E3 2018: Nintendo Predictions

by Sage Ashford

And we’ve finally arrived to the end of our journey with Nintendo’s show. In a way, Nintendo kind of started this weird arms race that expanded the pre-show E3 from one day into three. Their desire to run things the Tuesday morning before the conference started gave everyone the bright idea to get an entire day to themselves. At any rate, Nintendo’s show airs this coming Tuesday, June 12th at 9:00AM Pacific, 12PM Eastern.  If you missed it, please check out our coverage on EA, Microsoft, Bethesda, Square, Ubisoft, and Sony as well.

Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu & Let’s Go Eevee: For Pokemon to easily be one of the most highly anticipated games coming on the Nintendo Switch, it’s certainly weird how this game was rolled out.  A Japanese exclusive show that was livetweeted by bilingual folks, if you hadn’t known about that show this was basically shadow dropped.

Nonetheless, LGP and LGE seem to be aimed at capturing the audience who fell in love with the Pokemon GO mobile game. It does seem to offer a substantial graphical upgrade, taking advantage of the massive jump in power the Switch has over the 3DS. Expect to see more about how the story works here, and maybe a small glimpse at what the Gen 8 titles are going to look like next year.

Super Smash Bros: Okay first off as someone who doesn’t even like Smash, this is probably the dopest reveal of a video game in years. In any case, Super Smash Bros was confirmed to release this fall for the Nintendo Switch in the last major Direct they had. There’s a Smash tournament for Nintendo coming the same day of their Direct, so presumably Smash will make up a major part of their show as they unveil much of the roster and when this game will actually be hitting store shelves. Presumably it’ll be joining Spider-Man, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Dragon Quest XI and more in September–less because they’re scared of Red Dead and more because that’s when their online service is coming.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker: A surprise appearance in the last Direct, Treasure Tracker is another of the Wii U games that managed to find its way to the Nintendo Switch. It’ll feature additional content and serve as the “ultimate” version of the title over the Wii U and 3DS incarnations. This cute little puzzle title will likely drop sometime in July or August, as it doesn’t need much hype and will serve as a nice bridge for Nintendo fans into the fall.

Yoshi: The people over at Good-Feel have quietly been working on some of the most adorable looking platformers in gaming, and this is no exception. This one seems to be cloth based again, as you work your way through beautiful diorama stages exploring, collecting, and “battling”. Another game we haven’t seen much of since it’s announcement, we’d guess an August release date to get it out before the heavy hitters in September, October, and November.

Fire Emblem: Impossibly, this game has been completely under the radar since they first showed it off during the Fire Emblem Direct back in February of last year. We know it exists, but have no name, no screenshots, and certainly no video. Given this will likely be their big December title, they’ll need a several minute long blowout just to explain what this game is even about. Hopefully it takes more after the recent Fire Emblem Echoes than Awakening or Fates, but given those games’ sales that’s probably a lost cause.

Octopath Traveler: One of the most beautiful and innovative games coming out of Square-Enix lately, Octopath Traveler is a turn-based RPG from developer Acquire and the producer of Bravely Default. Done in a unique “HD-2D” style, Octopath Traveler is as old school Square as we’re going to get, featuring eight different characters with unique skills they can use to get further along in the game.

This game already has a release date and we’ve unveiled all eight characters, but they may still give us a small nod considering the title releases this July. Especially since Acquire and Square have several more titles in the works for the Switch.

Lightning Round:

  • The World Ends With You: Final Remix is guaranteed to appear here, particularly since it doesn’t seem to have a release date just yet.
  • The Wii U ports are nearly dry, but there are still a few good ones left.  Super Mario 3D World, Xenoblade Chronicles X, and Shin Megami Tensei #FE all need a port, and I’d be shocked if we didn’t see at least one of those.
  • RPG Maker MV’s existence leaked very recently, which is probably more press than it would’ve gotten within Nintendo’s Direct.
  • Silicon Studio has been rather quiet of late, with the Bravely Default/Second developer having no console game since they came out with Bravely Second back in 2015.  Though the studio is largely known for its middleware engines, there’s still a chance they could have a game ready for E3.  They’re clearly aware of what fans want.
  • Supposedly this Direct will center around 2018 games, with 2019 games announced at a later date.  Most likely, the implication here is if we don’t already know about it, they won’t announce new first party titles…but that doesn’t mean we can’t get a look at Metroid Prime 4 or Bayonetta 3.

The fun doesn’t end here of course–when Nintendo’s show ends, E3’s just getting started.  For one thing, on June 11th from 3 to 6:00 p.m they’ll be holding the Splatoon World Championship Qualfiers! The following day, after the Direct they’ll have the proper Splatoon World Championship and the Super Smash Bros Invitational. Also, there’ll be tons of first looks at games coming over the next year, and even a few more smaller games being revealed as well.   And we’ll be back later in the week to go over each of the conferences and see how they handled their shows!

Sage Ashford

A writer with way too many hobbies, Sage can often be found catching up on the latest anime, or reading a stack of comics between Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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