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E3 2018: Nintendo Direct

Nintendo was the last “big” press conference of 2018’s E3, and after the ups and downs of the other press conferences, a lot of people were interested to see what they were going to be showing off.

Hopefully my hastily scribbled notes cover most of what was covered. While some people complained about slow pacing for other press conferences this week, that certainly can’t be said for Nintendo, I barely had time to write game tiles down before the next trailer started!

It must also be said, that Nintendo was far less of a “press conference”, and closer to 20 minutes of almost non-stop trailers before going in depth on their main topic.


Daemon X Machina

First up straight off the bat was a trailer for Daemon X Machina for the Switch. Think of it as the bastard love child of Devil May Cry and Gundam! It looks absolutely mental, and I can’t wait to try it out, as it certainly seems like it’ll be a lot of fun. Daemon X Machina will be out in 2019.


Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country

Without pause we were swept straight into a trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country, a new DLC for Xenoblade on the Switch. It showed a bit of cinematic, presumably explaining the story behind the DLC, and then some gameplay. It still makes me regret not picking up Xenoblade on the Switch – perhaps this summer will be the time for me to do so! For those who are already playing, or have played, then you’ll have an excuse to play more, or return, come September 2018.


Pokémon Lets Go Pikachu/Eevee.

Reggie then introduced another trailer for the upcoming Switch Pokémon title. This one showed in game cinematics, gameplay as well as all the “Switchiness” (yes that’s totally a word!) of the game, including the, oft debated, Pokémon Go mechanics making their way into the game. The Nintendo Treehouse showcase following the Direct showcase had a lot more detail about the upcoming game.

I’m a huge Pokémon fan, and this game looks simply incredible, its everything myself and many other Pokémon fans have wanted for ages…. Aside from the Pokémon Go mechanics, I’ve seen nothing but complaints for that so far, and personally I hate it. Last week I was planning on getting another Switch for the house alongside the Pokémon release, and now I’m questioning if I even want to get the game… But I’ll leave you to reserve your own judgement. I simply hope that it is just a feature of this “Lets Go” pair of games, and doesn’t continue into the 8th Generation “Main” Pokémon title that will inevitably appear. Pokémon Lets go “Pikavee” is out on the 16th of November 2018.


Super Mario Party

It was always going to happen, and here it is, Mario Party makes its way onto the Switch in this, I believe, debut trailer. All the usual Mario Party madness you’ve come to expect, whether that is a love or hate relationship! As is often the case with first party Nintendo games, it makes full use of the console’s hardware gimmicks. It seemingly makes full use of the Joy-Con motion sensors, as well as the ability for multiple consoles to work in tandem.

Super Mario Party drops on the 5th of October 2018.


Fire Emblem – Three Houses

Another one that was expected, though I believe it was a name unveiling, was a new Fire Emblem title for the Switch, and Three Houses is just that. Coming Spring 2019 this looks like a step in the right direction for the Fire Emblem series, one I’m sad to say I’ve never played. However, the 3DS games did always pique my interest, and the Switch iteration ticks all the boxes I can think of, combat is bigger, graphics are prettier, and I’d imagine the story will be bigger and more in depth as well!



Fortnite is taking the world by storm, and while I don’t understand the phenomenon, Fortnite is out now on the Switch, obviously the usual Battle Royale mode will require online connectivity, so could be tricky on the go if you’re not in WIFI, but it also features local single and multiplayer gameplay for when you are on the go.


Overcooked 2

If you’ve been following Darkworld Gaming for a while, you’ll know that we are HUGE fans of Overcooked. So, the unexpected reveal of Overcooked 2 quite possibly became our highest point of E3. Overcooked 2 looks to be just as crazy as its predecessor, but with new food to cook, new challenges to overcome and new mechanics to change it up. Overcooked 2 is released on the 7th of August 2018.


Killer Queen Black

Killer Queen Black is a crazy pixel graphic multiplayer game, where you seemingly face another team in a mad rush to full as much of your beehive as possible, while battling it out against the other hive in the middle ground. Killer Queen Black is out later this year.


Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight is an awesome looking side scrolling hand drawn platformer out now on the Switch. The gameplay looks incredible and the graphics are beautiful. Definitely one we’ll be picking up in the future!


Octopath Traveller

Being Nintendo/Square’s next upcoming release, Octopath Traveller was always going to get a mention. It’s out on the 15th of July, however a new demo will be out on Nintendo Switch on the 14th of June. I’m looking forward to this demo, as I keep bouncing between being in love with the idea of the game and the story, and knowing I’m not a fan of that style of mechanics – haven’t decided which way I’ll sway yet, but I’ll be playing that demo!


Quick Fire Showcase.

Nintendo then did a VERY quickfire showcase of upcoming games, I managed to scribble down 21 titles, and I think I missed 2 or 3, as some trailers happened in the time it took me to write down the previous games title! Many titles were those already mentioned this weekend, some were titles we already know about and I imagine some were new, check out the video for an idea of some of the games coming to Switch this year.


Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Following the 2018 releases video we were introduced to Masahiro Sakurai, to start the information drop on Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and it was a good 20 minutes or so of footage and in-depth information. It kicked off with a Roster video, which sneakily started unveiling more and more characters, until we were finally told that Ultimate will feature ALL the characters from every Smash Bros game ever, all as base characters within the game. It will start with a small starting roster, and all the other characters will be unlockable via gameplay. Ultimate will see a return to 8 Player Battling, and will be Amiibo compatible, for all existing Amiibos, and any existing data from the Wii U’s Smash will port over! There will be a compatible GameCube controller releasing for the Switch, as everyone knows that is the only acceptable way to play Smash! Some character balance/gameplay changes were discussed, and right before signing off Sakurai San unveiled the, currently, only new character for the game, Ridley from the Metroid universe.


And that was that. Honestly, I thought that there would be more to follow after Smash, but my notepad still has a bullet mark written with nothing next to it because that is where it ended. I’ll not say that it was disappointing, just that it didn’t seem like the end, and didn’t necessarily cover everything I was expecting to be covered. I thought there would be more Breath of the Wild DLC announced, possibly Mario DLC, and maybe even Metroid Prime 4? (And after my disappointment at the Go mechanics in Pokémon, maybe even an 8th Gen announcement, but that’d be reaching considering they’ve only just announced the Lets Go titles.)

It’s important to remember though that Nintendo make announcements via their Direct streams throughout the year, and E3 isn’t as much of a showcase for them as it is the other companies.

Lots more detail was covered within various Treehouse streams from Nintendo after this Direct broadcast, but we’ve yet to go through and watch all of those.

But lots of Nintendo goodies to look forward to, many titles we’ll be getting for our Switches.

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