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The Nintendo Switch Shines at E3 Presentation

Nintendo's E3 event had a strong focus on the Nintendo Switch

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Nintendo premiered the world-first footage of “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” at E3 this week. The company also detailed the new installment to the long-running franchise, which has already sold more than 40M units worldwide. The game will allow up to eight players to smash their way to victory with their favorite video game characters. Nintendo also introduced Fortnite Batle Royal on the Nintendo Switch and had updates to several key franchises.

“At E3, we’re showing how Nintendo Switch continues to redefine play, with the broadest range of games people can enjoy together anytime, anywhere,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “Fans who’ve debated which Super Smash Bros. fighter is the best now have the chance to settle their differences once and for all, pitting familiar faces against fresh challengers on stages both new and old. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, and the arrival of Epic’s Fortnite on Nintendo Switch demonstrate the strong momentum Nintendo Switch continues to have through 2018 and beyond.”

Fans can check-out the pre-order bonuses for the games that were announced at E3 this week at participating retailers like Amazon.com.

The big news about “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” is that the game will include every single fighter ever featured in the series’ nearly two-decade run. Fans can enjoy returning favorites like Ice Climbers and Pokémon Trainer, as well as newly announced fighters like Ridley from the Metroid series and Inkling from the Splatoon series. The game supports a variety of controller options, including Nintendo GameCube controllers (original or newly designed), Joy-Con controllers or the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. With Nintendo Switch, players can throw down whenever and wherever they like in Handheld or Tabletop mode while enjoying online play.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate combines many stages and new items, with gameplay that makes it easy for players of all skill levels to jump in. All current Super Smash Bros. series amiibo figures are compatible with the game, and any fighter’s amiibo figure from other series will also be supported. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is set to launch on Dec. 7, exclusively for Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo also announced that “Fortnite: Battle Royal” is available for Nintendo Switch starting today. Players can download it for free from the Nintendo eShop and friends can team up online in the same room or around the world. Weekly updates and new gameplay modes will keep the action fresh for seasoned Fortnite players and newcomers alike.

At its E3 booth this week in the Los Angeles Convention Center, Nintendo will give attendees their first chance to play “Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!” and “Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!,” two Pokémon games launching for the Nintendo Switch system on Nov. 16. The games are a new way to experience Pokémon that lets players adventure with their partner Pokémon in the vibrant Kanto region, discover fresh and exciting Pokémon encounters and Trainer battles, as well as share the adventure cooperatively with a friend anytime, anywhere on one Nintendo Switch. Players can even transfer Kanto region Pokémon into the game from the Pokémon GO app.

These games serve as an entry point to the Pokémon series for newcomers, but they also provide fun and engaging experiences for Pokémon fans of all ages. A new accessory, called Poké Ball Plus, comes with Mythical Pokémon, Mew and is sold separately from the games. Poké Ball Plus includes a pressable analog stick and button, so players can control the new games entirely with the accessory, if they want. Nintendo is announcing two bundles, in which players can get Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! with one Poké Ball Plus at a suggested retail price of $99.99 each.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2” expansion Pass owners also will gain access to Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country to be released on Sept. 14. In this new story mode, players uncover the full history of Jin and the fall of his homeland, Torna, which existed 500 years before the events of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. This new storyline also will be available as a stand-alone retail package on Sept. 21.

Nintendo also detailed “Super Mario Party,” inspired by the original Mario Party board game play, The popular series is coming to Nintendo Switch with new mini-games and play styles that make use of the Joy-Con controllers. Super Mario Party includes features like character-exclusive Dice Blocks that add depth to players’ strategy. Up to four players take turns rolling the dice, and individually race across the board searching for Stars. In Toad’s Rec Room, new gameplay links two games and two Nintendo Switch systems for side-by-side fun. The game launches Oct. 5.

Fire Emblem fans were also included in today’s event. “Fire Emblem: Three Houses” will be a new episode of the Fire Emblem series set to launch on the Nintendo Switch for the first time in spring of 2019. The player can maneuver the main character freely and interact with other characters to build relationships and gather information at various points within the game. This turn-based tactical RPG will put new strategic twists on battling, with formations of troops supporting individual units on the battlefield. Players will get to know three main characters – Edelgard, Dimitri and Claude – who play key roles in the story.

A new mech-action game called “DAEMON X MACHINA” was also announced. The game comes from Kenichiro Tsukuda and is launches on the Nintendo Switch in 2019. Players take their customizable Arsenal powered suit on a variety of missions to thwart the enemy at all costs. They can choose and equip their Arsenal with a multitude of weapons, obtain more from downed enemies and swap them on the fly to suit their strategy in the face of ever-changing threats.

Overcooked! 2” returns in this sequel from Team17 and Ghost Town Games. The title promises even more recipes, characters, kitchens and co-op madness. Bake, barbecue or broil with up to three other players in wireless local and online play modes. Save the world from clumsy cooking when the frantic food-juggler arrives on Aug. 7.

The arcade hit “Killer Queen Black” got a redesign for the Nintendo Switch. Players can hop on a snail, hoard berries or wipe out the enemy’s queen to claim victory for their team in Liquid Bit and Bumble Bear Games’ Killer Queen Black, when it launches first on Nintendo Switch later this year.

The “Hollow Knight” franchise will let players venture through the beautifully hand-drawn, mysterious landscapes of a vast forgotten kingdom. The action-adventurer is filled with combat and haunting secrets and the Switch version includes the new items, areas, characters and bosses from the currently released contact packs – all available today.

Players can take another early look at Square Enix’s upcoming fantasy epic when the “Octopath Traveler” Prologue Demo arrives June 14 in Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch. Play the demo, then use the save data transfer feature to carry your choices into the main game, once purchased, where players can live the stories of each of the eight travelers and freely explore the world of Orsterra. Octopath Traveler is scheduled to launch on July 13.

Other big hits planned for 2018 include “Dragon Ball FighterZ” and “Dark Souls: Remastered” from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America. As well as “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus” from Bethesda Softworks, “Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate” from Capcom, EA Sports “FIFA 19” from Electronic Arts and “Starlink: Battle for Atlas” from Ubisoft, which includes characters and content from Nintendo’s Star Fox franchise that are exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version of the game.

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