Everything from Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight presentation
Here's all the news from Nintendo Spotlight. It's a big one.
Nintendo went short and sweet with its E3 Spotlight event this year, delivering a number of long-awaited announcements along with the return of staple Nintendo heroes like Kirby and Yoshi. In case you missed the presentation when it aired at the brisk time of 2AM here in Australia, we've rounded up all the news for you right here:
Super Mario Odyssey
New footage and details from Mario's upcoming 3D adventure were in no short supply in Nintendo's presentation, with the latest trailer showing off how Mario's hat can be used to take control of enemies, vehicles, and other objects in Odyssey's world. We also see how the game will incorporate 2D stages into 3D worlds by painting them onto walls and other surfaces, much like in the 3DS game The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. We won't have to wait too long to get our hands on the game, thankfully, as Odyssey will be launching on October 27 this year for Nintendo Switch.
Pokemon for Switch
We didn't learn much more about the Pokemon game coming to Nintendo Switch other than the fact it'll be a core entry in the RPG series, the first to come to a home console. Nevertheless, we're already excited to see how The Pokemon Company can shake up the traditional Pokemon formula with the power of the Switch.
Metroid Prime 4
Another announcement light on the details, but simply knowing that Metroid Prime 4 is coming to the Switch is good enough to remind us that Nintendo does listen to its fans, sometimes.
Metroid: Samus Returns
Fortunately, Metroid Prime 4 wasn't the only Metroid game on display from Nintendo. After the initial Spotlight stream, we got a deep look at a new 2D title in the series coming to 3DS. Metroid: Samus Returns is a reimagination of the Gameboy game Metroid 2: Return of Samus, and brings back the traditional exploration gameplay fans have long been clamouring for. A few new features will be making their appearance, too, including full 360-degree aiming and a melee attack to protect Samus from close-range enemy attacks.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 showed off gameplay for the first time in its new trailer, with just as many grand vistas and planet-sized creatures as you'd expect from a sequel to the massive Wii RPG. Backed by a jaunty soundtrack and decked out in bright, cel-shaded visuals, this looks like just the kind of time sink the Nintendo Switch needs.
In its gradual conquest of the world, Rocket League will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch later this year. The incredibly popular soccer-with-cars game will retain all its modes and features when it makes the transition to the Switch, plus it'll get a few Nintendo-exclusive customisation options such as Mario and Luigi hats. Support for local wireless multiplayer is sure to give rise to a number of impromptu Rocket League tournaments, too.
The lovable pink puffball that is Kirby will be venturing onto Nintendo Switch with a new side-scrolling platformer, scheduled to release sometime in 2018. The game looks to stay true to the Kirby formula, with Kirby swallowing enemies to absorb their abilities and use their power against his foes. Four-player co-op will make it to the game, along with the new ability for Kirby to recruit enemies to his team.
After his woolly adventures on Wii U, Yoshi will be taking a trip to a papercraft world on the Nintendo Switch. Co-op looks to be a big focus here, with multiple Yoshi teaming up to solve puzzles throughout the game's gorgeous hand-crafted world. No release date other than a vague 2018 release window for Yoshi's latest journey, though.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
We got a closer look at the DLC coming to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with a trailer showing off the new enemies, new armour, and new challenges included in the game's Expansion pass. Most of the trailer is dedicated to the first half of the DLC, due to release on June 30, but we do get a brief tease of The Champion's Ballad, the second, and much larger, DLC pack slated for release in the holiday period of this year.
Fire Emblem Warriors
Fire Emblem Warriors, the bombastic hack-and-slash mash-up of Fire Emblem and Dynasty Warriors, received a new cinematic trailer setting up the game's story. Marth, Xander, and Corrin all make their appearance, which is sure to please Fire Emblem fans. They'll have to wait until Spring 2017 to get their hands on Fire Emblem Warriors, though.
Outside the main Spotlight presentation, Nintendo released a new trailer for Sonic Forces, the spiritual successor to Sonic Generations. In addition to combining classic 2D Sonic levels with 3D stages taken from more modern titles, the game will let you customise your own character to fight alongside both classic and modern Sonic. Shadow the Hedgehog, Metal Sonic, and a brand-new villain designed specifically for Sonic Forces are attempting to take over the world, and it'll be up to you to stop them when Sonic Forces releases during the holiday period this year.
Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
Remasters are all the rage these days, and now Mario & Luigi are getting in on the action. Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bower's Minions is both an update of the Superstar Saga game for Gameboy Advance and a new side story to that game in the form of Minion Quest. Captain Goomba takes the lead in Minion Quest, rounding up his fellow Goombas and setting off on a mission to save their cantankerous boss, Bowser.
Everything from Nintendo at E3
New amiibo figures from Super Mario Odyssey, Fire Emblem Warriors, Metroid: Samus Returns, and more. Read more…
Play as Captain Goomba in an entirely new side story. Read more…
Heroes from Fire Emblem's history join forces. Read more…
Shadow the Hedgehog makes a return. Read more…
New enemies, new challenges, and new armour on the way. Read more…
The first 2D Metroid game in over 10 years. Read more…
But you'll have to wait until 2018. Read more…
You'll have to wait until 2018 to play it, though. Read more…
All we have is a logo so far but Metroid Prime 4 is coming. Read more…
Mario is switching it up in style. Read more…