E3 2017: A look at what Nintendo has to offer

E3 2017: A look at what Nintendo has to offer NINTENDO OF AMERICA

During its press conference during the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Nintendo outlined major upcoming waypoints on the continuing journey that started with the launch of the Nintendo Switch system in March.  This summer, Nintendo promises to continue with its commitment to fun multiplayer gaming anytime, anywhere, with anyone, with games like Splatoon 2, ARMS and Pokkén Tournament DX, the first Pokémon title for Nintendo Switch.  The company also revealed new details for its single-player titled such as unveiling new worlds for its upcoming Super Mario Odyssey game.

“Nintendo Switch provides everyone a ticket for a journey to new worlds and fun, exclusive experiences,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime.  “This journey continues through all of 2017 and beyond, and it’s one that video game fans of all types won’t want to miss.”

This year, Nintendo will see a constant delivery of great games for both Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, headlined by the Switch exclusive Super Mario Odyssey.  Players roam massive 3D kingdoms to collect Moons to power Mario’s airship, the Odyssey.  The kingdoms around the globe are filled with secrets and surprises.  Mario can don a variety of costumes and interact with his environment in many creative ways, such as by driving vehicles or exploring sections as Pixel Mario.  Mario’s new partner, Cappy, gives him new moves like cap throw, cap jump and capture, which provide a fresh take on the classic Super Mario formula and define this new adventure.  The game offers new locales like the skyscraper-packed New Donk City.  Three Super Mario Odyssey series amiibo figures – Mario, Princess Peach and Bowser in their wedding outfits – will be sold separately and as a three-pack when the game launches on Oct. 27.

The Switch is also getting a number of other new games in the future:

  • Pokkén Tournament DX from Bandai Namco Entertainment and The Pokémon Company will let players take direct control of the prized Pokémon fighters to defeat other Pokémon in arena battles.  With new fighters on the roster and new support Pokémon, Nintendo is calling this "the definitive version of the game, which saw a strong fan reaction to the Wii U original."  Pokkén Tournament DX is scheduled to launch on Sept. 22.
  • Yoshi is getting a new game that lets players explore a huge world decorated like a miniature diorama.  Each side-scrolling stage has the traditional front side as well as a back side that lets players explore the world from a different view to find new surprises.  Yoshi’s currently untitled new adventure begins in 2018.
  • Kirby will also be getting a debut game for Nintendo Switch.  In his yet-to-be-named game, the pink fluffball can recruit enemies by hitting them with hearts to gather a party of up to four characters, or join with up to three friends for co-op play.  Kirby can even combine copy abilities to create combo attacks for defeating enemies and solving puzzles.  This game will also release in 2018.
  • In Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the latest entry in the Monolith Soft's RPG series, a new hero will seek out Elysium on an immense journey through a new world.  The game will be coming out late this year.
  • Fire Emblem Warriors from Koei Tecmo Games has players taking control of favorite Fire Emblem franchise characters such as Marth, Xander, and female Corrin, as well as new characters exclusive to this game.  Players unleash over-the-top moves and strategize with the classic weapons triangle as they try to defeat hordes of fighters in a variety of areas, including some that are inspired by well-known Fire Emblem locations, such as Hoshido Castle.  Fire Emblem Warriors launches this fall for Nintendo Switch.  It's also coming out for the 3DS family of systems.

In addition to the above-mentioned titles, Nintendo also gave details of the upcoming DLC packs for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.  The two packs are available only as part of the Expansion Pass for $19.99.  The first pack, “The Master Trials,” launches June 30, and the second one, “The Champions’ Ballad,” arrives during the holiday season.  Nintendo also announced upcoming amiibo of the four champions from the game for release during the holiday season: the Goron champion Daruk, the Rito champion Revali, the Zora champion Mipha and the Gerudo champion Urbosa.  Other new amiibos coming out this year include Goomba and Koopa Troopa from the Super Mario Bros. series.

Finally, beyond announcing Metroid Prime 4 during E3 2017, Nintendo also announced that a classic Metroid adventure would return and it's being rebuilt from the ground up for the Nintendo 3DS.  The Metroid: Samus Returns game is a modern reimagining of the 1991 Game Boy adventure Metroid II: Return of Samus.  Intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran’s arsenal has been enhanced with new moves and abilities such as the powerful Melee Counter, 360-degree Free Aim Mode and mysterious Aeion Abilities.  This intense, side-scrolling action-platformer has been completely remade with engaging and immersive 3D visuals and a rich, atmospheric color palette.  The game launches on Sept. 15.

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