As the last company to give a presentation at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), all eyes were on Nintendo to deliver a stellar presentation. Before the show, Nintendo revealed that their direct would focus only on software for the Nintendo Switch. Sorry, 3DS! Fans were treated to several surprises and well as received more details on previously announced games including Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Astral Chain, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, DLC fighters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and even a teaser for a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild!
The direct started by revealing the hero character from Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, as well as other characters from the Dragon Quest series, will be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the next DLC fighter(s). The characters’ moves are heavily inspired by turn-based RPG combat, which is a staple of the Dragon Quest series. The hero character will come to the game this summer.
Later in the direct, another DLC character was revealed. After several rumors and leaks, Banjo-Kazooie was finally confirmed to be coming to the game as DLC fighter three, releasing in the fall.
Shortly after revealing the hero for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there was a new trailer for the Switch version of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition S revealing the release date to be Sept. 27, 2019.
After that, Nintendo took a deep dive into Luigi’s Mansion 3, one of Nintendo’s major first party titles releasing this year. In the game Luigi as well Mario, Peach, and some Toads get invited to stay at a luxurious, but very haunted hotel.
This time around, Luigi is equipped with a brand new Poltergust, equipped with several new tools never before seen in previous titles. Players will now be able to shoot plungers that pull objects, slam ghosts, create a massive burst that will boost Luigi in the air, as well as Gooigi, which allows players to traverse the hotel in brand new ways. You can also pass a Joy-con to a friend and play co-op with one person playing as Luigi and the other controlling Gooigi.
The trailer also showed off the online multiplayer mode, ScareScraper. Like in the 3DS game, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, there will be a randomly generated floor for players to work together to clear.
Strangely, the game still does not have a concrete release date but is still slated for 2019.
In a somewhat surprising announcement, Jim Henson and Netflix are working on a tie-in game for its new show Dark Crystal, titled The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics arriving on Aug. 31, 2019.
Nintendo then moved onto The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. The game is shaping up to be just as magical as the original. New to this version, however, is the “Amber Dungeons” where players can create their own Zelda-style levels. Completing these will award players essential items like a fairy bottle. Nintendo also revealed that the game would be releasing on Sept. 20, 2019.
Next, Nintendo showed off a remake for Trials of Mana, the third title in the series. The original 1995 action-RPG never released in North America. This game will join the first two in a trilogy called Collection of Mana, which is out now on the eShop!
After revealing gameplay mechanics in the previous Nintendo direct, Nintendo decided to show off story elements in a brand new cinematic trailer for Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The story seems to be taking a darker and more dramatic turn from what we’ve seen so far in previous trailers. Characters mention “opening hearts” and “both sides of time” possibly hinting at brand new game mechanics. The game will release on July 26, 2019.
In a live-action commercial, Nintendo revealed that Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 would be coming to the Switch in the fall. The games will be joining Resident Evil 0, Resident Evil, and Resident Evil 4.
That’s not the only third-party support the Switch will be getting this year. After being very heavily rumored for months, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition will be coming to the Switch sometime this year. However, the port does not have a solid release date yet.
After a tease from developer Suda51, Travis Touchdown will be making his return with his awesome katana and goofy one-liners in No More Heroes 3, which will be arriving sometime in 2020.
Since there was just a direct for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield last week, Nintendo didn’t spend too much time on it, but they did reveal that the Poké Ball Plus will be compatible with the game, not as a controller, but players can still use it to take Pokémon with them on the go.
Astral Chain got a more in-depth trailer, showing off gameplay and story elements. In the game, extra-dimensional enemies called chimera are threatening the city you are sworn to protect. You play as a member of the police force who uses an “astral chain” to take control of one these monsters and turn them into “a legion.” Once connected, your legion can be used in combat, to solve puzzles, as well as get through in-game obstacles. The game will release on Aug. 30, 2019.
Since its original announcement, many fans have speculated that Cadence of Hyrule, the Zelda spinoff of Crypt of the Necrodancer would be shadow dropped during E3. Fans were proven right as the game will be launching tomorrow on June 13.
One of the biggest games shown off during the direct was Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Since Nintendo initially teased a new Animal Crossing game in the September 2018 Nintendo Direct, fans have been begging for information. Today was their day of salvation, as the game was finally fully revealed. The game is set on a deserted island and players will be able to pick up resources to craft items as well as visit other island residents. There will also be a significant focus on multiplayer. Sadly, the game has been delayed to March 20, 2020.
Right at the end of the direct, Nintendo did their classic, “one more thing” and dropped one of the biggest bombshells of E3. A direct sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now in development. In the trailer, we see Link and Zelda exploring the depths of Hyrule castle, to find the decaying body of Ganondorf from what many believe to be The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The corpse wakes up and stares at Zelda before quickly cutting to the exterior of Hyrule castle as it appears to rise out of the ground. This sequel will likely be in the same vein as The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, where the art style and gameplay mechanics will remain largely the same from the previous title.
Other games that were shown off in the direct include, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Dead by Daylight, Stranger Things 3: The Game, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Just Dance 2020, New Super Lucky’s Tale, Minecraft: Dungeons, Ni No Kuni Remake: Wrath of the White Witch, Catan, The Sinking City, Alien Isolation, Hollow Knight: Silksong, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition, Dauntless, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Doom Eternal, The Elder Scrolls Blades, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Empire of Sin, Panzer Dragoon, Daemen X Machina, and Contra: Rogue Corps.
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