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E3 2018: Top 5 Biggest Nintendo Direct Announcements

E3 2018 is receiving mixed reviews but there’s no denying there have been some incredible announcements and reveals. Nintendo was the last major gaming company to hold their press conference and they did it in the classic Nintendo style. Hosting a Nintendo Direct on June 12th, they stunned the gaming community with some massive gaming news.

These top 5 biggest announcements from the Nintendo Direct were both a cause of excitement and utter disbelief. After reviewing some of the best announcements from Nintendo’s press conference, be sure to jump to the bottom of the page for the even more Nintendo news from E3 2018.

Splatoon 2 The Octo Expansion Available Today!

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In a big surprise to every Splatoon 2 fan, Nintendo told the world the first paid expansion will be available today, Wednesday, June 13th. This news broke yesterday, a classic move by the world-renowned game company. The Octo Expansion is a new single-player adventure and includes over 80 new missions. Taking on the role of Agent 8, players will use this new character to fight their way through an underground facility to make it to the surface of Inkopolis. The Octo Expansion will cost $19.99 on the Nintendo eShop.

Fortnite Battle Royale Available on Switch

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Following speculation and leaks, Epic Games confirmed their monstrous smash hit, Fortnite, will immediately be available on the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo loves their last-minute announcements and Fortnite is no exception. Unfortunately, there was no mention of Nintendo-exclusive skins or content but it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine a Link or Mario skin making it to the Nintendo version. Fortnite is a fantastic shooter for the hybrid console and having the option to go mobile is a perfect fit for this specific Battle Royale game. As of now, there is no cross-play with PS4 Fortnite players and PS4 gamers can’t even transfer over their progress.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Character Roster – Ridley Request Granted

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The wait is finally over and the latest Super Smash Bros. announcement was well worth it. Dubbed, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the game will include all the characters from the series’ history. That’s over 60 fighters people will have the chance to play. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is an entirely new game, not a port. They completely redesigned all the characters, even the classics like Metal Gear Solid’s Snake, to improve their look and the way they play. The Nintendo Direct even let fans know the highly requested, Ridley from Metroid, whom fans have been asking Nintendo to include for over a decade will make it to the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The game will be available on December 7th of this year.

Super Mario Party

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This fall, Nintendo fans will be able to play a brand new Mario Party on the Switch. Called, Super Mario Party, the E3 2018 Nintendo Direct presentation offered some impressive gameplay and additional details. Super Mario Party invites Switch players to get together with other Switch owners to play a kind of local multiplayer. This modern version of a LAN party gave Super Mario Party the ability to feature minigames that encourage secret collaboration between players, working together to take down the competition, unbeknownst to the other individuals using their own Switch console.  The world can expect to dive right into the newest addition to the Mario Party family on October 5th, 2018. 

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 DLC

Nintendo’s E3 2018 press conference revealed that the latest Xenoblade Chronicles 2 DLC will work off of a pair of previous updates the game received in March. Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna The Golden Country will be available to season pass holders late this summer. Gamers will have a chance to pick up a stand-alone retail package of the new storyline on September 21st. Season pass holders will be able to explore this legendary new adventure as early as September 14th.

Now for More from the E3 2018 Nintendo Direct!

Hollow Knight is now available on the Nintendo Switch.

Daemon Machina, a new mech-based action game, will release on the Nintendo Switch in 2019.

Fire Emblem: Three Horses, a brand-new Fire Emblem was announced during the Nintendo Direct.

The original arcade eSport, Killer Queen Black has been given new life and this multiplayer action/strategy platformer will be making its way to the Switch.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Donkey Kong Adventure is coming!

Fallout Shelter can be played on the Nintendo Switch right now!

Octopath Traveler, from Square Enix, is coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch on July 13th. A demo will be available on the Nintendo eShop on June 14th.

Dragonball FighterZ is coming to the Switch this year!

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker will be available on July 13th.

And so much more! Stick around as the Gigamax Games crew continues to reflect back on all E3 2018 had to offer.

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Switch Success Causes Developers To Scramble

Switch Success Causes Developers To Scramble

Nintendo takes the throne once again as a driving force within the gaming industry. The Japanese video game maker faced some troubled times starting with the Wii and continuing through the release of the Wii U.  Now the company and their new console are once again in the limelight for a good reason. Since it was released in 2012, the Wii U sold 13.56 million consoles worldwide but the Nintendo Switch is expected to dwarf those numbers.




Time For Big Numbers

Launching in March of this year, Nintendo expects to sell 14 million consoles by the end of March 2018. They increased their forecast from 10 million consoles and all this buzz is beginning to catch the attention of game publishers and developers across the globe. Nintendo has welcomed third-party and independent developers to develop software for the Switch but previous blunders kept most away. However, with the Switch flying off the shelves, people are scrambling to get a piece of the pie.

Bandai Namco Takes Notice

Recently news broke that Bandai Namco, a highly respected Japanese game developer, will be producing three Switch-exclusive games. Expected to release between the spring and summer of 2018, word broke after their latest financial briefing. Executives from the company admit they were surprised by the success of the new console and want to bring three ‘big’ games to the revolutionary console. There were no other details but the fact that it caught the attention of this big name developer could mean this is only the beginning.

Major Industry Players Impressed

Even well-known industry players like Phil Harrison who was instrumental in launching the original PlayStation in the mid-90’s was impressed by Nintendo’s latest success. He states in an interview with GamesBeat, “Nintendo has surprised me in a good way. They’ve put some excitement back in, or at least added a dynamic to the console equation that wasn’t there previously.” (http://bit.ly/2zDO41g)

Harrison makes mention about adding a dynamic console to the market and this is a major realization game developers and even console manufacturers have made as well. Switching up how people view a gaming console could be the beginning of a fundamental shift that takes place throughout the industry.

A Look At The Power Of The Switch

The Future Looks Bright

The future looks bright for the Switch and Nintendo as a whole. Games that were never expected to make it to a Nintendo console like Skyrim and Doom being released have people excited. Opening the doors to independent developers is absolutely mindblowing. Developers openly stating that they are surprised by its success and beginning to develop games for the new console is impressive. However what’s more impressive is what this could mean for gaming.

The video game industry was flipped upside down with the emergence of the Nintendo Switch. There are big things coming and gamers are the ones that will benefit.

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http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2017/07/former_sony_and_microsoft_exec_nintendo_has_surprised_me_with_switch

https://kotaku.com/total-nintendo-switch-sales-might-surpass-the-wii-us-by-1819964884

Switch Super Smash Rumor Train At Full Steam

Switch Super Smash Rumor Train At Full Steam

The most recent update Nintendo made to the Switch has a lot of people asking if this could be a sign of a new Super Smash Bros coming soon. Nintendo Switch’s update finally allows players to use GameCube controllers which are widely used throughout the Super Smash Bros community. This classic controller feels like it was built for smash but until now, the Nintendo Switch went without it. However, now that Nintendo is finally ready to open up the Switch to GameCube controllers, it looks as though a new Super Smash for the Switch could be on the horizon.

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Nintendo Switch Update

The latest Switch update includes USB headphone support as well as supporting GameCube controllers. There is a catch however, gamers will need the USB adapter that was released for the Wii U. This adapter added GameCube controller support for the Wii U but it only worked if people were playing Super Smash Bros. This is where the rumor mill starts heating up.


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The Rumor Mill

Rumors are flying all around this latest update. From GameCube Virtual Console speculation to possible new Super Smash news, things are starting to get exciting. Wii U may have only allowed players to use GameCube controllers specifically for Super Smash Bro’s but right now, gamers on the Switch can play other games with them. Some games, like Fire Emblem Warriors,  lose certain features that are only available with the Switch’s controllers but the GameCube option is available. 

Nintendo Is Committed

Announcements from the company have reassured gamers that they will be developing a version of Smash for the Nintendo Switch. However, they did state that they will not be porting any older I.P’s to the Switch and instead, updating versions of the games specifically for the new console. The new Switch Super Smash could even include all the new characters from Nintendo’s latest games. It would be amazing to see ARMS and Splatoon characters make the list in the next Super Smash installment. This could also help explain the wait for the highly anticipated Super Smash Bros. 

Gigamax Games will be keeping a close eye on any other hints Nintendo drops about an upcoming Smash Bros for their new system. The Switch put Nintendo back on the map and Super Smash Bros has been a consistent hit for the video game company. It only makes sense they will be delivering this game to players relatively soon.

When do you think the world will get their hands on the Nintendo Switch Super Smash? Let us know in the comments!

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The Nintendo Switch May Not Make It Home for the Holidays

The Nintendo Switch May Not Make It Home for the Holidays

During a recent speaking event, CEO of Nintendo America Reggie Fils-Aime said that the company could not guarantee the availability of the Switch this Holiday season. As of now, the executive has elaborated further on what he meant by the statement.

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Speaking to The Financial Times, Fils-Aime said that the console’s supply chain was “complex” going on to say that there are multiple factors that could be considered “choke points.” Some analysts in Japan are calling out Alps Electric in particular, who makes the necessary components for the Joy-Con controller system. Although, the CEO himself wouldn’t clarify which parts of the supply chain were holding production back.

“There is not one choke point, there are multiple choke points,” Reggie Fils-Aime explained. “I won’t go into any more detail but it’s not just one component. I’m going to make millions of these units to flow into the marketplace. But what I don’t know is what the demand is going to be. And there is a potential that demand is going to outstrip supply.” (http://bit.ly/2ePLXLc)

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Keep Your Fingers Crossed

The executive moved on to say that the company wants to avoid any situation where a consumer wants a Switch and can’t get one. But unfortunately, production realities and the extremely strong demand for the console are making it impossible for him to guarantee that everyone will get their hands on the system.

Fils-Aime finished the interview by stating “We don’t want to have a consumer disappointed by not being able to get one for the holiday season. But managing that complex supply chain is a challenge,” but this has left many Nintendo fans with the feeling that getting a Switch this year is almost hopeless.

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Nintendo has previously stated their intention was to ramp up production this holiday season but it could prove difficult with suppliers creating issues with previously agreed upon terms.  Currently, the company has modeled 10 million Switch sales for the current fiscal year, which ends in March 2018. As for sales, the latest data shows that the console has sold over 4.7 million units worldwide.

Hopefully, Nintendo is able to increase production enough so that most can get the system but unfortunately not even the CEO can be overly optimistic. The holidays are typically rough on retail and new hardware usually sells the fastest. The bright side of the production issue is that this shows the Switch’s growing popularity and how Nintendo is recovering after the disaster that was the Wii U.

Be sure to check back on Gigamax for the latest updates and details surrounding the Nintendo Switch and it’s availability.

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