Luigi’s Mansion 3 kicked off Nintendo’s E3 Direct this year. We got a look at the new setting (a spooky hotel) and new gameplay elements. You can also play co-op with someone playing as Gooigi, a Luigi made of goo. It’s a neat way to play with a friend and I’m looking forward to that! The Poltergust G-00 has new features like Slam, Suction Shot, Burst to help take on the ghosts Luigi encounters. Also, the Scarescraper Mode features online co-op where you need to defeat all the ghosts before time runs out. It’s out later in 2019 on Nintendo Switch.
The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance Tactics
Next up, a video game tie in for the upcoming Dark Crystal prequel series coming to Netflix. Developed by BonusXP and En Masse Entertainment, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics is out later this year for Nintendo Switch! It looks inspired by games like Final Fantasy Tactics judging by the trailer, and that’s good. Very, very good!
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
A new trailer for one of my favourite Zelda titles! Nintendo revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake is out on September 20, 2019. That’s soon! Help Link awaken the Wind Fish and explore a reimagined Koholint island and learn of the mysteries of the island. There’s also a new feature called Chamber Dungeons – a dungeon builder coming to Link’s Awakening!
The Mana Series
Square Enix won E3 this year in my opinion. With a wonderful E3 showcase yesterday, and even more games revealed today, it’s exciting as a fan of the developer!
Seiken Densetsu 3 released in 1995 but never left Japan. Today, Square Enix revealed that not only is it coming as part of the announced Collection of Mana, which includes Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana, and Trials of Mana; it’s also coming as a 3D remake called… Trials of Mana! Confusing but ok, I’ll take it. It’s out in early 2020.
The Witcher 3
The rumours were in fact, true! The Witcher 3 Complete Edition is coming to the Nintendo Switch. All DLC is included, the two-story DLC, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine are excellent. Out later this year!
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
War is coming to the great land of Fódlan. Here, the order is maintained by the Church of Seiros, which hosts the prestigious Officers Academy within its headquarters. You are invited to teach one of its three mighty houses, each comprised of students brimming with personality and represented by a royal from one of three territories of Fódlan. As their professor, you must lead your students in their academic lives and in turn-based, tactical RPG battles wrought with strategic, new twists to overcome.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses launches on July 26, 2019.
Both Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 are coming to the Nintendo Switch. Both games will be out this fall.
No More Heroes 3
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes confirmed the existence of the third entry in the No More Heroes series. Today, we got a sweet trailer to prove it’s real and that I need it. Marvellous! and Grasshopper Manufacture is working on bringing this out. It’s out in 2020.
Contra: Rogue Corps
I can’t remember the last time a Contra game came out. Luckily, it’s a new game is coming on September 24, 2019, and it looks fantastic! Also revealed, the Contra: Anniversary Collection launches today!
Daemon X Machina
Another game I’m excited about! The demo was good and the studio took feedback and implemented changed to the gameplay. Daemon x Machina launches on Nintendo Switch on September 13, 2019.
The remake for Panzer Dragoon is coming to Nintendo Switch. A classic from the Sega Saturn-era, Panzer Dragoon is developed by Forever Entertainment and features reworked controls, and retouched graphics upgrades.
Poké Ball Plus Support For Pokémon Sword and Shield
Just like with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee, the Pokéball accessory can be used to transfer and walk with your Pokémon! However, there is no controller support like in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee.
A new trailer for the Platinum Games developed Astral Chain was shown during Nintendo’s E3 Direct. The few survivors of a massive global disaster gather together in a futuristic megacity. Now it’s your job to protect them against otherworldly invaders–but you’re not alone as a member of a special police task force equipped with sentient armaments called Legions. In this brand-new action game from PlatinumGames, control the protagonist and a Legion simultaneously to chain stylish combos. Change Legions on the fly to vary your style and unleash a variety of abilities. The last remnants of humanity depend on you, and to save the world, you must investigate its dark side. Astral Chain launches on the Nintendo Switch on August 30th, 2019.
Empire of Sins
This exciting strategy game from Romero Games and Paradox Interactive puts you at the heart of the ruthless criminal underworld of Prohibition-era Chicago. It’s up to you to hustle, charm and intimidate your way to the top of the pile and do whatever it takes to stay there. As a player, you’ll be smack-dab in the glitz and glamour of the roaring 20s, giving you a chance to thrive in the gritty underbelly of organized crime. Empire of Sins launches in 2020.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
No delay here! Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is set to launch on July 19, 2019. Nintendo detailed the expansion pass coming and some of the new characters. The pass has content from Marvel Knights, X-Men, and the Fantastic 4. Also, Luke Cage, Elektra, Elsa Bloodstone, and Ghost Rider are playable!
Cadence of Hyrule
Brace Yourself Games is working on Cadence of Hyrule for Nintendo, and it’s set for launch June 13, 2019! That’s very soon and it’s looking like a ton of fun. As Link – or even as Princess Zelda – you’ll explore the randomly generated overworld and dungeons on a quest to save Hyrule. Every beat of each remixed The Legend of Zelda tune is a chance to move, attack, defend, and more, so stay one step ahead of each enemy and boss…or face the music.
Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympics
Join Mario, Sonic and friends for their greatest Olympic adventure yet, exclusively on Nintendo Switch. Compete in brand new Olympic sports and classic events with a variety of play styles and game modes. You can play this when it launches in November.
Animal Cross: New Horizons
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, start fresh on a deserted island and enjoy a peaceful existence full of creativity, freedom, and charm as you roll up your sleeves and make your new life whatever you want it to be. Collect resources you can craft into everything from creature comforts to handy tools. Embrace your green thumb and try out some new tricks of the gardening trade. Set up a perfect homestead where the rules of what goes indoors or out no longer apply. Go fishing, pole-vault across rivers as you explore your island home, make friends with new arrivals, kick back and enjoy the seasons, and more!
Unfortunately, Animal Cross: New Horizons won’t release in 2019. Nintendo confirmed a delay and is now launching March 20, 2020. At least Tom Nook is in the trailer.
Lots of Games!
Nintendo Switch is a port machine with a dozen games coming over the next year. In a sizzle reel, Nintendo revealed Spyro the Dragon trilogy, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Minecraft Dungeons, The Sinking City, Alien: Isolation, New Super Lucky’s Tale, Hollow Knight: Silksong, The Elder Scrolls: Blades, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Dead by Daylight, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles, Dragon Quest Builders 2, Stranger Things, and Doom Eternal.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Nintendo kicked off E3 with the reveal that multiple Dragon Quest heroes were joining the roster in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I thought nothing of it when the trailer ended and the next one rolled out after. However, Nintendo had something much more nefarious in store and we wouldn’t see that second reveal until much later in the presentation. We learned two new fighters today as part of the Fighter’s Pass for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
That’s right! Microsoft and Nintendo are in cahoots! Thanks to their partnership, Banjo-Kazooie is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the Fall.
One More Thing
Nintendo ended their E3 Direct in the best way possible: announcing and revealing a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in production for the Nintendo Switch. We see Link and Zelda exploring a dungeon and I felt a Majora’s Mask vibe from the trailer, it’s all very dark.