E3 2019: Nintendo Direct

The last big E3 presentation this year fell once again on the shoulders of Nintendo. The presentation had the goal of proving that the Switch would be bringing “lots of different games for lots of different players”, it had a lot to live up to. While there were one or two big surprises, a few disappointments and a few moments of “Huh?” all in all Nintendo wants to show it’s growing up. And while there’s a lot of traditional Nintendo still there, there’s a lot that you would likely never have seen on any previous console generation from the bright, colourful, (mostly) family-friendly Japanese giant.

So let’s go… <<<Insert Trademarked Nintendo Snapping Soundclip here>>>


Dragon Quest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Character DLC (US Summer 2019)

It all started with an evil eye in the sky and once again Smash took centre stage. Of course, we were expecting a new DLC character, but not many were thinking it was going to be a huge roster of Dragon Quest protagonists. No details yet on whether or not these each function as unique fighters but the link to Dragon Quest continued…

Dragon Quest XI Echoes of an Elusive Age S Definitive Edition ( 27 September 2019)

The impossibly-long-titled RPG has a release date and a new link to the Nintendo family via Smash.

After those quick intro announcements Yoshiaki Koizumi then jumped in to introduce – you guessed it – The Koopa King himself, well sort of. After some cute/cringy clearing up of confusion new NOA King – Doug Bowser made his first appearance. According to him – Nintendo now wanted to show the world that Switch is catering to all sorts of players.

Starting off with… “Mariooooo….”

Luigi’s Mansion 3 (still just a vague “2019”)

We got more info on Luigi’s new solo adventure. It all takes place in a spooky hotel – very much in the Hotel Transylvania cartoony vein. Of course, once you get in, certain spectre-ry inhabitants are not so happy letting you leave. It’s all up to Luigi and his updated Poltergust G-001 which includes some new abilities like ‘Burst’ to show them who’s the boss.

E Gadd also introduces Gooigi – the gel-like Luigi-clone that introduces a second player co-op partner with special abilities like being able to walk through spikes but needs to avoid water. A new mode called Scarescraper introduces local or online coop play and tasks players with finding Toads with a multitude of different colour Luigis. Despite a lot of extra info – no confirmed date was provided at the show. However, more details were promised in subsequent Treehouse videos during E3.

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics (2019)

In probably the most confusing video shown, we got an odd prequel Netflix video linked to a 1982 movie linked to a game you will soon be able to play on your Switch. We think. Also, Jim Henson.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (20 September 2019)

Just continues to look like the cutest Zelda title to date (and possibly even cutest game ever). Opening cinematic was followed by some delightful-looking gameplay. More info was provided during the Treehouse sessions and one of the chamber dungeons includes a special puzzle dungeon creator. And… a new Link’s Awakening Link Amiibo – which, again, cutest thing ever. And beware your wallet if you catch a glimpse of the Limited Edition CE.

Trials of Mana (Early 2020)

Square Enix showed off their new look Trails of Mana action RPG. It’s due early 2020 but perhaps the even bigger news for old-school fans is that a new Collection of Mana is now available on the Switch and it includes Seiken Densetsu 3!

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition (2019)

Yup, the rumour was real. Believe it or not, it’s somehow making it’s way onto the Switch. And fans will soon be able to play this giant title portable-stylz.

Fire Emblem Three Houses (26 July 2019)

We got some more story info for the upcoming FE game and learned that somehow this Class reunion will have some murderous, possibly even time-travelling-linked results.

Koizumi then returned and suggested playing Resident Evil in a creepy location. Nope Nope Nope (not for me)… Oh and then Capcom announced two more RE titles on their way to the Switch:

Resident Evil 5 and 6 (US Fall 2019)

Then with a promise of ‘more’ there was another surprise…

No More Heroes III (2020)

“Is the Empire striking back?” Now, who has the cheek to try to sound cool while sort of quoting Star Wars? Yup, Travis Touchdown is back – saving the world one more time.

Contra Rogue Corps (24 September 2019)

A Headcase, a gentleman insect creature and a panda take on aliens to save the world. Nuff said. Arriving on the Switch with 4-player local wireless co-op and online multiplayer. Oh and for the Contra fans out there…

Contra Anniversary Collection (Available now)

10 games and a 74-page ebook included.

Daemon X Machina (13 September 2019)

A cinematic giving us a bit more story. This mech game definitely has a unique style and many will love the look. However, the demo left a lot to be desired so let’s hope they’ve made some improvements.

Panzer Dragoon (US winter 2019)

Suprise! The Sega Saturn Classic is getting a remake – and older fans immediately recognised the iconic creature and now new fans have a new game to look forward to.

Shinya Takahashi made an appearance and logically we got some more Pokémon news…

Pokémon Sword and Shield (15 November 2019)

Within the E3 Direct, the big Pokémon news was that the Pokéball plus would function with the new games. However, while you could carry your favourite Pokémon with you (and we were promised that we could expect something cool if we did), you will not be able to use the peripheral as a controller. Not only did we then find out that the game would be playable at the show (water gym sequence). Later during the Treehouse Live session, we also learned that battle items would be returning and different weather conditions would affect the appearance of different Pokémon.

To add to this the huge wild area includes hidden and visible Pokémon (crouching, bicycling and whistling affects interactions and transversal). Raid Battles will be focussed on Dynamax Pokémon and Icons on the left-hand side of the screen indicate player notifications from players online. Finally, only Pokémon present in the new region of Sword and Shield can be transferred using the recently announced Pokémon home.

Pokémon, Pokémon and Pokémon – so to shift gears…

Astral Chain (30 August 2019)

New story beats were revealed as we learned that the world is being attacked by chimera from another dimension. Luckily, it seems by taking a chimera and connecting neurologically to it means that you now have a formidable defensive and offensive partnership. However, this connection could not be all the good it purports to be…

Empire of Sin (Spring 2020)

Not much info but time slowly rewound to reveal an old school mobster shooter.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (19 July 2019)

The gangs all here. So many characters! And for fans of the genre, this is shaping up to be a huge game to look forward to next month. Plus, Spider-Gwen is included. Expansion pass announced starting US Fall 2019 – Marvel Knights, X-Men and the Fantastic Four.

Cadence of Hyrule (13 June 2019)

Another quick look at the Crypt of the Necrodancer with a Nintendo twist. Players can play as Link or Zelda. No more confusing the two – okay!?

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (November 2019)

Exclusive to the Switch the quick sports collection that looks great and may even include a special retro style. Play online and play as a series of Mushroom Kingdom and Sonic World characters tackling climbing walls, kayaking, soccer and more.

Animal Crossing – New Horizons (March 2020 (Delayed))

Probably the most anticipated game started off with a bit of a downer. It is delayed until March 2020. However, in an age where too many teams are overworked to produce a half-completed game, Nintendo continues to demonstrate an acceptance of delaying a game to make sure it’s ready. This time around it looks like we’re travelling to a Deserted Island getaway and while not many more details were revealed we did get some gameplay during the Treehouse Live and a new name – New Horizons. Everything looks very pretty, and all the classic mechanics seem to have returned and seemed a little more in-depth. Plus, depending on where you live (northern/southern hemisphere) seasons will change accordingly.

After that we got a quick highlight reel of upcoming games that included:

  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy (3 September 2019)
  • Hollow Knight Silksong (Coming soon)
  • Ni No Kuni Wrath of the White Witch (20 September 2019)
  • Minecraft Dungeons (US Spring 2020)
  • Elder Scrolls Blades (US Fall 2019)
  • My Friend Pedro (20 June 2019)
  • Doom Eternal (Coming soon)
  • The Sinking City (US Fall 2019)
  • Wolfenstein Young Blood (26 July 2019)
  • Dead By Daylight (24 September 2019)
  • Alien Isolation (2019)
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 (12 July 2019)
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (US Winter 2019)
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game (4 July 2019)
  • Just Dance 2020 (5 November 2019)
  • Catan (20 June 2019)
  • Super Lucky’s Tale (US Fall 2019)
  • Dauntless (Late 2019)
  • Super Mario Maker 2 (28 June 2019)

Phew… and just when thought it was all over – we got a surprise second Smash announcement! At first, I thought it may be a new Donkey Kong game, but it was soon confirmed as more Smash. And while we were first trolled – finally we got a glimpse of…

Banjo-Kazooie Smash Bros. Ultimate Character DLC (US Fall 2019)

New fighter, plus new stage.

And just when we thought it was all over Takahashi gave us a whispered “one more thing” and while I heard several predictions none I heard came close. It was a massive reveal…

SURPRISE! Breath of the Wild Sequel (In Development)

Yes, you heard that right. It’s a brand new game (not DLC) and from the looks of the trailer, it may also be a lot darker – and so not for me.

And that’s it. We’re sure the Treehouse Live shows scheduled for the next couple of days will provide even more details (including some Indie highlights) so be sure to keep the SA Gamer site open for more Nintendo info.

Nintendo Nerd, sharing my love of Mario with the world one pixel at a time.

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