The hype is real for this year's E3. We've got a resurgent Nintendo, riding on the crest of Switch's enormous success. As a result, every publisher and their mum is trying to squeeze games onto the hybrid console faster than you can say Call of Duty (apart from, it would seem, Activision).
But the real excitement about this year's E3 stems from the fact that we really don't know what Nintendo is planning for the latter half of this year. Sure, there have been plenty of rumours – and we'll get to those – but nothing concrete. And we here at Nintendo Life Towers prefer to work with concrete (not just when it comes to building stuff, either).
In this guide we're going to detail Nintendo's E3 plans, including the Nintendo Spotlight, where we'll learn about most, or all, of the exciting upcoming games, Nintendo Treehouse Live, where we'll see some of them being played, and Live Tournaments for Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Exciting!
When will E3 2018 take place?
E3 2018 will take place between Tuesday 12th June and Friday 15th June this year.
When will Nintendo's E3 video presentation 'Nintendo Spotlight' take place?
Nintendo has announced that its major video presentation will take place on 12th June at the following times:
Though it's yet to receive its full title (our money's on Nintendo Spotlight), we do know that it will showcase a selection of Nintendo Switch games for 2018, and it will definitely include Super Smash Bros.
There will be plenty of first-party games (again, we'll get to those rumours in a moment!), but Nintendo will also showcase a handful of third-party titles. Last year we saw the likes of Skyrim, Rocket League, FIFA 18, and Sonic Forces. What could we see this year? Don't make us say Fortnite. Dammit!
What Nintendo games will we likely see?
Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu! and Let's Go Eevee! are currently the only confirmed games we'll see from Nintendo, but there are a bunch more that are highly likely.
Mario Tennis Aces
Given its launch shortly after E3, we'll likely see something of Mario Tennis Aces.
Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu! and Let's Go Eevee!
Nintendo recently revealed its plans for Pokémon on Switch, and we're getting not one but three of them. The first, Pokémon Quest, is already out, and we'll get Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu! and Let's Go Eevee! in November this year. Expect to see a bunch of that at E3 this year, and if you're going you'll even get a chance to play it.
The third is Pokémon 2019, that core Pokémon RPG Nintendo has been keeping under wraps since last year's E3. While we might get some new info, it's unlikely we'll see any of this until E3 2019.
Yoshi was announced at last year's E3, and we haven't heard a peep from it since. It's highly likely that we'll see it in some form at this year's E3, and we wouldn't be surprised if it gets a 2018 release.
Metroid Prime 4
The highly anticipated Metroid Prime 4 was also revealed at last year's E3, and we've since learned that Bandai Namco is at the helm. It's likely too early for this to make a 2018 release, but we'd settle for a bit of footage. Like, even 30 seconds will do.
Again, Fire Emblem was announced for Switch at last year's E3, and the trail has gone freezing cold since. We'll hopefully get a full title, gameplay footage, and a 2018 release date with this one.
What about third party games?
We will likely see a bunch of third party games that will launch in the latter half of this year on Switch. Nintendo has kept schtum on exact titles so far, but we've gathered together the below list based on rumours and leaks.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Dragon Ball FighterZ is an upcoming 2D fighter rumoured to becoming to Nintendo Switch. It's possible we'll get a taste of this at this year's E3.
These Fortnite rumours are just ridiculous now. It's almost a certainty that Fortnite will launch on Switch, and the announcement will be made at E3. Can we go back to bed now, please?
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate has already been announced, and is coming to Switch on August 28th, 2018. So you can mark this as an almost certainly to make an appearance.
Another likely candidate is FIFA 19, which EA has already talked about. Expect a glance at its reported nicer visuals.
Killer Queen Black
Killer Queen is a 2D arcade game that launched back in 2013. It's big thing was that it supported up to 10 player multiplayer, and a Switch release is rumoured. Maybe we'll see it at E3.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
We already know that Starlink: Battle for Atlas is coming to Switch, so it's a likely candidate for an E3 look-in.
Paladins has been rumoured for a Nintendo Switch release for some time now, so there's a definite chance we might see it at E3.
Overcooked! 2 hasn't been formally announced yet, so at this point we'd suggest keeping this in rumour territory.
What about the 'Nintendo Treehouse Live'?
Again, this isn't the official title for Nintendo's E3 livestream, but we've put a lot of money on that name returning this year. The main event will happen directly after the Nintendo Spotlight, the times of which are above.
Nintendo has also announced that a bunch of livestream events will happen throughout E3 as well. We haven't got a schedule just yet though, so stay tuned. We'll update this as soon as we know more.
When will the Splatoon 2 World Championship and Super Smash Bros. Invitational Live Tournaments take place?
The Splatoon 2 World Championship will kick off with the semi-finals first on 11th June at the following times:
|11:30PM - 2AM||3:30PM - 6PM||6:30PM - 9PM|
The finals will then take place on 12th June, though Nintendo hasn't released an exact schedule yet. The same goes for the Super Smash Bros. invitational, which will take place, "right after," the Splatoon 2 World Championship final. Again, stay tuned and we'll update this with a full schedule once Nintendo has revealed it.
Are there any outlandish rumours we should know about?
As ever, there are rumours, yes, and they're suitably outlandish. Here's stuff that's popped up on our radar recently:
Star Fox Grand Prix
Star Fox Grand Prix is apparently under development over at Retro Studios (we reported as much earlier), the team responsible for Donkey Kong Country Returns, its sequel, and the three Metroid Primes. It's a bit of an about turn from them, and we're not even going to ask why it isn't F-Zero, but it does still sound interesting nonetheless.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
Skyward Sword HD did the rumour rounds a while ago, and it makes some sense as a Switch release. Nintendo has already released Twilight Princess and Wind Waker as HD titles on the Wii U, and the Joy-Cons can double up as quasi-Wii remotes. They're not quite as sophisticated as the Wii Remote Plus though, so we're not sure how well this would work in practice.
DOOM 2 is heavily rumoured for E3 2018, and we're hoping it will be a full multi-platform release. The first DOOM was impossibly squished onto Switch, so why can't the sequel be too?
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Sadly, this rumour has just been crushed by Activision itself. Still, it doesn't mean we won't see Call of Duty in some form on Switch this year. Perhaps Modern Warfare or the rumoured Modern Warfare 2 Remastered instead?
Nintendo Classic Mini: N64
Given that a Nintendo Classic Mini has launched for the last two years in a row, there's a definite chance we might see another this year. It will be based on the N64, and all we know about it so far is that Nintendo has applied for a new N64 trademark.
Should we expect anything new from Nintendo itself?
Yoshiaki Koizumi will likely helm the live showcase, as he has grown accustomed to lately. We'll also likely see Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aime, Miyamoto, and perhaps an introduction for the new Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa.
In terms of what to expect, it's anyone's guess. Traditionally, we've seen some crazy stuff from Nintendo, like puppets of Iwata, Miyamoto, and Reggie, and even a Robot Chicken animation.
What first-party Wii U games could launch on Switch?
Nintendo has steadily drip-fed Wii U games onto the Switch, and we imagine that trend will continue to plug the gap between high profile releases. Here's a bunch of Wii U first-party games we haven't seen on Switch yet, along with a few third-party exclusives that could happen:
- Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival
- Game & Wario
- Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
- Mario Party 10
- New Super Mario Bros. U
- Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
- Nintendo Land
- Paper Mario: Color Splash
- Pikmin 3
- Sing Party
- Star Fox Zero / Guard
- Super Mario 3D World
- Super Mario Maker
- Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
- Wii Fit U
- Wii Party U
- Wii Sports Club
- The Wonderful 101
- Xenoblade Chronicles X
- Yoshi's Woolly World
What Nintendo and third-party franchises do we hope will return?
There's a bunch of stuff that we are praying to see that haven't even remotely done the rumour rounds. Here's a list:
- Advance Wars
- Animal Crossing
- Donkey Kong Country Returns
- Earthbound / Mother
- Wave Race
- Ace Attorney
- Dragon Quest
- Yo-Kai Watch
- Call of Duty
- Harvest Moon
What are you hoping from Nintendo and third-party developers at this year's E3? Have we missed any crazy rumours? Let us know in the comments and we might include it here!