As per tradition, Nintendo is always the last to showcase their lineup at E3. This year’s Nintendo Direct was highly anticipated thanks to many of its upcoming releases. Did it live up to the hype?
First was the reveal of new DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate featuring the arrival of a brand new character: The Hero from Dragon Quest XI. Not only he is able to conjure magic and use his trusty sword, but also use a pseudo turn based menu to use special moves like making enemies fall asleep. Players can also toggle skins of various Dragon Quest protagonists. In addition to the character, a special DQ stage will be added and the DLC itself is slated for a Summer release. In addition Banjo and Kazooie will be released as well, arriving in the Fall. Check out Banjo Kazooie’s announcement trailer below.
Next up was Luigi’s Mansion 3. Luigi gets invited to a luxurious hotel with Mario and Peach, but the seemingly pleasant looking location has a dark secret lurking in the form of nasty ghosts. The game harkens back to the original game’s design of one big location to explore as opposed to smaller mansions akin to its 3DS predecessor. Also borrowed from the 3DS game is “Gooigi”, a slime clone of the plumber that can perform unique actions like slipping through bars. There’s also the ScareScraper mode which allows players to beat multiple specters together while finding lost Toads. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is slated to release in 2019.
Another long anticipated game was The Legend of Zelda: Links’ Awakening and is due to release on September 20th, 2019. Square Enix unveiled a remake of the third Mana game, Trails of Mana available in 2020, in addition for the entire trilogy of the Mana series coming to the Switch later today. Resident Evil 5 and 6 are officially coming to Switch later in the year. No More Heroes is finally getting its long desired threequel with No More Heroes III coming out in 2020.
Some notable ports were also announced, including The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. CDProjekt Red has said that the game is being developed by Saber Interactive and will be 32 GB. It’ll run in 540p in handheld mode and 720p when docked, confirmed by the team on Twitter. Sega’s Alien Isolation was also revealed during a brief sizzle reel. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order showed some new characters as well. Ghost Rider, Luke Cage, Elektra and Elsa Bloodstone join the roster. The expansion pass featuring the Marvel Knights, more X-Men and the Fantastic Four was also revealed.
Out of nowhere Contra comes back with a brand new title, Contra Rogue Corps, which allows 4 player multiplayer. If you want to blow stuff up with a panda of all things, the game is slated to release on September 24th, 2019. In addition, the Contra Collection is coming to the Switch later today. Daemon X Machina is slated to release on September 13th, 2019. Panzer Dragoon was also shown and is slate to release some time in the winter.
Pokemon Sword and Shield was revealed to be compatible with the PokeBall Plus released with Pokemon Let’s Go last year. The demo on the show floor will reveal the water gym leader, Nessa. The game is slated to release on November 15th, 2019. Cadence of Hyrule, the Zelda-themed crossover for Crypt of the Necrodancer, is going to be released very soon on June 13th. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will also be a Switch exclusive and will be released this November.
Animal Crossing for Switch finally got a well-deserved update. The game will be dubbed New Horizons and will feature camping in the wild. Unfortunately the game was delayed to March 20th, 2020, ensuring the time will be used to tweaking the game for its upcoming release. Spyro Reignited Trilogy is officially coming for Switch on September 3rd 2019. Lastly, Nintendo surprised everyone by showing a teaser for the long anticipated sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
So are you excited about the upcoming Nintendo releases? Were you surprised by some of the announcements? Let us know in the comments below!