10 Ways Nintendo Dropped The Ball At E3 2018

35 MINUTES of Smash Bros completely sidelined Samus.

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Even before we hit E3 2018, Nintendo Direct videos have meant that lots of smaller announcements were made beforehand. To that end, Nintendo made it clear their E3 would focus on Smash Bros., yet it was at the expense of other games.

Year-on-year, Nintendo keep shows simple, choosing to focus on one big system seller at a time. It started with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and continued with Super Mario Odyssey.

But has it really made sense this year?

For longtime fans who have been left slightly cold with Brawl and Wii U iterations of Smash, it was great. Super Smash Bros Ultimate was welcomed with open arms, but the level of detail shown over small changes to assist trophies, character animations and movesets got tedious pretty quickly.

With great titles like Yoshi missing in action and no mention of the 3DS's future at all, Nintendo's E3 showing left some fans feeling cold.

And that's not all. Fan demand for Animal Crossing on Switch is as strong as ever, and the trailer that was expected for Metroid Prime 4 didn't arrive.

Did Nintendo drop the ball?

10. Way Too Much Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Not only is it an absolute outrage that Luigi doesn't feature on the current boxart for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but what's more annoying is that Nintendo clearly don't understand you can have too much of a good thing.

Imagine: You've watched the Nintendo sizzle reel. You saw the extensive look at Smash Ultimate and how characters were changing for this new entry. You got hyped at the fact EVERY character and all of the stages are getting packed into one game. They're all here!

Then fatigue starts to set in. You wonder whether it really matters how much Donkey Kong's facial animations have been improved, or why it's so important to see exactly how the ice-climbers can fight as a duo. Things take a turn for the technical with blocks, counters, timing seconds worth of invulnerability in slow-mo...

Who was the presentation of Smash aimed at? eSports players? Enthusiasts who compete in local tournaments? The truly hardcore who believe Melee is yet to be bested?

Even after all of this, there was more at their Treehouse event.

Seriously, Nintendo. Even the sweetest ice-cream gets sickly in the end.


Bryan Langley’s first console was the Super Nintendo and he hasn’t stopped using his opposable thumbs since. He is based in Bristol, UK and is still searchin' for them glory days he never had.