As short as their presentation was, Nintendo sure packed a punch when it came to surprising their fans. Two new Metroid games, TWO! Talk about a double whammy. I felt like I could hear cheers around the world as these were revealed. There’s not much to go on with the teaser image for Metroid Prime 4, but Metroid Returns for the 3DS looks freaking awesome! I’m not even a huge fan of the series but I will definitely be picking this one up!
Aside from that huge announcement, they also revealed that a new Pokémon RPG for the Switch was coming sometime in the future. This got me really excited. I’ve always wanted to play the Pokémon games on a more powerful game system or home console. Hopefully, it’ll be everything the fans have wanted and more. I’d be good with a Pokémon Snap 2 but we all know that’ll probably never happen.
Seeing some new gameplay of the Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC was really cool. The new costumes and trial quests got me excited to play the game again. I also want to hear more about The Champions Ballad. I was confused as to what this will be exactly, but I can’t wait to find out. Hopefully, something to add to the story.
The new Kirby game is another title I’m excited for. Since I played Kirby Triple Deluxe on the 3DS I’ve been pretty happy seeing the cute little blob get the attention he deserves. Co-op play looks really fun and it’s neat that you can recruit enemies to help you out along the way. I can’t wait to find out more about it. This is another game I will for sure be getting when it’s released.
The new Yoshi game looks really good too! I love that they’re sticking with this new yarn look for the Yoshi games. It’s a cute, interactive world that Yoshi fits into perfectly. Seeing that the new game will run on Unreal Engine 4, this is probably going to be Yoshi’s best-looking adventure yet.
The game that stole the show for me though, was Super Mario Odyssey. Taking over pretty much the whole show floor with buildings and characters from the new game. It looked like you were literally stepping into Mario’s world. Not to mention the actual gameplay. Watching others try out the game just made me want to play it even more. All of the different worlds he visits and the different costumes. It looks like Mario is going to be dealing with a lot of stuff he’s not used to. Especially that cool new ability that allows him to possess enemies/items in the game.
Nintendo was the best part about E3 this year and I’m not just saying that because of my love for them. I was truly surprised at what I saw and it got me anxious for the adventures that await me and my Nintendo Switch. I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us in the coming year!
Nintendo had a challenge trying to pack as many upcoming Switch releases as they could into a 25 minute E3 Spotlight. My challenge is to share my opinions on said spotlight in just a few hundred words. So let me not waste any more time on this introductory paragraph.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is listed for “Holiday 2017”. While the lack of a firm date might disappoint, I’m just pleased to see it hasn’t been pushed to 2018 like I expected. Speaking of 2018, we saw trailers for a few games we’ll be playing next year. I especially like the look of Yoshi, but admit that the new Kirby game struck me more like an HD version of Return to Dreamland. Time will tell for both games, which I expect to be good additions at a minimum.
A core RPG Pokémon title is coming to Switch. I can just imagine how many were pleased to hear this. Such an announcement missed the recent Pokémon Direct, but I can see why it’s more of an E3 worthy reveal. Nothing to see as of yet though.
Another game with nothing to see at the moment is Metroid Prime 4. That said, just hearing the iconic music alone was enough of an “Oh my” moment for me – I’m far from alone in that regards. The big question; when will this next entry in the Prime series release? I’m guessing 2019, which will leave me more than enough time to replay through the trilogy.
I enjoyed seeing Breath of the Wild getting some more attention. With DLC packs and new amiibo, the game should keep enthralling players. It’s still the biggest Switch game available, though that might change come October 27th.
Super Mario Odyssey will be the game to snag Switch holdouts (no Wii U version available this time). I found myself humming the music all day. Thinking about the 2D segments ala A Link Between Worlds. Reflecting on how it will take what 64 and Sunshine introduced and go even further. Grateful that it’ll be here sooner rather than later. I could go on. Wait, no I can’t, I’ve reached the end.
There’s plenty more E3 stuff I could chat about (I didn’t even mention the great 3DS announcements) but I’ll have to save that for another installment of Purely Opinions. Hopefully, you join us. Meanwhile, why not leave a comment with your impressions of E3 2017?
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