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Nintendo Direct E3 2018: Super Smash Bros Ultimate steals the show

E3 2018 is here and that means all the big companies are poised to reveal a bunch of exciting stuff. Nintendo put on a brief yet fantastic show this year with plenty of titles on the way such as Octopath Traveller, Fire Emblem: Three Houses and, of course, Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about the Nintendo Direct E3 2018 including all the latest news and announcements you need to know.

Nintendo Direct E3 2018 – How was it?

Nintendo is on top of the world right now with the Nintendo Switch having already sold millions of units worldwide. Knowing this, we expected a blockbuster showcase from the company and, well, we didn’t quite get that. That being said, it was still a solid show that managed to tease plenty of upcoming titles we can experience ourselves in the next 12 months. Super Smash Bros Ultimate stole the show with a crazy amount of new information released. This included new characters, stages, trophies and a December 2018 release date.

Outside of Smash, the big reveal was that Epic Games’ Fortnite Battle Royale will be available on Switch tonight, so you’ve one more platform to play the global blockbuster.

We also got our first look at Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The strategy RPG is coming to Switch for the first time ever with a three-dimensional adventure. Players will be free to explore various locations, interacting with characters before battle begins.

The above titles aside, the remainder of Nintendo’s presentation featured a generous offering of neat surprises and new trailers for existing projects. No sign of Metroid Prime 4 or anything new from The Legend of Zelda or Mario, which is a bit of a shame. However, nothing is stopping Nintendo from dropping new surprises during this week’s show. Keep it locked to Trusted Reviews to stay updated!

Nintendo Direct E3 2018 – How can I watch it?

The Direct is now over, but we’ve embedded the full video below so you can watch it for yourself, or read on for an archive of our liveblog.

Nintendo E3 2018 Direct Liveblog – As it happened

1700: Things are kicking off with some giant robots flying about the place in Daemon X Machina. It looks unbeliavably metal with explosions and other crazy sutff going on all over the shop. You can play it exclusively on Switch in 2019.

1701: Next up is another new announcement in the form of an expansion of sorts for Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Developed by Monolith Soft, Torna – The Golden Country is coming to the JRPG in September 2018. Whether its a standalone release remains unclear.

1705: Reggie Fils-Aime has appeared on stream to share more news on Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee. There’s a lot here we’ve heard before, although we now know that Mew will be available for all players who purchase a Pokemon Plus accessory on November 16.

1707: Super Mario Party is a new entry in the long-running party series designed exclusively for Nintendo Switch. This means it take advantage of the handheld device in new minigames in some truly creative ways. It looks incredibly neat, and hopefully won’t ruin too many friendships.

1709: Fire Emblem is back! It’s here with its first fully-fledged entry on Nintendo Switch and it looks positively beautiful. You can now explore a variety of towns and locations while battles now occur across 3D turn-based battlefields. Player hoping for a dramatic anime RPG will not be dissapointed in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

1710: Fortnite is coming to Nintendo Switch. Previously rumoured, the massively popular Battle Royale was going to come to the console sooner or later. It’s coming for free from 10pm today!

1713: Now it’s time for a few indie darlings in the form of Overcooked 2, Killer Queen Black and Hollow Knight. They both look exceptional, and the latter is available on the Nintendo eShop starting today.

1716: If you like sizzle reels, Nintendo has long one for you running down all the biggest and best games coming to Nintendo Switch in the coming months. To us, it’s genuinely impressive how massive the platform’s library has become in just over a year.

1718: Masahiro Sakurai is here to share information on Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Switch. But is it a port or a brand new experience? We really hope it’s the latter. Judging from this character introduction trailer, visuals and character designs are way sharper than ever before. Ice Climbers are back alongside newcomers such as the Splatoon’s Inklings. Solid Snake also returns alongside Pichu, Cloud, Bayonetta and more.

1722: We now have a title: Say hello to Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Every fighter in series’ history returns in a truly massive brawler. Sakurai describes it as the biggest crossover in gaming history, and he’s most definitely right. Now it’s time for a look at how existing fighters have changed since past appearances, stages, assist trophies and more. There’s so much to take in here.

1740: After an exhausting amount of new information for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Nintendo has also revealed a new Gamecube Controller peripheral coming to Switch. All amiibo will be compatible with the upcoming brawler, too.

1741: Metroid Prime’s Ripley is joining the roster as a playable character! The creature has been teased by developers and fans alike for years, and now she’s finally clawing onto the roster. What an awesome surprise! Super Smash Bros Ultimate will be available on December 7, 2018 exclusively for Nintendo Switch. And that’s a wrap for tonight’s show!

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