Nintendo held the special E3 edition of their trademark Nintendo Direct today and they filled the 45-minute run time with lots of announcements, teasers, and new footage. Let’s take a look at everything that was shown off.
New Challengers Approach: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Smash Bros. Ultimate got a lot of love today with the reveal of several new fighters. First, they introduced the main protagonist from the recent Dragon Quest XI Echoes of an Elusive Age referred to simply as “The Hero” into the game. In addition, Nintendo showed off gameplay, a new level, and the music for the new fighter. To top it off, they revealed three additional Dragon Quest characters.
Whether or not these are all unique characters or if some will be echo fighters was not clarified.
Later, the Nintendo Direct also announced that the long wanted Banjo-Kazooie will be appearing in Smash Bros. Ultimate this fall. The reveal included looks at many of the characters attacks, and his level, all set to classic Bajo-Kazooie music.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
We got a deep dive into the upcoming Luigi’s Mansion sequel: Luigi’s Mansion 3. The mansion looks much much bigger this time, and to help our favorite frightened plumper through it Nintendo is upping its game by giving Luigi a ton of new tricks. New vacuum functionalities shown included:
- A slam attack to stun enemies
- A suction shot to pull enemies
- A burst shot that knocks enemies back
- Ability to create a gooie replica of himself called “Gooigi” – This replica can be used for traversing hazards in the mansion, or it can be controlled by a friend to allow for coop play
- New fully coop mode titled Scare Scrapper -This mode has teams of players traversing a massive tower in an attempt to reach the top. Lots of ghosts and traps though will stand in their way.
Nintendo still didn’t give a firm release date for Luigi’s Mansion 3 but did reaffirm it will be releasing this year, 2019.
Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
In what had to be the most unexpected announcement of the briefing, a new strategy RPG set in the Dark Crystal universe was announced. Very little was shown of the grid-based strategy combat, though it did show that some elements of the terrain will be destructible as the players fight turn-based battles against the minions of the Skesis.
No exact date of launch was given, but it will be arriving this year.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Remake
More gameplay was shown of the previously announced remake of the Game Boy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening during the Nintendo Direct. The fun and cute art was on full display as Nintendo showed off loads of environments, bosses, and dungeons from throughout the game.
Speaking of dungeons, the piece of new information Nintendo brought to the presentation was the inclusion of a new gameplay feature which allows players to craft their own dungeons and earn rewards through clearing them. Few details were given for how players acquire these dungeon rooms or what rewards will be earnable through them. But the inclusion of extra content to what already looked like a stellar package is always a welcome treat.
With a launch date set for later this year, 2019.
We got another look at the upcoming Platinum Games title: Astral Chains. This action RPG set in a future world that is being subjected to an interdimensional invasion got a big new mechanic to reveal.
Throughout the game, as the player battles monstrous opponents they will have the ability to capture them, and then utilize them both in combat and for world traversal. While there was no mention of how many different enemy types will be acquirable, several different enemies were shown.
Astral Chains was given an August 30, 2019 launch date.
Empire of Sin
There was also the announcement of Empire of Sin, which looks to have people take the role of a monster fighting your way through classic Prohibition-inspired setting gangs. Not a ton was shown for the new title other than that it is a feature top-down shoot ’em up.
No launch date was given.
Animal Crossing New Horizons
Gameplay was shown for the upcoming entry in the beloved Animal Crossing series, Animal Crossing New Horizons. From the trailer, the player is brought to a deserted island where they then must build up housing, plant and grow crops, and all those other activities we have come to associate with Animal Crossing.
This showing did come with the news that the game has been pushed back till March 20, 2020. While this is sure to be a bummer for fans waiting to play the next entry in this series, it’s always best to let the developers have all the time they need to make the game right.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance: The Black Order
Marvel Ultimate Alliance: The Black Order revealed that characters Elsa Bloodstone and Ghost Rider will be appearing in the game as well as the new formerly unshown enemy: Modok.
They also outlined their DLC plans with expansion pass that will be featuring content from the Marvel Knights, X-Men and the Fantastic Four.
This is the smallest surprise as the game comes out next week on July 19, 2019.
Untitled Breath of the Wild Sequel
Nintendo closed this year’s E3 Direct with a huge bang, the announcement of a titled Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel. In the trailer, we are shown Link and Zelda as they explore some sort of underground area.
The trailer shows monsters galore and the vibe was definitely a bit of a darker tone than I would’ve expected. It was awesome to see those gorgeous visuals again, and the presence of Zelda with Link, while he is exploring, has me hoping that maybe she’ll be playable.
No release window of any kind was given.
But wait, there’s more!
There was a ton of shorter announcements of new games, remasters, and ports made during the Direct. Here is a rundown of a bunch of them.
- No More Heroes 3 was announced with a 2020 release window.
- The long-running Mana series got shown some love both in the form of a remake/first time arriving in the west version of Trails of Mana and a collection of classic Mana titles, including perennial favorite Secret of Mana. The collection was also announced to be available today.
- The acclaimed open-world RPG The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt was announced to be coming to the Switch this year. While there appeared to be a bit of a graphical downgrade, it still looked good, and I’m sure will entertain many a gamer through long flights.
- A new entry into the Contra series, Contra Rogue Corps was announced. It appeared to be a twin-stick shooter pulling persons from previous entries in the long-running series together. Also announced alongside it was a Contra anniversary collection. Including 10 previous games from the franchise, it looked to have everything a long time fan could ask for.
- The classic Panzer Dragoon got a remake announcement today. This flying shooter has long been a fan favorite to many and looked to be getting quite the visual update for its Switch release. Look for it sometime this winter.
One of the last things shown was a large montage of ports coming to the Nintendo Switch. These included:
- Resident Evil 5
- Resident Evil 6
- Spyro Trilogy
- Alien Isolation
- Super Lucky’s Tale
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
- Doom Eternal
- Dragon Quest Builders 2
All in all, this was a great closer to this year’s E3 cycle of press conferences as the company continued their signature Nintendo Direct style. I’m looking forward to hearing all the reports from people at the conference as games get to be demoed and played.
Do you have a favorite from this briefing? Let us know in the comments!