e have already had some very big announcements from Nintendo throughout the year which include Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon and the initial reveal of Mario Odyssy to name only a couple. Due to this many people expected this year's Nintendo event at E3 to simply be an update stream hopefully giving us some tantalising details of games to look forward to for both the Switch and 3DS. Nintendo's event mainly consisted of little trailers and announcements all stitched together with some larger ones interspersed among them, so I tried to keep up with them as best as I could.
Reggie focused on the combination between fin and battle in video games which must always be locked together. He used this to link the video game to a journey, which of course linked into Odyssy and where the Nintendo Switch could take the player. However, this did not go straight into a Mario Odyssy trailer, yes he was name dropping, but instead we were given a gorgeous trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
When the trailer started I'm happy to say that the immediate vibe I got was that of the Xenoblade games but the character designs are more on the slightly chibi side for the main characters at least.This game looks very intriguing, despite some questionable voice acting choices,and I think it would suit fans of the Tales and Kingdom Hearts franchises very well if you haven't played a Xenoblade game before. However, I would highly recommend doing so; they are awesome! Also, Kirby fans got their fix quite early on with a new game coming in 2018.
Nintendo ensured to highlight their gratefulness to the public for their acceptance and creativity with the Nintendo Switch. This immediately lead into their recent announcement of the deluxe Pokemon tournament game on the Nintendo Switch which is a deluxe version of the game. The clips looked awesome! A Core RPG Pokemon title is coming to the Nintendo Switch, developed by Game Freak as normal but may not release for more than a year. Personally, I hope they won't leave out the handheld players and possibly release the game on both consoles but wanted to put everyone's minds at rest and confirm that a proper Pokemon game for the Switch is coming.
Matroid Prime 4 was confirmed for the Switch but there wasn't a trailer. The honour of a trailer went to Yoshi instead who seems to have been given a game which combines the more recent Paper Mario games with Kirby of all franchises, but of course that's just the vibe I'm getting from the first look. This game is coming in 2018. The trailer shown for Fire Emblem Warriors looked incredible visually and focused on the story and cut-scene like combat! This will come out Fall 2017.
The announcements for Zelda mainly covered DLC packs for Zelda Breath of the Wild but they did ensure to give a nod to the recent announcements of Zelda themed items appearing in Skyrim. I must say that the graphics and general design of the Zelda announcements, especially of the second DLC pack, were visually stunning and this was a running theme throughout the Nintendo conference. They also announced that the four champions from Breath of the Wild will be available as Amibo which I'm sure many Zelda fans will want to immediately add to their collections.
Nintendo ensured to place a heavier focus on those attending E3 in their conference as they announced the tournaments in Splatoon, Arms and Pokemon which was certainly an interesting move. Speaking of interesting moves, Ubisoft confirmed the combination between Mario and Rabbits who will join each other on the Nintendo Switch in a twisted Mushroom Kingdom. This is coming on August 29th 2017.
Then, finally, Mario Odyssy made it's appearance. An even heavier focus was placed on Mario's hat(s?) and the differences in a multiplicity of worlds, as seen in the Dino world. We also saw traditional bowzer ships and a not-so traditional looking Bowzer looking like he's dressed up for his wedding from Super Paper Mario again. We did see what appeared to be Mario using his hat to take over enemies and possibly control them. This game has gotten a definite release date of 27th October 2017.
I must say that this conference was a little strange after this Mario trailer as it ended very abruptly and I genuinely thought that my internet had cut off before realising that that was the end. I feel that the very simple cut together trailers, shorter length, and abrupt ending put a little sour note on the conference as a whole, especially compared to the bigger conferences of other competitors.