Ever the darling of the video game industry, Nintendo has always been a company to show it’s hand when it has one. Mario, Zelda, Metroid are only a few of the great franchises they pump out on a consistent basis. Regardless of their fading presence at E3 Nintendo still brings all of the gamers clamoring to their respective computer screens to fanboy over their newest IP.
Nintendo showed up at E3 this year, if even it was for a short time, they left an imprint. The opening was left up to the greatest multiplayer game of our time, Rocket League. Rocket League is officially coming to the Switch with glorious portability and even LAN parties! This was one big predictable win for Nintendo that will surely enthrall their current audience, and bring in a few new members.
Our beautiful little pink ball of inhaling goo is back in a big way, Kirby shocked everyone and has made his way onto the Switch. Kirby is a brand new co-op game coming exclusively to the Switch and bringing a multiplayer aspect to it. Traveling through the very innocent and cute world of Kirby with your friends in a brand new experience, absorbing enemies, solving puzzles and avoiding the wrath of King Dededee is looking like something special to add to the Switch collection.
Metroid Prime 4 exists.
Pokemon Switch exists.
After those two titles were confirmed to be of our universe we got to witness everyone’s favorite dinosaur Yoshi fall completely flat. Yoshi looks like a game that should have been released in the 1980’s, showing off very simple gameplay running through a world that would appeal to anyone with a heart. Collecting coins and tossing eggs seemed to be the extent of its complexities. Some characters would be better off without a game and Yoshi is easily one of those characters. Games of this ilk could bury any future chances at a new iteration.
Fire Emblem Warriors was the next game out of the gate and I don’t feel like I could speak on this very positively. The game looks good don’t get me wrong, but it seems like beating a dead horse with the Warriors series. I have the most nagging feeling that this will become a much bigger trend, I wish them all the best with these games.
Finally we get to the piece de resistance, Mario Odyssey. In a deep vein of the Mario 64, Odyssey looks to be the most promising entry into the Mario franchise in a very long time. Mario looks very fresh and new with a plethora of new gaming mechanics and not doing to much to really bog down the essence of it. The new hat allows you to possess enemies and use them to traverse areas, solve puzzles and blend into surrounding environments. Everything about this game appeals to me on every level as a gamer and I cannot wait to get my hands on it today.
All in all Nintendo had a solid showing, with games appealing to gamers of all ages and play styles. Although announcing games without any release dates or even anything more than a trailer is not appealing at all.