E3 2018

E3 2018: Nintendo bringing the Fire…

The final E3 2018 conference was aired last night and was my most anticipated of all. Unlike the previous conferences though we received a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct, however this did not water down the announcements in any way. Although many predicted what we’ll see it was still exciting to see the announcements which brought the fire…

So before we dive into my top picks let’s have a look at some of my highlights. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be receiving DLC coming in September focused on the land of Torna which looks stunning. Another party was announced, quite literally Super Mario Party for the Switch which admittedly looks so much better than the party that WiiU had…I still love you WiiU. And another highly anticipated title coming to the Switch, Octopath Traveler which releases on the 13th of July 2018 and to fans excitement will be receiving another demo tomorrow on the 14th of June.

So my first pick is none other than Fire Emblem Three Houses. As soon as this trailer went live in the direct all Fire Emblem fans out there would have noticed the Fire Emblem main them mixed into the music and then BAM, the shivers engulfed my body, the tears rolled and my body trembled. The first main line Fire Emblem title on the Switch is only slated for 2019 but from what was shown it was more than enough to make fans go wild…okay to make me go wild. The cut-scenes are gorgeous as usual, and the battles look tweaked even further to provide players with even more thought provoking strategical thinking. Words cannot describe it so just go ahead and rather watch the reveal trailer below.

My second pick smashes through the scene in the Nintendo Switches very own Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The rumors have been rife with a new Smash coming to the Switch and to all of our joys it is now official with a roster only available in our dreams and soon to be on the Switch. There was also a crap ton of adjustments on all characters in respect of their fight and movement mechanics so be sure to check out the full reveal below. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases this year on the 7th of December 2018.

And finally my third top pick is of course Pokémon Let’s GO Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s GO Eevee. The official release of these games were done a few weeks ago so I expected to see more game-play in the actual Direct which we unfortunately did not get however it was announced that we will be receiving the legendary and mythical Pokémon Mew with the Pokéball Plus. Unfortunately for those of you that don’t know, the Pokéball Plus is a separate peripheral that acts as a Joycon but looks like a Pokéball and will not only be functional in the Let’s GO titles but will also work alongside Pokémon GO.

So if you thought that Nintendo would leave us hanging on details about Let’s GO game-play think again. After the Direct and during the Treehouse live segments we received over forty minutes of game-play and information revealed for the first time which I’ve listed down below for your reading pleasure. Needless to say I am freaking hyped more than ever!!

  • Just as it is with Pokémon GO the catch mechanics are similar to the mobile game, we’ll need to throw a Razz Berry at the wild Pokémon to make them easier to catch then throw a Pokéball at the Pokémon
  • If you’re successful in your capture your Pokémon will acquire exp which will assist them in leveling up and learning new moves, EXP earned is shared through out the team
  • Wild Pokémon dont just stay in one spot but rather move around the map and is capable of chasing the trainer as we see the Metapod doing in the Nintendo Treehouse video below at the timestamp of 5.10
  • Red aura bigger in the species or blue aura to indicate that their smaller than normal
  • Your partner Pokemon will wag its tail indicating that there’s an item close by to pick up
  • There are requirements for battling gyms such as having a certain type of Pokémon for instance the Pewter City gym is a Rock-type gym so you’ll need to show the gym a Grass or Water type Pokémon first before battling
  • Trainers will be able to carry their theme Pokémon on their shoulders for Pikachu and on their head with Eevee as well as have another Pokémon walking behind them and even ride some Pokémon if they’re big enough
  • Pokémon transferred from Pokémon GO will be sent to a park within the Let’s GO titles known as GO Park. Once here, you’ll be able to talk to them and try and capture them to bring them into your team in Let’s GO
  • Candy also exists in Let’s GO but it’ll be used to increase Pokémon stats, for example Quick Candy will grant Pokémon increased speed

Check out the full showcase right here. It is 48 minutes but trust me when I say its totally worth the watch.

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