We’re back again with our daily news recaps from E3 2018. Today we’re talking about all the announcements from Wednesday, June 13. For the most part, it was a day filled with a lot of Nintendo’s Treehouse Live. While there were no huge earth-shattering announcements, there was quite a bit for us to discuss, including further developments on games we are already anticipating. Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America president, also had several things to say, so we respond to that as well.
Check out our video recap below, and be sure to let us know what you thought of E3 today (and the entire week) in our comments! For a run-down of all we discussed, check the big list under the video.
Here’s a quick run-down of the games and news we discussed:
- Super Mario Party — The “original” game is back with 85 mini-games and the ability to connect two Switches together for a new mode.
- Hollow Knight — Out now on eShop, DLC coming to Switch first.
- Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion — Released tonight on eShop!
- Mario + Rabbids Donkey Kong DLC — Half the size of the main game and changed up the strategy from the main game.
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 DLC — Brand new challenge map with Xenoblade character cross-over coming this Friday, June 15.
- Octopath Traveler — Two new characters shown off: huntress and thief. 60-100 hours of content. New demo coming Thursday, June 14, which gives you three hours to play as much as you want. Whatever you complete will come over into the main game.
- Mario Tennis Aces — Story mode will be Mario-based with an RPG leveling system. Two more demos coming (July and August), which each contain new characters.
- Daemon x Machina — More gameplay shown to see its mission-based style. Coming out, most likely, in 2019.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — There have been at least 85 stages shown off so far. We also have confirmation that stage hazards can be turned off. A lot more things are in speculation as we await more details.
We also discussed some recent comments from Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America:
- Nintendo loves to surprise people. At E3, Nintendo likes to show content that’s over the next 6-9 months. Metroid Prime 4 coming out later than that. Yoshi has been delayed until 2019 too.
- Not sure why stocks dropped and analysts reacted the way they did recently. They always have more surprises and in store for us. There is a lot more up Nintendo’s sleeves. More coming over weeks and months ahead.
- Pacing of news and launches will drive business forward.
- Online will continue to improve. Online demos/trials help them to improve the tech.
- The dock-less Switch will not coming to America. Only in Japan
- 3DS was up 27% in December 2017 from the past year and up 10% so far this year.
- Loot boxes have gotten a bad rap. They are looking into them, but only if you can get the content in other ways and can drive engagement in the game.
- Very happy with new president of Nintendo.
- E-Sports are very exciting right now, especially with Splatoon 2 and Smash Bros.
- Wants to create content for fans to come together and go from there.
- Analysts who have actually got things correct over the years are a small list.
- Nintendo likes to hold things close to the chest and surprise people.
- Nintendo is definitely still driving engagement.
Again, be sure to let us know your thoughts on some or all of these announcements in the comment section below!