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E3 Preview: Nintendo

Since the release of the Switch, Nintendo have been on an upswing. Not only have they been providing a great selection of first party titles, but unlike the Wii U the fans have been responding positively resulting in some spectacular sales figures.

At E3 this year, Nintendo are bound to show how they plan on continuing this success. Much like Sony, we’ve been given a rough outline on what we can expect from them. Nintendo’s E3 Direct will focus on titles that are scheduled to release this year. For projects releasing in 2019 and onwards, we’ll have to wait a little longer. With that being said, let’s talk about what we might see from Nintendo during their stream on June 12.

Yoshi

It’s been a while since we’ve seen footage of Yoshi’s first game on Nintendo Switch. Revealed at E3 last year, we have yet to see it since but the footage that we received definitely looked like we were in for a fun time.

The game is currently scheduled for release in 2018, and I think we’ll get an even deeper look at the game during Nintendo’s E3 direct and the Treehouse streams. I also believe we’ll be gifted with a release date at some point during this time, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s been pushed back to early 2019 or later.

Pokémon

Last year, it was revealed to us in a short video that there was a mainline entry in the Pokémon series being developed for the Switch. Since then, we haven’t received any new information from official sources, although that’s to be expected as the game had only just entered development.

We know that Nintendo are using E3 to focus on titles releasing this year, and it looks like we’ll be getting another glimpse of the newly revealed Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee because of this. Nintendo do love surprises, and while the traditional Pokémon entry won’t be released until late 2019, I think we could be gifted with some information as a surprise. A trailer seems like the best bet, and it’ll be interesting to see where they’ll be taking us. Will we see a new generation? Could we be heading back to Kanto? Or could our first mainline Switch entry be focused on remakes of Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl? We’ll have to wait and see.

Nintendo 3DS Support

I’m a little surprised that Nintendo have supported the 3DS as much as they have since the release of the Nintendo Switch, and based on previous announcements it looks like it’s going to continue for the foreseeable future.

This year the Nintendo 3DS will be seeing games such as Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Luigi’s Mansion, Warioware Gold and more releasing on the platform, so expect to see some additional information on these games and possibly some new announcements during E3.

Third Parties

To be honest, this one’s pretty obvious. Thanks to the success of the Nintendo Switch we’ve seen continued support from third party studios who have been porting their games to the system, something that was almost non-existent towards the end of the Wii U’s lifecycle. Nintendo usually spotlight a few of these or show of a large batch in small portions during their streams so I’d expect to see something to this extent again.

Super Smash Bros.

During a previous Nintendo Direct earlier this year, we finally got confirmation that Super Smash Bros. would be making its way to Nintendo Switch. We got to feast our eyes on an awesome trailer, which confirmed that the Inklings would be making their debut in the series, but what we’re not quite sure about is whether we’re getting a brand-new entry, or just an enhanced port of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

E3 should make this clear with the Super Smash Bros. Invitational, a tournament that will be held within the latest entry. Along with that, I think we’ll get another trailer during the direct that’ll showcase some gameplay as well as at least one other newcomer to the series. I’ve got my bets on Spring Man from Arms.

Nintendo look to be in for an interesting E3, especially compared to other publishers. From what we already know, it seems like they’ll have a quieter year in terms of releases, especially when comparing how stacked things were for them last year. We could still see some surprises from them, and it’ll be good to finally get some release dates set for a few projects.

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