Nintendo at E3 2018: Fortnite, Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and more

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What does Nintendo do for a 2018 encore after last year’s stupendous Switch debut year? Good question. So far, Nintendo’s sophomore Switch year has been quieter, but Super Smash Bros. lurks in the wings as the next full-blast killer app for the system.

Nintendo’s live-streamed E3 news is unspooling: we’ll update this with the latest as it’s announced.

Watch the live stream above. Alternately, you can watch on GameSpot’s YouTube channel.

Fornite is here!

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Fortnite is suddenly here: Surprise (or, did you expect it?), the biggest game of 2018 is now on Switch. Like, today. You can download it soon.


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What’s this crazy flying mech game? “Daemon X Machina” is a completely new Nintendo game, a flying-mech title by Kenichiro Tsukuda, the producer of the Armored Core series. It has a lot of suit-upgrading, and isn’t arriving until 2019, but it’s a completely new announcement.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 gets an expansion: it arrived at the end of a huge flood of 2017 Switch games, but the overlooked JRPG is getting new DLC that takes place 500 years earlier. “Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country” arrives September 14.


Pokemon is coming in November.

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Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go Eeevee arrive November 16: The game imports Pokemon from the mobile Pokemon Go game, and there’s a new accessory called the Poke Ball Plus that has an analog stick and button and can be used as a game controller: it comes in an optional $100 game bundle. (I’m not a massive Pokemon player, but this one looks like a good way to get back aboard.)


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Super Mario Party hits Switch October 5 with two-system play: The party game’s next iteration (how many have there been?) adds Joy-Con controls in minigames (they seem perfectly suited for Mario Party) and can connect two Switches for cross-system gaming.

Fire Emblem coming to Switch, Spring 2019: “Fire Emblem: Three Houses” is the Nintendo Switch’s first true Fire Emblem game after last year’s Koei co-produced “Fire Emblem Warriors.” It follows three characters, and has similar turn-based gameplay as the rest of the series.

Overcooked 2 is coming: The first game, a cult Steam hit, just came out last year. The sequel, which should have even more absurd multiplayer cooking, has local and online modes, and is coming August 7.

Killer Queen Black: another new announcement, a “first to Switch” multiplayer game that’s been an acclaimed arcade indie hit. The retro-style arcade game supported up to 10 players at once, and looks like party madness (no release date).

It’s the Nintendo Switch’s second E3! Since launching last year, the Switch has been a huge success for Nintendo, and the Japanese gaming giant will look to continue its momentum at E3 2018. Nintendo will be the last major company to hold an event, following Sony and Microsoft earlier in the week. And as has been the case for years, Nintendo will avoid a live show like its console competitors. Instead, it’ll air a series of prerecorded videos highlighting its lineup — a “Nintendo Direct” presentation.

At the show, Nintendo will also be hosting a tournament for Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Switch, the latter of which is by far Nintendo’s most anticipated E3 2018 title after its surprise reveal earlier this year.



Right here! We’ll be embedding the livestream from our colleagues at GameSpot, so you can follow along in real time. 

Alternately, you can watch on GameSpot’s YouTube channel.

What can we expect?

Nintendo is always hard to predict, but here’s what we know so far:

  • Smash Bros., Smash Bros. and more Smash Bros.
    Yes, Nintendo will have games that don’t involve Pikachu pummeling Sonic the Hedgehog, but do they even matter? Super Smash Bros. sucks the air out of the room for all other titles, and with next-to-nothing known about the upcoming Switch entry in the beloved series, expect this to be Nintendo’s E3 2018 flagship. 
  • Indies, indies galore
    Nintendo’s relationship with indepedent developers has been surprisingly strong with the Switch, and for many indies sales have exploded on the Switch. You can be sure some prominent titles will be either ported or getting revised versions on the Switch in the next year.
  • Support for current Switch titles
    We know Splatoon is getting a single-player-focused DLC pack, and Nintendo hasn’t said conclusively that Mario Odyssey won’t get any more content this year.
  • Something more than logos and teasers for big titles
    We know next to nothing about major upcoming Switch titles like Metroid Prime 4 and the next Fire Emblem entry. That should (hopefully) change this year.
  • More Nintendo surprises
    It wouldn’t be an E3 without at least a few surprises from Nintendo. Will Mario collaborate with another random franchise? Will we finally see the much-rumored Nintendo 64 Classic? Could Labo already be getting an upgrade? We’ll know soon enough.

Earlier E3 news

The CNET team is at E3 in Los Angeles, and will be following up with on-site reporting throughout the week.

E3 2018: What to expect: All the rumors and early news from the year’s biggest gaming show 

E3 2018 coverage at CNET: All of our E3 2018 coverage in one place

E3 2018 coverage at GameSpot: Wall-to-wall coverage of the show from our sister site, GameSpot

E3 2018 coverage at Giant Bomb: Still more commentary and news from E3, from our colleagues at Giant Bomb

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