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Nintendo E3 2018 Highlights: Play Fortnite right now on your Switch

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Nintendo sold more than 40 million units worldwide of the Switch, and if you're not a proud owner, then the E3 showcase should convince you to join the ranks. What can be better than Fortnite on-the-go with better graphics than the mobile version? Nintendo also announced a new Switch exclusive, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, expansions for existing games, and more.

“At E3, we’re showing how Nintendo Switch continues to redefine play, with the broadest range of games people can enjoy together anytime, anywhere,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “Fans who’ve debated which Super Smash Bros. fighter is the best now have the chance to settle their differences once and for all, pitting familiar faces against fresh challengers on stages both new and old. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, and the arrival of Epic’s Fortnite on Nintendo Switch demonstrate the strong momentum Nintendo Switch continues to have through 2018 and beyond.”

Fortnite - The Switch Version

  • Release date: Available now

You can download Fornite right now from the Nintendo Shop. Fortnite is playable in all three Switch modes, Handheld, Tabletop, and TV mode. It is the same 100-player battle royale that we know from the PC and console versions with building mechanics, squad or solo play, resource gathering, and regular updates.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

  • Launch date: 7 December 2018
  • Genre: Fighting
  • Switch Exclusive

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate pits up to eight players against each other in one of the biggest crossover events in gaming history. Every single fighter ever featured in the series’ nearly two-decade run will be in the game. You'll be smashing favourites like Ice Climbers and Pokémon Trainer, as well as newly announced fighters like Ridley from the Metroid series and Inkling from the Splatoon series.

The game will support a variety of controller options; the Nintendo GameCube controllers (original or newly designed), the standard Joy-Con controllers, and the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. According to the press announcement, players from all skill levels will be able to enjoy Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. All current Super Smash Bros. series amiibo figures are compatible with the game, and any fighter’s amiibo figure from other series will also be supported.

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!

  • Launch date: 16 November 2018

The Pokémon adventure expands with "Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! for fans and newcomers alike.

The game features Pokémon from the Kanto region where players can discover fresh and exciting Pokémon encounters and Trainer battles. It is also a shared experience that Trainers can play cooperatively with a friend anytime, anywhere on one Nintendo Switch system. Players can even transfer Kanto region Pokémon into the game from the Pokémon GO app.

"These games serve as an entry point to the Pokémon series for newcomers, but they also provide fun and engaging experiences for Pokémon fans of all ages. A new accessory, called Poké Ball Plus, comes with Mythical Pokémon, Mew and is sold separately from the games. Poké Ball Plus includes a pressable analog stick and button, so players can control the new games entirely with the accessory, if they want."

Super Mario Party

  • Launch date: 05 October 2018

"Inspired by the original Mario Party board game play, the beloved series is coming to Nintendo Switch with new mini-games and play styles that make use of the Joy-Con controllers. Super Mario Party includes features like character-exclusive Dice Blocks that add depth to players’ strategy. Up to four players take turns rolling the dice, and individually race across the board searching for Stars. In Toad’s Rec Room, new gameplay links two games and two Nintendo Switch systems for sideby-side fun."

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

  • Release period: Spring 2019

"Fire Emblem, a turn-based, tactical, role-playing game comes to the Nintendo Switch for the first time. The player can maneuver the main character freely and interact with other characters to build relationships and gather information at various points within the game. Fire Emblem will put new strategic twists on battling, with formations of troops supporting individual units on the battlefield. Players will get to know three main characters – Edelgard, Dimitri and Claude – who play key roles in the story."

Overcooked ! 2

  • Release date: 07 August 2018

"The kitchen mayhem returns in this sequel from Team17 and Ghost Town Games that’s brimming with even more recipes, characters, kitchens and co-op madness. Bake, barbecue or broil with up to three other players in wireless local and online play modes."

Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion

  • Release date: Released

"Play as an Octoling for the very first time in this large-scale downloadable content for the Splatoon™ 2 game! This full-on single-player adventure spans 80 missions starring Agent 8, a new character who awakens on a dark subway platform. Navigate this mysterious underground test facility in a desperate battle to reach the surface of Inkopolis. Escape from these twisted depths, and you’ll finally be able to join multiplayer* matches as an Octoling."

Starlink: Battle for Atlas

  • Release date: 06 October 2018

"In Starlink: Battle for Atlas, you’re part of a group of heroic interstellar pilots, dedicated to saving the Atlas star system from the Forgotten Legion, an evil robot force. Starlink: Battle for Atlas offers a whole new gameplay experience: build your own modular Starship model, mount it on your controller, and take part in epic space combats. Equip your model with different parts and your Starship changes in game in real time. Assemble your fleet, mix and match your pilots, Starships and weapons to create your own play style and defeat the enemy."

Hollow Knight

  • Release date: Released

"Venture through the beautifully hand-drawn, mysterious landscapes of a vast forgotten kingdom in Team Cherry’s Hollow Knight, an action-adventure filled with gripping combat and haunting secrets. Hollow Knight on Nintendo Switch also includes the new items, areas, characters and bosses from the currently released contact packs."

Killer Queen Black

  • Release date: 14 June 2018

"Redesigned from the ground up, the acclaimed arcade extravaganza that became a multiplayer phenomenon is coming to Nintendo Switch. Players can hop on a snail, hoard berries or wipe out the enemy’s queen to claim victory for their team in Liquid Bit and Bumble Bear Games’ Killer Queen Black."


Release period: 2019

"A new fast-paced mech action game from Kenichiro Tsukuda is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2019. Players take their customizable Arsenal powered suit on a variety of missions to thwart the enemy at all costs. They can choose and equip their Arsenal with a multitude of weapons, obtain more from downed enemies and swap them on the fly to suit their strategy in the face of ever-changing threats."

All the rest

Donkey Kong swings into Mario + Rabbids on June 26.  Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass releases on 14 September and takes players on a journey to uncover the full history of Jin and the fall of his homeland, Torna. The Octopath Traveler Prologue Demo arrives June 14, and the full game releases on July 13. SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy releases on September 7 and is a brand-new 2 vs 2 fighting game featuring "The mysterious Mian and deadly Luong."

DRAGON BALL FighterZ releases on the Switch later this year with exclusive features.

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