5 Things You Need to Know from the Nintendo E3 2017 Spotlight


From the incredible ‘Super Mario Odyssey’ to ‘Metroid Prime 4’ and reboots of ‘Yoshi’ and ‘Kirby’ – Nintendo packed a lot into a short space of time

Nintendo’s presentation was short this year. About 25 minutes, start to finish, before a three hour demo session as part of their usual “Treehouse” keynote. However, those 25 minutes were extremely dense. Lots of new game announcements, DLC, esports, and a Super Mario Odyssey trailer so mind-blowing the Glixel team spent a few minutes breaking it down frame by frame. If you overslept, here’s what you need to know.

From the incredible ‘Super Mario Odyssey’ to ‘Metroid Prime 4’ and reboots of ‘Yoshi’ and ‘Kirby’ – Nintendo packed a lot into a short space of time

Nintendo’s presentation was short this year. About 25 minutes, start to finish, before a three hour demo session as part of their usual “Treehouse” keynote. However, those 25 minutes were extremely dense. Lots of new game announcements, DLC, esports, and a Super Mario Odyssey trailer so mind-blowing the Glixel team spent a few minutes breaking it down frame by frame. If you overslept, here’s what you need to know.

Super Mario Odyssey

This is a game where Mario hijacks the souls of inanimate objects. Super Mario Odyssey was first announced at Nintendo’s formal Switch unveiling earlier this year, where we learned that Mario could invade our mundane reality and jump around New Donk City. That was already crazy, but this morning we saw Mario throw his plumber’s cap on the head of an innocent bystander, de-materialize like Agent Smith, and wrests control of their brain. The man, of course, immediately sprouted a mustache. We saw this mechanic used on taxi cabs, dinosaurs, traffic pylons, goombas, bullet bills, and koopa shocktroopers. It looks insane, and we can’t wait to play more when Odyssey releases on October 27.

Pushing reset on Kirby and Yoshi

It’s not a shock that Nintendo announced a new Kirby game and a new Yoshi game, but it is surprising that they’re spartanly named Kirby and Yoshi respectively. Those two franchises are always loaded with subtitles – Wooly World, Epic Yarn, Planet Robobot – so it looks like Nintendo is intentionally trying to get back to basics. The Kirby gameplay we saw looked like a faithful, meat-and-potatoes update of the seminal Dream World. Yoshi evoked the slow-paced, kid-friendly puzzles (and the nursery-rhyme soundtrack) that distinguishes that character’s solo games from the grander Mushroom Kingdom. Expect both games in 2018.

Metroid Prime 4 and Metroid: Samus Returns

The Metroid Prime 4 announcement was excruciatingly vague. Nintendo showed was a logo and some of that unsettling Metroid music, but that was enough. The mainline Metroid series has been missing in action since 2010’s disappointing, Team Ninja-developed Other M, but the cult for the first-person Prime games never subsided. Metroid Prime 4 is the sort of game that’s rumored every time Nintendo takes the stage for a major press conference. In 2017, they finally came through.

If that’s a little too vague for you, Nintendo offered a mea culpa with Metroid: Samus Returns – a 3DS Metroid game in the tradition of the franchise’s foundational 2D dungeoneering mechanics. Nintendo is calling it a “reimagining” of Metroid 2, the great 1991 Game Boy game with the extremely similar subtitle, Return of Samus. It’s out on September 15, so you’ll get the chance to play something new from the Metroid universe before the end of the year.

Breath of the Wild DLC

Nintendo is famously reticent with adapting the business tropes of other gaming companies, but they will be supporting Breath of the Wild throughout the rest of the year with two new DLC packages. The first is called The Master of Trials, which seems to introduce a suite of hardcore challenge modes. It makes sense, considering how Breath of the Wild has already attracted a stalwart speed-running community. That’s out June 30. The second DLC, The Champion’s Ballad, appears to introduce some sort of musical collaboration with the four other champions you meet over the course of the adventure. Maybe Link will find an Ocarina? We’ll find out when it releases in the holiday season.

Nintendo and esports

One of the more surprising stories over the past couple years is Nintendo’s slow, trudging journey into competitive games. At the start of Nintendo’s presentation Reggie announced a port of Rocket League to the Switch, as well as E3 tournaments for both Splatoon 2 and Pokken Tournament: DX. That’s big news for a company who, very recently, caught some flack for their distant treatment of the massive Super Smash Bros. scene. With the surprisingly technical Arms releasing on Friday, maybe Nintendo is finally coming around.

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This article and images was originally posted on [Glixel Latest and Reviews and Interviews News] June 13, 2017 at 07:11AM

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