Nintendo Direct E3 Highlights

Nintendo Direct E3 Highlights

E3 has come and is now on its way out. One of the biggest highlights every year is the Nintendo Direct video presentation. This year we got to see everything Nintendo is releasing in the coming months.

Note: We will only be showcasing Nintendo exclusives as well as newer titles rather than ones that have already been announced.

Nintendo’s Smash Bros. Ultimate has new fighters!

Both Smash Bros. leaks have proven to be true. First, it was revealed that the Dragon Quest Hero would be the second DLC character added to Smash Bros. Ultimate. In fact, four different versions of him will be present as well, most likely as an alternate costume skin.

The third character to be confirmed as DLC was Rare star Banjo as well as his partner Kazzoie. This is something that was speculated and highly requested by fans. Along with the country bear, it seems as though players will also be getting a new Banjo Kazooie stage that features the game’s antagonist, Grundy the Witch.

Release dates:

  • The Hero: Summer 2019
  • Banjo: Fall 2029

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Luigi’s Mansion is a spin-off of the Super Mario Bros. franchise that puts Luigi in the hero’s seat for a change. The third entry in the series focuses on Luigi trying to save his friends at a haunted hotel during a vacation. There are a few new added features along with an online co-op challenge mode that has been revealed.

Release date: TBA 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Remake

Link’s Awakening was shown off at an earlier Nintendo Direct. Today, we got a more in-depth look at more beautiful gameplay. It seems to be a direct remake of the original with a few added bonuses. For instance, they showed off a new mode that allows you to create your own dungeons to explore.

Release date: September 20, 2019

No More Heroes III

The third entry of the No More Heroes franchise was announced with an awesome cinematic involving the main character turning into a Gundam and attacking an enemy threat. Not much else was shown off, but we expect to hear more in future directs.

Release date: TBA 2020

Panzer Dragoon Remake

Since Sega and Nintendo teamed up a while back, it’s been interesting to see the products of the two powerhouses coming together. Mostly, we’ve seen Sonic games come out. However, they showcased another Sega game called Panzer Dragoon. Made for the Sega Saturn, this rail-shooter puts you behind the wings of your very own dragon. From the information given, this is a direct remake of the original title.

Release date: Winter 2019

Astral Chain

Astral Chain is a new IP that blends both Sci-Fi and Fantasy elements into one interesting game. More story cinematics were shown off as well as some gameplay.

Release date: August 30, 2019

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Probably one of the biggest announcements last E3 was the development of a new Marvel Ultimate Alliance game. We were treated with some gameplay and in-game story cinematics.

Release date: July 19, 2019

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Another product of the Sega-Nintendo partnership is the Mario & Sonic Olympic games. This series features various characters from both franchises as they each go for the gold. This time around, the two teams will compete in the 2020 Tokyo games.

Release date: November 2019

Animal Crossing

We finally got a look at the new Animal Crossing game titled Animal Crossing: Horizons! This new entry takes things to a new level by plopping the player down on a deserted island and allowing them to create the town of their dreams! Furthermore, new features have been added that seems to allow you to craft items and furniture, similar to Minecraft. We also see that up to eight players can play together on an island all at once. Unfortunately, it was also announced that the game would not be released this year.

Release date: March 20, 2020

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel

A secret Nintendo was able to keep under wraps was the announcement of a direct sequel to Breath of the Wild. Not much was shown aside from a cinematic involving Zelda and Link stumbling across Ganon’s mummified remains. Hopefully, we’ll see a return to more classic gameplay functions like dungeons instead of shrines.

Release date: TBA, currently in development

Software Lineup

Finally, Nintendo showcased all of its upcoming software titles in a short video shown below.

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