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E3 2018: Everything you need to know about Nintendo’s biggest releases of the year

Nintendo closed out the 2018 E3 press warmups with a presentation mainly focused on what is probably their biggest title right now, Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

The tech giant also announced the anticipated ports of Fortnite and Hollow Knight to the Switch, along with the unveiling of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Not too many surprises but lots of awesome stuff nonetheless.

After the Wii U tanked both critically and commercially, Nintendo came back with the Switch, one of the company’s most successful products ever. Since it’s release in 2017 it has sold almost 20 million units, becoming not just Nintendo’s fastest-selling console in the company’s history, but also the fastest-selling console of all time in both the US and Japan.

On top of being such a commercial hit, it’s flagship titles The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey are among the most critically acclaimed games on the shelves today.

To follow these outrageously successful entries, Nintendo is putting all their chips on two franchises in particular: Super Smash Bros and Pokemon. The previews looked amazing and both gained just the right traction to maintain interest in the Switch.

At their E3 presentation, Nintendo revealed that their crossover fighting title Super Smash Bros Ultimate will include EVERY fighter from EVERY single Smash game EVER released. Now that is just insane!

The company described it as “the biggest crossover in gaming history” and while I don’t know if we can go that far, this does promise to be truly epic. The game will even work with a GameCube controller and Amiibos.

Another high profile announcement was the unveiling of a new entry in the Fire Emblem series, Nintendo’s premier RPG. The title will preserve the original series’ core gameplay mechanics, but will include several new elements. For example, you will be now able to explore a fully rendered 3D world instead of the top-down style of previous games in the series.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is slotted for a Spring 2019 release.

Probably one of the biggest unintentional leaks of the year was the reveal that Fortnite will come to Nintendo’s hit console.

South Korea’s Game Rating and Administration Committee had already given it a rating ahead of E3, and many posts had been circulating on social media displaying the title in Korean advertisement boards.

The rumours turned out to be true and Fortnite is available RIGHT NOW for the Switch.

Pokemon director, producer and composer Junichi Masuda revealed new details about Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!
and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! during Nintendo’s Treehouse live stream.

We now know the experience you earn when capturing a Pokemon will be distributed across your entire party. In this particular case, size does matter as the amount of experience you earn is directly proportional to the size of the captured Pokemon.

Nintendo also announced that every Poke Ball Plus controller will come with the psychic fan favourite, Mew. The new controller can not only be used to play the Pokemon games but also to “store” a Pokemon from those games so you can carry it around with you.

Pokemon: Let’s Go, along with the Poke Ball Plus controller, will all be available on November 16.

In a presentation with not that many surprises, it was very interesting to see the indie platformer Hollow Knight make an appearance. Alongside Axiom Verge and SteamWorld Dig 2, it’s one of the handful of independent 2D Metroidvania titles on the console.

Hollow Knight is a beautifully hand-drawn platformer that made more than a few heads turn when it was released on PC earlier this year. According to Nintendo, the Switch release will feature “the new items, areas, characters and bosses from the currently released content packs”.

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