Nintendo has undergone a transformation that can only be described as inspiring. Perhaps down on their luck a little with the Wii U that didn’t quite gain the global affection that Nintendo have been used to seeing. The success of the Switch has helped bring Nintendo back into the race and the mainstream limelight. In 2017, Nintendo released the Switch along with, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, Fire Emblem Warriors, Arms, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 just to name a few of their offerings. That screams a great year in Nintendo gaming and 2018 needs to continue bringing some heat, maybe not quite on the level, but it can’t let the flame go out.

So much like I have done thus far, here is a glimpse into my mind on what I expect, want and wish for from Nintendo’s E3 presentation this year.

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What I Expect

Super Smash Bros. is the big main release on the Switch this year and as such it has already been confirmed to be at E3. So it’s perhaps the safest bet to say we are getting some gameplay along with a few character reveals. I would be surprised if throughout the presentation between the various announcements for games, we get a character reveal each time until the final segment being for Super Smash Bros. It will be a long cinematic and gameplay reveal.

Splatoon 2 has been announced to be at E3 and if it has any presence in the presentation it will be in the form of DLC. Talking about new maps, weapons, outfits and maybe even characters. Also we are probably going to find out the release date for the previously revealed Octo Expansion.

Yoshi, last year it was announced that there would be a new Yoshi title releasing sometime in 2018. Since, there really hasn’t been a peep and I expect that it’s been reserved for this presentation ready for a Fall/Holiday release.

Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu & Let’s Go Eevee, these were just announced and you can bet a lot of the detail about gameplay, premise and what to expect has been saved for E3. There are a ton of questions that need answering and with a November release already set, they need to be answered now.

Octopath Traveler, I know it’s coming next month and as such I don’t really need to see any more, I’m day one on that. But, to maybe put the final stamp on its hype train and get those last minute players in, a quick trailer that showcases each character and the story a little could do some good.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, another title slated for this year but with no actual date it would be in Nintendo’s best interest to get many of these dates set so players know exactly what the road map of releases looks like for the rest of the year.

Mario Tennis Aces is coming later this month and you can bet your behind that there will be a final trailer to entice people in and say, don’t forget, we got this releasing on June 22nd.

Tons of third party games whether exclusive or not will be dated to flesh out the 2018 catalogue so Nintendo can at least say, we got a lot of games.

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What I Want (Realistic)

Metroid Prime 4, it was announced last year to be in development and I am heavily interested to see what the gameplay will entail and how it looks. Hell even a cinematic trailer I would be happy with at this point because I know this game will not be released until at least 2020.

Fire Emblem, where is it? It’s already been announced that one is on the way and this would be a fantastic title to round-out the list of first party 2018 releases. It’s realistic to want it at E3 this year but definitely unrealistic to think it will be out this year too, so if we get it, just give us the usual release window and a glimpse into the characters and story.

Shin Megami Tensei 5, a series I absolutely know nothing about other than it’s loved by many. I want to jump into the series but I’m waiting for a new one, during the Switch reveal presentation this was announced and so I have to imagine that we are getting close to release by now. I want more information.

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What I Wish For (Unrealistic)

Pokemon 2019, since we are getting Let’s Go this year, I think it would be unrealistic of them to show what’s coming next year. People may wait instead of going for Let’s Go etc, but I want to see it, I want to know what it is, remake of some sort, brand new generation are we getting even more stupid Pokemon added in? If you don’t know, I am a generation I-III advocate, it just seemed to get a bit much after that. In particular with a rubbish bag being a Pokemon, a floating sword etc.

Pokemon Stadium, let’s get another one of these on the go, why not. The original game was fantastic and I can only imagine what a 2018 made version could not only look like, but how it would play and how a story could unfold in it.

Star Fox, let’s bring him back in a meaningful, well-executed way. Even if it’s bringing Star Fox Zero over and just corrected all the stuff so many people had problems with. It has the potential to be a main focus IP if done right.

In the same vein of potential Wii U games coming to Switch, how about Tokyo Mirage Sessions, maybe even Xenoblade Chronicles X, Wonderful 101 etc. It could revitalise all games and open them up to a larger audience when compared to the audience on Wii U.

MY NINTENDO E3 WISHLIST

  • Pokemon, Pokemon, Pokemon.
  • Fire Emblem.
  • Shin Megami Tensei.
  • Star Fox.
  • Metroid Prime 4.

Nintendo stole 2017 but it certainly seems 2018 may be going the way of Sony. If the Switch gets a bit more powerful first-party or even third-party exclusive content it could have another fantastic outing this year.

Written by Rhys Baldwin.

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