E3: Nintendo focuses on Switch titles, familiar faces in new places

Nintendo was all about their new gaming console during E3, and planning their immediate future to supporting the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime hosted the pre-recorded event and hit hard on his theme of “Fun and Battle.” He said whether it is achieving a goal, failing at a quest, or taking on the competition, there can be no fun without a battle.

During the presentation, it appeared Nintendo is bringing some familiar faces to the Switch in brand new ways. Some game titles are still a year away, but the promise of excitement was intoxicating.

The first game presented a sweeping environmental trailer with some characters and dramatic battles in the JRPG setting. “Xenoblade Chronicles 2” is set for release during the holiday 2017 season for the Switch.

In the first of a parade of familiar characters, Kirby, the always hungry puffball, is making his debut on the Nintendo Switch. During his journey, Kirby can collect friends along the way or use co-op play to help solve puzzles in the game. The officially unnamed game is expected to release in 2018.

Shinya Takahashi, the general manager of the Entertainment Planning & Development Division at Nintendo, talked about the Nintendo Switch and how the company hoped players would have a shared experience with the portable console. He said he was pleased and surprised by how players are getting together to play using the Switch and said this summer, more multiplayer games will be released for the Switch.

Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokemon Company spoke briefly about the new Pokémon game for the Switch, “Pokken Tournament DX,” that will feature new Pokémon in arena battles. He also announced a new core RPG Pokemon title is in the works for the Switch, but it is likely more than a year away.

A very brief teaser trailer for “Metroid Prime 4” was shown, but the game is still in development for Switch. No date was announced.

Another old friend returns in a new adventure. “Yoshi” is a side-scrolling platformer that also has a back side that hides coins and surprises. The adventure beings in 2018.

Marth, Xander and female Corrin returns to help new characters defeat enemies and overcome challenges in “Fire Emblem Warriors.” In addition to being available for the Switch in the fall of 2017, the game will also be available for the New Nintendo 3DS XL, New Nintendo 3DS, and New Nintendo 2DS XL handheld consoles.

The partnership between “Skyrim” and “The Legend of Zelda” will feature clothing and weapons from the Nintendo game inside the open world game from Bethesda, including the Master Sword.

“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” was the first title from Nintendo for the Switch. In June, those players will get new challenges and gear in the first DLC called “The Master Trials.”

A second DLC, called “The Champions Ballad,” will be available during the holiday season for 2017. Both DLCs are only available with the purchase of the Expansion Pack, priced at $19.99.

In addition, the four champions from “Breath of the Wild” will become amiibo figures.

As seen during the Ubisoft presentation, “Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle,” a turn-based tactical adventure will be available on Aug. 29 for the Nintendo Switch.

In a bit of a surprise, “Rocket League” is coming to Nintendo Switch with exclusive items, cars, cross-platform play on holiday 2017.

And as the finale, “Super Mario Odyssey” showed gameplay across many worlds and many hats. The trailer showed how the hat, called Cappy, will let Mario possess enemies and other characters, and they all get his moustache.

It would appear somebody’s getting married, and it doesn’t look like the right bride and groom. Will the game end with Mario and Princess Peach getting hitched or does someone else have designs on her hand in marriage?

Watch the entire E3 presentation.