It’s only March but it feels like E3 is just around the corner. I can’t help but find myself imagining what Nintendo’s E3 showing will be like, so I figured I’d jot down some of my predictions. These aren’t in any particular order as I don’t find much enjoyment in “planning” shows. Here we go!:
- Nintendo Switch paid online is detailed along with a start date for the “free trial”
- ARMS releases in late May, but Nintendo talks future support
- Splatoon 2 is given a release date, launches alongside the trial of the online companion app
- Smash for Switch is confirmed and will be out in fall. Releases alongside Bayo and Cloud Amiibo and supports the Gamecube Controller adapter via the dock.
- Speaking of Gamecube, Virtual Console launches in summer with Gamecube and Wii support. A Switch OS update allows the use of Wii remotes for Virtual Console titles. The Virtual Console name is abandoned in favor of the “Classics” branding
- Nintendo will also offer a retail package for “Classics” that contains a bluetooth Gamecube controller and a selection of two to three Gamecube games.
- Breath of the Wild DLC pack 1 is detailed and given a release date. We also get a small teaser for pack 2.
- Fire Emblem Warriors is given a concrete release date, Xenoblade 2 is still listed as “fall”.
- The first big OS update for Switch is shown off. It brings purchasable themes, support for certain controllers via bluetooth (Wii, re-release Gamecube), support for streaming apps, a web browser, and a proper activity log.
- Retro’s secret project is shown off with a short trailer. It’ll release in 2018.
- Some other 2018 titles for Switch and 3DS are teased, including Pikmin and Animal Crossing.
As you can see, I have some high hopes for Nintendo at E3! What are your predictions?
— Burdmayn Out —