Test’s E3 Hopes (for Nintendo)
To the surprise of absolutely nobody, I’m going to cover a few things I hope that Nintendo has for us this year. We’ve already had some pretty notable announcements, such as Fortnite (leaked) and Paladins being confirmed, but a lot of the first party Nintendo content is well under wraps. Here’s what I hope to see when Big N rolls there video on June 12th.
A shockingly soon Super Smash Brothers launch date:
We already know that a lot of what Nintendo is hyping for this year’s E3 is Super Smash Brothers. At E3 we know Nintendo will have a playable demo, a pro tournament, and I’m sure some clever reveals during their presentation. I want to be absolutely shocked when they let us know that the game is coming out late August or early September. Nintendo already has a huge launch in the middle of November with Pokémon: Let’s Go! So it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that they want to beat the holiday rush with another major title.
A rework to the Nintendo Switch’s user interface :
Are folders too much to ask for? Maybe smaller icons? At this point I would take literally anything in the form of customizing the home screen. We haven’t seen any rework to this since the console’s launch, and we are well overdue.
Bayonetta 3 & Metroid Prime 4:
Both of these games were teased last year, but we haven’t seen any gameplay footage or even a whisper of a launch date. I’ll be happy with a cinematic trailer, 30 seconds of gameplay, and the month of release to make me feel like both of these games are still moving forward.
A third-party surprise:
It’s an understatement to say that I was underwhelmed and was prepared to sleep on Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle last year when Ubisoft took the stage. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This game exceeded the expectations that I had for it and provided an extremely tight and fun strategy game with this uncanny crossover. I have no idea what I’d want to see to check this off the list, but I had no idea what Ubisoft had planned last year either.
And that’s it! Nintendo has had a very strong year+ since the Nintendo Switch launched, and for once I don’t think they need anything to shock the crowd, they just need to maintain momentum. I’m sure there won’t be a shortage of first party goodies, but with a little third-party and Nindie support I think Nintendo has a strong chance of winning E3 this year.
Am I way off base? What would you like to see Nintendo put out at E3 this year? Let me know in the comments below or strike up some dialogue in the Discord.
We will have live coverage for the major three shows this upcoming Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday live on Twitch, with additional audio content hitting our normal podcast feeds following each show. This is the most exciting time of the year to be a gamer, and I’m glad to go along on this ride with you.
I’m sure I’ll have some stuff to say after Nintendo’s presentation, but until then, Game On!