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Nintendo E3 2018 conference live report

I hope you like Smash! All the news as it happened.

Smash, Smash and even more Smash. The big shows of this year's E3 wrapped with Nintendo giving a breakneck rundown of upcoming games - Fortnite! DragonBall FighterZ! Fire Emblem: Three Houses! - then lingering for what seemed like an eternity on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which collates everything ever in the Nintendo universe and then lets it all knock the crap out of itself. All the news, as it happened.

Our live coverage of this event has finished.

Coverage

Hi, hello and how do you do.

Martin Robinson

I'm back in my shed in Lewisham for the last big show of E3, because if I had to listen to the theme tune to Wario Land on the Virtual Boy one more time I was about to kill someone in the office.

Martin Robinson

Just over half an hour to go, and I'm excited.

Martin Robinson

Well, I'm pretty much always excited, but I'm extra excited right now.

Martin Robinson

And I don't even like Smash.

Martin Robinson

Preach.

Martin Robinson

Games_Should_Be_Fun: You mean to say you're not in LA, Martin?

If you mean LewishAm then yes, I am.

Martin Robinson

Even though I don't like Smash, I still buy them.

Martin Robinson

Mostly for the menus - Sakurai games have the best menus - but essentially for the music.

Martin Robinson

Martin Robinson

But also I buy them because I'm a Nintendo idiot.

Martin Robinson

That's pretty much why I still play - and enjoy - Smash games. They're wonderful interactive museums of Nintendo history.

Martin Robinson

With a so-so fighting game strapped to them.

Martin Robinson

So, what are we expecting beyond Smash?

Martin Robinson

There'll be a look at Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, which I hope will be brief.

Martin Robinson

Not because I don't want to play it - I really do - but because I've been playing the Japanese version for a few months now and I don't think there's much they can tell us we don't already know.

Martin Robinson

We're due a Fire Emblem game this year, so surely that'll show up.

Martin Robinson

A few more Wii U ports maybe? New Super Mario Bros U, Pikmin 3, Tokyo Mirage Sessions perhaps.

Martin Robinson

I don't think Metroid Prime 4 is a 2018 game, so I'm doubtful we'll see it today. I could be wrong though.

Martin Robinson

Same goes for Starfox GP - Nintendo has Pokémon and Smash this Christmas and they won't want to put too much else up against those two behemoths.

Martin Robinson

My personal wishlist?

Martin Robinson

A stealth drop for Dark Souls Remastered.

Martin Robinson

Diablo 3 Switch announced and dated.

Martin Robinson

A new OS for Switch which brings folders and video apps, and it's out NAAAOOOW.

Martin Robinson

And something - ANYTHING - with Birdo in it.

Martin Robinson

Oh, and one final thing. Arms amiibo.

Martin Robinson

Miyamotosan: So, are we all playing Fork Knife tonight?

Hell yes.

Martin Robinson

MatMan562: We'll get at least one Arms amiibo when they bring Spring Man and/ or Ribbon Girl to Smash

But I want Min-Min...

Martin Robinson

Less than ten minutes to go, I'm downing a pot of coffee so I could either just go off on one or wet myself out here in my shed.

Martin Robinson

It could go either way, but that's the thrill of E3. You never know what's coming next.

Martin Robinson

Will it? Have I fallen asleep and am now live texting E3 2019? I need to catch up - what have I missed?

Martin Robinson

Unless it's a Taylors or a nice ten year old tawny.

Martin Robinson

That was the worst joke ever. I'm sorry. I'm tired.

Martin Robinson

Kiliko: So are we thinking we're going to see Car Fox or?

I reckon not, but I'm often - actually, no, always - wrong.

Martin Robinson

I would play that.

Martin Robinson

And we are go.

Martin Robinson

Hold on to your hats.

Martin Robinson

We start with mechs.

Martin Robinson

Solaire in Smash please, Nintendo

Paul Watson

It's not Gundam, by the looks of it. It does look awesome though, because mechs.

Martin Robinson

Could it be a Monolith joint of some sort?

Martin Robinson

And it's a 2019 game, so that promise of only 2018 games was broken quickly.

Martin Robinson

This, though, is definitely Xenoblade.

Martin Robinson

A proper big expansion, it seems.

Martin Robinson

Nope, it's Daemon X Machina from Marvelous Entertainment.

Martin Robinson

Kami: Daemon X Machina, Martin.

Thanks for the spot, have fixed!

Martin Robinson

Torna - The Golden Country, and it's coming to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in September.

Martin Robinson

And we're back in Reggie's living room.

Martin Robinson

He sleeps right there in his living room, standing up.

Martin Robinson

November 16th for Let's Go, which I think we knew.

Martin Robinson

Oh here's Mario Party.

Martin Robinson

The ability to combine Switch consoles does look inspired.

Martin Robinson

Even if it is just another Mario Party.

Martin Robinson

Super Mario Party, coming October 5th.

Martin Robinson

AND THIS LOOKS LIKE FIRE EMBLEM.

Martin Robinson

My computer did all-caps of its own accord.

Martin Robinson

Fire Emblem Three Houses.

Martin Robinson

We haven't seen Fire Emblem on a home console for a long time.

Martin Robinson

And good god does it look *incredible*.

Martin Robinson

No, it's Advance Wars but you can get the tanks to bang and have little baby tanks.

Martin Robinson

And here's Fortnite on Switch.

Martin Robinson

Surprise!

Martin Robinson

It's out today. It's only 2GB. It's free. Go and play it now.

Martin Robinson

A lot of this stuff leaked already, but it's still all very welcome - Overcooked 2, for example.

Martin Robinson

A game that would have been perfect for the Switch first time around if only it was optimised a little better - here's hoping they've sorted that for the sequel.

Martin Robinson

It's out August 7th.

Martin Robinson

Killer Queen Black - a modern indie arcade hit - is next.

Martin Robinson

And then there's Hollow Knight.

Martin Robinson

And it's out today.

Martin Robinson

Oh that's a lot of stuff to play tonight when I collapse in a heap on the sofa after all this.

Martin Robinson

There's a new Octopatch Traveller demo coming on June 14th.

Martin Robinson

And you can transfer save data to the final thing when it's out on July 14th.

Martin Robinson

DragonBall FighterZ confirmed - with a nondescript 2018 date.

Martin Robinson

Paladins and Fallout Shelter, both out now - and Dark Souls Remastered makes an appearance with no firm date still, so that's not out as soon as I'd hoped.

Martin Robinson

Not that I'm wanting for things to play on the Switch tonight.

Martin Robinson

Shinya Takahashi is up next for an update from Kyoto.

Martin Robinson

And it's into Smash, which I imagine will take up the rest of today's presentation.

Martin Robinson

The ever youthful Masahiro Sakurai takes centre stage to run us through what looks like - as we expected - an updated version of the Wii U and 3DS versions of Smash.

Martin Robinson

My favourite Sakurai story, which no-one will care about but hey I know nothing about Smash so have nothing to add to what's going on on-screen at the moment.

Martin Robinson

Is when he was interviewed about his home AV set-up.

Martin Robinson

And gave some insight into how he goes about labelling and deciding on what console gets what HDMI input.

Martin Robinson

Xbox One in HDMI 1, which makes sense. Wii was in HDMI 2 - the two 'ii's was the reason it was there.

Martin Robinson

PS3 and PS4 speak for themselves really.

Martin Robinson

Because obviously V for Vita also equals 5 in roman numerals.

Martin Robinson

I don't know why I enjoy that so much.

Martin Robinson

This was pre-Switch.

Martin Robinson

It also just impresses me that he's got a TV with five HDMI inputs.

Martin Robinson

Anyway what did I miss?

Martin Robinson

Is Ecco in this?

Martin Robinson

Kiliko: So is it a port or not? I genuinely can't tell.

It looks like it uses the Wii U version as a foundation and then layers on plenty on top.

Martin Robinson

Then he'd put his PlayStation Vita TV in HDMI 5!

Martin Robinson

vert1go: But how many graphics is it Martin?

Not quite all of them, but enough of them I think to make people happy about the graphics they are getting.

Martin Robinson

That's a good point.

Martin Robinson

vert1go: Excellent, no need for a DF article now.

I'll tell Rich and co to take the day off.

Martin Robinson

I really think the big unanswered question after this info dump.

Martin Robinson

Is what HDMI input does Sakurai use for the Switch?

Martin Robinson

I'd be amazed if he's still got the Vita TV plugged in.

Martin Robinson

But on what grounds can you justify putting the Switch in slot five when the rest is so perfectly reasoned?

Martin Robinson

It throws everything out of whack.

Martin Robinson

Maybe he's like 'fuck it' and just never plays docked.

Martin Robinson

!

Martin Robinson

Oooooh that could be it!

Martin Robinson

This is also a good theory.

Martin Robinson

I think we might have cracked it.

Martin Robinson

Is this Smash thing still going on?

Martin Robinson

I can't even use that as an excuse. This is me sober.

Martin Robinson

Inklings are new, though I think we knew that from the reveal a while back.

Martin Robinson

I'd take Sakurai's HDMI switcher as a character too.

Martin Robinson

All the Wii U and 3DS stages in.

Martin Robinson

This might be a bit too much detail though for a general Direct. Couldn't they have given this its own Direct?

Martin Robinson

On the plus side I think we can probably now review the game after this Direct showing.

Martin Robinson

As someone who's not super invested in Smash, this might be one of the worst Nintendo E3 shows since that time they brought out Wii Music.

Martin Robinson

We're ending with an announcement of a new fighter.

Martin Robinson

It is Ridley.

Martin Robinson

Did you know that Ridley is so called after someone associated with a famous sci-fi movie series?

Martin Robinson

I think it was after seeing The Force Awakens and really enjoying it Sakurai named her after Daisy Ridley.

Martin Robinson

Which also explains why Daisy is in this too.

Martin Robinson

Well, that was that. It's over.

Martin Robinson

I'm super excited about the new Fire Emblem. I'm looking forward to playing Fortnite in about 15 minutes.

Martin Robinson

But the rest wasn't so convincing. If you're a Smash fan, though, you must be in heaven.

Martin Robinson

Nintendo's 2018 looks a little light after that. Here's hoping they've got more up their sleeves.

Martin Robinson

A slightly downbeat end to what, I think, has been a pretty stellar few days of E3 conferences.

Martin Robinson

And of course the show hasn't even started yet.

Martin Robinson

Wes, Tom, Aoife and Johnny will be bringing you news and impressions from the showfloor of all the big games.

Martin Robinson

I, meanwhile, am collapsing in a heap and then heading to Le Mans to watch cars drive in circles for 24 hours because who needs sleep?

Martin Robinson

It's been lovely hanging out with you all the past few days. Let's do this again sometime, yeah?

Martin Robinson

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