Nintendo brought a slew of fan favorites to the table this E3, with some exciting new installments for series such as Metroid Prime, Pokemon, Yoshi, Kirby, and of course Super Mario Odyssey, which is slated for release October 27, 2017. While some announcements, like Pokemon and Metroid Prime 4, were light on actual content, the mere mention of those particular titles was enough to get people talking, pushing sales, and making Nintendo’s newest console even harder to find.
All in all, their lineup was a nice mixture of things expected and things new, with the more obvious titles mixed with surprises here and there. The tiniest title card of Metroid Prime 4, an announcement that surprised many, was a particular standout for me, even if it isn’t being made by Retro this time around. This was layered in between showing footage for known titles, such as the gameplay footage from Super Mario Odyssey, which featured some gorgeous level design and new abilities.
Mario can now possess living creatures by throwing his hat onto them. While no core Mario title has ever really fallen flat for me personally, it’ll be quite interesting to see if this one can stand next to some of the giants, like Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario 64, and even Galaxy. With each iteration bringing their own unique gameplay mechanics, this throwable, usable hat should be quite the treat.
Finally, you can live the dream.
The announcement for new Kirby and Yoshi titles was not surprising, but it was still a great to see. Most of the titles stuck to the core Nintendo franchises, but a full version of FIFA was great to see. Oh, and Rocket League, if you’re into soccer with rocket cars. (Who isn’t?) There were even some rather oddball titles, like Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, an XCOM style tactical game that really stood out. It was strange, very strange…maybe even strange enough to work.
At this point Nintendo seems to have the whole pre-recorded press conference gig down to a science, and this was no exception. Overall, the formula was safe, with a few spicy elements thrown in here and there. If anything, it was very Nintendo: fun, playful, a bit light sometimes, but it seemed to hit most, if not all, of the high notes.
Plus, if you enjoy a bit of healthy competition, they even provided tourneys for Splatoon, ARMS, and Pokken Tournament, which are up on Youtube. Even now, as I think back, I can’t help but feel satisfied by the whole endeavor. I’m certainly excited for the future, with plenty more to play on my Switch, and even some treats for the 3DS, (I’m looking at you, Metroid: Samus Returns)
Was there anything you liked? Loved? Can’t live without? Can you find a Switch in time? Let us know in the comments below.