E3 2017: Nintendo Spotlight Shines Bright

This year’s E3 press conferences have varied vastly in quality and excitement. EA kicked things off with a mostly forgettable event, Xbox put on a rapid-fire show filled with a lot of games and nebulous exclusivity labels, Bethesda limited their (absurdly late) show to games and DLC releasing in 2017, including Wolfenstein II: The New ColossusUbisoft showed some interesting games and continued with nonsense, and PlayStation started strong before dropping into a mostly unexciting event—despite showing a lot of good to great looking games.

Where did Nintendo’s Spotlight land in all this? Keep reading to find out.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Drops Holiday 2017

And it looks like it’s going to be epic.

Kirby‘s Coming In 2018

It looks like Kirby. So it’ll probably be good, not great.

There’s A Core Pokemon RPG In Development

The Pokemon Company didn’t have any other details to announce, save for the fact that the game’s anticipated to come out late 2018 at the earliest. This is something a lot of people have been asking for since the Switch was announced, so it’s good to see that it’s coming.

Continue reading for another example of this…

Metroid Prime 4 Is In Development

With no indication of when it’s coming. And nothing more to show than a graphic stating that it’s in development.

Still a pretty big announcement, though. People have been hoping for this one for a long time, so it’s good to see Nintendo’s not going to leave them in the cold on it.

Yoshi Is Coming To Switch

In 2018. It looks like typical Yoshi fare, meaning it looks like it’s going to be an adorably charming platformer. I’m in.


Breath of the Wild DLC Packs Get Detailed. Kind Of.

The Master Trials releases June 30. It includes:

  • Trial of the Sword
  • Hero’s Path Mode
  • New Armor
  • Korok Mask
  • Master Mode

The Champions’ Ballad releases Holiday 2017. The four champions will be getting their own Amiibo figures, because of course they will.

Rocket League Comes To Switch Holiday 2017

It comes with exclusive customizations and battle cars.

Super Mario Odyssey Comes Out October 27

And it is going to be amazing. It looks like Mario can become just about anything that exists in the game’s many varied worlds thanks to his nightmare-inducing hat with eyes.

Examples: Chomps. Cheep Cheeps. And a freaking T-REX!

Super Mario Odyssey T-Rex
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo)

Check out the trailer:


Other thoughts: Pokken Tournament Deluxe comes with new Pokemon. Fire Emblem Warriors looks ridiculously cheesy, surprising no one. There are tournaments at E3, including Splatoon 2, Pokken Tournament, and Arms. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will wear you down and win you over. Stop resisting.


Nintendo’s doing a lot with Switch, and we got some decent information on some of those things today. The rest of 2017 is going to be pretty good for the console: Arms, Splatoon 2, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom BattleSuper Mario Odyssey, Breath of the Wild DLC, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and Rocket League will be joining the Switch this year. The future’s not looking too bad, either: Yoshi and Kirby are scheduled for 2018, with Metroid Prime 4 and whatever the Switch Pokemon game turns out to be coming out later.

It was a solid showing from Nintendo, especially considering there are bound to be other games we don’t know about mixed in with these.

And that’s E3 as far as most of us are concerned. I’m not actually at the conference. I’ll be back tomorrow for a look at my ten favorite announcements across all of the press conferences before returning to a relatively normal schedule on Thursday. What did you think of Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight? Or this year’s E3 conferences as a whole? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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