Nintendo has never shied away from making big announcements at E3. With Nintendo’s classic polish, E3 2017 brought a few new upcoming titles and showed gameplay for some known ones. Here’s the good and the bad of Nintendo’s E3 2017 showcase.
Super Mario Odyssey – October 27, 2017
Fans of the mustachioed plumber might be excited to see a return to the sandbox style. Following multiplayer-focused/collaboration games like Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario Maker, Odyssey recalls the essences of Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. The latest installment emphasizes exploration and innovative gameplay. Cappy, Mario’s hat come to life, has the ability to take over objects and enemies. Add in beautiful art and music, and Super Mario Odyssey is the perfect package.
Metroid Prime 4 – TBD
The first person adventure series, Metroid Prime, has been around since 2002, and fans have been itching for more since its release. Although there are no details, this game is such an anticipated title that we had to put it on our list. Metroid Prime 4 will be on our radars until we see more.
Arms – June 16, 2017
After the Arms Testpunch earlier this month and last, we’ve been excited to see how players will take up the gauntlet (glove?) and make this new IP their own. Nintendo showed at the Open Invitational that even players who’ve had little chance to try the game can pick up the controls with ease, but Arms has much more to offer for those hoping for more complex gameplay. The tournament community will surely embrace this game and find inventive ways to knock out opponents.
Splatoon 2 – July 21, 2017
With the Switch, Splatoon 2 is set to impress with local multiplayer, new weapons, and new maps – all mobile friendly. Colorful and chaotic, the Splatoon series is a welcome addition to the Switch game library. We’re ready to slide out our joy-cons and splatter ink with our friends, anywhere and everywhere.
Yoshi – 2018
Mario’s famous dinosaur sidekick munches his way onto the Switch in this newly announced two-sided title that allows players to play from multiple perspectives. With a charming diorama art style and colorful palette, Yoshi seems like a dialed back, calm adventure, but the puzzles lie in innovatively hidden goodies throughout each stage. Get ready to aim your eggs and knock out Shy Guys.
- Sonic Forces (2017) – Join Sonic and, well, Sonic, with your own customizable, original character. Although we’re not holding our breaths for too much gameplay innovation for the blue blur, we are excited to try our hand at creating Sonic characters to join the race.
- Rocket League (Holiday 2017) – This full-tilt soccer title makes its way to the Nintendo Switch, and we’re ready to rocket onto the scene in true high-octane style.
- Kirby (2018) – Grab your friends and join in the brawl in this 2018 title, although we’re waiting to hear more details.
- Miitopia (July 28, 2017) – Fans of the Nintendo 3DS’s Mii Plaza games, Tomodachi Life, and Miitomo might disagree, but this seems like just another remake.
- Sushi Striker (2018) – This new puzzle game’s mechanics seem lackluster, adding little to the puzzle genre. Maybe Nintendo will prove us wrong!