So as E3 2017 draws to a close, we have seen what’s to come from the video game giants Microsoft and Sony alongside Ubisoft and Bethesda, but there was one company that really set out to pull it out of the bag this year, and that was Nintendo. With the Switch console now available and in the hands of consumers, we have yet to see any premium titles for it, aside from the fantastic Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, of course.
Well, Nintendo plans to fulfill Switch owners’ wishes with some strong upcoming titles. Let’s take a look at the lowdown of everything we saw at this year’s Nintendo E3 Spotlight Conference, in no particular order.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
The trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was everything you could ever want from a JRPG. It had huge machines, intricate, beautiful looking settings and a tale of good versus evil with two new young protagonists, lots of boomage and cool looking swords clashing in a tense battle. Very little gameplay was shown, but it sure looks like it could be a biggie for the Switch, and it’s coming this Winter.
Kirby for Switch
Kirby is making his way onto the Switch next year, it was revealed. In the reveal trailer, we see Kirby retains the trademark platforming gameplay we know and love. Kirby can use his sucking powers to don special abilities of all kinds, sword-wielding Link look-alike, water powers, fire swords, water bombs and loads more. This looks like a quirky yet epic Kirby debut for the Switch.
Pokémon game makers Game Freak revealed that they are indeed making a new Pokémon RPG exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. This comes after the recent announcement that Pokken Tournament DX will be hitting up the Switch this year, but no Pokémon RPG games which come to the dismay of Switch owners. We cant wait to see what it may be!
Metroid Prime 4
It was on everyone’s mind, and we got what we wanted, the fourth instalment to the Metroid Prime series is currently in development for the Nintendo Switch. All we got was the teaser above, so no gameplay or release dates just yet. Damn! I need new pants.
Yoshi Game for Switch
There is a new Yoshi game coming out for the Switch. It features Mario’s cute dino pal, what looks like an explorable map screen and fun, cute levels with the primary use of Yoshi’s eggs. Coming 2018.
Rocket League for Switch
The car footy game, which continues to thrive on PS4 and Xbox One, is now coming to Nintendo Switch featuring Nintendo-themed customization items, new cars and cross-network play, and it’s coming this year.
Super Mario Odyssey
Wow! Nintendo sure know how to change it up when it comes to their iconic mascot. Super Mario Odyssey is a weird yet intriguing 3D platformer where Mario can use his hat to attack and also take control of enemies, such as Goombas, Bullet Bills, and yes, that is a T-Rex. With Mario exploring a human city, Bowser in a top hat, and Mario’s hat being alive, it’s safe to say that this may be Mario’s most bonkers adventure yet, and it comes to Switch this year.
Metroid: Samus Returns
Nintendo didn’t leave out its portable console. The 3DS is getting a Metroid game. Metroid: Samus Returns is a side-scrolling remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus, which was released on the Game Boy way back when. Weirdly, this was the only announcement for the 3DS.
Some Other Things
Aside from the major announcements above, we also got to see more of Pokken Tournament DX, Splatoon 2 and ARMS Tournaments that Nintendo are hosting during E3 week and a story trailer for Fire Emblem Warriors, which you can view below…
All-in-all, a strong showing of force from the guys at Nintendo. Whilst primarily focused on the Switch, it’s hard now not to recommend buying one of these incredibly versatile machines. Who doesn’t want to play any of the above plus the mighty Skyrim and FIFA in the palm of your hand? Great going Nintendo, you’ve done well.