The Big 3 at E3…minus Smash
It’s no secret that Nintendo views the Switch as a console perfect for on-the-couch multiplayer games, but it is also positioning it as a viable option when it comes to multiplayer and fighting games.
With games like Tekken 7 and Injustice 2 ignoring the system, you would expect the fighting genre to be one of Nintendo’s weaknesses, but instead, it is growing into an unquestionable strength, and Nintendo is proud to tell the same to everyone who attends their E3 presentation.
Pokkén Tournament DX Invitational:
With today’s Pokémon Direct confirming that Pokkén Tournament DX will be the first Pokémon game to grace the Nintendo Switch, it also shows that Nintendo is serious about their multi-player games, with the trailer prominently showing two people fighting, each with a single Joy-Con. This is the latest announcement, but continues the trend of having Wii U games ported to the Nintendo Switch with enhanced content.
ARMS Open Invitational:
Hot off the Global Testpunch, ARMS is gathering momentum, hoping that it peaks right after E3, with ARMS releasing during that same week. With an invitational scheduled on the second day of Nintendo’s E3 presence, the global marketing campaign in full force and national commercials airing during the NBA Finals, Nintendo is hoping to push ARMS to become a success.
Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational:
The third game is not exactly what you would call a fighting game, although Splatoon 2 does feature squad battles and matches, but it will have a dedicated tournament during E3. The Splatoon 2 Tournament will kick-off in the afternoon the same day as the Nintendo Spotlight lays out Nintendo’s vision of the Switch for the next year.
With Splatoon being a global success (and cultural phenomenon in Japan), Splatoon 2 is expected to surpass the first entry in every way.
And we still haven’t gotten to the elephant in the room.
There are rumors that Smash will head to the Nintendo Switch eventually, in the form of a Deluxe version of the Wii U game. This would make the most sense as not many people were able to enjoy and appreciate the original, since the Wii U had a pretty poor install base. Also, not many resources would be required to make the conversation from Wii U to Switch.
But with this many games already scheduled to release sometime between now and the end of the year, is there really space for Smash Bros.?
Either way, Nintendo is very confident in its current lineup and is not afraid to feature them prominently during E3.