Nintendo’s E3 2019 Direct popped up to give us updates on stuff that we knew was coming, along with a few teases of new games for us to look out for.
For the most part, the Japanese company kept their cards tightly to their chest when it came to announcing anything new in the way of first party games. There was no news of new – or even old remastered – Mario, still no sign of Pikmin for Switch, and no mention of Metroid Prime 4 or new/updated hardware whatsoever (well, unless you count amiibos).
In fact it was all delivered in rather scattershot style, so we’ll try to sort it out slightly neater, beginning with first-party news…
It just wouldn’t be Nintendo without something Zelda, and there was definitely something Zelda. We got to have another quick look at The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, the remake of the 1993 Game Boy classic that obviously adds a lot – including, of course, colour. Read and see more about it here.
Sticking with Zelda, in other quite exciting if not totally surprising news, we received a quick tease before the simple written message: “The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild is now in development.”
We also got to have more of a look, albeit rather briefly, at Fire Emblem: Three Houses. It’s set to ignite on July 26.
While we got a new glimpse of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, we also received news that it has been delayed. Originally slated for release this year, it’s now been pushed back until March 20, 2020.
Many shooter fans are looking forward to Daemon X Machina, which is still expected sometime this year. Here’s another look at it:
Astral Chain from PlatinumGames also received a showing, and it’s coming on August 30.
To slightly closer releases, we had another look at Switch exclusive Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order – due July 19.
The Japan 2020 Olympics aren’t too far away now, and neither is Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, which is set to hit the track this November. This was basically Mario’s only showing at E3 this year – in a SEGA game!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fans were also represented, with trailers for DLC featuring Banjo Kazooie (hitting in our spring) and the unnamed hero from Dragon Quest XI (due very soon).
New amiibos on their way are: Snake, Ivysaur and Squirtle on September 20; Incineroar, Simon and Chrom in November and Dark Samus and Richter in 2020.
Speaking of Square Enix’s DQ, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition was also shown, complete with the option of kicking in 16-bit graphics, and it’ll be with us on September 27.
Before then, however, we’ll see Dragon Quest Builders 2. It’s due on July 12, with a demo available from June 27.
We also got to see more of Squenix’s Trials of Mana, which should be with us early in 2020.
Fans of Travis Touchdown will be ultra-excited for the upcoming No More Heroes III, which is simply listed as coming in 2020.
An interesting new IP was shown quickly, the mobster organised crime (mmm, organised crime!) shootout actioner Empire of Sin, which is currently expected in autumn 2020. This one comes from John Romero, the original creator of Wolfenstein, DOOM and Quake and (shhh!) isn’t a Switch exclusive…
The movie is being rebooted as a TV series, and here comes the game of the TV series of the movie – The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics. It’s set to hit later this year.
Finally, a few familiar titles in new or newish form. Big news for fans of incredible adventure is the impending Switch arrival of The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Complete Edition, which is expected before year’s end.
Also coming soon are Switch updates of both Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6.
If you have fond memories of 1980s Konami arcade shooter Contra (aka Gryzor) then get ready to battle aliens and kill everything in the new Contra: Rogue Corps, available from September 26.
Finally, the SEGA Saturn console didn’t do so well outside of Japan, but it gave us more than its fair share of memorable, classic games. These included the dragon-based fly ’em up Panzer Dragoon, and a new version – Panzer Dragoon: Remake – is heading for Switch this summer.
So, no mega-huge shiny new title drops there, but still a lot to get very excited about. We’re sure that it won’t be long until we get more exciting new Switch game news, too…
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