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Nintendo likes to surprise us, but, as E3 2018 approached, leaks that started to surface had not only surrounded Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee!.

We now know that reports were correct in the Ice Climbers returning and Ridley being added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the globally popular Fortnite landing on Nintendo Switch, and even several other games like Paladins, Overcooked 2 and Killer Queen Black being announced and playable on the show floor.

Throw in the Retro Studios-developed Star Fox: Grand Prix, which was a surprising absence this week, and it’s understandable to hear from Nintendo of America president and chief operating officer Reggie Fils-Aime
that the company finds it “really disappointing” when it happens.

“You know, as a company, we want to surprise and delight our fans. That’s what we live to do,” Fils-Aime told IGN. “So when leaks happen, it’s really disappointing. We work hard to maintain the confidentiality of our information.

“In this day and age where everyone has a camera and everyone is looking for their 10 seconds of internet fame, it’s really tough. But we try hard, very hard to keep our information confidential and keep leaks from happening.”

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.