Nintendo E3 2018 Preview and Predictions

Thankfully, Nintendo and the Pokemon Company went ahead and announced their plans for the Switch games already so they didn’t ruin this article immediately like some others. Also, that announcement will cut down the speculation of this article a great deal and tempers some potential let downs from the presentation. With two tentpole titles being the focus for Nintendo this year, I don’t imagine we’ll see a ton of other content from other games. A few, yes, but the meat of some of those games are likely to be saved for the live stream that happens afterwards.

Honestly, they could give me a 30-minute video all about the new Smash Bros. game and I’d be super jazzed the entire time. But realistically, I am interested in hearing about what is going on Fire Emblem and the Yoshi game coming to Switch. Plus, we all want to see more of that hot, hot Metroid Prime 4.

Mario Tennis Aces, Captain Toad, Octopath Traveler.

Each of these games are coming out fairly soon. I don’t expect a lot of time with each of them, the most time being spent with Octopath. But since they are on the immediate horizon, Nintendo will want to make sure we’re aware of their releases.

New stuff for each game? Sure, probably. Will it be crazy exciting? Doubtful but if you’re not already excited about these titles, I don’t think your mind will be changed after E3.

Yoshi

We don’t know a lot about the upcoming Yoshi game other than it’s a 2D platformer, includes co-op and is flippin’ adorable. That’s a pun, watch the trailer if you don’t get it. I laughed too much at it and I’m sure it’ll be missed by many.

The gameplay trailer above hit at last year’s E3 and the game has been pretty silent since. I have faith that this game still hits its 2018 target release. Nintendo has been pretty good about their first party games hitting their projected release dates and windows. I expect the same out of Yoshi and the next game on my list.

Fire Emblem

So, here’s another title that we don’t know much about and one that Nintendo has projected for 2018. Fire Emblem, along with Yoshi, I expect we’ll get a decent bit of information. Granted, any more information from either title is practically more than we have now.

Just like with Yoshi, I have the belief that this game will be out in 2018. If that’s the case we could have Yoshi, Fire Emblem, Smash Bros and Pokemon out this year in the same quarter. This will certainly help Nintendo to obtain that 20 million units sold goal they set for the Switch. However, if any of these games were to miss this year, it’s Fire Emblem.

Let’s Go – Pokemon Games

If somehow you’ve made it to this article and didn’t catch the recent announcements of Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee coming to the Switch this year, here’s the info you need.

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The games are due out on November 16 and while we learned a lot about the games it was still a heavy tease. Maybe a little more than just a “tease” but we didn’t see a lot in the way of gameplay and there are still questions to be answered.

It’s clearly not the Pokemon game everyone wanted but I, for one, am overly excited that Nintendo is giving us a Pokemon game this year and a mainline, Pokemon PRG next year. I’m really excited to check out Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee but I do want to see more. There’s a pretty small amount of gameplay in the trailer we were shown but I’m not too worried. Nintendo’s presentation at E3 will give us plenty more reasons to be excited about these titles.

Super Smash Bros.

Initially, I wrote a lot about what I thought the next Smash Bros would be. Whether it’s a port of the Wii U game or a new game altogether, we won’t know for sure until the presentation and at this point, I’m not sure it’s worth getting into my thoughts on the matter since we’re so close to E3. However, I will include some things I have thought of below in the Prediction area that, clearly, will be correct.

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I’m a huge Smash Bros fan, I play Melee just about every day, I loved Smash 4, and I cover and attend Super Smash Con each year. Even with all the big titles coming out this year, Smash Bros on the Switch is my most anticipated game.

Smash Bros is Nintendo’s marquee game at this year’s event and will receive the biggest push. That should be clear since we’re getting another Smash Bros tournament this year which will give everyone at home a stellar look at the gameplay. It’ll be nice to see the esports pros showcase gameplay outside of “safe” gameplay videos straight from Nintendo.

Metroid Prime 4

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I’m sure there’s one fan out there who spent way too long looking at the Metroid Prime 4 logo. Just sitting there, analyzing it for any detail to cut down the wait for new information. Time’s up, trailer kid, it’s E3 2018 and the time for information is now. Maybe.

I would not be surprised at all if Metroid Prime 4 skips this year’s E3. I believe we got the announcement last year to keep up the buying hype for the Switch’s first year and if Metroid is a 2019 game, I think there’s a good chance we see it at a later date. But it’s on the list here because we saw it last year and it could show up again in some fashion. And, frankly, I want to see it.

Bayonetta 3

I think it’s time for an update on this title after it being revealed at the Video Game Awards last year. Just keeping it on the radar for everyone.

Star Fox Grand Prix

Information about a Star Fox racing game made by Retro Studios hit a few weeks ago and I know, it sounds pretty bizarre. The linked article has all the information available currently about the project and I expect to see something Star Fox at E3.

E3 2018 Battle Royal Game Mode Oversaturation Extravaganza

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It’s you and 99 other kids. Or should I say, SQUIDS! Splatoon 2 gets another expansion! And this time it’s a battle royal mode! The map is littered with different weapons and gear you can pick up during each match to give you an advantage, much like in PUBG. Nintendo is in the game battle royal game and the more I write this, the more I’m making myself excited for a Splatoon 2 Battle Royal mode. I came up with this idea literally as I typed the title for this segment and now I’m all in.

Realistically, Fornite comes to Switch. Everyone is expecting it already. Nintendo’s Online service launches with Smash Bros AND Fornite? Damn, Nintendo, get crazy.

Predictions

All three of these games are coming in 2018: Smash Bros, Yoshi, and Fire Emblem. I know I already alluded to this but I wanted it here in case I’m right. Gotta get some easy ones in there too, ya know?

There will be a Wii U port NOT named Super Mario Maker. Don’t get it twisted, I think we’ll see Mario Maker on Switch fairly soon but I don’t think it’s the only port we have the potential to see at E3.

Every Character from Super Smash Bros for Wii U WILL return for Smash Bros on Switch. I don’t see anyone being cut unless some licensing issues get in the way but I believe everyone is safe.

Smash Bros for Switch is a NEW game. Smash Bros on Switch will be a new game like Splatoon 2 was a new game. The mechanics and gameplay for the new Smash Bros will largely stay the same from the Wii U but will include new characters and appearances for existing characters (obviously from the trailer). Also, new stages, and more. But, the point is, it’s a new game, not a port.

There will be THREE new characters announced for Super Smash Bros. I originally had this as four new characters, but I’m including the squid kids from the reveal so four total. Everyone wants Ice Climbers back, for some reason. A popular speculation is an ARMS character, Spring Man and/or Ribbon Girl which seems like an easy guess. The third character will be (prediction part two) a THIRD PARTY character, so one not from Nintendo. Bomberman would be awesome but we’d all win if Konami can remove the brain slugs from their heads and give us Snake back. Do what’s right, you cowards.

I wouldn’t be upset if the third party character was the heavily speculated Crash Bandicoot. But following Nintendo’s track record, the third party character will come from a Japanese studio.

Smash Bros WILL have a Story Mode. This is more of a want than a prediction. Subspace Emissary was cool, so bring something similar back, please.

Nintendo will mention the Online Service but won’t spend a ton of time talking about it during the presentation. Just not the time for full, concrete details with so much else to show. More details could hit during the live stream after the presentation, but I can see more details coming between July and August so it doesn’t get lost in the weeds of E3.

We WILL see the brand new Pokemon during the presentation. During the Pokemon press conference, it was announced that there will be a brand new Pokemon for Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee. I believe we’ll see it and it’ll be crazy cute. I don’t feel great about this one, but I needed to have other stuff outside a ton of Smash Bros predictions.

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We’re winding down with the Pre-E3 coverage. E3 conferences will start a week from Saturday with EA and you can keep up with all the announcements with our E3 2018 hub.

Next week I will try and wrap up what to expect from the third party developer and publishers such as Activision, SEGA, Square Enix, etc.

E3 Preview Schedule:

  • June 5: Third Parties

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