Thinking back on this generation, Nintendo has been on one hell of a wild ride. They came off the Nintendo Wii on fire and then just... screwed it up with the Wii U. It wasn’t a bad system, was actually more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3, but they marketed it terribly and in total it sold 14 million units in 4 years. Nintendo was not off to a great start. And then came the Nintendo Switch just last year. It combined Nintendo’s successful handheld division with its 50/50 home console division, and gave us the greatest Nintendo platform in years. A lot of people thought Nintendo was on death row, or at least that they had gone crazy with an idea like the Switch. Even developers, the Pokemon Company included, thought it wouldn’t be a success. And now look at it, one year later, it’s sold over 18 million units. It’s already surpassed the Wii U and just keep growing. And now Nintendo is poised to drop megaton bombs on E3.

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1) Super Smash Bros. Switch

Status: Announced

Release: 2018

Odds: 100%

What can I really say here? Nintendo announced that a brand new Smash Bros. is coming to Switch this year, it will be the focus of their E3, and there will even be a tournament. That about sums it up really.

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2) Pokemon Switch

Status: Announced

Release: 2018 or Later

Odds: 100%

Last year The Pokemon Company dropped the bombshell that Pokemon would be leaving the 3DS after UltraSun & UltraMoon released that year, and moving to its new home on the Nintendo Switch. This isn’t some spin-off like Pokken, it’s a full-fledged mainline RPG. That being said, it’s unknown what the game will look or play like, where it will be set, etc. Information is practically non-existent, even this close to E3 when the new games would have been announced already. So if it’s still releasing this year or even the first half of 2019, E3 will be the best place to do it.

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Rumors have jumped all over the place regarding the setting of the game. Early rumors pointed to a setting based on either Italy or Spain, but more recent rumors, far more numerous as well, point to a reboot of sorts for the series and heading back to the Kanto region featured in Gen 1. Graphically, it might be using Unreal Engine 4 and has been said to be somewhere in between Sun & Moon and Pokken visually. In terms of gameplay, rumors suggested that after the success of Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey, The Pokemon Company and Game Freak decided that it might be time to alter the long standing formula. All rumors though, nothing concrete. We’ll find out eventually.

3) Fire Emblem Switch

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Status: Announced

Release: 2018

Odds: 100%

Last year, about a week after the big Nintendo Switch Presentation in January, Nintendo held a smaller Fire Emblem focused Nintendo Direct. In it, they announced that the next main Fire Emblem title would be coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch, making the remake Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia the last 3DS title. However, since then, nothing has been said about the game and there have practically been zero rumors or leaks about it. And yet, Nintendo maintains that it is still releasing this year. If that holds, Nintendo’s back half of 2018 will be loaded down with their big games.

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4) Metroid Prime 4

Status: Announced

Release: TBA

Odds: 50/50

After many years, Metroid fans are finally getting the game they’ve been asking for(Well, half of them anyway.). Right now all we have is a teaser and the educated guess that it will somehow involve a Metroid and the bounty hunter Sylux. Beyond that we have no other details. Rumors suggest that it’s being developed by Bandai Namco. At the very least, it isn’t a 2018 title, with the better bets being placed on 2019. However, this year we may still get a new trailer for it to keep hype alive.

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5) Bayonetta 3

Status: Announced

Release: TBA

Odds: 100%

Many likely thought they’d never see a Bayonetta 3. The fact that we even got a Bayonetta 2 was a miracle to some. You have Nintendo to thank for these last two, and that’s why they’re exclusive to Nintendo platforms. It’s likely that the gameplay reveal for Bayonetta 3 is being saved for this E3.

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6) Yoshi

Status: Announced

Release: 2018

Odds: 100%

A smaller game than many of Nintendo’s other Switch titles, Yoshi is slated for this year, yet we’ve heard next to nothing since last E3(That seems to be a trend now that I think about it.). So it’s gonna be at this E3 because that’s how Nintendo rolls.

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7) Ace Attorney

Status: Announced

Release: TBA

Odds: 50/50

Capcom has confirmed that the next Ace Attorney game is in development for Nintendo Switch. So flex those pointer fingers in preparation because who knows, it might be at E3 this year.

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8) Octopath Traveler

Status: Announced

Release: July 13th, 2018

Odds: 100%

Probably one of the most anticipated titles on Switch that isn’t from Nintendo, Square Enix plans to release this game on July 13th, so E3 is the last chance for a big blowout prior to release.

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9) Shin Megami Tensei V

Status: Announced

Release: TBA

Odds: 50/50

Yet another series making the jump from 3DS to Switch. As of last year the game was still early in development, so it’s hard to say how much there is to show. We did get a new trailer to confirm the name 6 months ago, but that’s about it. It may or may not have a presence at Nintendo’s E3.