Post by KostaAndreadis @ 09:20pm 12/06/19 | Comments
All the trailers and announcements from the Nintendo Direct E3 2019 briefing.
Leading up to Nintendo’s E3 presentation the slate of 2019 titles we knew we would get an updated look or even release date announcements for an already packed 2019. From The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening to Fire Emblem Three Houses to Luigi’s Mansion 3. And of course, Animal Crossing, all coming to Nintendo Switch this year. The latter of which has been missing in action for a while, so a Crossing-free Direct would have left a legion of fans devastated. All the above got shiny new trailers alongside new info, as expected, and running at over 40 minutes there was still plenty of time for new game announcements, a few montages, and surprises too.
This year also marked the first Nintendo Direct E3 presentation without Reggie Fils-Aime, the long-time Nintendo of America president who stepped down in April. His replacement, Doug Bowser was on hand and was introduced in the way that we were all expecting – via having to push Mario’s nemesis Bowser out of the way. Joined by Nintendo’s Yoshiaki Koizumi this year Nintendo brought more gameplay than probably all other presentations combined – which was refreshing.
Plus, it ended on a one-two punch of awesome that it was hard not to be impressed.
Kicking things off though was a double dose of Dragon Warrior, first up with the introduction of the ‘Hero’ character and protagonist from the series - now joining the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate line-up. As it’s not something we’re super familiar with, we were a little confused at first – the shield and sword combination looked to us a little bit like Link’s. So, in the back of our lizard brains we assumed that maybe the ‘Hero’ was like a Mii or You or Us cosplaying as a Nintendo character. Nope, it’s the dude from Dragon Warrior. And he got a surprisingly lengthy trailer to boot.
Next up, and this is quite the title, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition was announced as coming to the Switch in September. Which, no doubt, had Dragon Quest fans around the world muttering or shouting “Finally!” during the reveal.
In its original Nintendo GameCube launch-title incarnation, Luigi’s Mansion was a solid but not exactly earth-shattering experience. After a much-improved sequel that debuted as a handheld release, Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch was set to possibly take the series into the realm of greatness. And from what we saw, that looks to be the case. With new mechanics, improved visuals, more physics-based gameplay and puzzles, and an utterly charming presentation we’re now super excited to play this. Weirdly it still has a tentative “2019” release date.
When the Netflix logo came up on the screen, we thought that the Switch was finally getting access to the streaming service via a dedicated app. Which is certainly overdue, but it instead was there as part of a new game based on The Dark Crystal franchise called Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics. This was a surprise to be sure, and a welcome one – even though we’re not sure how this will turn out. In addition to the Switch this will also hit other platforms.
Next up was the updated look at The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening which in addition to re-affirmnig the remake’s charming look and feel that sits somewhere between diorama and stop-motion Claymation, also offered up a release date. September 20. And a look at a new feature – where players will be able to create their own top-down Zelda dungeons via placing tile-sets on a grid. Very cool.
Although in Japan it’s thought of more as a series of games, in the West it was Secret of Mana on the Super Nintendo that quickly became a cult favourite action-RPG. In a surprise “it’s out now!” announcement came a reveal of Collection of Mana which includes the original game for the Game Boy – back when it was a Final Fantasy offshoot. Plus, a localised version of Seiken Densetsu 3. Finally.
A game that is also getting the full remake treatment in the form of Trials of Mana, which is on track for a 2020 release.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Collection for the Nintendo Switch. The epic fantasy RPG and perhaps one the best games of this current generation of hardware is getting the handheld treatment. No doubt a technical feat to get it running on the Switch, it’s great to see that this will include all post-release content. Any hey, even though it will run in a sub-HD resolution when in handheld mode it’s still an impressive port.
Following Geralt, was Nintendo’s own take on fantasy. Turn-based, tactical combat, with a sizable helping of story. The latest trailer for Fire Emblem Three Houses impressed – and its focus on story showcased the beautiful real-time and gorgeous hand-drawn 2D cinematics that will feature in the game. It’s out next month too.
Port time! With Nintendo announcing the Resident Evil 5 and 6are coming. Yeah, nothing special really – and merely for the completionists who need to have every Resident Evil game on every platform. The surprise came after the port detour, with the reveal that No More Heroes 3 is coming next year. After the pretty crappy Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes from earlier this year, we’re surprised to see a sequel announcement so soon. But as No More Heroes 2 proper is still a damn fine action game – we’re hopeful this will be a return to form.
Contra Rogue Corps came next, a revival from Konami that looks to take the fond memories we all have of Contra and Probotector and present a nightmarish vision of a series you once held in high regard turned into a joke. It’s out this year.
Demon X Machina made a return to showcase its over-the-top mech meets anime style. It looks hectic and very cool, so we’re keen to check this one out when it drops in September.
Another surprise return of a beloved and cult franchise with the reveal that there’s a Panzer Dragoon: Remake in the works and it’s right around the corner too. SEGA’s Star Fox but with weird looking dragon things has always been a series that never quite reached its potential. This remake of the 1995 original looks solid, so it’ll be interesting to see how it holds up.
Next up Platinum’s next game, Astral Chain. Which looks and sounds weird. So yeah, very much a Platinum game. An August release date is given, which means it’ll be here soon too. Also, at this point in the Nintendo Direct the trend of anime-inspired art direction and visuals was beginning to feel like a theme. And if nothing else, certainly set Nintendo apart from other companies.
Paradox Interactive and Romero Games chose the Nintendo Direct to debut Empire of Sin which is basically XCOM meets Gangsters meets Pizza Tycoon. A premise and setting that we love, and it’s a game that will be hitting all platforms next year.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3’s latest trailer is easily its best yet as it showcases a decent chunk of action. It also looks to be a lot faster-paced than the first two games.
Next up was a new trailer for Cadence of Hyrule a rhythm-based Zelda game from the team behind the popular Crypt of the Necromancer. It still looks like fun, but the only new info here is that it’s out this week.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, like George Costanza, may not be Pensky material – but we love a good multiplayer Olympic game. Mini-games, button mashing, athletics, swimming, and even gymnastics. Seeing Mario himself do a floor routine in this new trailer has weirdly seared itself into our brains. It’s just, well, perfect.
Right before everyone started panicking came an update on the next Animal Crossing, now called Animal Crossing: New Horizons. And it was a bit of a good news bad news situation. The good news is that it looks great, the bad news is that it’s tentative 2019 release window has been pushed back to March of next year.
Epic final montage time! Which includes little snippets of everything shown so far plus a few surprises like Alien Isolation, Hollow Knight Silksong, the Spyro trilogy, and both DOOM Eternal and Wolfenstein: Youngblood. There’s certainly a lot coming soon to the Switch.
You know how The Lord of the Rings has all those endings, well Nintendo decided to end its E3 Nintendo Direct with two nice little endings. The first being the arrival of Banjo Kazooie to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate line-up.
And the second being the reveal of a direct sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Which looks to be the darkest Zelda game to date.
Head here to watch the full Nintendo Direct E3 2019 presentation.