Everything Nintendo Showed At E3 2018

Everything Nintendo Showed At E3 2018

Today Nintendo closed out the 2018 E3 press gauntlet with a streamed conference that was largely focused on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with only a few other announcements peppered in for flavour.

We got news of a couple of anticipated ports (Fortnite and Hollow Knight), a couple of neat indie sequel announcements, and a trailer for a proper Switch Fire Emblem. But by and large, this was a Smash-centric conference. Let’s go over everything Nintendo showed.

Super Mario Party will let you use Switches in a fascinating way.

The trailer for Super Mario Party showed a group of four people laying two Switches on the table, rearranging them and using both screens. Pretty cool! It reminded me of Sifteo Blocks, an alternative gaming system from a few years back that was probably ahead of its time.

The people in the Mario Party video also played on a TV in a more standard Mario Party configuration. The game will be out on October 5.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is getting some DLC.

I didn’t play this game, but I gather some people like it more than others. To that first group: Enjoy some DLC!

Fire Emblem will arrive on Switch as Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

Heck yeah, man. I’ll admit I’ve never managed to get super into a new Fire Emblem game since Awakening stole my heart so many years ago, but I’m stoked for this series to make a proper Switch debut. It’s coming in autumn 2019.

Fortnite is indeed coming to Switch… today!

We already reported this one, but now it’s official: Epic’s earthshakingly popular battle royale game Fortnite is coming to Nintendo Switch.

The battle royale mode will be free as always, and it’s out… today! They said it will hit the eShop at 3AM AEST, so it should be up by the time you’re reading this. Go forth and do battle.

Hollow Knight is also out on Switch… today!

Nice! I’ve been looking forward to playing this on Switch. I’ve heard nothing but good things.

We learned a lot more about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Nintendo’s storied crossover fighting game won’t just have a huge roster: It will have an all-encompassing one. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will feature every fighter from every single Smash game in history. Dang.

Nintendo described it as “the biggest crossover in gaming history”, which seems like it’s begging for some Infinity War memes. Eight player battles are also making a return.

Here’s the full roster:

Mario (with Cappy)




Link from Breath of the Wild

Donkey Kong












Ice Climbers


Captain Falcon

Zero Suit Samus

Wii Fit Trainer















Diddy Kong





Mr Game and Watch


Dr Mario


Duck Hunt


Dark Pit



Bowser Jr

Toon Link

Young Link

King Dedede

Rosalina and Luma

Mii Gunner, Sword and Brawler


Little Mac







Phew. Got all that? The game will work with a GameCube controller, since that’s the preferred input method for a lot of players. It will also work with all Amiibos, and you can transfer your FP data from previous games.

Last but not least, they introduced a new challenger: Ridley, the long-requested Metroid beast, will be playable!

They also detailed a bunch of mechanical changes coming to the game, which you can watch in the video above the roster list.

I’m a Smash scrub and don’t have the chops to break it all down, but my colleague Cecilia D’Anastasio is an expert, and she’s written a post detailing everything we know about the game that you can read later today.

A few more things: Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee are both coming on November 16, along with the Pokeball plus accessory, which will unlock Mew in the game; a version of the legendary competitive arcade Killer Queen is coming to Switch later this year as Killer Queen Black; Overcooked 2 is also coming coming to Switch; there’s a Switch mech game called Daemon X Machina; DragonBall FighterZ is indeed coming to Switch this year, as is SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy; there’ll be a new demo for Octopath Traveller (out in July) on the eShop today; and there was a sizzle reel announcing a bunch of third-party games and ports, too.

And that’s that. Not exactly a jam-packed conference, eh? Your enjoyment probably hinged on how stoked you are about Smash Bros. As for me, I’m gonna go play some Hollow Knight on Switch and dream of a day where I can play Metroid Prime Trilogy on the same system.

That will do it for our coverage of the E3 2018 press conferences. You can find roundups of all of those press conferences below. The E3 show floor is about to open, and our reporters on the ground will be there to play games, talk to developers, and chase news until i has nowhere left to run. Stay tuned.

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  • Felt a bit meh about the presentation this year. I liked fire emblem awakening a lot but then the next one (birthright?) felt too samey for me and this one looks a bit like that again but will have to wait and see. Smash was smash, pokemon looked better than my first reactions but I still really hate the catch mechanic from go so that will be interesting to see how it goes on the switch it’s pokemon so i’ll buy it regardless but still. I guess i was hoping for some surprise game/port/remake or something from this presentation. Maybe if i were a bigger smash fan i’d be happy with it.

  • I think Ninty really need to try with a new IP. Xbox cops alot of flack for lack of exclusives, but Nintendo just keeps bringing out mario/zelda/smash bros games, or spin-offs of these games.

    Something new would be good, it worked for them with splatoon, so why not try again?

  • I’m pretty happy with this – espec. Fortnite and Paladins dropping today. The first party announcements are all gravy. But I really wish we’d seen more big dev 3rd party announcements. I feel like Bethesda have proved the Switch is viable for bigger games, getting Doom and Wolfenstein 2 on it. It’s time to commit, guys. I want to see some Assassin Creed and Tomb Raider ports. It’s an untapped market, guys! Get on the train!

  • I am so excited for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate coming to Nintendo Switch in December and the fact that every fighter from the Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash. Bros Melee series making a comeback fucking hell yeah. Epic Games Fortnite finally arriving on Nintendo Switch fuck yeah and Super Mario Party arriving on the Nintendo Switch in October fuck yeah.
    I fucking can’t wait to play as Ridley in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
    Nintendo you’ve won again and I’m very proud of you guys hope to hear more from you again soon.
    20 million Nintendo Switch units is our target so get on board the hype train and keep it up.

  • Was hoping for an Animal Crossing game, also wanted some Bethesda RPGs (Fallout 3/NV/4, Morrowind/Oblivion) ports to be announced here or at the Bethesda reveal. Disappointed but overall has been a reasonable E3.

  • Look, im not gonna lie, but Nintendo definitely didn’t win this year’s E3

    It seems that they solely relied on the Smash fans to go nuts and give them a good rep this year, but considering the immense amounts of new IP’s and games coming from there opponents such it really wasn’t the best.

    Personally i was really, REALLY hoping for a New Animal Crossing, Advance Wars and ESPECIALLY a new F-Zero, sad to see that all the other IP’s have been replaced with the same safe options.

    Cmon Nintendo, you can do better than this.

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