The E3 conference that just about everyone was looking forward to! Ending off the lineup of major conferences with an exciting lineup of announcements, this E3 Nintendo Direct has fans across ages and genres looking forward to its releases in the coming future.
New Smash Ultimate DLC Fighters: Dragon Quest’s Hero, Banjo-Kazooie
In a collaboration with the popular JRPG franchise Dragon Quest, The Hero from the series will be joining Smash Ultimate’s new roster of fighters!
Most were expecting only one new addition to Smash’s fighter lineup. However, one of Nintendo’s big surprises of the night was the announcement of another new fighter: Banjo-Kazooie!
While it is unknown when exactly these DLC fighters will be available for purchase, expect to see more details from Nintendo soon.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 Announced!
It’s not Nintendo if there’s no Mario! This time, the spotlight is on his brother, Luigi, with the announcement of Luigi’s Mansion 3.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 changes the setting of the game from haunted mansion, to a multi-storey haunted hotel. With a gooey doppelganger (aptly named Gooigi), all-new attacks introduced and floors with different themes, expect gameplay for the latest title in the series to be fresh and exciting!
Though no official release date has been announced, expect to see Luigi’s Mansion 3 released in 2019.
New Trailer for Fire Emblem: Three Houses
In an exciting new trailer for the highly-anticipated Fire Emblem: Three Houses, a new dynamic to the game has been mentioned!
More specifically – time travel will be involved in the story of the upcoming Fire Emblem game. While we’re not entirely sure on the game’s details just yet, we’re assuming that players will have to travel back and forth in time to manipulate the events of the story.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses will be released on July 26, 2019.
Animal Crossing: New Horizon Delayed to 2020
Originally slated for release in 2019, more details are finally revealed for the Switch title of the well-loved Animal Crossing franchise.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons seems to be combining the elements from its Nintendo console titles and Pocket Camp – life on an island, but this time, you’re camping instead of living in a house. With the introduction of new features like outdoor displays and a cell-phone, fans definitely have much to look forward to!
The release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been pushed back to March 20, 2020, in order to prevent their employees from getting overworked. In the meantime, we’re sure we’ll be getting more trailers and gameplay details soon!
The Witcher 3 is Officially Coming to the Switch
Here’s another one of Nintendo’s surprises. Fans of the Witcher series will be delighted to know that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be coming to the Switch!
While no official release date has been announced, The Witcher 3 is available for preorder now, and will be released in 2019.
It’s not the only big franchise coming to the Switch, either.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Announced!
As if one Marvel game from Square Enix wasn’t enough, here comes another from Nintendo!
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 looks like it’s going to be a beat-em-up style game, with appearances from the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-man, the X-Men and more!
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 releases July 19, 2019, and its expansion pack will be available from Fall 2019.
Cadence of Hyrule Releases This Week
Moving on from bigger franchises, it seems that the focus of Nintendo’s E3 conference this year is the Zelda line of games.
Coming from the creators of Crypt of the Necrodancer, play as Link or Zelda and defeat monsters using attacks in time to the game’s OST in pixellated dungeon crawler Cadence of Hyrule.
Cadence of Hyrule will be releasing this week.
Link’s Awakening Remake Announced!
That’s not the only game in the Zelda franchise that was announced this E3, either. A remake of the classic GBA game, Link’s Awakening, has been announced!
With adorable new enhanced visuals and a custom dungeon-maker, the game looks like great fun!
Link’s Awakening will be released September 20, 2019.
Breath of the Wild Sequel Announced!
Last but not least, here’s Nintendo’s biggest E3 announcement: a sequel to the wildly popular The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
The trailer looks amazing, and if it’s slight horror elements anything to go by, it looks like fans can expect the story to take a darker turn in this upcoming sequel. For all we know, Zelda might be playable too!
No release date (or even a title!) has been confirmed for the Breath of the Wild Sequel, but our guess is that it’ll be releasing either late 2020 or early 2021.
That’s just about everything major that Nintendo announced at E3! Unfortunately, no new trailers were revealed for Pokemon, though new details on the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield were covered in Nintendo’s Treehouse stream, which we’ve covered here.
For a full rundown of all the games coming to the Switch (not limited to franchises or titles under Nintendo), check out Nintendo’s montage here:
Alternatively, if you want to tune in to a replay of the Nintendo Direct, we’ve embedded it here:
While that might be all for Nintendo’s major announcements, remember to tune in for the coming two days to Nintendo’s Treehouse Live for more details on your favourite upcoming titles!