E3 2018 has been full of exciting sequels and wonderful remakes from already-beloved series: Halo, Gears of War, Soul Calibur, Spyro, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Resident Evil, and The Last of Us are to name a few.
So what did Nintendo do to lure back the audience after Microsoft and Sony? 3 words: Super. Smash. Bros.
The ongoing fighting game since the late 90s is finally back and it’s finally going to be released this December of 2018 so you should definitely stick around by then or finally buy a Switch if you haven’t.
Nintendo claims Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the Smash game with the biggest roster to date, including all of the characters from the very first game. If you think Avengers Infinity War was the biggest crossover in pop culture, wait till you get a load of Smash Ultimate.
If you haven’t seen the gameplay footage, then look no further:
Here are the confirmed characters in the game (source: https://kotaku.com/everything-nintendo-showed-at-e3-2018-1826765939):
Mario (with Cappy)
Link from Breath of the Wild
Zero Suit Samus
Wii Fit Trainer
Mr. Game and Watch
Rosalina and Luma
Mii Gunner, Sword and Brawler
Super Smash Bros Ultimate seeks to cater a wide demographic of gamers, from the most casual players that just want to have fun to the most competitive individuals looking to find a place in the next EVO or FGC.
According to the creative director, there’s really not much difference in the old character’s fighting styles except adding a few new tweaks into their kits such as Samus now able to charge the cannon in mid-air, Shulk having easier flight controls and Link being able to detonate bombs remotely just like in Breath of the Wild.
Speaking of Breath of the Wild, Zelda, Link and Mario have been updated to look as meta as their latest games. Of course, let’s not forget about the brand-new characters: Ridley from Metroid and Inkling from Splatoon. Everyone who was disappointed in the absence of certain characters in Smash 4 will rejoice and never get to complain again since everything and everyone is coming back here. Except for Waluigi for some reason.
While the roster has been finally confirmed, there is little to no details about the game modes other than the return of the chaotic 8-man brawl. Further details will be explained months before its release. For now, the world has rejoiced for its return.
Players young and old will once again unite for this game. I may not be the biggest Smash fan out there but I do know it is going to be fighting game’s most successful titles ever created.
Now onto the other news:
Fortnite on Switch: Yes, the game has finally completed its invasion over being in every gaming platform ever. Even Skyrim can’t beat that. And yes, you can have 3 other players with you simultaneously. Great for Squads. The game is now available on Switch.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Yet another game from the highly-successful Fire Emblem series, fans rejoiced as they have found out this is not a spin-off but rather a mainline canon to the ever-growing game. It features new stuff such as top-down view on the battlefield and free-roaming. Also the game looks the best among every Fire Emblem that exists.
Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee: The highest-grossing anime game gets 2 brand new titles for the Switch. Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee are pretty much the big brother of the hit mobile game Pokémon Go. Not to mention they showed Mew being in the game only if you buy the Poke Ball accessory. It will also sync directly with your Pokémon Go account along with every Pokémon you have collected.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 DLC: Torna: The Golden Country: I love Xenoblade Chronicles 2 so much that I consider it as one of the best ever RPGs I have ever played. Also, Pyra is god-tier waifu. The game will get its huge DLC this September and features a cool battle between numerous Aegis.
Dragon Ball FighterZ: The critically-acclaimed 3v3 fighting game will finally port to the Switch too. Now you can carry Android 21 anywhere with you all the time.
Hollow Knight: The aesthetically-pleasing side-scroller will finally hit Switch shelves later this August. Same good stuff in a different console.
Daemon X Machina: The concluding game on the Nintendo conference; a brand-new game for the Nintendo Direct that features heavy metal soundtrack and fast-paced robot shooting that impressed the crowd. You can say this reminds 3rd gen gamers a lot of Zone of the Enders by Konami back in the PS2 era.