Nintendo’s 2018 Highlights
Last year was an explosive time for Nintendo thanks to the launch of the Nintendo Switch. Did 2018 match it? Let’s take a look at some of the biggest Nintendo highlights from 2018 and find out.
In a move no one was expecting, Nintendo kicked off the year with the announcement of Nintendo Labo, a cardboard-based toy platform that makes use of the Nintendo Switch to play games with the constructed “Toy-Cons.” The first Nintendo Labo kits were released in April, and while it’s certainly an odd idea, it was an interesting combination of toys and games.
3DS is Still Alive
Long after I expected Nintendo to drop support for the 3DS, it continued to get new game announcements. WarioWare Gold, Detective Pikachu, Luigi’s Mansion, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker are a few of the new 3DS games released in 2018, with even more still planned for 2019. Will 2019 be the 3DS’s last year, or will support for it continue longer still?
Luigi’s Mansion 3 is Announced
Rumors circulated about a new Luigi’s Mansion game for quite a while, and then Nintendo finally revealed it with a short teaser trailer. While we haven’t seen much of it yet, we should get more Luigi’s Mansion 3 news next year. Here’s hoping it’s similar to the first game.
Nintendo Switch Online Finally Launches
After months of speculation from fans and silence from Nintendo, we finally learned the full details of Nintendo’s new online service for the Switch, which then launched in September. While it’s not perfect and still relies on the smartphone app, the inclusion of NES games with added online multiplayer is an intriguing idea that Nintendo could expand into something fantastic.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is Released
Finally, the biggest news for many Nintendo fans was the announcement and release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While its initial announcement left fans debating whether it was a port or a new entry, it was later revealed to be the biggest Smash Bros. game to date, with a massive roster of characters and multiple game modes. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate came out on December 7 to great acclaim.
While these were some of the biggest moments, this wasn’t all we saw from Nintendo’s 2018, of course. The Alliance Alive, the return of Yo-Kai Watch, Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s impressive standalone expansion, and much more helped make this a great year for Nintendo. What were the biggest highlights for you?