While the hype and demos and possibly some surprise announcements will continue for the next few days, we’ve come to the end of most of the main conferences for E3 2017. For Nintendo, it was a Direct marked by intense speculation, even more rumors than normal, and the leaking months ago of what could have otherwise been perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the event: a crossover between Super Mario and Raving Rabbids in the form of an X-COM and Fire Emblem style tactical RPG. But Nintendo did manage some big announcements, most notably the existence of two new Metroid titles, and overall had a respectable showing. We’ve rounded up all the information up through June 13th right here:
We’ve also brought together several members of the SG staff to offer their immediate thoughts on the Direct, what we’ve seen from Treehouse Live, and E3 so far:
Wolfman_J: Mario Odyssey looks and sounds goddamn amazing.
I do wish they’d have shown more from Metroid Prime 4, especially considering it’s being made by a new team, but it’s telling for the series’ prestige that literally all they needed was an announcement. The new Kirby game also looks rather fun, and I’m assuming Fire Emblem Warriors will be as enjoyable as its Zelda crossover predecessor. I’m also interested in learning more about the second DLC pack for Breath of the Wild. But really, it just keeps coming back to Mario, his Driver: San Francisco-esque possession of dinosaurs, and that incredible show tune ode to New Donk City.
I rarely watch a ton of E3 outside writing up the Nintendo stuff for Source Gaming, but the new Wolfenstein looks pretty cool – makes me want to try The New Order, too. Cuphead still looks good.
Nirbion: Kirby. Enough said.
PushDustIn: For this year’s E3, I had my expectations pretty low (as Nintendo has held pretty unremarkable conferences) — but this year they had a good show. It wasn’t as fast paced as the last Nintendo Direct, but there was still a lot of information revealed during the spotlight. I think Nintendo could’ve benefited from showing more from Metroid Prime 4, or the new Pokemon game — or at least talking a bit about them. They really felt like lackluster announcements since we don’t really know nothing about these titles. However, the Spotlight didn’t feel like it overstayed it welcome. …also, no memes! Kirby and Yoshi look like solid entries into their series as well. Yoshi looks particularly interesting with the flip mechanic for its’ levels. Super Mario Odyssey looks absolutely amazing and continues to surprise. I really look forward to exploring Super Mario Odyssey when it launches this year.
In the treehouse Nintendo announced Metroid: Samus Returns for the 3DS. I think they should have thrown it into the spotlight, but it in the end it doesn’t really change that much. Also, it’d help publicize the Treehouse event, which are several long promotions for all the games.
epicmartin7: I thought Nintendo’s E3 was really good. They went out and put out some really good franchises. Metroid finally made a return which I think a lot of fans like. I really liked how they highlighted their key franchises. Kirby and Yoshi are back. Rocket League is coming to the system which is what a lot of people wanted.
Super Mario Odyssey looked god tier. It looked really great and the fact that YOU CAN CONTROL ENEMIES is amazing. That game is something I’m going to buy Day 1. No doubt.
I will admit, disappointment did get the best of me. I was hoping Smash would be there in some form. But in all honesty, the press conference was good, even without it. Nintendo didn’t really need it this time. I think they’ll save it when they need it though ;).
Overall, it was solid.
LIQUID12A: Nintendo is listening, folks. We got two Metroid games announced in the same day. This is actually unbelievable. I’m dead.
Oh, and everything else was fine. No Smash was a bit surprising, but I don’t mind. Mario Odyssey looks amazing. Nintendo has a very bright future ahead.
TheAnvil: Honestly I think this E3 has been rather lackluster across the board. I didn’t have any particular expectations, though I did certainly have hopes.
I’m not sure there’s a single game I didn’t know about prior to the event that I am anticipating. I’m sure both the Yoshi and Kirby games will be fun, but they’ve received a fair few games in recent years so the excitement level isn’t there.
Super Mario Odyssey, Sea of Thieves, and Cuphead are high points.
Cart Boy: I thought Nintendo had a commendable showing. Super Mario Odyssey, while not calling back to my favorite 3D Super Mario formula, looks incredible and refreshing. Plus, Mario can possess dinosaurs, a concept I never knew I wanted.
Beyond that, I was pleased with the Pokémon and Metroid Prime 4 confirmations. This way, anxiety concerning whether or not they exist can subside. And, of course, a new 2D Metroid is always a victory. I’m also pleased with the new Yoshi game, which screams Good-Feel, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 continues to look aces.
Seeing Minecraft and Rocket League with cross-platform play is great, on the topic of third-parties. Conversely, my enthusiasm for Sonic Forces diminishes more every time we see it.
As for what wasn’t present? I’m a bit let down at the absence of Donkey Kong and Smash, but they’ll come eventually. Finally, I’m scratching my head wondering what Retro Studios is making. Hopefully it’s that Birdo dating sim we all secretly want.
NantenJex: First of all as hype as I would’ve been for a new Sin & Punishment I am glad that rumour was wrong. It really allowed for a lot of surprises. Super Mario Odyssey was the biggest take away and a perfect way to end the show. It look fantastic and the ability to posses stuff was brilliant. Anything from enemies to frogs to a freakin’ taxi. It was glorious. Also Pauline is actually back and singing. Her reinsert into the Mario canon makes me hope for her to appear in more spin-offs now.
As for the other games we knew about, both Fire Emblem Warriors and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 looked fantastic. Xenoblade has that british voice-acting that made the first game so charming and that was really all I needed, but the idea of you and your blade fighting side by side is really interesting. I want to see more. Fire Emblem confirmed the three characters I expected to see although female Corrin was a nice touch. I imagine male could be a costume to appeal to both fans but female is the preferred choice here.
Mario + Rabbids looks very good and very interesting. It really does look like X-com which is bizarre but I like X-Com and will likely pick this up. Skyrim as well is a game I am interested in replaying but it depends on when it launches. Rocket League looked cool and I’m glad Fifa is there, even if I won’t be picking it up.
Now for the NEW games. Despite being the Yoshi guy I have to say the new game didn’t grab me very much. It looked a lot like Woolly World, which is good, but Yoshi himself just looked off. Kirby on the other hand was like a dream come true. Combination attacks from 64, animal friends from Dream Land 3, helpers from Super Star, multiplayer from Return to Dreamland. All we need now is the Robobot to have the ultimate Kirby experience. Last but not least we got the confirmation of Metroid Prime 4. The lack of any footage makes this sound like a new game but boy am I excited. I was not expecting it yet.
Outside of the spotlight we got Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (i hate that title) & Metroid: Samus’ Return. The former we knew about for a while and looks fun but the latter was a massive shock. Two Metroid games. TWO. Seems like Samus got a belated birthday present. It’s also the return of 2D Metroid after over a decade. This is going to be awesome. Lastly, we have yet to see Kirby 3DS but I guarantee it’ll be shown off on Treehouse another day. They’ve said more games are coming. The same goes for Smash. I don’t think we will get a port anymore but a soft confirmation that Smash is also in development seems possible. But who will announce it…