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E3 2017: 10 highlights from the Nintendo Spotlight
by Nathan Lawrence | Jun 14, 2017 | Comment Now
Nintendo kept its E3 2017 briefing brief, but still managed to show off some promising titles.
E3 2017: 10 highlights from the Nintendo Spotlight

Nintendo managed to keep its Nintendo Spotlight conference to a cool 25 minutes, which was so short that I thought I’d clicked on the wrong link and had missed half of it. During those 25 minutes, though, Nintendo unveiled some new titles, and showcased more of the games that Switch owners have been hanging out for (I’m looking at you, Super Mario Odyssey).

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is tapping into that Breath of the Wild vibe
Albeit, with a bigger emphasis on RPG mechanics, you’d assume, given the preceding game. It’s clear that Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s storyline involves at least one character searching for Elysium, because it was mentioned a lot during the gameplay trailer. There was also a bunch of kids with sword, plenty of combat, and a few quick-time events on offer. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is scheduled to launch on Nintendo Switch at the end of the year. Speaking of JRPGs, Team Ninja is reportedly injecting a major focus into combat for its Fire Emblem Warriors game that’s coming to Nintendo Switch (though there’s no release date, unfortunately).

Kirby is a-comin’ back
What’s a new Nintendo console without the staple franchise inclusions? Mario. Zelda. Kirby. Well, you can tick off that third option now, because there’s a new Kirby game in the works for Switch and, for the sake of brevity, it’s called Kirby (which may be a working title). The word on the street is this Kirby game supports up to four-player co-op. For solo players, you can toss love hearts at enemies to recruit them as AI companions. Outside of that, Kirby can inhale enemies, change shapes, and battle with melee weapons. It’s scheduled to launch on a non-specific date next year.

There are two new Pokémon games in the works
And both of them are heading to the Switch. It was only a matter of time before this happened, reallu. One of the Pokémon titles is closer than the other, though. Pokémon Tournament DX (short for ‘Deluxe’) lets two players duke it out on the one Switch console. You don’t even need to buy new controllers, as one player can use the Left Joy-Con and the other can battle with the Right. It was also revealed that Game Freak is developing a Pokémon RPG for the Switch, but it’s at least a year away from release, and there were no details beyond the announcement of its existence.

Metroid Prime 4 is in the works
But that’s as much as Nintendo was willing to reveal. Even the teaser trailer only highlighted the name of the game. It’s being made for the Switch, which isn’t surprising, and it won’t be released this year. If you don’t believe me, you can check out the teaser for yourself when I post the Nintendo trailers wrap-up. The good news for Metroid fans is that the two-dimensional Metroid: Samus Returns was also announced (but not during the Nintendo Spotlight) for 3DS. Samus Returns is scheduled to hit later this year.

Yoshi enters the Paper Mario space
There’s a Yoshi game being made for the Switch, and it also has a simple title: Yoshi. It’ll look familiar to Paper Mario fans, except Yoshi appears to be more of a 2.5D sidescroller with a bit of LittleBigPlanet thrown in for good measure. I also spied same-screen co-op for at least one other player, which means the adorableness can (hopefully) be shared with at least one other player. Yoshi is scheduled to hit Switch in 2018.

Nintendo finally showed off the DLC for Breath of the Wild
We’ve known for a while now that there are two lots of DLC scheduled for release this year for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Beyond some basic details, though, Nintendo was keeping its DLC cards close to its chest. The Master Trials, the first round of DLC, is due for release at the end of this month and looks like it includes a variety of expected new stuff: armour, masks, modes, and a bigger emphasis on combat, if the gameplay footage is anything to go by. Nintendo also teased The Champions’ Ballad DLC, which isn’t due to land until the end of year. amiibo fans should be glad to hear that the four champions will be available in amiibo form to use in the game, too.

The competitive scene is important to Nintendo
When people talk about eSports and competitive tournaments, it’s usually in relation to PC, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4 games. Nintendo is keen to apply a harder push to the competitive viability of its products, which is great for the competitive scene. At E3, teams from around the world were throwing down in the Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational Tournament, the Pokkén Tournament DX, and in an Arms tournament between pro players and members of the public who punched their way through the ranks.

Mario + Rabbids is still looking great
There was more of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle on show when Ubisoft unveiled it at its E3 2017 conference, but there were snippets of more gameplay on offer. Better still, after the Nintendo Spotlight wrapped up, Nintendo released a narrated play-through. For those who missed it at the Ubisoft conference, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle sees the Rabbids invading the Mushroom Kingdom, and it’s up to Mario and his Rabbid pals to put the kingdom back in order. It looks like a kid-friendly version of XCOM, at least in terms of the combat, and it’s out on 29 August.

Rocket League is coming to Nintendo Switch
The cars-meets-soccer phenomenon is officially coming to Nintendo Switch, and it’ll race onto Switch screens at the end of the year. It wouldn’t be a multiplatform Switch game if there wasn’t some sort of exclusive content, so Switch owners may be tempted to buy again for exclusive customisation options, exclusive battle-cars, and wireless play. Psyonix also confirmed that cross-platform play will be available between Xbox, PC, and Switch versions of the game (a lot like the cross-platform support for Minecraft), which means you should never run out of Rocket League competitors online.

Super Mario Odyssey continues to cement itself as a must-own Switch game
The last Mario game I was truly excited about was Super Mario 64. I have a similar level of excitement for Super Mario Odyssey, and more so after what was shown off during the Nintendo Spotlight. It looks like Nintendo has expanded the basics of the Mario platforming formula, and Mario’s sentient hat was the star of Odyssey in the E3 2017 gameplay footage. Mario’s hat can be used to possess pretty much everything in the world, from Cheep Cheep fish to Bullet Bills and even a T-rex. The gameplay also showed off some of the new worlds on offer in Odyssey, as well as a Mario who isn’t afraid to switch out of his plumbing overalls and into other duds. Super Mario Odyssey lands on Switch on 27 October.

For more E3 2017 coverage, head over to the E3 2017 hub here.

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