edition of Skyrim. He also showed off the first information on two DLC packs for Breath of the Wild as well as new Amiibo for the four champions seen in the second DLC pack: “Champions Ballad.”
Reggie came back out briefly to talk about several Nintendo gaming tournaments taking place at E3, including tournaments for Splatoon 2, Pokkén Tournament, and Arms. Up next was an announcement that we saw at yesterday’s Ubisoft event: Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. What’s not to like? A tactical RPG with Mario and friends as well as those crazy Rabbids. Looks like it will be fun when it’s released on August 29th.
Up next is a game that is wildly popular on other consoles, and ought to be a hit on Nintendo Switch as well: Rocket League. Rocket League on Switch will offer several exclusive customization options as well as exclusive cars. It will also support cross-network play, allowing you to play with or against your friends on PC or Xbox One. If Sony ever relents, you might be able to play with your PlayStation 4 friends too.
Last, but absolutely not least, we got an updated look at Super Mario Odyssey, which looks fantastic. It’s clear that hats are going to play a very important role in this game, but even more important, we learned that the game will be released on October 27th, 2017!
Nintendo may not have shown off a ton of games, but what they did show was quite impressive. If you haven’t already done so, the games releasing this fall may be what finally drive some of us to pick up a Nintendo Switch. If you’d like to watch the entire presentation, you can do so below: