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Nintendo Switch Game Play Roundup from E3 2018

Read on to the end for a special, limited time offer from Nintendo!

June 15, 2018

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By: Cara Stevens 

Nintendo's 2018 new releases for the Switch are set to be a smash hit in more ways than one. 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nintendo's 2018 new releases for the Switch are set to be a smash hit in more ways than one. With a completely reimagined Super Smash Bros. tournament, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate lets up to eight players square off in action-packed battles that are all about using their favorite video game characters to smash their opponents off the screen. Creative new power-ups and surprising secret shots give players even more opportunities to hone their fighting skills in new and exciting ways. Seasoned gamers will enjoy the opportunity to craft complex moves and combinations with their strongest fighters, while newbies and little siblings can hold their own in a fight using basic commands and all-around fighters.

The game includes every single fighter ever featured in the series, making it one of the biggest crossovers in gaming history, and includes newly announced fighters like Ridley from the Metroid series and Inkling from Splatoon.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is set to launch December 7, 2018, just in time for the holidaysSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate is set to launch December 7, 2018, just in time for the holidaysCourtesy of Nintendo

Fortnite

Fortnite, the Battle Royale massive multiplayer experience from Epic Games, is now available for download from the Nintendo eShop for free play on the Nintendo Switch. Join the fun cross platform, building and battling, teaming up online with friends in the same room or players around the world. There will be weekly updates and new gameplay modes to keep the action fresh for seasoned Fortnite players and newcomers alike.

Fortnite is now available as a free download on the Nintendo SwitchFortnite is now available as a free download on the Nintendo SwitchCourtesy of Nintendo

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

Nintendo also offered E3 guests a first look at two Pokémon games set to launch for the Nintendo Switch system on Nov. 16. Pick your partner -- Pikachu or Evee -- and head off on an adventure through the Kanto region. You'll encounter Pokémon and battle with other Trainers, and even team up with a friend online.

With this new Pokémon game, the Nintendo Switch is more portable than ever. It allows you to transfer Kanto region Pokémon into the game from your Pokémon Go app!

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! And Pokémon: Let's Go, Evee! arrive in stores November 16, 2018Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! And Pokémon: Let's Go, Evee! arrive in stores November 16, 2018Courtesy of Nintendo

But wait, there's more! If you have a passion for catching 'em all, the new Poké Ball Plus will blow you away with its sheer awesomeness. Attach the wrist strap, grasp the Poké Ball in your hand, and aim it at the screen for the most realistic Pokémon catching action yet. The button acts as a pressable analog joystick that can be controlled with the flick of a finger so you can explore the environment and control the game entirely through the accessory ball. The Poké Ball Plus comes with Mew, the Mythical Pokémon, and is sold separately from the game.

The new Poké Ball plus makes it easier than ever to catch wild PokémonThe new Poké Ball plus makes it easier than ever to catch wild PokémonCourtesy of Nintendo

Mario Tennis Aces

Tennis IRL may be a gentleman's sport, but when Super Mario and the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom characters hit the courts, it's a no-holds-barred all-out battle! Rated E for Everyone, you can play with up to four players at a time, play against the CPU, or battle online to rack up your experience and unlock more features. You can serve up everything from basic shots to trick shots to split-second blocks, charge up your energy to leap after the ball, break your opponent's racket, and even knock them out in a super KO move!

You can play using a standard controller or put your Joy-Con controller into Swing Mode and swing it like an actual tennis racket for a little extra exercise and more realistic playing action. Enter Tournament Mode to play against CPU opponents in the Mushroom Cup, Flower Cup, or Star Cup, and enter Adventure Mode to level up, fight bosses, and stop Wario, Waluigi, and the legendary racket.

Mario Tennis Aces gameplay is the most realistic Nintendo tennis play yet, comparable to EA Sports' Grand Slam Tennis 2 in terms of control and physics, while it retains the fun, playability, and excitement of a Nintendo game where everyone can play together at all levels.

Mario Tennis Aces is available June 22, 2018Mario Tennis Aces is available June 22, 2018Courtesy of Nintendo

A special, limited-time offer from Nintendo

To celebrate E3 2018, Nintendo eShop will offer savings on select digital games that helped make some of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game’s fighters famous, as well as other great digital games on Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. The sale kicked off on June 14 at 9 a.m. PT, and runs until 8:59 a.m. PT on Thursday, June 21. The full listing of digital games on sale are posted ton e3.nintendo.com/sale and can be purchased directly from the website for download or in Nintendo eShop.

Have Your Say

Which Nintendo game are you most excited to try? Who is your favorite Super Smash Bros. character of all time? Comment below!