E3 2018: All the conferences and where to watch them

E3 2018: All the conferences and where to watch them 11

E3 and all its related events are only a few days away. Between conferences, fan events, and all the other places announcements are happening, you might be unsure as to where everything you need to see is going down. We at CGM have got you covered with a rundown of all the conferences and where and when to watch them, and if you need to figure out when these Eastern times are in your time zone, here’s a converter.

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Dark Souls, South Park and Smash Bros. Headline Today’s Nintendo Direct Smashing Ports!

Everything Announced in Today's Nintendo Direct 4

Today’s Nintendo Direct was chalk full of surprises and game announcements! Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Direct that was.

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Nintendo Direct Expectations: March 2018 Diablo, Smash Bros, Bayonetta Oh My!

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Whether it’s beating up your friends as your favourite Nintendo characters, challenging the armies of the devil himself or being a stylish witch who faces off against angels and demons, everyone has a reason to be excited for the Nintendo Direct tonight.

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Super Mario Odyssey Inflates with First DLC

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Not only was Super Mario Odyssey one of Nintendo’s first big releases on the Switch, but it was a game of the year contender as well. So, it comes as no surprise that Nintendo released a new Direct where they announced that there will be a new DLC pack called “Balloon World.”

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Nintendo Direct Recap: Pokemon, Kirby, Wolfenstein, and More

Nintendo Direct Recap: Pokemon, Kirby, Wolfenstein, and More

Updates to Fire Emblem Warriors and Splatoon 2 are just some of the announcements that were released through today’s Nintendo Direct presentation.

Kirby: Battle Royale is a new 3D brawler that throws you and your friends into a variety of multiplayer modes. Expect this title to release on January 19 on the Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo is rounding up the top minigames from the main Mario Party series and throwing them into Mario Party: The Top 100. The update’s assortment of minigames is set to release on November 10 for the 3DS.

Minecraft is headed to the 3DS! The portable version will come with both the Survival and Creative modes, along with five skin packs and two texture packs. The game is currently available on the eShop and is exclusive to New Nintendo 3DS systems.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is still set for its November 3 release, but we did get some new updates. The story will primarily feature Necrozma as it takes over Solgaleo and Lunala, the legendaries of the Generation 7. Pre-ordering will get you a Rockruff that can evolve into the new Dusk Form Lycanroc. New clothing and style options were also shown off.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is still set for its December 1 release on the Nintendo Switch. A new Pro Controller themed after the title was announced, along with a special edition that includes a soundtrack CD, a metal case, and an art book.

DOOM and Wolfenstein II will see a release on the Switch. No word on whether or not these editions will have special features. DOOM will be released this holiday while Wolfenstein II is set for 2018.

Fire Emblem Warriors is getting a new playable character in the form of the classic hero Lyn.

Kirby Star Allies is the name of the new Kirby title announced at E3 2017. The Switch title will allow characters to recruit enemies while playing cooperatively with up to three friends. Kirby is set to release next spring.

Splatoon 2 and ARMS are both getting free content updates. Splatoon 2 will get two new stages while ARMS will get the new playable fighter, Lola Pop.

The new Champions amiibo figures based on the characters from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are set to release on November 10.

Super Mario Odyssey got a ton of new announcements, all of which you can read here.

Nintendo Direct Shows Strong Momentum For Nintendo

Nintendo Direct Shows Strong Momentum For Nintendo

The second Nintendo Direct since the passing of Satoru Iwata showed a strong push for Nintendo, promising a strong summer lineup.

Showcased for the WiiU was further gameplay for Starfox Zero, was well as an official April 22

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release date. Not only that, but a spin-off game (originally showcased at E3 2014) titled StarFox: Guard where players will set up 12 cameras to find and defeat enemies who are attacking the mining site of Slippy Toad’s uncle, Grippy Toad. The game includes about 100 stages, but players can also create their own stages by editing the placement of enemies and uploading their levels online.

Along with updates to Super Mario Maker, and Splatoon, Shin Megami Tensai’s Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (which I officially couldn’t care less about now) as well as Lost Reavers coming to WiiU, the biggest announcement for WiiU was Paper Mario: Color Splash. Looking very similar to Sticker Star the game looks to blend gameplay elements from Sticker Star with a new color-based and painting mechanics. Being one of the few defenders of Sticker Star, I’ll be reserving judgments of gameplay, but I must say Paper Mario looks incredible in HD.

For the 3DS, Nintendo is rolling out a new Kirby game: Kirby: Planet Robobot which has Kirby piloting a giant mech. Enough said. Along side Planet Robobot will be an official line of Kirby amiibos, so anyone who missed a chance to get a Meta-Knight can lament no more!

Nintendo also showed off more gameplay for the much loathed Metroid Prime: Federation Force, as well as Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation the third entry to the Fates story. Nintendo also showed gameplay for Bravely Second, Hyrule Legends and rolled out Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past which is being remade from the ground up for the 3DS.

The biggest reveal for the 3DS was Monster Hunter: Generations which looks just as good as the latest Monster Hunter offerings on 3DS, as well as showing off some interesting new features. Also being added to the 3DS is the inclusion of SNES games to the 3DS eShop, and while some may lament buying many of the games they already have for a third time, it would be pretty cool to play Earthbound on the bus, so sign me up!

Overall, this looks to be a promising summer for Nintendo.