So E3 just ended, and all the major game companies had their press conferences over the past few days. I want to focus on one, though: Nintendo. With the Switch still the hot new console on the market this E3 was an important one for Nintendo, to be sure. So what big things did they announce? Let’s look at them in order.
Everybody likes Kirby. With Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey on the way, it seems like Nintendo is becoming more and more focused on going back to what made their older games great, and Kirby is no exception. From what we’ve seen, Nintendo is bringing back the old party members system where Kirby can team up with his enemies for multiplayer. Players can even combine powers like fire and sword to make a fire sword, or water and bomb to make a water bomb (hopefully some other combinations will be a bit more creative).
Metroid Prime 4
Well, it’s finally here folks. Unfortunately, there’s not much to say about it yet, but we know Metroid Prime 4 is in development for Nintendo Switch. We’ll have to wait to see more
Another classic franchise slated for a 2018 release. Here Nintendo has been keeping to the Yoshi’s Wooly World aesthetic, now adding paper and cardboard scenery to all the levels. While this and the stage flipping mechanic seem impressive, I think this is one of the few new announcements that I will need to see more from before I’m convinced.
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
Who in their right mind thought this would be so good? I know I didn’t. But something about Mario meets XCom is so appealing to me, and even the Rabbids aren’t completely infuriating. The strategy shown off just in the demos at E3 were very interesting, not to mention the level of polish the game seems to have. With supposedly over 250 weapons and a release date in just over a month and a half, Nintendo and Ubisoft may have done the impossible in making me believe this game is going to be good.
Super Mario Odyssey
Perhaps the biggest announcement at Nintendo’s E3, we got more details on the next Mario game, including the central mechanic: Using your hat to take control over other enemies and NPCs in the game. The amount shown in one trailer is frankly flabbergasting, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you really should. New costumes, levels, characters and details, I’m more excited about this game than ever. And with some good things coming from people on the show floor about playing the game, I can’t wait to see the final game when it releases in late October.