No BINGO for me, but no BINGO for Thatsmapizza either. Although Pizza still gets eight points versus my seven.
What’s really funny, (and not at all intentional, I swear!) is that my BINGO sheet almost looks like the Smash logo, or at least it would look like that if two of these three things happened: 1) Smash Bros. Ultimate launched in September, 2) we got a new Metroid Prime 4 trailer, or 3) I put my prediction for Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion’s launch in June in the spot of 1) or 2). But alas, none of these things happened, and my BINGO card shall remain unfilled.
So let’s go through what I got right or wrong, shall we? Anything correct is in bold.
“Star Fox Racing”
I thought the rumors were true. Perhaps they still are, but it’s not being announced yet? We’ve become dependent on all rumors from “reliable” sources being true, while we know that this isn’t always the case. What can I say? The rumors got me.
5+ 3rd Party Games
Fortnite, Overcooked 2, Killer Queen Black, Hollow Knight, and Starlink: Battle for Atlas were all featured, but there was also Arena of Valor, Pixark, Just Dance 2019, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy, Ninjala, Carcassonne, FIFA 19, ARK: Survival Evolved, Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut, Paladins: Champions of the Realm, Fallout Shelter, Dark Souls Remastered, SNK Heroines, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, The World Ends With You: Final Remix, and Megaman 11. Granted, comparatively very few of these announcements were new, exclusive, or featured for more than three seconds in a sizzle reel, but those weren’t stipulations that I posed, so it counts!
Waluigi in Smash
I could count this considering how he is still an assist trophy, but I knew that I meant him as a playable character, and this sadly did not come to pass.
Metroid Prime Trilogy
No such thing appeared. In fact, aside from a strong Metroid presence in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there wasn’t anything Metroid at all! I still think a Metroid Prime trilogy will happen on Switch, but it wasn’t announced at E3 2018.
I wanted this perhaps the most, especially with the cool tech demo they showed off that they used to make Breath of the Wild, but Zelda also had no presence aside from Smash, which seems to be a running theme.
Reggie body= ready
I watched nearly all of Treehouse Live, but not once did I hear those sacred words uttered. It’s possible that I missed it, but it wouldn’t have won me a BINGO anyway.
Smash Bros. in Sep. ‘18
I thought the online service launching this month proved it, but I suppose not. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is launching on December 7, 2018.
FE trailer- 2018
I went back and forth so much about Fire Emblem Switch launching in 2018 or 2019, but I thought that with Nintendo’s recent reliable track record with release dates, I would give them benefit of the doubt. I should have seen the warning signs, with not a peep on the game since January of 2017, but I was made a fool. Fire Emblem: Three Houses is launching in Spring of 2019.
Spla2n DLC in June
While it wasn’t announced in the presentation, it was at the end of the Splatoon 2 Championship as launching the next day! I didn’t specify (or intend) these predictions to count just for the presentation, so it counts!
There was no Metroid Prime 4 shown, and thus no announcement of Bandai-Namco working on it, despite the rumors.
XC2 DLC- Oct. ‘18
So close! Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s story DLC, Torna~ The Golden Country is launching earlier, on September 14, 2018!
Over 40 min.
Just barely! The entire Nintendo presentation was 42 minutes and 44 seconds long.
Bayonetta 3- 2019
Let’s say it together: Aside from Smash, Bayonetta had no presence.
Sidon in Smash
This was one of the more “out there” predictions, and sure enough it didn’t happen. But Sidon didn’t have any presence whatsoever! Hopefully he’ll be a trophy in Smash?
This one was easy to miss, as it wasn’t in the presentation. But in the intro to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament, when they were showing off all the pro Smash players, they held them in that familiar purgatory. Reggie’s out of purgatory and has a house now!
Ridley in Smash
Woo! I don’t know how many people were actually expecting Ridley to be in Smash, but a lot of people wanted it. I’m not a big Metroid fan in any capacity (Hopefully that will change soon!), but I felt that Nintendo might actually listen to their fans, and they did!
2+ New Surprises
There were exactly two new surprises published by Nintendo, which were Daemon X Machina and Super Mario Party. I know this is vague, but I wasn’t going to stretch it if it didn’t fit.
Metroid Prime 4 Trailer
10+ Games Shown
There were more than ten games in that sizzle reel alone, and exactly ten games shown outside of it, if you want to count the two versions of Pokemon Let’s Go and the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 DLC (which is getting a retail standalone release). No matter how you slice it, it was a lot more than ten.
Super Mario Maker
Nada, although Mario did get Super Mario Party and Mario Tennis Aces, so he’s not confined to just Smash.
90% of Sm4sh Back
I would have put “90%+,” but I ran out of room, so I got this one, as 100% of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is here, and then some! We of course have two new characters in the form of the Inkling and Ridley, but every character from previous Smash games are also back, such as Snake, Young Link, and even Pichu!
3+ new 3DS games
Not a single. One. This to me is the ultimate (hehehe) sign of Nintendo ramping down 3DS support, as even last year the system had a pretty big presence at E3. But not a single segment of the Nintendo Treehouse had any games to show for the 3DS, and that tells you something.
Rex/ Pyra in Smash
This was also a long shot, and it missed. Shulk’s still in, of course, but Rex and Pyra won’t even be in the new story DLC, as it’s a prequel from back before they were made. The base game did get a new challenge mode though, so they can keep busy with that.
Online launch w/ SSB
Unless they delay paid online again, this doesn’t seem to be happening. And even if they do, the BINGO sheet clearly says “June 12-14,” so if it wasn’t announced then, it doesn’t count. And it’s not like I was going to get a BINGO with that anyway.
Why do I plan to write shorter articles and have it end up being over 1,000 words long? It’s a little late and I know my BINGO card is a bit messy, but I hope you enjoyed it anyway! Did you make any BINGO cards for E3? Show me in the comments!