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Biggest announcements from Nintendo E3 2018
Posted by Ram Ronquillo on June 13, 2018

Nintendo closed out the keynotes at E3 2018 and they ended the biggest gaming conference with a bang.

While there was no Animal Crossing title yet for the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo gave fans more reason to get their hands on the Nintendo Switch. Aside from increasing their third-party titles, they unveiled impressive exclusives.

Some of the third party titles that they announced were Fortnite, Dragonball FighterZ, Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy, FIFA 19, ARK: Survival Evolved, Paladins, Fallout Shelter, Wolfenstein II The New Colossus, and Megaman 11.

While some titles that they brushed upon that are exclusives include Captain Toad Treasure Tracker and Mario Tennis Aces.

Overcooked! 2 was also unveiled at their presentation but it is uncertain if it will be a Switch exclusive.

With that out of the way, here are the biggest exclusives from Nintendo as showcased in E3 2018.


Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are the latest games of the franchise. Albeit, it can be considered a remaster of Pokémon Yellow, much of its mechanics have been changed.

One of these mechanics that was changed is how Pokémon are caught, of which we saw in the trailer that was initially released. Instead of the usual battle system wherein players have to weaken the Pokémon, players just enter a screen and just catch it, similar to that of Pokémon GO. The party gains experience for each Pokémon caught and the experience system is also derived from the mobile version, Pokémon GO.

Trainer battles were also shown and it was the classic battle system that fans have gotten used to in the franchise.

Both Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! will be available on November 16, 2018, for the Nintendo Switch.


Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem is one of the beloved franchises in that offers a strategy-RPG.

This is the first proper Fire Emblem game for the Nintendo Switch. While not much has been revealed about the story, the graphics were revamped for the Switch.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is set to be released in Spring 2019.


Super Mario Party

One of the surprises that Nintendo unveiled was a new Mario Party game and this time it wasn’t Mario Party 11 or anything, instead, it’s the Super Mario Party.

Super Mario Party puts the super in Super Mario as it allows players to pair up multiple Nintendo Switch units to create a larger map for some of the mini-games. The Joy Con controllers look to play its role as well in some of the mini-games.

Super Mario Party is set for release on October 5, 2018.


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Closing out their presentation, Nintendo saved the best for last as they unveiled Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The game was teased about 3 months ago and the wait was well worth it as they announced the biggest roster to date. By bringing in old and new faces from all the previous games, they put together a massive 68-character roster.

Some of the characters that were brought back from previous Smash Bros games were Wolf from Star Fox, the Ice Climbers, Pokémon Trainer (with Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard). Included as well were former DLC characters, Ryu from Street Fighter, Roy from Fire Emblem, Mewtwo from Pokémon, Bayonetta, Cloud from Final Fantasy, Lukcas from EarthBound, and Corrin from Fire Emblem. Of course, the mainstays were present like Captain Falcon, Ganondorf, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Mario, Luigi, to name a few. The latest additions to the roster were Daisy from Super Mario, Inkling from Splatoon, and Ridley from Metroid.

Because of the wide cast of characters, different maps from the different games were also included. Some of which are the returning Princess Peach’s Castle, Frigate Orpheon from Metroid, Lylat Cruise from Star Fox, Green Hill Zone from Sonic, Tortimer Island from Animal Crossing, and Great Plateau Tower from Legend of Zelda, and Moray Towers from Splatoon, to name a few.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be available on December 7, 2018, for the Nintendo Switch.


Featured photo courtesy of Nintendo Youtube



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