Outgoing Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima says that the company's video game lineup for 2018 hasn't been fully revealed, which means Nintendo may have more surprises to unveil in the coming months. Some were underwhelmed by Nintendo's E3 presentation, which focused heavily on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and didn't include that many major announcements for other titles. However, it appears that Nintendo still has other games in the works for 2018.
At E3 2018, Nintendo shocked fans by revealing that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch will feature every character in franchise history. Other video game announcements included Super Mario Party and Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Nintendo also provided a brief look at Pokemon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! As many were less than impressed with the presentation, Nintendo's stock prices plummeted severely.Related: Microsoft & Nintendo Emphasize Minecraft Cross-Play Together
During his final meeting with Nintendo's shareholders, Kimishima addressed concerns about the company's E3 presentation and its negative impact on their stock prices. Kimishima explained that Nintendo is planning on releasing more information on upcoming products at an appropriate time. According to Kimishima, Nintendo's currently announced lineup for 2018 is "powerful" but not yet complete.
Aside from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo will also release Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu!, Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee!, and Super Mario Party in 2018. Fire Emblem: Three Houses won't launch until next year, and the untitled Yoshi game, which was expected to have a presence at E3, has been delayed until 2019, with more details said to be revealed at a later date. The Pokemon Switch RPG also won't be coming until next year.
Highly anticipated first-party titles Metroid Prime 4 and Bayonetta 3 don't currently have release dates. When they weren't shown at E3, it became doubtful that either game would release in 2018. Their absence disappointed fans of both franchises. In light of Kimishima's comments, it may be possible that one of the two games - or possibly both - could be a part of Nintendo's 2018 lineup after all. The inclusion of either game could potentially allay concerns about the company's plans for the year.
Outside of Metroid Prime 4 and Bayonetta 3, it's hard to say what Nintendo may have on this year's schedule. There's a good chance that Nintendo will reveal the rest of its lineup at this year's Gamescom, which will be held at the end of August in Cologne, Germany.