By Adam Schifani
E3 has come to an end, but we’d like to share what Nintendo presented during their E3 2017 Nintendo Direct. The direct was helmed by Reggie Fils-Aimé, president and chief operating officer of Nintendo America, and Nintendo has the formula of known games coupled with surprises down. This was definitely the best showing at E3 this year.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
A huge win for JRPG fans out there, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was the only JRPG shown during the all of the E3 conferences. Monolith Soft, developers of the series, came out swinging with this trailer. Nintendo knows bringing a good run of JRPGs to the Switch will drive sales for that crowd. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is scheduled for a Holiday 2017 release.
Kirby for Nintendo Switch
Unless it’s in Super Smash Bros., I’ve never been much of a Kirby fan, but this game looks fun. Look for the next installment to the Kirby series in 2018.
Pokemon for Nintendo Switch
In a previous Nintendo Direct, Game Freak announced several new games and rereleases for the Nintendo 3DS, but the gaming world was upset because there were no games for the Nintendo Switch except Pokken Tournament DX. However, during the E3 Direct Tsunekazu Ishihara said a core Pokemon RPG was in development for the Nintendo Switch, but we may not see it for another year or so. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait. Pokemon on the Switch is what I need.
Metroid Prime 4
There isn’t much I need to say about this game. The only info we have was the brief teaser, so enjoy.
Metroid: Samus Returns
This game wasn’t announced during the Direct. Nintendo saved it for the Nintendo Treehouse to reveal, probably to let the Switch have the limelight. Metroid: Samus Returns is a nod to Metroid II: The Return of Samus. It’s for the 3DS, and it will be out on September 15.
Yoshi for Nintendo Switch
Same with Kirby, I’ve never played a Yoshi game, but this looks cute. It is scheduled for a 2018 release.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC
I’ve already bought my season pass for the Breath of the Wild DLC. The first of the pack, which includes The Trial of the Sword, Master Mode, new outfits, and more will be available on June 30. The second DLC is slated for Holiday 2017, and it’s called the Champions’ Ballad. It will feature the four champions for Breath of the Wild, and each one is getting an Amiibo (which I want).
Rocket League took the world by storm when it first released on the PS4 and PC in 2015. Since then it has released on Xbox, and it will be coming to the Switch at the end of this year. I do not like sports games, but soccer with rocket cars is hard to say no to. The Switch seems like a perfect home for Rocket League, and I can’t wait to play it.
Super Mario Odyssey
Nintendo closed the show with a detailed look at the latest in the Super Mario series, and this game's unique mechanic is throwing your magical hat, Cappy, at enemies to possess them. Many of the classic Mario villains are up for grabs, and some others include an effing T-Rex!! It’s been far too long since I’ve picked up a Mario game, but Super Mario Odyssey is on my list for the last part of the year.