This morning, Nintendo closed out the E3 2018 press conferences with some huge reveals and announcements. As always, the dark horse in the console war put a lot of attention of their first party titles. From Mario Party to Smash Bros. and the reveal of Fortnite for the Switch, here’s a rundown of all their announcements this year.
- Daemon X Machina
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Torna: The Golden Country
- Super Mario Party
- Overcooked 2
- Fire Emblem: Three Houses
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Killer Queen Black
- Hollow Knight
- DRAGON BALL FighterZ
- SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy
- Octopath Traveler
- Pokemon: Let’s Go!
Daemon X Machina
Nintendo announced brand new action game built from the Unreal Engine, exclusive for the Switch. Daemon X Machina is a fast paced mech combat game that looks to appeal to an older audience than most Nintendo games. According to the trailer, Daemon X Machina is set for release in 2019.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country
Nintendo announced a DLC for Xenoblade Chronicles 2. This prequel chapter, set 500 years before the events of the original, offers a refined battle system that allows players to fight as both Blades and Drivers. It will be available for Expansion Pass holders on 21 September.
Super Mario Party
Nintendo announced a brand new Mario party game for the Switch. The trailer reveals the exciting new ways Nintendo plan to use the Switch’s portability in the game. Allowing players to pair different Switches and physically map out minigames, gaming’s best party game just got a whole lot more accessible. It is set for release on October 5, 2018.
Possibly the biggest and least surprising announcement from Nintendo was that Epic Games’ insanely popular Fortnite is coming to Nintendo Switch. The best news is that it’s available right now for free on the Nintendo eShop.
Overcooked 2 is expanding on everything the first game did well. The multiplayer madness is doubled as players can go online with up to four players. They are introducing more levels (kitchens), more chefs and more recipes. It is available for the Nintendo Switch on August 7, 2018.
Fire Emblem Three Houses
A new Fire Emblem game was announced for Switch. The turn based RPG puts a new strategic twist on battling. Players can experience the new tactical Fire Emblem gameplay in Spring 2019.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The most highly anticipated game from Nintendo’s library, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate had heaps of details confirmed. The biggest announcement was that every fighter in all of Smash is playable, with 44 confirmed. They are also confirmed some new maps, such as New Donk City from Mario Odyssey, Moray Towers from Splatoon, and the Great Plateau Tower from Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo confirmed some minor gameplay tweaks that are sure to go a long way on the competitive stage, like changes to Smash attacks, dodging and short hopping. They ended the 25 minute reveal segment with the announcement of their first new fighter, Ridley from Metroid.
Killer Queen Black
This intense 2D action/strategy game looks to bring some quick fun to the Switch library. With up to 8 player multiplayer, this console reimagining of the eSport Killer Queen is available in Winter, 2018.
Hollow Knight: Gods and Glory
The beautiful action adventure game Hollow Knight is getting a Switch release. The Gods and Glory edition introduced new free DLC packs and access to the final new DLC pack, Gods and Glory, later this year.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Another port, the intense 2.5D fighter based on the Dragon Ball universe is coming to Switch this year.
SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy
A brand new 2v2 fighting game is coming to the Switch. Built as an accessible game for fans of all experience levels, Tag Team Frenzy introduces refined controls and a reworked KO system. It is available for the Switch on September 7, 2018.
The gorgeous 2.5D RPG from Square Enix announced some details about the gameplay. Looking reminiscent of the old 2D Final Fantasy games, Octopath Traveller tells eights interwoven stories where players control eight unique characters. The beautiful soundtrack and art direction look like this is a return to form for Square Enix. Players can play one of these characters’ stories in the demo. Octopath Traveler is available from the Nintendo eShop on July 13, 2018.
Pokemon: Let’s Go!
Some new details emerged about Pokemon: Let’s Go!, which confirmed much of what players already suspected. Designed as a highly accessible Pokemon for people who haven’t kept up with the series, Pokemon: Let’s Go! focuses on the original 151 Pokemon. The biggest announcement is that the new Poke Ball Plus accessory already comes with a Pokemon inside. This Pokemon is the legendary Mew. Pokemon: Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee are out on November 16, 2018.