As gamescom kicks off in Cologne, Germany, Nintendo reveals new details on what fans can expect throughout the week, including new gameplay from already-announced Nintendo Switch titles including Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Party, and DAEMON X MACHINA from Marvelous, while visitors to the show can play a range of upcoming titles, including the world’s first hands-on with Super Mario Party and the recently-announced Diablo III Eternal Collection from Blizzard Entertainment.
Following on from the recent Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct that took an in-depth look at the upcoming fight-fest, coming to Nintendo Switch on 7th December, fans can watch brand new footage of the newly-announced characters King K. Rool, Dark Samus, and Chrom in battle, with two full matches straight from the development team in Japan. Watch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – King K. Rool gameplay and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Dark Samus and Chrom gameplay (2 on 2, Stage Morph) on Nintendo’s official YouTube channel.
Meanwhile, anyone craving fast-paced mech action should have DAEMON X MACHINA from Marvelous firmly on their radar. Coming to Nintendo Switch in 2019, this new title from producer Kenichiro Tsukuda sees players take fully customisable powered suits called Arsenals into a variety of missions. Fans can see more later in the week when Mr Tsukuda will show off brand new gameplay in a video filmed in Nintendo’s RedCube studio at gamescom. Before then, be sure to check out the DAEMON X MACHINA – gamescom 2018 teaser.
Also coming later this week, get primed for a look at brand new gameplay from the upcoming standalone story expansion Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country, in a RedCube video to be published at the end of the week.
Mario Tennis Aces is welcoming a fresh face soon, as Diddy Kong will soon join the fun. This speedy competitor, with his vine-swinging special shot, will be immediately available to players who play during the next tournament, running between 1st and 30th September. Once the tournament ends, he’ll then be unlocked for everyone, regardless of whether they participated in the tournament or not. Get a first look at him in action in the Mario Tennis Aces – Diddy Kong trailer on YouTube.
In more Mario news, Nintendo Switch owners can now pre-order Super Mario Party in Nintendo eShop and will receive double My Nintendo Gold Points when the game is released, while end-of-year party planners can pick up a limited bundle containing a Joy-Con Pair (Neon Green/Neon Pink) and a physical copy of the game from 23rd November. All visitors to Nintendo’s booth in Hall 9 can try out five of the new minigames themselves, ahead of the game’s release on 5th October.
Mario’s brother Luigi is set for an especially busy month in October, as on top of his appearance in Super Mario Party, Luigi’s Mansion for Nintendo 3DS family systems is hitting shelves and Nintendo eShop in Europe on 19th October.
Fans of comics and graphic novels will be excited to hear that InkyPen, an application for reading digital comic books, will be launching exclusively for Nintendo Switch in November. The InkyPen app will be available to download via Nintendo eShop, and users will pay a flat monthly subscription fee to read as many comics as they like, including popular series such as Sonic The Hedgehog, Judge Dredd, and Transformers, with more to be added in the future. Comic fans can see it in action with the new InkyPen comes to Nintendo Switch trailer on YouTube and find out more at the official InkyPen website.