E3 2019 | Nintendo Direct Recap

Nintendo has some more surprises in store for the gaming masses, revealing new information with another Nintendo Direct at E3 2019. There’s a lot of buzz swirling about a new Animal Crossing reveal, some more information on the remake of Link’s Awakening, and plenty of rumors to boot. But we’re not here for rumors and speculation, are we? We want the facts straight from the house that Mario built. So put down those custom fitted rumor caps, and let’s dive in to what Nintendo has to offer its fans in the near future!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nintendo / Bandai Namco / Sora

The next challenger pack character has been revealed, the Hero from the Dragon Quest Series. Actually, four heroes, representing different entries in the franchise from the original to the latest game, Dragon Quest XI.

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

Square Enix

We finally have a release date for the Switch version of Dragon Quest XI, September 27, 2019. This release includes an orchestrated soundtrack, expanded story, and a 2D mode for those who prefer the classic, old-school look.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Next Level Games

The next misadventure of Luigi takes place in a haunted hotel. New to this entry is the upgraded Poltergust G-00, which gives Luigi some fun new abilities, such as a slam attack, suction shot, and a goo clone named “Gooigi” either you or a second player can control. Launches later this year.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics

Bonus XP / En Masse Entertainment

A tactical RPG based on the new Netflix series of the classic film The Dark Crystal. It appears to be heavily inspired by the fan favorite TRPG, Final Fantasy Tactics.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening


New to the remake are Chamber Dungeons, dungeons that can be manipulated by connecting collectable rooms, which you can then play to collect rewards. The game looks as charming as ever, and releases in a few short months on September 20th.

Trials of Mana

Square Enix

Continuing the trend of remaking the original trilogy, Square Enix is bringing the updated version of Seiken Densetsu 3 to the West in 2020. This remake in particular looks like a huge step up from the previous two.

Collection of Mana

Square Enix

If that wasn’t enough, a collection featuring all three original games in the Mana series, in all their retro glory, is also headed to Switch. Included is the first ever official Western release of Seiken Densetsu 3 (Trials of Mana), the amazing “sequel” to Secret of Mana, and is available RIGHT NOW.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition

CD Projekt Red

Yes, you read that right, no need to get your eyes checked. The Witcher 3 and all of its expansions will be available later this year on a portable system you can take anywhere. I can feel the Earth’s productivity dropping as we speak.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Nintendo / Intelligent Systems / Koei Tecmo

The long anticipated tactical role-playing game arrives July 26, 2019. There appears to be some potential time traveling shenanigans going on, so that’s exciting.

Resident Evil 5 & 6


If you wanted more Resident Evil on the go, well, here you go. Both games release later this fall.

No More Heroes III

Grasshopper Manufacture

Travis Touchdown, the world’s greatest assassin, returns in 2020 to continue the main series. Travis Strikes Again apparently hinted at this full blown sequel, I just never personally got around to playing it.

Contra Rouge Corps


I have so many questions for Konami. When did you remember how to make games? When did you remember you owned Contra? Why didn’t this happen sooner? This is a new (old?) take on the classic franchise, opting for a twin stick shooter instead of the iconic run and gun style of the past. No matter, I’m not complaining about the existence of a new Contra game. Releases September 24th.

Contra Anniversary Collection


And just like that, even more Contra goodness is coming our way. This collection includes just about every Contra title from the 8 and 16 bit era, including the PAL region Probotector games, and even the original arcade game.

Daemon X Machina


The stylish mech action shooter arrives September 13th.

Panzer Dragoon

Forever Entertainment

Announced late last year, this is the first of the remakes of Sega’s Panzer Dragoon rail shooters. Originally released on the Sega Saturn, the game was praised for its soundtrack and innovative shooting mechanics. Will release by the end of the year.

Pokemon Sword & Shield

Game Freak

The Pokeball Plus from the Let’s Go! games will be compatible with the new titles, but cannot be used as a controller. However if you store a Pokemon inside for long enough, something good may happen. Sword & Shield release November 15th.

Astral Chain

Platinum Games

Releasing August 30, we were given some more story details and gameplay footage of Hideki Kamiya’s next ambitious project.

Empire of Sin

Romero Games / Paradox

Now this is interesting. John Ramero is here with a mafia based strategy game taking place during Prohibition. This will be released next Spring 2020.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Team Ninja

Take control of your favorite Marvel superhero to fight the Black Order on July 19th. No, really, it’s almost guaranteed your favorite hero is in the game, no matter how obscure.

Cadence of Hyrule

Brace Yourself Games

This rhythm based roguelike crossover between Crypt of the NecroDancer and The Legend of Zelda is releasing very soon, this Thursday in fact. Play as Cadence, Link, or Zelda starting June 13th.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020

Nintendo / Sega

This one is pretty self explanatory. It’s Mario and Sonic and all of their friends at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. So, yeah. November 2019.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons


Unfortunately, the game has been delayed to March 20, 2020, but the wait will be worth it, I’m sure. Tom Nook has acquired a deserted island, and it’s up to you to build up and bring life to it. At your own expense, of course. Luckily, Nook would be happy to loan you some bells if you need them. What a stand up guy!

Have A Sizzle Reel

Various Developers

Games shown include: Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Hollow Knight: Silksong, Ni No Kuni, DOOM Eternal, and Super Lucky’s Tale among others.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


In a wild and unexpected reveal, Rare’s Banjo & Kazooie have been confirmed to be new fighters in Smash, and will be released later this fall. Children of the future will marvel at the stories of the day the bear and bird broke the internet.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel


What? But how is…? Did they just…? Is this a dream? I’m dreaming, aren’t I?

Just…wow. Nintendo came out swinging big time. Plenty of awesome surprises and some interesting additions to the Switch library were revealed, and I’m personally excited to get in on the action myself. That does it for all of the E3 presentations for the year, but we will continue to bring new and detailed information to you over the course of the show. Happy gaming!

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