Nintendo has a bit of a strange relationship with E3, one of the world’s biggest gaming expos. Unlike Microsoft or Sony, Nintendo won’t be holding a press conference at E3 2017. Nintendo hasn’t held a proper press conference at E3 in a few years and this year isn’t going to be any different. It will instead be streaming a pre-recorded video similar to its Nintendo Direct videos. However, Nintendo’s video stream is going to be very interesting because we’ll get a closer look at what the company has in store for the Switch, 3DS, and 2DS XL. Nintendo’s American division will also be live streaming gameplay demos from upcoming games and that will give people a better idea of what to expect from Nintendo this year. Here are the games we expect Nintendo to talk about at E3 2017.
Nintendo’s E3 2017 press conference is on June 13 and Arms is releasing on the Nintendo Switch just three days after that. That makes it the perfect game to promote at E3 2017 in a big way, since this is a game with new IP, it could use every bit of publicity that the gaming expo can offer. It’s a fighting game that supports motion controls via the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con controllers, so the company will definitely not miss the chance to promote its hybrid console as well. The Global Testpunch event gave us a good idea of what to expect from Arms.
Splatoon 2 is a Nintendo Switch game that’s set to release on July 21. Again, because of its proximity to E3, Splatoon 2 could also be promoted in a big way at the gaming expo. It’s a team-based third-person shooter, the sequel to Splatoon — released in 2015. The global testfire for Splatoon 2 showed us that Nintendo can pull off multiplayer, and we’re excited about this one.
Super Mario Odyssey
We haven’t heard much about Super Mario Odyssey since Nintendo showed a video at the Switch launch. While Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was good enough to keep Nintendo fans happy, Super Mario Odyssey is the title that could ensure strong sales for the Switch during this year’s Holiday season. There are no details about Super Mario Odyssey’s launch date at the moment, beyond the rather vague “Holiday 2017”. We know we’re being a bit optimistic, but a launch date and details of a possible bundle would be nice.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a Japanese role-playing game slated for a 2017 release on the Nintendo Switch. We haven’t heard much about the game since January, when the Nintendo Switch was first announced, teasing a lush open-world and epic story. Hopefully Nintendo will reveal more details at E3.
3DS and 2DS XL
Nintendo could announce new bundles for the 3DS and the 2DS XL at E3. Even if it doesn’t, a bunch of new games will be announced for sure. Yokai Watch 3: Sushi and Tempura released in Japan last year, and it could finally be released in English for North America. Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey, and Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology are two enhanced remakes for Nintendo 3DS (Japan). They’re due for release soon and we could hear more about the games at E3.
We’ve been hearing rumours about the SNES Mini, a retro console that could replace the discontinued NES Classic. The latter saw its share of controversy because of its perennially out of stock status. There’s a chance that Nintendo could announce more details about this new retro-console at E3.
Nintendo could showcase some third-party games due to release on the Switch. Games such as Rime, Cave Story+, Payday 2, Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition, and FIFA 18, among others are all slated to release in 2017, and E3 would be a good time to throw some light on these projects. Here are the big third-party titles we expect to hear more about.