Nintendo E3 2017 Preview: Super Mario Odyssey, Metroid Prime 4, Smash, Pokemon, and More

What surprises does the Big N have in store for us this year?

Posted By | On 08th, Jun. 2017 Under Article, Editorials | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


Nintendo has an interesting E3 lined up this year. It basically sat out last E3, showcasing just The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (along with some scattered announcements for 3DS games), an approach borne by the fact that the Switch was not yet ready to be shown off, and large scale development for the Wii U and 3DS was winding down. However, that’s not a problem this year- indeed, Nintendo can scarcely afford to hold back at E3 this year. The Nintendo Switch, their newest system, is now out, and while it may be selling like water in a desert, it is undeniable that there are some questions about its long term viability. Given the fact that most major western third parties will be sitting the Switch out, it is contingent upon Nintendo to showcase a lineup of its own games, as well as indie and Japanese games, to reassure purchases, current and prospective, that the Switch is a secure purchase with lots of attractive content coming to it in the near future.

In a lot of ways, Nintendo is set for this year already- the Switch will be getting ARMS, Splatoon 2, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Fire Emblem Warriors, and Super Mario Odyssey, all announced for this year. However, if Nintendo wants to maintain the kind of momentum that the Switch currently has, it needs to announce more games. Games for this year, if it can, sure, but also games coming next year. Nintendo has an enviable catalog of IP- it needs to leverage that to promise fans that new, appealing, attractive, must own games are coming.

So we have Nintendo’s ‘showcase’, another digital stream that they will be holding to announce games at E3 this year. We know that Super Mario Odyssey will be a major focus for Nintendo at the event this year, which is fine- but what else might we expect from the Big N at the biggest game show of the year?

"We know that Super Mario Odyssey will be a major focus for Nintendo at the event this year."

First, let’s get the obvious stuff out of the way- we are almost certainly going to see more of ARMS, Splatoon 2, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Fire Emblem Warriors, and Super Mario Odyssey during the stream. For the latter three of those, we will definitely get new trailers with release dates as well. Also a safe bet for Nintendo during the stream- Ubisoft’s Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, the weird, bizarre crossover RPG that’s been thoroughly leaked at this point.

It’s once we get into the realm of speculation that things begin to get interesting, though, again, there are some reasonably safe predictions to be made here. Before the Switch event back in January, there were multiple leaks about the system and its lineup from the same sources, which ended up being validated later on. Games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, and Splatoon 2 were all leaked. These same sources also leaked some other games. The two most notable ones here are Pokemon Stars, a Switch port of last year’s exceptional Pokemon Sun/Moon for the Nintendo 3DS (and a game that even Nintendo has been teasing for a while now), and a remaster of Super Smash Bros. for the Switch. Both of these games would be highly notable announcements- the former, because it would be the first console Pokemon game ever, and also the first time we get the series in glorious HD. The latter, because it’s Smash Bros., and it is likely to push the frenzy around the Nintendo Switch into a fever pitch.

It is also a safe bet to assume that we will be seeing more of the unnamed Fire Emblem game for the Nintendo Switch at E3- we will probably get a short cinematic trailer, and maybe a name, but there won’t be much gameplay footage, if any, shown. Similarly, Monster Hunter XX, one of the biggest third party games currently confirmed for the Nintendo Switch, is definitely going to be shown off, which will also mark the confirmation of its worldwide release and localization.

"Monster Hunter XX, one of the biggest third party games currently confirmed for the Nintendo Switch, is definitely going to be shown off, which will also mark the confirmation of its worldwide release and localization."

So far, so good. This is a solid lineup if it pans out as laid out above- but Nintendo will need some bombshells to keep people talking about the Switch. What are they likely to do? I postulate that Nintendo will make two announcements, both long deemed unlikely, neither with necessarily high commercial appeal, but both which will win Nintendo incredible mindshare and talking points (the value of which the company undoubtedly understands now). First, I think Nintendo will finally announce, and release on the same day, Mother 3 in the west via the Switch’s eShop. This will mark the first time that the game, widely considered to be one of the greatest Nintendo games ever made, will have released in the west. Mother 3‘s western release has been widely leaked by the same sources that got a lot of other things about the Switch right- it’s only a matter of time at this point.

Secondly – and there are no leaks for this, but I am willing to go out on a limb and say that this will happen – Nintendo will announce a new Metroid game, likely to be a full fledged 3D Metroid Prime game. There is one very basic reason to think this- Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime was drilled about Nintendo’s mishandling of the Metroid franchise earlier this year, and he very strongly hinted that a new Metroid announcement would be coming at E3. I have to imagine it will be a big budget 3D Metroid game- Nintendo surely understands that safe, 2D installments of its classic franchises hold little market appeal by this point. If so, I expect it to be the kind of full next generation realization of Metroid that Zelda and Mario got with Breath of the Wild and Odyssey.

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"Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime was drilled about Nintendo’s mishandling of the Metroid franchise earlier this year, and he very strongly hinted that a new Metroid announcement would be coming at E3."

Between the lineup of games for this year, and future excitement secured for the Switch with some major games revealed for 2018, Nintendo is likely to be in a very comfortable position with the Switch going into the all important Holiday season this year. It is likely that this should give it enough ammunition to hold its own against the Xbox Scorpio and the PS4 for the rest of this year.

But E3 is almost here- we’re going to find out soon enough how Nintendo will play the excellent hand it has been given. We can only hope it does not screw it up.

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    There were Pokemon console games. Two to be in fact.
    One of my favorite Pokemon games (and I wish they would bring it back)
    Pokemon Colosseum and Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness

    • Ganondorf Dragmire

      I think they meant mainline games.
      The Colosseum line could DEFINITELY use an HD remake or a sequel, though.

    • The fact that they’re just porting Pokken Tournament to Switch, and putting the Sun/Moon sequel on 3DS instead of Switch, sends a powerful message that Game Freak couldn’t be more against the prospect of another 3D adventure in the franchise, be it mainline *or* spinoff…
      After Battle Revolution turned out to be a battle sim, without any of Stadium’s mini-games or Colosseum/XD’s marvelous story-modes, I already had a very bleak outlook for the future of Pokemon console games, and for a full decade now I have yet to see any evidence to feel otherwise. In fact, this alone is *why* I didn’t pick up Sun/Moon… Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald/FireRed/LeafGreen, and Colosseum/XD marked a magical time to be a fan of the Pokemon video games, as beyond Colosseum/XD’s story mode, all 5 GBA games were compatible with Colosseum/XD to play head-to-head with friends while dazzling them with the GameCube’s cinematic presentation of the 386 Pokemon that existed up to that time. Battle Revolution still had that same charm for Diamond/Pearl/Platinum/HeartGold/SoulSilver players, but didn’t offer Player 1 any valid story mode when not playing against other players.

      Though Black/White went on to be my 2nd-favorite Pokemon game in the entire series, the continued lack of a complimenting console experience was becoming significantly disheartening. By the time X/Y rolled in, I was no longer even liking the direction that the mainline series was taking, and the lack of a Wii U title to compliment X/Y made it, by proxy, a worse game, as X/Y is one of the ugliest-looking games on the 3DS platform and its Pokemon species could have benefited spectacularly from the Wii U’s HD resolutions and 360/PS3-level graphics. OmegaRuby/AlphaSapphire went on to be the final Pokemon game I’d ever pick up, as they were the bittersweet revisiting of my favorite generation of the Pokemon series; they definitely weren’t better than the original, but still a massive improvement over X/Y and a plenty-serviceable whimsical finale for the Hoenn region.
      From Pokemon Go’s existence (a crappy, unoptimized iOS/Android game developed by Niantic that Game Freak couldn’t even be bothered to compose music for) and Sun/Moon’s radical departure from traditional Gym Leaders, to the CONTINUED lack of any console battle experience for 10 years and lack of a story-driven console game in 12 years, Game Freak’s message couldn’t be clearer: The innovations of Generation 3 to have a full-RPG console spinoff and make VS battles between players of R/S/E/FR/LG more graphically immersive, while intuitive/engaging and do not erode any core gameplay mechanics, DOES NOT MATTER to Game Freak… They care more about innovating in ways that BREAK the core experience for older players, such as the per-battle Mega Evolutions introduced in X/Y, and removal of traditional gyms/gym-leaders in favor of island kahunas in Sun/Moon.

      Pokemon is as dead to me now from Go and Sun/Moon onwards as Sonic is to fans of Sonic 1/CD/2/3/K (myself being a fan of Sonic Adventure/Adventure2/Heroes and for me the series had died with Colors onwards)

  • stopbeingafanboy

    Metroid prime 4 or no buy for me.

  • Nintengoth

    Metroid!… Not a Prime installment but a sequel to it … Who’s ship was it???

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    • Ganondorf Dragmire

      Sylux’s ship.
      It would be neat to see him in the next prime game, though, probably not as the main antagonist but rather something like.. the ‘initial antagonist’ before you find an even bigger baddie, like how Zant was.

  • NEED A NEW PRIME ALREADY!!! Been waiting a decade already.

    • Ganondorf Dragmire

      Wait, prime 3 was THAT long ago? Damn..

    • yeah man. Us prime fans have been left in the dust.

    • Ganondorf Dragmire

      I’m a huge prime fan and somehow I always thought it released closer to 2009 or 2010, for some reason.

    • 4859

      Prime fans? Not just Prime fans.

      Fans of the entire exploration adventure genre have been left in the dust. Now we have more power than you can shake a stick at, everyone and their grand!a is crapping out open world games as fast as the conveyer belt can go, and not a single damn studio wants to take the time to work actual progression design into their cash grab.

      Design like metroid prime is a lost art, and I just can’t go back to the moronic brainless open world designs of before, no matter how good the graphics are.

      How about some 4k game design.


 

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