With E3 2018 around the corner, it’s time to speculate about what Nintendo has in-store for fans.
The longtime industry titan had a phenomenal showing at last year’s expo. If they want to keep the Switch hype rolling, they better one-up themselves this time around. Metroid Prime 4 and Pokemon for Switch were the highlights from last year, but with no gameplay shown from either title, Nintendo needs to step up and give fans a presentation with announcements and more in-depth looks at game already announced. With so much unknown about the big N’s 2018 lineup, E3 will surely layout what the community will empty their wallets for this year.
So, what do I expect from Nintendo at E3?
‘Punch Out!!’ For Switch
With Super Smash Bros. announced and Little Mac likely returning, a new Punch-Out!! title would be a perfect addition to the already stellar Switch catalog.
The series has been on hiatus since 2009, but with the hybrid console a hit, Nintendo has the opportunity to bring Punch-Out!! back in glorious fashion. Accurate motion controls would serve the new installment beautifully, as would the Switch’s updated hardware compared to that of the Wii, which the last Punch-Out!! was released on; fighting games like ARMS and Pokken Tournament are a great example of how capable the system is of running modern fighters.
Nintendo has reinvented franchises like Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda on Switch, and Punch-Out!! deserves the same treatment.
‘Pokemon’ gets a gameplay trailer and releases in November
Nintendo briefly talked about Pokemon for Switch last year, but has been silent up until this point. Rumors have run rampant the last few months about the title being unveiled at E3 and releasing in November, and I agree with them.
It’s the perfect time for a new Pokemon game, and moving the series to Switch will push the hardware to a new level of success. The franchise needs a massive overhaul when modernized for the company’s latest home console; E3 2018 just feels like the perfect time for them to finally give details regarding the highly anticipated RPG.
Metroid Prime 4 likely won’t be ready for release until 2019 or later, which means Nintendo needs a heavy hitter in the holiday season to go alongside the release of Super Smash Bros. With Smash rumored for September to launch alongside Nintendo Switch Online, November is the perfect slot for Pokemon on Switch.
‘Mario Party 11’ & ‘Pikmin 4’ Are Announced
Mario Party and Pikmin are two franchises that have seemingly taken a backseat the last few years, but these are both series Nintendo doesn’t want to get left in the dust. Both have their respective base of fans, and with Switch such a massive success, releasing a new Mario Party and Pikmin would absolutely excite the Nintendo base.
Neither hold popularity comparable to that of Zelda or Mario, but each have a place in Nintendo’s catalog of titles. Mario Party 11 could be a fantastic revival for the franchise, after the last two stumbles with 9 and 10. Furthermore, Pikmin 3 was an amazing game that, unfortunately, released for Wii U. Switch could be an outlet for these franchises to grow, and I expect both to be announced at E3.
‘Super Mario Maker’ comes to Nintendo Switch in December
This one’s inevitable, right? Super Mario Maker sold well on Wii U, and would perform even better on Switch.
Nintendo merely released Odyssey last November, so don’t expect a new installment for years. That said, though, a Mario Maker port is possible. The game could be easily developed for the hybrid system likely without much time or effort needed. However, certain controls changes will need to be implemented.
Super Mario Maker would be a perfect December release, as it’s not a title Nintendo will have to market heavily. A decent amount of Wii U owners would likely double-dip on this evergreen title, making it a great follow up to a heavy hitter such a Pokemon in November.
‘Fortnite’, ‘Dragon Ball FighterZ’, ‘Diablo 3’, and ‘GTA V’ all get announced for the platform
Third-party Switch support has been strong thus far, and Nintendo can continue that trend at E3.
Technical limitations will be needed for some of these to be able to run on Switch, with Fortnite likely posing the most challenge for developers. However, the system is able to run AAA third-party games like Doom, Wolfenstein II, Skyrim, and the upcoming Dark Souls Remastered. Switch owners aren’t in it for performance, though. Any of these four would be a massive boost for the third-party appeal of Switch.
If you thought Fortnite was huge now, just wait until Switch owners get a piece of the action.