Nintendo is at E3 2018 in a big way, showcasing upcoming Nintendo Switch games and hosting a range of game championships at the show. Alongside more information about Super Smash Bros for Switch, could we get our first in-depth look at Pokemon Let's Go! Pikachu & Eevee?
Here’s everything you need to know about Nintendo Direct at E3 2018, from timings to livestream details and what to expect.
What did Nintendo announce at E3 2018?
Nintendo ran through a lot of stuff during its Nintendo Direct stream, and we've picked out our favourite announcements below. It's worth noting that we didn't get any news on either Yoshi for Switch or Metroid Prime 4, and our Pokemon Let's Go! news was limited to the small reveal that the Pokeball Plus accessory will include the special Pokemon Mew.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Nintendo said in advance that this E3 would be all about Smash Bros., and it didn't lie. After running through trailers and announcements for a few other games, Ninty went big on its mega mash-up fighter, revealing the title (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate), release date (7 December 2018), roster (absolutely every Smash fighter ever, plus the Inklings, Daisy, and Ridley from Metroid), and a huge in-depth look at a host of mechanical changes and updates.
Fortnite on Switch
To the surprise of no-one, Nintendo revealed a port of uber-popular battle royale game Fortnite to the Switch, along with a more surprising release date: the game is available on the Nintendo eShop from today, so you can start playing straight away.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
The Fire Emblem series has always been huge in Japan, but it's getting bigger in the west, and that's only going to continue now that it's coming to Switch. This new fantasy tactics game boasts some stunning anime-inspired art and battles on a bigger scale than we've seen before. It comes out in spring 2019.
Daemon X Machina
We don't know much yet about this mech game, which Nintendo used to open its presentation this year, but it's got some very cool cel-shaded art, and fast-paced, post-apocalyptic giant mech fights. We're sold. It's out some time in 2019.
Super Mario Party
One of the few new games announced this year from the core Nintendo franchises, Super Mario Party comes to the Switch later this year, on 5 October. It looks mostly like what you'd expect from the series, but with a few fun innovations to make the most of the Switch hardware, including a couple of mini-games that make the most of using two separate Switch screens.
Can I re-watch the Nintendo Direct E3 2018 livestream?
Yup! Nintendo has uploaded the full Nintendo Direct video to YouTube, and we've embedded it at the top of this page, or right here. If you want to keep watching the livestream for Nintendo's ongoing E3 events, scroll down - we've got that right at the bottom of this page too.
What else is Nintendo doing at E3 2018?
Nintendo is doing things slightly differently from the majority of companies at E3 2018: alongside the main announcement livestream, Nintendo is set to host a range of championships at E3 2018, and a variety of Nintendo Treehouse livestreams, providing a more in-depth look at upcoming Nintendo titles, along with interviews with developers and more.
Along with the Nintendo Direct livestream, Nintendo is set to host championships for Splatoon 2 and the highly anticipated Super Smash Bros throughout E3 2018. All championships, like the Nintendo Direct stream, will be available to watch via the official Nintendo website. Here’s a schedule for the tournaments:
- 11 June 2018, 3:30pm – 6:00pm: Splatoon 2 World Championship
- 12 June 2018: Splatoon World Championship
- 12 June 2018: Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018 tournament
And, last but not least, Nintendo has confirmed that it’ll host a myriad of Nintendo Treehouse livestreams throughout E3 2018. The livestreams will provide a more in-depth look at upcoming Nintendo games, along with interviews with developers, competitions and more. The Nintendo Treehouse livestreams will take place between 12- and 14 June 2018.
You can watch the ongoing Treehouse and Championship antics during the show in Nintendo's livestream, which we've got right here: