E3 2019 is less than a month away and game news is starting to ramp up as it approaches. Yesterday, we made our predictions for Microsoft and their Xbox E3 Briefing. Continuing with our predictions, it’s Nintendo’s turn. Moving away from the traditional press conferences for the past few years, Nintendo will once again have an E3 Nintendo Direct this year. This approach to their presentation has worked well for them, and we don’t expect it to change anytime soon. That being said, there is also the Nintendo Treehouse Live stream and even the Nintendo World Championships for Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Surely we will see a lot of announcements, so here are some of the things we expect to see.
1. First Footage For Bayonetta 3
Action game fans around the world were excited to see the Game Awards in 2017. Nintendo had announced that Bayonetta 3 was in development. It’s been over a year and we have yet to see the highly anticipated PlatinumGames sequel. Since then, we’ve seen the first two games released on the Nintendo Switch, much like they were on the Wii U. We were hoping to see the progress during last year’s E3 Nintendo Direct, but it didn’t end up happening. While we haven’t seen any actual footage, we were assured that PlatinumGames was hard at work on the game in February’s Nintendo Direct.
That being said, we likely won’t see Bayonetta 3 this year. With PlatinumGames also developing the Switch exclusive, Astral Chain, arriving this August, it’s likely that we won’t see the Umbran witch until next year. Even though the game won’t release, we’ll most likely get a cutscene reveal and maybe even some gameplay. More importantly, we’ll probably also see the updated character design for Bayonetta. This would be an excellent way to build hype in the E3 Nintendo Direct.
2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Challenger Approaching
It’s pretty obvious that we’ll get an update on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Fighter Pass. We all know that there are still four characters to announce, and Joker released just last month. Nintendo likes to surprise their fans by doing stealth releases during Nintendo Directs. It’s highly likely that the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter will not only be announced, but they’ll also release right after the Direct.
As for who this fighter will be, that information is still anyone’s guess. Speculation says the second fighter is Erdrick from the Dragon Quest series. More specifically, it would be the hero from Dragon Quest III, with a potential alternate skin of the Luminary from Dragon Quest XI. While it would be a very fitting character, we can’t help but be skeptical. Nintendo is well aware of the speculation made by fans, and they’ll probably want to blow our minds with this reveal. While Erdrick would be a great choice, the possibilities are literally endless. Even if they don’t release the character after the Direct, we’ll at least know who it is.
3. New Star Fox Game
Fans were over the moon last year when Ubisoft’s press conference revealed a special surprise. Fox McCloud from Star Fox appeared as a playable character in the Switch version of Starlink: Battle for Atlas. While it wasn’t a Star Fox game, the reaction was clear, as it brought a lot of applause to Ubisoft’s presentation. That being said, the last Star Fox title, Star Fox Zero on the Wii U, didn’t go over well.
The Switch has been out for two years now, and it just feels ready for a full Star Fox title. There was speculation last year of a Star Fox Grand Prix title, and while nothing was ever shown, some fans stand true in the belief. Whether Star Fox Grand Prix comes to fruition or a main Star Fox game appears, that answer is yet to be seen.
4. New Nintendo Switch Online Game
Nintendo pulled a rabbit out of their hat in February by revealing Tetris 99. 99-player Tetris was just unheard of at the time, and now it’s considered one of the best Battle Royale titles out there. The best part was that it was free to play as long as you had a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. On top of that, there wasn’t a single microtransaction to be found. Of course, Nintendo recently released a paid DLC add-on, but a one-time fee is very different than a loot box.
Nintendo may have another game like this cooking up their sleeves. Of course, while we have the growing NES game library as well, Nintendo tends to keep momentum going. Perhaps they’ll revive an old franchise and put a new spin on it? Maybe they’ll even release multiplayer-only versions of some of their bigger titles. Whatever they decide to do, it’ll likely be a big hit for the online subscription service.
5. Super Mario Odyssey 2 Reveal
Super Mario Odyssey was a huge success for the Nintendo Switch, there’s no questioning that. With New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and Super Mario Maker 2 this year, chances are high that we’ll soon see another 3D Mario entry. Nintendo had a similar success with Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii, and we saw a sequel released a little over two years later. Since Super Mario Odyssey is approaching its two year anniversary, we may see a a second entry.
Of course, there is also the chance that we may see a Super Mario 3D World Deluxe. Given that Super Mario Maker 2 has a Super Mario 3D World visual style, the chances of this have gone up exponentially. It stands to be one of the last few successful Wii U titles to get the “Deluxe” treatment. Regardless of what happens, the chance of a new 3D Mario title being announced seems pretty high.
6. Grand Theft Auto V Comes to Switch
This is sort of an unlikely option, but there have been crazier stories before. Rockstar Games may have focused on the PlayStation and Xbox, but they did release a Switch title in 2017. LA Noire gave fans a chance to try a Rockstar console title on a portable platform for the first time. While the Nintendo Switch may not be as powerful as the other consoles, it is more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. With that in mind, the platform should theoretically be able to run the original version of Grand Theft Auto V.
Nintendo has been a lot more open to mature rated titles this generation. Not only have they published a couple, but they’ve also been applying them to their marketing. Games like Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, Saints Row: The Third and even Mortal Kombat 11 have made the Switch more appealing to those that enjoy mature rated titles. Rockstar probably realizes the opportunity here and could easily make this happen. It would also be great to see a Grand Theft Auto title on a Nintendo platform, as 2009’s Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars was the last time it happened.
7. F-Zero Returns
Fans have been clamoring for a new F-Zero title for well over a decade now. They would even settle for a remaster of F-Zero GX at this point. Regardless of how it happens, fans want it to happen. We’ve had substitutes like Redout and Fast RMX, but it’s not quite the same. Something about knowing it’s F-Zero just makes it feel right.
While Star Fox Grand Prix may have a higher chance of being revealed, F-Zero may still be involved. The two series are no strangers to each other, both sharing characters and concepts. However it happens, it would be great to see Captain Falcon board the Blue Falcon again. Even just hearing new remixes of the rockin’ soundtrack would make it worthwhile.
8. New Monolith Soft Game Reveal
Monolith Soft has been pretty busy for Nintendo. Having developed the Xenoblade Chronicles series, news of them developing a new game has been circulating. While the company has grown popular for their open-world JRPG series, rumors suggest that this next game would be a different project. The studio is definitely more than capable of producing a quality title. They’ve even proven that they can handle various different art styles.
While we probably won’t see much in terms of gameplay or story, we’ll at least get an idea. This project has probably been in development since the completion of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Given that the DLC for the game was completed last year, E3 2019 seems prime for a reveal. Whatever the case, we’ll probably see what happens in the Nintendo Direct.
Nintendo is a company filled with iconic franchises and opportunities are all over the place with the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Direct is scheduled to broadcast on June 11th at 9:00AM PST. It’s not yet known how long the presentation will be, but it’ll likely focus on a large variety of games. Last year focused a little too much on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, so this year is their chance to rectify that. Games like Animal Crossing, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and Pokémon Sword and Shield will also get some of the spotlight for sure. What do you think? Do these predictions seem probable? Feel free to sound off in the comments below and feel free to make your own predictions! We’ll be back tomorrow with our Third Party predictions.