Editorial: Nintendo E3 2018


Nintendo is firing on all cylinders off of a blow-out year in 2017. They have megatons of content coming to the Nintendo Switch from now into 2019. So why did their E3 presentation seem so… bad?

The Good

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate stole the show this year. It features EVERY… SINGLE… CHARACTER that has ever been in a Smash game and more! Nintendo knew its audience showing of at least a dozen small changes and additions to the mechanics and gameplay of Smash. And the cherry on top? Ridley, the arch nemesis of Samus and fan-demanded character is the newest competitor.

At the beginning of the Direct, Nintendo shot from game to game to game reminding Switch owners why the system is a bar of gold. And they started it all of with an interesting take on a Mech game. Daemon X Machina is a stylish, sharp looking action game. I don’t have an opinion on the game yet, but you can’t deny that watching robots blow up other robots just feels good.

Fortnight finally comes to the Switch. available immediately after the show for free. Along with Fallout Shelter, the ridiculously addictive god-game from Bethesda, also immediately and for free.

We finally got some details and gameplay for what we now know is Fire Emblem: Three Houses. It seems that the title is sticking to the art style of the 3DS iterations and that is both a good thing and a bad thing. Good because it was always a visually enjoyable style. Bad because some aspects of the game, like the battle arenas look very flat and low-res. Also the low framerate of cut scenes is super jarring compared to the smoother gameplay. Main Characters in the game now seem to come with their own small entourages of grunt fighters and can have battle formations and more.

Nintendo found time to talk about new Xenoblade Chronicles 2 content, Indie and third party games like Octopath Traveler and Killer Queen Black. We even got the acclaimed Hollow Knight and more.

The Bad

Super Mario Party was for all intents and purposes the only game reveal of E3 for Nintendo itself. If you count out Smash since it was announced previously, Mario Party is all you got.

Although the game is clearly a return to form for the Mario Party franchise, that’s it? What about Bayonetta 3? Metroid Prime 4? Pikmin 4? Those games have even been previously announced! What about Animal Crossing? It’s been almost 6 years since the last Animal Crossing! Does the rumored Star Fox Grand Prix exist? What about the cult classic and rumored Wave Race? And what about the long neglected F-Zero? (OK, I never expected an F-Zero. But still…) Nintendo’s E3 Direct went from highest of highs, to Smash, to… the end. When the direct ended, I couldn’t believe it was over. I couldn’t believe there wasn’t one more thing. I was stunned in disappointment. And that says everything.

Although, objectively, for 2018 and going into 2019 Nintendo Switch couldn’t be doing better with Content, E3 2018 was a real let-down anyway. And I can’t even tell you exactly why.

Grade C+

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