With E3 underway, Nintendo was excited to show off their latest lineup of games exclusive for the Nintendo Switch. As they have been for the past few years they were the last to present their showcase in their traditional Nintendo Direct style rather than taking a stage and presenting information there. With updates, new releases, and a few surprises, Nintendo fans will have a lot to talk about over the next year. This was the first Nintendo Direct that introduced Doug Bowser as the new President of Nintendo of America, but to keep things lighthearted they brought in Bowser first which I thought was a charming touch.
Breath Of The Wild Sequel Announced
Here we’ll start with what Nintendo wrapped up with. With one last surprise trailer, we were given a small look at Link and Zelda from Breath of the Wild traveling what appears to be in cave, but come across something sinister as a foul evil awakens. The video is then cut to a message stating that the Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel is in development with no given estimate of release.
New Super Smash Bros Ultimate Fighters
Nintendo revealed not one, but two new fighters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and their Fighter Pass DLC. The second fighter to be introduced to the game via DLC is The Hero from Dragon Quest. This collaboration between Smash and Dragon Quest is the first and will give players the option to play multiple heroes from the series via costume change in this critically acclaimed game. The big surprise announcement to many was the introduction of Banjo-Kazooie as the third fighter lined up in the DLC. Showing off a more traditional moveset that players are familiar with, it’s safe to say that both new fighters will fit in perfectly with the series. The Hero will release sometime this Summer 2019, and Banjo-Kazooie will release sometime in Fall 2019.
Animal Crossing fans rejoice! The new game in the series has finally been revealed after a tease was released back in late 2018. Dubbed Animal Crossing: New Horizons, players will find themselves on a deserted island and will build their community from the ground up with the help of Tom Nook and Co. Players will craft items and tools to successfully build their community, and players can cooperate on one island to be the best it can be. During the Treehouse Event, we learned that if two people have a house on the same island they can play simultaneously on one screen with a joycon each. The slated release date is March 20th, 2020.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 Gameplay
The next major lineup was Luigi’s Mansion 3, a game that was already confirmed to be playable at the Nintendo Booth at E3. Going into more detail we learn Luigi and the crew wind up in a haunted hotel during a vacation, and now using a new version of the Poltergust, he will need to take on many challenges with new skill sets, and with optional co-op play, in order to save his friends and brother. This touched on a couple of things we wanted to see in the game. Also, he can poop out a goo-clone of himself called Goouigi which is just so classy.
Dragon Quest XI & The Dark Crystal
Dragon Quest XI and a new indie title based on The Dark Crystal movie was also announced for release on the Switch. Dragon Quest XI has a new definitive version for the Switch that allows players to play through the game in a beautiful HD mode, or return to the classic SNES look. The Dark Crystal Tactics is a strategy RPG that resembles much like Final Fantasy Tactics in gameplay and characters.
The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
First teased near the end of 2018 The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening was one of the main highlights for this year’s E3 presentation. Showing off more gameplay and some new dungeon features, fans will enjoy returning to this beloved series in a similar world, but in a very different way to play. During the Treehouse Live event, a new Link amiibo was introduced in the same style of the game, allowing players to customize the way they create the new player made dungeons for even more fun.
More games were quickly introduced before turning to the next major announcement and those were as followed:
- Trials of Mana & Collection of Mana
- Fire Emblem: Three Houses
- Resident Evil 5 & 6
- No More Heroes 3
- Contra: Rogue Corps
- Daemon X Machina
- Panzer Dragoon
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Spyro: Reignited Trilogy
- Hollow Knight: Silksong
- Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
- Minecraft Dungeons
- Elder Scrolls: Blades
- My Friend Pedro
- Doom Eternal
- The Sinking City
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
- Dead By Daylight
- Alien Isolation
- Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles
- Dragon Quest Builders 2
- Stranger Things 3: The Game
- Just Dance 2020
- New Super Luckys Tale
- Super Mario Maker 2
Astral Chain from Platinum Games Announced
The next big announcement was more information on Platinum Games newest title Astral Chain. We learn more about the story and how the players will capture and synchronize with their own Legion. With gameplay very similar to NieR: Automata, players will have an experience as they travel between their realm and the Legion Realm in order to locate someone dear to them. The official release date is August 20th, 2019.
Cadence of Hyrule & Mario and Sonic At The Olympic Games
Following up were two more games, one that had been previously announced, and another that follows suit from previous generations of consoles. First, Cadence of Hyrule showcased more of its ‘play to the beat’ style of gaming on top of being able to play as both Link and Zelda as well as the main character Cadence in a new take on Hyrule which is slated to release June 13th, 2019. Combining two of the biggest competitors of the early 90s, Nintendo and Sega have once again partnered to bring us another version of Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games for the Switch. While we see some classic events brought to the game, this title is a bit more significant to Japan as the 2020 Games will be held in Tokyo.
Overall Nintendo had a very positive E3 presentation with many viewers citing it as the overall winner of E3, but that of course is a heated debate amongst fans. What are you most excited for from Nintendo or E3 in general? Let us know in the comments your thoughts, and what you hope Nintendo has in store for the rest of 2019.