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Road to E3: What we want from E3 2018

Published by Catarina White     June 8, 2018

Smash Bros. takes its place in the spotlight, but what else would we love to see at E3 2018?

E3 2018 - one of the world's biggest gaming expos - gets underway on 12 June in Los Angeles, California and runs for three days. Nintendo is keeping its cards close to its chest this year, but that won't stop us speculating about which other games could show up at E3. In this article, Catarina White looks at some of the games we might see at E3, and some of the content she'd love to see for some of her favourite games in the future.

The Electronic Entertainment Expo is nearly upon us, and as Tuesday 12 June nears, the excitement and rumour-mongering is hitting a fever pitch. To date, we've already heard multiple confirmations of E3 games as well as a number of elaborate wishlists, which are certainly the most entertaining. We've heard announcements for almost every major platform, but of course here at The Nintendo Channel, we're especially interested in Nintendo-related announcements, starting with...

Super Smash Bros. commands the spotlight!

Nintendo has confirmed that the new Super Smash Bros. game will receive much of the attention at E3, both during their livestream and physically on the show floor. We know that Nintendo will be hosting the Super Smash Bros. Invitational tournament on 12 June, so we can surmise our allowed interaction and introduction to the game is going to be extensive. My personal curiosities lean towards the playable characters the game will release with, much like what I imagine to be a fairly sizable chunk of the gaming community. My expectation is that we won't be exposed to much of the roster; it's more likely there will be a half-dozen or so options that give us a taste of what's to come.

...Wait, is there more?

In all seriousness, the only major A-list title that Nintendo has officially announced is Super Smash Bros. They've also announced the Splatoon 2 World Championship that will be running from 11 June to the finals the following evening, but this is not a new title, although the Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion may receive some notable attention during the event.

I find myself even more intrigued and excited about Nintendo's E3 presentation with the knowledge that the only major new game that we know for sure they're going to showcase and discuss is Super Smash Bros.; surely there'll be time for other major reveals! There has already been a never-ending stream of hopes and dreams shared this year to attempt to piece together what we might hear from Nintendo, and I find myself starry-eyed and filled with hope when I think of the possibilities.

So... that Pokémon announcement

Who could have predicted that The Pokémon Company would surprise us with a completely unexpected overnight release of new Pokémon games for the Switch? I nearly spat out my tea when I checked my Twitter feed and saw a trailer for Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!; images and news of these trademarks had leaked a week or so before, so perhaps that factored into the decision to make these announcements.

Regardless of why or how they chose to do so, I am absolutely thrilled; I have been playing Pokémon since Pokémon Gold and consider myself a fairly serious trainer, having spent many hours breeding perfect IVs and training strategically to maximize my Pokémon's strength. These newly announced games have been designed to be far more welcoming to younger and casual players, and they appear to offer motion controls and simplified interfaces based on what we've seen thus far. I love the new style of the games and that they're offering a truly novel experience for players on the Switch. The Poké Ball Plus Joy-Con is the icing on the cake, a beautiful and creative touch that I will be pre-ordering at the earliest possible opportunity. I hope to see more on this game during E3, including extended gameplay, and more information on how the online battling system will function - The Pokémon Company has confirmed that despite the simplified interface and ease of entry to the game, there will still be a competitive online battling platform.

Where is... Fire Emblem for Nintendo Switch?

I have always been a huge fan of tactical RPGs, so Fire Emblem is constantly on my radar. The series has had some hits and misses, but most recently welcomed success with Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, a reimagining of Fire Emblem Gaiden, released only in Japan for the Super Famicom in the early 1990s. We received confirmation in January 2017 that there would be a new Fire Emblem game coming to the Switch, but since then, we've heard nothing more about it, and Fire Emblem Warriors does little to satisfy those of us who are waiting for a tradition tactical entry in the series. This year's E3 seems like a perfect time to finally announce a release date - hopefully 2018 - and to show us some gameplay. The Switch is a perfect platform to play tactical RPGs, and I absolutely cannot wait to have the opportunity to bring games like these with me wherever I go. There's no need to reinvent the wheel here - Intelligent Systems just needs to continue the great work they did on Fire Emblem Echoes.

My wishlist:
1. Engaging and deep character development and stories
2. Smooth and realistic movement during battles
3. More character development - I can't stress how important this is in creating a lasting and positive impression

What about... more Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle?

I absolutely loved Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. I really hadn't heard much at all about it, and then I had a chance to play it at FanExpo in Toronto in 2017, where I immediately fell in love with it. The characters were cute and endearing, the customization options for weapons were clever and appealing, and the gameplay and plot were incredibly entertaining. I definitely found myself wanting more immediately after beating the story mode, and I started a new game intending to beat it once again with a different team of characters. Naturally, I was thrilled when I heard the recent announcement that Ubisoft would be releasing new Donkey Kong-themed content; it's encouraging to see the release of new experiences for Mario + Rabbids, but I definitely want to see more, and I'm hoping Nintendo and Ubisoft use E3 to lay out further long-term plans for the game.

My wishlist:
1. The Legend of Zelda-themed content
2. New playable themed Rabbids
3. Organised online tournaments

There are many other rumoured announcements for possible games that are coming to the Switch that I haven't discussed here, and smaller confirmed games with dedicated followings which I am sure will be spoken of in greater detail. There are many exciting announcements we might hear during Nintendo's presentation; I'm still holding out hope for an announcement that Kingdom Hearts III will be released on the Switch and a 2018 release date for The World Ends with You: Final Remix.

We at The Nintendo Channel hope everyone has a fantastic E3!

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