Nintendo Smashes E3 with 2018 Lineup, Details about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo opened its activities for the annual E3 2018 video game trade show with a bang – and a smash. Showing world-first footage of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo shared details about the latest entry in a series with sales of more than 40 million units worldwide. A new game built for the Nintendo Switch system, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate lets up to eight players square off in action-packed battles that are all about smashing beloved video game characters off the screen. Legendary game worlds and fighters collide in the ultimate showdown at E3 2018, which runs through June 14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Nintendo made its announcements during its Nintendo Direct: E3 2018 video presentation, which can be viewed at https://e3.nintendo.com.

“At E3, we’re showing how Nintendo Switch continues to redefine play, with the broadest range of games people can enjoy together anytime, anywhere,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “Fans who’ve debated which Super Smash Bros. fighter is the best now have the chance to settle their differences once and for all, pitting familiar faces against fresh challengers on stages both new and old. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, and the arrival of Epic’s Fortnite on Nintendo Switch demonstrate the strong momentum Nintendo Switch continues to have through 2018 and beyond.”

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will include every single fighter ever featured in the series’ nearly two-decade run, making it one of the biggest crossover events in gaming history. Fans can enjoy returning favorites like Ice Climbers and Pokémon Trainer, as well as newly announced fighters like Ridley from the Metroid series and Inkling from the Splatoon series. The game supports a variety of controller options, including Nintendo GameCube controllers (original or newly designed), Joy-Con controllers or the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. With Nintendo Switch, players can throw down whenever and wherever they like in Handheld or Tabletop mode while enjoying online play.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate combines many stages and new items, with gameplay that makes it easy for players of all skill levels to jump in. All current Super Smash Bros. series amiibo figures are compatible with the game, and any fighter’s amiibo figure from other series will also be supported. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is set to launch on Dec. 7, exclusively for Nintendo Switch. It is being developed by Nintendo, Sora, Ltd. and BANDAI NAMCO Studios, and is directed by Masahiro Sakurai.

Nintendo also announced that Fortnite, the Battle Royale phenomenon from Epic Games, is available for Nintendo Switch – TODAY. Players can download it for free from the Nintendo eShop, then test their mettle in thrilling crucibles of combat. The action never stops with Fortnite on Nintendo Switch, where players can build and battle together anytime, anywhere. Team up online with friends in the same room or around the world. Weekly updates and new gameplay modes will keep the action fresh for seasoned Fortnite players and newcomers alike.

At its E3 booth this week in the Los Angeles Convention Center, Nintendo will give attendees their first chance to play Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, two Pokémon games launching for the Nintendo Switch system on Nov. 16 at a suggested retail price of $59.99 each. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are a new way to experience Pokémon that lets players adventure with their partner Pokémon in the vibrant Kanto region, discover fresh and exciting Pokémon encounters and Trainer battles, as well as share the adventure cooperatively with a friend anytime, anywhere on one Nintendo Switch system. Players can even transfer Kanto region Pokémon into the game from the Pokémon GO app. These games serve as an entry point to the Pokémon series for newcomers, but they also provide fun and engaging experiences for Pokémon fans of all ages. A new accessory, called Poké Ball Plus, comes with Mythical Pokémon, Mew and is sold separately from the games. Poké Ball Plus includes a pressable analog stick and button, so players can control the new games entirely with the accessory, if they want. Nintendo is announcing two bundles, in which players can get Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! with one Poké Ball Plus at a suggested retail price of $99.99 each.

Other upcoming items announced during the Nintendo Direct include:

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass owners also will gain access to Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country to be released on Sept. 14. In this new story mode, players uncover the full history of Jin and the fall of his homeland, Torna, which existed 500 years before the events of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. This new storyline also will be available as a stand-alone retail package on Sept. 21. Full purchase details can be found at Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country.
Super Mario Party: Inspired by the original Mario Party board game play, the beloved series is coming to Nintendo Switch with new mini-games and play styles that make use of the Joy-Con controllers. Super Mario Party includes features like character-exclusive Dice Blocks that add depth to players’ strategy. Up to four players take turns rolling the dice, and individually race across the board searching for Stars. In Toad’s Rec Room, new gameplay links two games and two Nintendo Switch systems for side-by-side fun. The game launches Oct. 5.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses: A new episode of the Fire Emblem series comes to Nintendo Switch for the first time in spring of 2019. The player can maneuver the main character freely and interact with other characters to build relationships and gather information at various points within the game. This turn-based tactical RPG will put new strategic twists on battling, with formations of troops supporting individual units on the battlefield. Players will get to know three main characters – Edelgard, Dimitri and Claude – who play key roles in the story.
DAEMON X MACHINA: A new fast-paced mech action game from Kenichiro Tsukuda is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2019. Players take their customizable Arsenal powered suit on a variety of missions to thwart the enemy at all costs. They can choose and equip their Arsenal with a multitude of weapons, obtain more from downed enemies and swap them on the fly to suit their strategy in the face of ever-changing threats.
Overcooked! 2: The kitchen mayhem returns in this sequel from Team17 and Ghost Town Games that’s brimming with even more recipes, characters, kitchens and co-op madness. Bake, barbecue or broil with up to three other players in wireless local and online play modes. Save the world from clumsy cooking when the frantic food-juggler arrives on Aug. 7.
Killer Queen Black: Redesigned from the ground up, the acclaimed arcade extravaganza that became a multiplayer phenomenon is coming to Nintendo Switch. Players can hop on a snail, hoard berries or wipe out the enemy’s queen to claim victory for their team in Liquid Bit and Bumble Bear Games’ Killer Queen Black, when it launches first on Nintendo Switch later this year.
Hollow Knight: Venture through the beautifully hand-drawn, mysterious landscapes of a vast forgotten kingdom in Team Cherry’s Hollow Knight, an action-adventure filled with gripping combat and haunting secrets. Hollow Knight on Nintendo Switch also includes the new items, areas, characters and bosses from the currently released contact packs – all available today.
Octopath Traveler: Players can take another early look at Square Enix’s upcoming fantasy epic when the Octopath Traveler Prologue Demo arrives June 14 in Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch. Play the demo, then use the save data transfer feature to carry your choices into the main game, once purchased, where players can live the stories of each of the eight travelers and freely explore the world of Orsterra. Octopath Traveler is scheduled to launch on July 13.
More great games are coming in 2018, including Dragon Ball FighterZ and Dark Souls: Remastered from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus from Bethesda Softworks, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate from Capcom, EA Sports FIFA 19 from Electronic Arts and Starlink: Battle for Atlas from Ubisoft, which includes characters and content from Nintendo’s Star Fox franchise that are exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version of the game.
To celebrate E3 2018, Nintendo eShop will offer savings on select digital games that helped make some of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game’s fighters famous, as well as other great digital games on Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. The sale kicks off on June 14 at 9 a.m. PT, and runs until 8:59 a.m. PT on Thursday, June 21. The full listing of digital games on sale will be posted to https://e3.nintendo.com/sale on June 14 at 9 a.m. and can be purchased directly from the website for download or in Nintendo eShop.

As always, people can keep an eye on https://e3.nintendo.com for all of Nintendo’s latest E3 updates, including today’s Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018 and the final round of the Splatoon 2 World Championship, and lots of gaming details on Nintendo Treehouse: Live | E3 2018.

Remember that Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/ or https://www.nintendo.com/3ds.


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What a waste of time that was.. where was Bayo? Metroid? NMH? what the hell were they thinking? 20 minutes on one game? jeez

Well the Super Smash Brothers Direct sure had Smash...

What a waste of time that was.. where was Bayo? Metroid? NMH? what the hell were they thinking? 20 minutes on one game? jeez

They forgot that they were supposed to be at E3. Them and Sony...

Tue Jun 12 18 01:04pm
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I know, right? I can't believe they chose to highlight a game that will sell millions in its first month instead of a niche action game, a series with a dwindling fan base, or a cult title that had all already been revealed.

Ah yes, a game that will sell millions of units. Because it would not have if they didnt spend 20 minutes on it. It was going to sell the same at E3 or not. E3 is when you sell all of your games. If you have a game that is more at risk to not sell if it doesnt get shown, THAT is what you bring to E3. That is always what you bring to E3. No More Heroes, Bayonetta, Yoshi, etc. have something to gain from going to E3. More sales would have been gained in that time then people that were sold on E3 from that 20 minute part of the Direct. E3 IS NOT where we spend 20 minutes on one game. E3 is when you show your nearly entire next year and beyond.

You know there's still three days of E3, right? There's plenty of time for Treehouse to cover other games. The biggest game gets the biggest presentation because it's more likely to sell a Switch to Sony fans than Bayonetta, Metroid, and No More Heroes combined. That's what E3 is for.

E3 is an industry event. Its for announcing games, and letting media cover it. TV marketing is for selling to the mainstream that doesn't have a Switch yet. E3 is for giving us as much news about your future as you can. They didnt do that.

I don't think you understand, Super Smash bros Ultimate includes every previous fighter, including Samus and Bayonetta!

Sorry I don't have news for you about Travis.

Yeah, where was Metroid Prime 4 gameplay? I thought that was going to be a sure thing. And I thought we would at least get an Animal Crossing announcement, but no. And there wasn't any additional info about Nintendo's online service, nor any announcement about SNES/GBA/N64/Gamecube/Wii games on Switch (LIKE HOW IS SUPER MARIO GALAXY NOT ON SWITCH? THERE'S LITERALLY A NVIDIA SHIELD PORT AVAILABLE THAT USES THE SWITCH'S EXACT HARDWARE!). And there aren't even any Xenoblade 2 characters in Smash nor does Smash have anything to offer single-player gamers. Like no story mode ala Subspace Emissary...AGAIN. Why? Were the cutscenes appearing on Youtube for Brawl that much of a deterrence for Sakurai to never make another story mode? Wtf. And this was basically a Smash Direct. I knew Smash would be a focus, but I didn't expect it to take up 25-30 minutes of a 45 minute conference.

They started off strong, but once Smash came through the direct was essentially over for anyone who wasn't 100% into Smash. So that was essentially a 15 minute direct + Smash. I'm disappointed. I'll say Microsoft and Nintendo tied this E3. It wasn't a sure win for Nintendo.

The only thing that disappointed me is the return of new pork city... That stage is cringeworthy

Or you can just NOT play this stage, and be happy for people who enjoy it…

Tue Jun 12 18 01:30pm
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When playing classic mode on brawl, that stage was mandatory every time ness or lucas showed up x.x the battle was endless for the constant jumping and stuff

Tue Jun 12 18 01:11pm
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Omega Mode will fix the stupid Chimera at least.

I would love to have seen more new characters instead of returning old ones. It's possible we'll see new characters as DLC, but that's not as much fun.

Yeah, I'm not even going to play that for my son when he gets home. It's not worth it. He won't care that there are slightly different sounds for two character outfits and that Mii fighters have barely altered proportions.

Tue Jun 12 18 01:08pm
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Definitely just looks like Smash Bros Wii U 2.0.

I’ll hook my Wii U back up.

SSB is epic and I want it but it's in DEC, which leaves August and September as drought months. FE in 2019 feels like a huge betrayal and the biggest upset so far. D: Not to mention November has the fucking casual Pokemon game so I might as well skip that in favor of SMP, if ND Cube doesn't ruin it. Wii party was fun so let's hope it's like that.

They added a bunch of esports UI. You can now see the blast zones of stages when you are launched.

Tue Jun 12 18 01:19pm
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That was a pretty sweet direct.

Fire Emblem next year.

Pokeball Plus coming with Mew pretty much guarantees success (as if a Pokemon game didn't already do that).

Daemon X Machina loos pretty sweet, but I need to know more.

Super Mario Party looks great but is not my type of game.

Ultimate really is the best subtitle for this Smash game because it's the ultimate compilation of Smash history to this point. The game has something for old and new fans. Ridley is in and my personal favourite piece of info, Ganondorf is no longer a C.Falcon clone and has sword attacks for all of his Smash attacks now. Thank you, Sakurai!

I'm sorry but this conference was underwhelming. Sony won E3 for me. But Smash does look great was just hoping they didn't spend 20 minutes on it. Ridley and Wolf were hype for me but nothing else. I wanted newcomers not all the vets back...Fire Emblem being delayed blows! Nintendo's first Switch delay...Super Mario Party looked great because it looks to be ditching the bullshit car mechanic.

Well, I hope everyone else enjoys Smash. It really doesn't look like it's for me, but I hope the people that like it more casually have a great time.

I loved all the smash stuff and really feel bad for anyone who isn't a smash fan. Fire Emblem could have been presented better. I really wanted more announcements out of this direct. Nothing was surprising for me. No Pikmin, no Metroid, no Yoshi, no Mario, no info on online server, no Amiibo in direct (Ridley announced later), No HD re-releases/remakes.

I hate to give Sony the win because their format was beyond horrible but games wise they won.

Tue Jun 12 18 01:50pm
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So in terms of first party single player games there is only a very casual version of pokemon coming out this year or did I miss something?

This is an extremely poor year for the Switch in terms of single player titles.

This is why them leaving Yoshi out boggles my mind. Very pleased about the Xenoblade DLC being so expansive, but damn does the lack of any word on Yoshi rankle. I was looking more forward to that than anything else.

Considering the all players return and Ridley rumors were confirmed, I'm REALLY hoping for Simon Belmont to be added to the roster.

At that point, I'll step back and be 100% content. Everything else is gravy.

Tue Jun 12 18 03:41pm
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The only character I ever truly wanted added (besides Midna) has just been added, with an amazing model, as an assist trophy. My hopes are shattered and it'll take me a while to rebuild the enthusiasm for this game with this kind of finality.

Tue Jun 12 18 08:37pm
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What character is that? ...Looking at your avatar, Krystal, maybe?

Yep, you are correct.

I understand how you feel, Waluigi is my favorite Mario character... Sad

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