E3 2018: Nintendo

Nintendo always puts on a good show – making a pre-recorded show and not doing it live means they have total control over timing and presentation, so they pack their Nintendo Direct full of announcements and other information. This one is pretty impressive, with a lot of announcements in a short period of time, followed by a deep dive into the new Super Smash Bros. I was a little disappointed there was no news about a new Animal Crossing, but hopefully they’re saving that for next year… Dig in (all dates based on Aussie release timeframes)!

Daemon x Machina

A new mech-based action game, due in 2019.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country

The sequel to the popular RPG, due out in September 2018.

Pokemon- Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee

Both titles, and the Pokeball Plus, will be available on November 16, 2018.

Super Mario Party

A new Mario PArty, with a bunch of unique new minigames, due out October 5, 2018.

Fire Emblem Three houses

A slightly new take on the popular strategy game, due Spring 2019.


As expected… and out now!

Overcooked! 2

Releasing Aug 7, 2018.

Killer Queen Black

Releasing somtime in 2018.

Hollow Knight

Releasing with all previously released DLC… today!

Octopath Traveller

This long-awaited title will be releasing on July 13, 2018 – and a demo will be available on the eStore from June 14. Progress within the demo will carry over into the full game.

Rapid fire announcements

The next section contained 5 minutes of rapid-fire release announcements, some known, some new. However, the video is not yet available on YouTube! I’ve embedded the entire Nintendo Direct presentation below, if interested (this section starts around 11:50 into the video).

Announcements are listed below:

  • Starlink, October 16
  • Arena of Valour, Spring 2018
  • Minecraft, June 21
  • Sushi Striker, out now
  • Mario + Rabbids: “Donkey Kong Adventure” DLC, June 26
  • Pixark, Spring 2018
  • Just Dance 2019, October 23
  • Dragonball Fighter Z, 2018
  • Splatoon 2 – “OCTO expansion”, Winter 2018
  • Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, July 13
  • Crash the Bandicoot NSane Trilogy, June 29
  • Ninjala, Autumn 2019
  • Carcassonne, Holiday 2018
  • FIFA 18 “World Cup update”, available now
  • FIFA 19, September 28
  • Ark Survival Evolved, Spring 2018
  • Wasteland 2, Spring 2018
  • Paladins, available now
  • Fallout Shelter, available now
  • Dark Souls Remastered, Winter 2018
  • SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, sep 7
  • Monster Hunter Generations, August 28
  • Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus,  June 29
  • The World Ends With You Final Remix, Spring 2018
  • Megaman 11, October 2
  • Mario Tennis Aces, June 22

Super Smash Bros Ultimate

The full presentation took up more than 20 minutes, as Nintendo had a lot to say about the roster and some of the changes that are coming. This new SSB will ship with every fighter in SSB history, and GameCube controllers will (somehow) be compatible. Players will also be able to use all SSB Amiibo from previous games with this new title. The release date was announced for Dec 7, 2018!


And that’s it for the major presentations from E3 2018! I’ll be writing up a few opinion pieces in the coming days, but this year wasn’t too bad for game announcements.

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