Key takeaways from Nintendo’s E3

Despite being just 30 minutes, Nintendo’s pre-recorded E3 showing was one of the strongest of the week.

Instead of hosting a live conference like Xbox and PlayStation, Nintendo once again fell back to its now-typical Nintendo Direct livestream. Jam-packed with first party games, it seems like there’s going to be a lot to play on the Switch over the next year.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Switch

After months of rumors and speculation, Nintendo started its shown by confirming Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is coming to the Switch later this year. The game will feature a different group of protagonists than previous installments.

Key takeaways:

  • Unlike Xenoblade Chronicles X, the numeric sequel announced will once again focus on story and the people in it rather than open-world exploration
  • The game is still under development, so the team says fans can expect performance and visual improvements before launch this holiday season

Kirby – Switch

Simply titled Kirby, the Switch debut for Nintendo’s adorable pink protagonist seems to be about returning to the series’ roots. Unlike previous titles, the game seems to ditch gimmicks and simply be about the classic left-to-right 2D world exploration. The game also seems to be employing Super Mario World-like hub structure.

Key takeaways:

  • A greater emphasis on Kirby’s abilities to use absorbed enemy’s powers
  • 4-player multiplayer is coming to the game, but online capabilities are unknown
  • No release date other than 2018

Yoshi – Switch

Just like Kirby, Nintendo is simply calling the green dinosaur’s Switch debut as Yoshi. The biggest gameplay change in Yoshi is the 2.5D gameplay with the ability to aim eggs at enemies in the forefront and background. Similarly, it’s possible to flip the camera’s perfective 180 degrees.

Key takeaways:

  • The game will have at least 2-player multiplayer
  • Built in Unreal Engine
  • Less gameplay gimmicks than Woolly World despite camera perspective changes

Fire Emblem Warriors – Switch

After a tremendously successful mobile game earlier this year, Warriors will be a full-fledged Fire Emblem game on a Nintendo’s home console in quite some time. The game will also be coming to 3DS.

Key takeaways:

  • Warriors marks the return of plenty of fan-favorite Fire Emblem characters like Marth and Chrom
  • Warriors won’t rely on turn-based strategy combat
  • The release date remains the vague “Fall 2017” but it should release simultaneously on Switch and 3DS

Metroid Prime 4 – Switch

After years of anticipation, the next Metroid Prime game is coming to the Nintendo Switch.

Key takeaways:

  • Very little is known about the game other than what was shown in the trailer
  • The game won’t be coming out until 2018 at the soonest

The Legend of Zelda:┬áBreath of the Wild Expansions – Switch and Wii U

After releasing in March and selling millions of copies, Breath of the Wild’s first of two DLC is just two weeks away. Plus, Nintendo has finally announced the name for the second expansion, The Champions’ Ballad.

Key takeaways:

  • The Master Trials – Out June 30
  • The Champions’ Ballad – Holiday 2017
    • Four Amiibos are coming out by time Champions’ Ballad launches – one for each of the game’s Champions.
    • Very little detail about what’s actually coming in the DLC other than it being additional story content

Rocket League – Switch

Switch is the latest console receiving a port of 2015 hit Rocket League. Just like the Xbox One release last year, the Switch version will even come with some platform specific cosmetics and vehicles.

Key takeaways:

  • The Switch will have couch co-op with single Joy-Con control
  • Cross-platform support is confirmed for the Switch – players can play with gamers on any network except for PS4
  • Launching Holiday 2017

Super Mario Odyssey – Switch

The biggest Nintendo Switch exclusive of the fall, Mario Odyssey had a tremendously revealing trailer offering a deeper look into the game’s mechanics. “Cappy”, Mario’s new hat, grants one of the biggest series innovations in years.

Key takeaways:

  • Cappy can be thrown onto friends and foes alike for Mario to take on their form
  • The plot seems to follow Mario trying to rescue Peach after Bowser is trying to force her into marriage – Yikes!
  • The game launches October 27, 2017

Post-show Tree House

Metroid: Samus Returns – Nintendo 3DS

In an odd move, Nintendo saved its debut of this fall’s Metroid: Samus Returns until after the Nintendo Direct. Little is known of the game other than that it may be a retelling of the 1991 original.

Key takeaways:

  • The game is entirely side-scrolling
  • Metroid: Samus Returns launches on September 15, 2017
  • The game will launch in tandem with two new Amiibos
    • Samus
    • A (literally) squishy alien
  • It’s unclear if previously released Matroid-themed Amiibo will be supported

That about it for Nintendo’s E3 coverage. What games do you think really shined during Nintendo Direct and the subsequent Tree House? What games do you wish Nintendo had shown? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter!


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