Nintendo at E3 2018: Fortnite here now, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate arrives Dec. 7

CNET | 6/12/2018 | Scott Stein
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What does Nintendo do for a 2018 encore after last year's stupendous Switch debut year? Good question. So far, Nintendo's sophomore Switch year has been quieter, but Super Smash Bros. lurks in the wings as the next full-blast killer app for the system.

Here's everything that was announced during the Nintendo Direct livestream.


Fornite is here!

Fortnite is suddenly here: Surprise (or, did you expect it?), the biggest game of 2018 is now on Switch. Like, today. You can download it soon.

Smash - Character - Game

Every previous Smash character is in this game...ever.

Smash looks fantastic, but it also has a lot more going on than the already great 2014 Wii U version. It'll have every (yes, every) character ever in any Smash Bros. game, and a few new characters. It works with GameCube controllers. It is directed by Masahiro Sakurai. This looks insanely comprehensive. It looks like...over 60 characters?

Exclusives - Metroid - Enemy - Ridley - Splatoon

There are a few new exclusives, too: Metroid enemy Ridley, plus Splatoon characters.

What's this crazy flying mech game? "Daemon X Machina" is a completely new Nintendo game, a flying-mech title by Kenichiro Tsukuda, the producer of the Armored Core series. It has a lot of suit-upgrading, and isn't arriving until 2019, but it's a completely new announcement.

Xenoblade - Expansion - End - Flood - Switch

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 gets an expansion: it arrived at the end of a huge flood of 2017 Switch games, but the overlooked JRPG is getting new DLC that takes place 500 years earlier. "Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country" arrives September 14.

Pokemon is coming in November.

Super - Mario - Party - Hits - Switch

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