By Jay Parks (GrimlockTheDino)
Nintendo walked into E3 2017 with a loud, commanding voice and said, "We're back, bitches!" Microsoft and Sony gave it their best, but when the Big N steps into the room and drops bombs there is little you can do besides sit back and watch in amazement. Welcome back, Nintendo and congrats, you won E3 2017!
Nintendo gave us a pre-recorded 25 min presentation that shocked the world; it not only gave Nintendo the win for E3 2017 but also showed that they are back and taking this seriously. From unexpected release dates to games we just did not see coming, Nintendo fit so much in such a small time-frame and they did it elegantly. It wasn't perfect but it was damn close.
The Nintendo presentation gave us pretty much everything we were hoping for and then some. One big example is the fact that the Pokemon Company stopped by the presentation to confirm that not only are they working on a new main Pokemon series game, but it's being developed for the Nintendo Switch. We now see that Nintendo is making sure the Switch is supported in 2017, which was a big question after launch. Below is the list of games from Nintendo's E3 2017 presentation.
Xenoblade 2 (Release: Holiday 2017)
The next Xenoblade chapter is coming to the Switch a lot sooner than we originally thought; Holiday 2017 is the current release window. Monolith Soft studio head Tetsuya Takahashi explained that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is set in a completely different world from the original, features new characters, and is basically a different game.
“It’s a completely different world, with completely new characters. It’s a different game. The way I see it, I feel as though Xenoblade 1 and 2 are connected and linked in the sense that they’re linear and story-driven games, whereas Xenoblade Chronicles X was more focused on open world and exploration, and maybe an online aspect. I feel like I’d like to continue to create games separating those two aspects out.”
The game also adds two different kinds of party members, Drivers and Blades.
“Drivers are basically humans”, says Takahashi. “Then there are these things called Core Crystals. Throughout the game, you'll collect many of them, and if a Driver touches that Core Crystal, a lifeform is created. That lifeform is what we call a Blade. The Blades endow the Driver that they're linked with power and a weapon. Each Blade has different roles that it can play, so the concept is that, by attaching different Blades, the player can decide what kind of role they want to play in the game.”
Kirby (Release: 2018)
Not much to talk about here. Kirby is back and looks better than ever with all the normal Kirby mechanics, but this time we see up to 4 player co-op play. If you don't have people to join you then you can recruit enemies via a new heart mechanic to help you solve puzzles. Looks like a fun multiplayer platformer coming to the Switch in 2018.
Metroid Prime 4 (Release: TBA)
We know nothing about this other than that it's in development for the Nintendo Switch. I am still super excited knowing the Metroid IP I love is still alive and we are getting our first console Metroid game since 2010.
Yoshi (Release: 2018)
Taking a new look with a cardboard cut-out world, Yoshi looks better than ever, being developed using the Unreal Engine 4. The unique mechanic we saw in the trailer is that everything has two sides, showing Yoshi being able to flip the world from a pretty finished cardboard world to the behind the scenes unfinished backside of the same world. Yoshi will be making his adorable Switch debut in 2018.
Fire Emblem Warriors (Release: Fall 2017)
The next Dynasty Warriors clone is here with a Fire Emblem skin and it's releasing on the Nintendo Switch this fall. All the fan favorite characters are here and playable as you fight a dragon terrorizing the heroes and threatening to bring chaos and destruction to the land.
Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild DLC
(Release: Pack 1 June 30th, Pack 2 Holiday 2017)
DLC pack 1 is almost here (June 30th) and with it we will be getting Trial of the Sword, a room based battle arena. Hero's Path is an update to the in-game map, showing where you have been so that you can better explore every inch of Hyrule. Also, we will be getting new armor and masks along with the Master Sword hard difficulty. Most of this information we already knew, but it was fun to see some gameplay.
DLC pack 2 will be arriving this holiday season and it will bring what seems to be playable content for Zelda and the four champions, Daruk, Mipha, Revali, and Urbosa. The DLC has been titled Champions’ Ballad.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Release: August 29th, 2017)
Ubisoft and Nintendo teamed up to make an RTS (Real Time Strategy) based around the Mario and Rabbid universes. This game looks crazy and received high praise from the show floor at E3. We won't have to wait long to try this new adventure, as it hits the Nintendo Switch on August 29th, 2017.
Rocket League (Release: Holiday 2017)
Rocket League is coming to the Switch and it's the full experience, with all the same modes and settings as the other versions. Exclusive items and vehicles are planned for the Switch version and it will support cross-network gameplay with Xbox and PC. Local gameplay on one Switch allows 2 player in handheld mode and up to 4 player if the Switch is docked; wireless gameplay is with up to 8 Switches.
Super Mario Odyssey (Release: October 27th, 2017)
Super Mario Odyssey stole the show at E3. This new version of Mario seems fresh and exciting while still feeling like a Mario game. The release date surprised everyone; Mario will be hitting the Switch on October 27th, 2017. Bowser has taken the princess once again, but this time he is trying to marry her to lock in his right to the kingdom. This introduces the new villains helping Bowser: an evil team of bunnies that are wedding planners who are trying to stop Mario. The game looks ridiculous in a great way and the world travel looks amazing. New mechanics like Mario's hat being able to take control of villains and help you traverse the world is exciting, and the 3D transformation to 2D and back to 3D is mind tripping. This is the Mario game we have all been waiting for and thankfully we don't have to wait much longer. Also announced during the presentation were all new Amiibo (Mario, Peach, Bowser, all in wedding outfits).
Nintendo came into this E3 the underdogs with a new system that was showing some promising signs. Coming out of E3 2017, Nintendo has shown the world that they are back and ready to compete with the best. Their 2017 release window looks healthier than ever and 2018 is starting to take a very promising shape. Switch units continue to sell out and production has been increased by Nintendo to meet demand. I am happy to give the 2017 E3 crown to Nintendo and welcome the Big N back to prime time.
P.S. We're getting a new METROID!!!! It's actually happening!!! AHHHHHHHH YES YES YES!
Grade = A-
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