E3: Recap of the Nintendo Direct E3 2019

Nintendo held their annual E3 Direct to conclude the presentation portion of their conference. The Direct featured some heavy hitters and some surprise announcements — here’s a full recap of the Nintendo Direct for E3 2019.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel

Release Date: TBA

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The surprise announcement of the Direct — The Legend of Zelda series is getting a new entry, a direct sequel to 2017’s critically acclaimed Breath of the Wild. Not much information was given outside of this teaser, other than that the game is now in development.

Fighter Announcements for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

New characters have been announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The first is the Dragon Quest character pack featuring the Hero as the new character. Alternate skins allow the Hero to take the form of a number of the main playable characters from throughout the Dragon Quest series. The second new fighter has waited a long time to return to Nintendo consoles — Banjo-Kazooie, from the franchise of the same name.

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition

Release Date: September 27, 2019

The latest mainline entry in the Dragon Quest franchise is getting a port for Nintendo Switch. This definitive edition comes with bonus character-specific stories, additional monster mounts, side quests, and the option to speed-up battle sequences.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Release Date: Holiday 2019

The third installment in the cult-classic series, Luigi’s Mansion 3 builds upon its predecessors. The game features new combat mechanics and a new mode called ScareScraper where you race against a timer to clear objectives across floors with 7 other players.

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics

Release Date: Q4 2019

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics is a tie-in to the Netflix series, which in-turn is based off a movie from the 80s. Age of Resistance Tactics is a turn-based strategy game exploring the events of the upcoming show. It will introduce new characters, stories, and environments.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Remake

Release Date: September 20, 2019

This title is a remake of the original The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening that was released on the Gameboy. Sporting a new art-style, new music, and new features (like the create-a-dungeon mode), the game tries to do something new while remaining faithful to its source material.

Trials of Mana

Release Date: Early 2020

Two things were announced for Mana series fans: a collection of all 3 installments, available now, and a full-HD remake of the third game, Trials of Mana.

The Witcher 3 Switch Port

Release Date: 2019

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is getting a switch port, coming with all previously released DLC.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Release Date: July 26, 2019

The Direct trailer reveals story details for the first mainline Fire Emblem game on the Switch. Expect a ton of plot, choices, and permadeath — all of which are staples in the Fire Emblem franchise.

Multiple Resident Evil Switch Ports

Capcom are releasing ports for mainline Resident Evil titles on the Switch — Resident Evil 0, 1, and 4 are available now, while Resident Evil 5, and 6 will drop in Fall 2019.

Astral Chain

Release Date: August 30, 2019

In Platinum Games‘ Astral Chain, you take control of an Officer who is part of a special task force armed with technology called Legions. You can change your Legion to alter your playstyle and pull off different combos.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Release Date: July 19, 2019

Announced as an exclusive for the Nintendo Switch, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 lets players control their favourite Marvel heroes in order to combat the Black Order. An Expansion Pass was also revealed for Fall 2019, a bundle of upcoming DLC promised for the game, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Marvel Knights.

Cadence of Hyrule

Release Date: June 13, 2019

Brace Yourself Games, known for Crypt of the Necrodancer, finally got the chance to show off their newest title that was announced earlier this year. Cadence of Hyrule allows you to play as the titular hero Cadence, or as Link and Zelda from The Legend of Zelda series, in order to defeat an evil menace while moving to the beat.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Release Date: November 2019

This entry in the Mario & Sonic series takes us to the latest venue for the Summer Olympics, Tokyo, featuring the usual Olympic events and four new ones: Skateboarding, Karate, Surfing, and Sport Climbing (which are the new events for the Tokyo 2020 games).

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Release Date: March 20, 2020

The last Animal Crossing had the player become mayor of their own town. In New Horizons, you’ll start anew on a deserted island with only your wits and Tom Nook. The new installment features new mechanics like crafting, vaulting over rivers, and a newer, more refined decoration system. Originally announced for 2019, it has been delayed to 2020.

More New Games

The Nintendo Direct had more games to show, and they are:

  • Spyro: Reignited Trilogy – September 3, 2019
  • No More Heroes III – 2020
  • Contra: Rogue Corps – September 24, 2019
  • Daemon X Machina – September 13, 2019
  • Panzer Dragoon – Winter 2019
  • Pokemon Sword/Shield – November 15, 2019
  • Hollow Knight: Silksong – TBA
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – September 20, 2019
  • Minecraft Dungeons – Spring 2020
  • Elder Scrolls: Blades – Fall 2019
  • My Friend Pedro – June 20, 2019
  • Doom Eternal – TBA
  • The Sinking City – TBA
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood – July 26, 2019
  • Dead by Daylight – September 24, 2019
  • Alien Isolation – 2019
  • Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered – Winter 2019
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 – July 12, 2019
  • Stranger Things 3 – July 4, 2019
  • Just Dance 2020 – November 5, 2019
  • CATAN – June 20, 2019
  • New Super Lucky’s Tale – Fall 2019
  • Dauntless – Late 2019
  • Super Mario Maker 2 – June 20, 2019

Check out the full Nintendo Direct E3 2019 and our Post-Show Discussion.


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