Grab your JoyCon, Nintendo fans, E3 2018 is about to get interesting.
The Japanese gaming giant will take center stage Tuesday with a pre-E3 show that starts literally right before the doors officially open at the LA Convention Center where E3 2018 takes place.
In recent months, Nintendo’s teased a few of the big surprises, and rumors are already circulating about some others, too. Here’s a round-up of what Nintendo fans should expect when they watch Nintendo’s E3 press conference on Tuesday at 12 p.m. Eastern.
This one is pretty much a given by now. What started as a leak on 4chan ended up being verified by Epic Games when an update was pushed to the eShop. The Nintendo Switch subreddit also found an image confirming Epic’s Fortnite will make its way to the Switch. Even better, it looks like the game will be available on Switch starting the same day it’s announced.
It’s not a Nintendo show without more Pokémon. Expect to see more about the newly announced Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee and the yet to be named Pokémon core title for the Switch. There could also be an update about Pokémon GO,, and maybe some news on when Pokémon Quest is coming to mobile phones.
Super Smash Bros. Switch
The next game in the Super Smash Bros. franchise is set to release later this year, but there still a minimal amount of details about it. Super Smash Bros. Switch will likely be the centerpiece of the show and could also lead into an announcement of a major Smash Bros. tournament. Solid Snake is rumored to be in the new Smash, and considering Nintendo’s recent partnerships you can probably expect from than a few surprises from the roster.
A Gimmicky JoyCon Game
Nintendo hasn’t shied away from the Switch’s gimmicky features in the past. Who could forget the instantly forgettable launch title, 1-2 Switch, along with the recently released Nintendo Labo that you probably played with once and then abandoned to collect dust.
Knowing Nintendo, we can probably expect even more JoyCon gimmicks at this year’s E3. Whether that means new Labo creations or an entirely new game remains to be seen.
Some Unusual Genre Game
Nintendo has the occasional breakout game for its iconic characters. In 2014, the company released Hyrule Warriors, a hack-and-slash game made by the team behind the Dynasty Warriors games. There were also those forgetful Mario & Sonic games. Then last year, Nintendo teamed up with Ubisoft for Mario + Rabbids, follow by a Rabbids-Donkey Kong tie-in in 2018.
Now it’s time for another collaboration. My vote? Put Samus Aran in Overwatch. At least until Metroid Prime is released. Speaking of which…
Metroid Prime 4
Metroid Prime 4 was one of the surprises from last year’s Nintendo’s E3 event. Hardly anything was shown, but this time around, there should be some actual gameplay footage of the new game starring Samus and ideally, a 2019 release date. Fingers crossed…