Hopes were high for some big Switch announcements at Nintendo’s E3 Direct, and there certainly were some pleasant surprises in store for us.

Nintendo big shots Shinya Takahashi and Yoshiaki Koizumi introduce themselves as our guides for this E3-themed romp through some of what’s coming up for Switch, via translation.

First up, some cheeky types were claiming that this presentation might just be a 40-minute introduction of a new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character, and guess what? It’s a new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character! Kazuya Mishima – whom Tekken fans will know well – is coming to the all-in beat ’em up, with footage of him hurling a bunch of bested opponents off a cliff – even poor little Kirby! Director Masahiro Sakurai then guided us through a look at some other moves for the forthcoming DLC.

Next, Switch fans are set to be treated to a hearty dose of Life Is Strange, with True Colors  releasing on September 9, and the Remastered Collection before year’s end.

Some other third party titles were previewed next, including Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (October 26), arena shooter Worms Rumble (June 23), the turn-based, side-scrolling combat of Astria Ascending (September 20) and SEGA’s Two Point Campus, which is heading our way next year.

Speaking of SEGA, this year marks the 20th anniversary of cheeky monkey AiAi’s ball-based shenanigans, and to celebrate Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania is on its way, a “modern HD remaster” of Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2, and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe. It’s set to launch on October 5.

If you’re into Mario Party then it’s time to celebrate, with the announcement of Mario Party Superstars, which plunders past releases for an updated collection of games, including five from the Nintendo 64 era, all with online play and the ability to save progress. It’s down for release on October 29 – pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi.

While there was nothing of the much-wanted Metroid 4 other than “it’s on its way”, a pleasant surprise was the announcement of another new MetroidMetroid Dread. The first new 2D game in the series for some 19 years,  it’s due on October 8 – this year! You can pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi.

That same day will also see the release of an amiibo double pack, featuring Samus and her robot adversary E.M.M.I..

A few more third-party releases appeared next, with Ubisoft’s 40 new track-toting Just Dance 2022 (November 4), arcade racer Cruisn’n Blast (this year) and action RPG Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot + A New Power Awakens Set (September 24).

A look at the four modes in the soon-to-be-with-us Mario Golf: Super Rush followed, along with the news that the game will feature free updates down the track, including additional courses and players. It lands on June 25.

Next, an update on the July 9-bound Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, with news that a playable demo will launch on June 25, and play data from it will carry over to the game proper.

We wanted something new and big, and we got it next with the return of Wario! WarioWare: Get It Together! is slated for a September 10 release (pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi), bringing us another bunch of crazy micro-games making us do everything from performing facelifts to dodging bird poop – and it’ll also include two-player co-op! Check it out:

A new Switch exclusive followed, taking us back to that “other Tokyo” in Shin Megami Tensei V, where angels and demons abound. It’s kind of a Japanese-styled Buffy tale, and we can enter the demon infested wasteland from November 12.

We’d know that bear anywhere! A series that we adore, Danganronpa, is 10 years old this year, and to celebrate there’s a cool compilation hitting the Switch. Entitled Danganronpa Decadence, the four game collection is coming later this year, bulging with all of the Phoenix Wright meets bonkers visual novel fun of anniversary editions of Trigger Happy Havoc, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair and Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, plus a standalone board game version in Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp:

Another classic IP returns next, in Wii U update Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water. The camera-based ghoulie-fighting horror adventure is coming this year.

Next up, another quick third-party update, with a look at the DOOM Eternal: The Ancient Gods – Part One campaign expansion DLC which drops today, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 (June 25), and third-person shooter adventure Strange Brigade (today), before another peek into the world of Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, which is heading our way next year.

Back to new announcements, and strategy fans will be jazzed to learn that Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising have been “reimagined and rebuilt from the ground up” for the double pack Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp. It’s scheduled for December 3.

So to the apparent last announcement of the day, the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass. Arriving on June 18, it will deliver Wave 1: Pulse of the Ancients, and will be followed in November by Wave 2: Guardian of Remembrance:

Just when we thought it was all over, Eiji Aonuma, The Legend of Zelda producer, appeared with “a few more things to share”… Ooh!

First, a look at the story of how it all began in the July 16-due The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD before something super-cool – a Zelda Game & Watch! Celebrating the series’ 35th anniversary, it’s set to feature three classic games – The Legend of Zelda (NES), Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES) and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Game Boy) – plus Game & Watch Vermin starring Link. It’s landing on November 12, it’s sure to sell out quickly, and you can pre-order right now at JB Hi-Fi.

Naturally, everybody was hoping for news on the sequel to Breath of the Wild, and there was a teensy bit, with some new gameplay footage and word that they’re “aiming for” a 2022 release.