The Most Exciting—and Disappointing—News From Nintendo’s E3

TVOvermind | 6/12/2018 | Nathaniel Fitzgerald
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This week, the eyes of the gaming world were pointed to Los Angeles as the who’s who of video game makers descended on the E3 Expo. And like most Nintendo fanboys, I was specifically excited for what the Japanese gaming giant was going to reveal—especially since they’ve just had their most successful year in a long time. Where would they take gamers this year?

But not everything was good news. Some announcements were real bummers.

Rundown

Here’s the rundown.

In the past, one of the biggest issues with Nintendo consoles was the lack of support from third-party developers. Major hits would come to Playstation and XBox, while the Nintendo users might get a nearly unplayable port.However, the Switch has seen a (comparatively) huge uptick in cooperation with third-parties.

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And at E3, Nintendo announced that the co-op survival megahit Fortnite is coming to the console. Effective immediately. Fortnite is now available in the Nintendo eShop, for free.

At last year’s E3, Nintendo ended their E3 announcement with a mysterious video that revealed nothing but the words “Metroid Prime 4.” The Prime trilogy is one of the most beloved series in the Nintendo canon. Rumors about a fourth installment have been swirling since the earliest days of the Wii U, so expectations for a look at Metroid Prime 4 were high.

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Instead, we got nothing. There wasn’t a single word dedicated to the game.

According to Nintendo exec Bill Trennen, the silence was because the game isn’t ready yet, though development is still chugging along. Nintendo fans are no strangers to delayed release dates. Nearly every major Nintendo release has been pushed back at least once. The game is available on Amazon with a fall 2018 release date, but its absence at E3 doesn’t build much confidence.

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