Nintendo’s reveals during its E3 press conference have confirmed a myriad of new titles that are set to release this year, which include Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Party, and the addition of various third-party games to their systems.
The majority of Nintendo’s conference was spent detailing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which stands as the largest addition to the series. The new roster of heroes will include every character from past games, which will amount to around 66 in total. New characters from Splatoon and the long-awaited addition of Ridley from the Metroid games have also been confirmed. Additionally, various maps from the previous games will return, with a few new ones added to the mix.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate may be played with any Nintendo Switch controller or GameCube controller. The game reportedly debuted following tens of thousands of updates, from level-design tweaks to changes to look and feel of the characters. Various items will be available to use in-game, including the return of the Final Smash attacks, alongside various other classics. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will release December 7, 2018.
Super Mario Party has resurrected the long-drought Mario Party series, which retains the usual virtual board mechanics, and has room to be played locally with up to four players. The traditional dice roll gameplay will still be broken up by quick mini-games as users race to the finish line.
The mini-games featured here will let users take advantage of the Nintendo Switch’s motion controls, meaning two Nintendo Switch devices may be placed alongside each other and played through one giant display. Super Mario Party will release October 5, 2018.
The third-party games making their way to Nintendo Switch include the beloved Fortnite, Octopath Traveler, Daemon x Machina, and Hollow Knight. Others that will arrive to the console within the next year are Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, Dark Souls Remastered, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, FIFA 19, and Dragon Ball FighterZ.
A few Nintendo Switch exclusives, including Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu, and Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee, have also been confirmed. None of these titles will arrive later than 2019, making Nintendo’s reveals one of E3’s largest events.