[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his morning, Nintendo got their own E3 fun underway with a video presentation. Nintendo is known for using this time for their biggest announcement. However, this year feels different. Nintendo may be structuring their show around a different set of priorities. Regardless, the Nintendo E3 2017 Spotlight was all about the news. So let’s run through these announcements quickly.

Nintendo E3 2017 Spotlight Games

There was short sizzle reel at the start of the presentation showing off a few games we already knew about and one new(ish) title. All but two of these were left out of the rest of the presentation, so reminding us of their existence makes sense. These games were:

  • Arms
  • Splatoon 2
  • FIFA
  • Pokken
  • Rocket League (the new one)
Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Nintendo wants us to buy that this game is coming out this year, but we don’t think anyone believes it yet. Still, we got a new story trailer and some treehouse footage on it, later. The game looks like it runs just fine, already. They said it needs a little polished.

There will be some customizability to each character’s weapons and abilities, but we’ll likely see more of that game as we get closer to the end of the year. It’s still slated for Holiday 2017.

Nintendo E3 2017 Spotlight Xenoblade Chronicles 2


Did you want a new Kirby game? How about a new co-op Kirby game? How about if we put it on the Nintendo Switch? Kirby is getting a new game on the Nintendo Switch with co-op and everything. It looks interesting, but the trailer is all we’ve got to go on, so far. Slated for 2018.


They gave Game Freak a little time to talk. They showed more footage of Pokken Tournament DX and dropped a little bit of a bombshell on us. Game Freak is working on a Switch Pokemon RPG. It’s not a rumor anymore. It’s confirmed. However, it won’t be ready for at least a year, so probably don’t lose your cool, just yet.

Metroid Prime 4

Another little bombshell for us. Metroid Prime 4 is in development for the Switch. Nintendo knows we want it. Now it’s just a matter of time until it gets any real info.


Because we didn’t have enough cute, Yoshi is coming to the Switch in a title that reminds us a bit of Yoshi’s Story. There’s some gameplay that shows a focus on flipping the camera to the other side of the screen to see more stuff, but that’s all we really got. It’s slated for 2018, as well.

Fire Emblem Warriors

Finally, we got a story trailer and some character reveals. Characters so far are from Shadow Dragon, Awakening, and Fates. There was also Treehouse footage of the game, but if you know the Dynasty Warriors gameplay, there’s little new, here. The game comes out in Fall of 2017.

Skyrim and Zelda DLC

No, we didn’t get a release date for Skyrim. Really, they just reaffirmed what we saw in Bethesdaland. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild got a trailer showing off DLC Pack 1 content. The Master Trials includes the Trial of the Sword, Amiibo armor sets, Master Mode, Hero’s Path, and more. They also teased the story content for the second DLC Pack: The Champions’ Ballad. The story will involve them.

We also got a release date for the first DLC pack. It’ll be available on June 30th. Finally, they announced more Zelda Amiibo, being the four champions from Breath of the Wild. These will work in Breath of the Wild and Skyrim, of course.


Hey, did you know Nintendo was doing tournaments at E3? You should check those out, they’re gonna be great! — Reggie Fils-Aime.

Yeah, Splatoon 2 is tonight. Pokken DX and Arms are both tomorrow. We’ll be tuning in, of course! Arms releases in three days. Splatoon 2 comes out next month. Pokken Tournament DX comes on September 22nd. Good selections there, Nintendo!

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

If you saw them at Ubisoft, there’s nothing new, here. There was coverage at the Treehouse stream, but we’ll be able to look into that later in its own article. This game deserves a real analysis. It still comes out on August 29th.

Rocket League

This got its own two-minute segment to announce it coming to the Switch. There will be cross-network play for it, which is exciting. We think Rocket League will do really well on the Switch. Rocket League should be out in Holiday 2017.

Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey pulled a bait and switch on us. We thought it was a Monster Hunter trailer, at first. Mario popping out caught everyone off-guard. They didn’t say anything about the game during the spotlight, keeping it to just a trailer. The trailer reveals a few new levels, the moons–which replace stars, in this game–and a new ability. Mario can toss his hat onto other people and things and even baddies. This allows him to possess them for a variety of effects. Finally, they gave us a release date! Super Mario Odyssey will release on October 27th, 2017. This is much earlier than we expected.

Nintendo E3 2017 Spotlight Final Thoughts

That was the end of it. No other words. The Mario trailer faded into credits and they immediately began the treehouse live stream. Overall, all of these games were exciting. Even the ones we saw none of were titles we were really waiting a long time for. It’s a bit of an exaggeration to say Nintendo “won” E3, but we think they showed out strong.

The Spotlight was not intended to reveal everything. It was more for their biggest announcements. If you want more gameplay and more information about each title, the Nintendo Treehouse live stream is going. This is where Nintendo will make smaller announcements and explain a bit about upcoming games.

You can check out the Nintendo E3 2017 Spotlight in the video below, if you so choose. We’ll be keeping an eye on Nintendo’s live stream for any interesting new infor in the near future.


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