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Modojo Rewind: E3 Week Madness

Your weekly roundup of the biggest stories in mobile and portable gaming, courtesy of your friends at Modojo.


This week saw the return of E3, the massive trade event that showcases the biggest and boldest announcements and games that players will see in the coming months. With the torrential flood of news from the expo, players are often left inundated with fresh stories — fortunately, Modojo has been on top of the mobile and handheld scene, and we've got all the top stories collected together in one convenient location. Feel free to leave your mount at the stables — this is an E3 journey that can be enjoyed from the comfort of the great hall.

Good News From Nintendo

Since both of Nintendo's current consoles are portable, much of their latest announcements pique the interest of mobile and handheld gamers. 3DS players in particular were excited to learn about Metroid: Samus Returns, a new version of Metroid 2: The Return of Samus reimagined for the 3DS, and Reggie Fils-Aime alleviated player concerns by confirming that Nintendo plans to support the 3DS "into 2018 and beyond."

Naturally, the bulk of Nintendo's news concerned the Nintendo Switch: the company surprise-teased Metroid Prime 4, a new title in the fan-favorite series; a new teaser for Skyrim on the Switch showcased motion controls and amiibo supportKirby is making a return in classic form; and Yoshi will be getting a solo game in 2018.

Ubisoft also came forward to showcase their new title Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle, which is apparently a turn-based strategy affair, and Tsunekazu Ishihara of The Pokemon Company revealed that Game Freak is working on an all-new core Pokemon RPG for the Nintendo Switch.

Not All About The Switch

Naturally, the Switch wasn't the only big topic for mobile and handheld-oriented gamers: Microsoft revealed during their E3 presentation that cross-platform play would soon arrive in Minecraft, a move that looks to unify players on both Xbox One, Windows 10 PCs, and mobile devices.

Ubisoft also revealed a new mobile game called South Park: Phone Destroyer. It's a Clash of Clans-esque tug-of-war-like battler that comes complete with the series' signature humor and all the usual free-to-play mechanics.

Lastly, Bethesda announced an exciting new expansion to The Elder Scrolls: Legends called Heroes of Skyrim that looks to introduce a number of new gameplay mechanics, all of which are based around The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Even better, the expansion is set to release later this month.

With the huge number of stories coming out of E3, it'd be tough to summarize everything in just one page. So, in order to stay fresh with all of the latest stories and guides in the mobile and handheld arena, keep your browser tuned to Modojo.

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