E3 2019: Nintendo Direct Recap (Day 4 – Tuesday)

It’s our first E3 without Reggie, and his absence is definitely felt. Doug Bowser is here, and he seems nice enough, but is his body ready? There’s only one way to find out: let’s get into the announcements.

  • New Smash Character Announcements – At the start of the Direct, The Hero from Dragon Quest 11 was announced. Their little bit is having different fighting options, in the same vein as Shulk, and will be coming this summer (reveal). Towards the end of the Direct, they revealed the Banjo-Kazooie would be coming to Smash. The little cinematic they played was actually really cute, you can see it here.
  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition S – We got another ad for Dragon Quest 11, which featured an expanded storyline, more monsters to ride, and a 16 bit option to play as. Coming September 27, 2019, you can watch the Nintendo trailer here.
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3 – Luigi is checking into a hotel this time, and much to his surprise, there’s ghosts! The new Poltergust G00 is upgraded with a new ghost slamming feature, a plunger accessory, and Burst, which pushes all ghosts around you away. Also, E. Gadd is here and he brought Gooigi who can slip through fences, step on spikes, and assist in big tasks, as long as you don’t get him wet. Plus, he functions as a co-op mode. Finally, there is ScareScraper Mode, an online co-op mode similar to the one in Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. Overall, the hotel looks varied and really fun to play. Still no official release date, just sometime this year. You can see the gameplay reveal here.
  • Dark Crystal Age of Resistance TacticsA truly silly looking trailer for a tie-in game to a Netflix series. Yeah, I guess there’s an audience for that?
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Remake – We saw information about this during one of the Directs last year, and this still looks good. We got some more gameplay this time, which is always appreciated, and info about a dungeon building mode. It will be released on September 20, 2019, and you can watch the E3 segment here.
  • Trials of Mana – Now officially getting a global release on the Switch in early 2020. Sorry Mother 3 fans, nothing for you. Go ahead and watch the announcement here, including the announcement of Collection of Mana.
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses – We’ve already seen so much of this game, a big story trailer feels a bit underwhelming. But we did get a release date of July 26, 2019, which we didn’t already know? Did we? I don’t know. You can watch the reveal segment here.
  • Resident Evil 5 & 6 – Both RE 5 and RE 6 will be headed to Nintendo Switch, to join up with the three other RE games currently available on the system. You can see the fun little teaser here.
  • No More Heroes 3 – Travis bought a Joy Division shirt. We mostly got a cinematic peek and I was already annoyed with the guy’s attitude (I know, that’s the point) so I probably won’t be picking this one up. It’s coming in 2020, and you can watch the segment here.
  • Contra Rogue Corps – A new entry into the shoot-em-up franchise has been announced, and it is coming September 24, 2019. Give the trailer a watch here, which includes the announcement of the Contra Anniversary Collection on the eShop later today..
  • Daemon X Machina – Another cinematic heavy trailer for a game we’ve already seen a lot of, but at least now we know it’s coming September 13, 2019.
  • Panzer Dragoon Remake – Originally a Sega Saturn game, this remake will feature upgraded visuals and controls while still harkening back to the arcade-esque style it hails from. It’s coming this Winter, and you can watch the trailer here.
  • Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield – There was a Pokemon Direct only a short time ago, so there wasn’t much new information to share. Now, we know that the Pokeball Plus will not be usable in game, but can cart around a Pokemon of your choice, with some positive effects. The new entries in the Pokemon series will be coming November 15, 2019, and you can watch their segment here.
  • Astral Chain – Again, a cinematic trailer, but the plot seemed suitably interesting. We did get a release date of August 30, 2019, so that’s helpful.
  • Empire of Sin – Maybe the most intriguing new game coming from this conference. The style looks very interesting, and I’m curious what balance there will be (if any) between management sim and noir shooter. Set for release in Spring 2020, you can see the trailer here.
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order – The strangest mashup of characters I’ve ever seen. Avengers, X-Men, Guardians, Elektra, and Ghost Rider? Ok, sure. It’s coming July 19, 2019 and you can watch the trailer here.
  • Cadence of Hyrule – We have already seen news from this game all throughout the last year, but at least we know it will be available on June 13, 2019 (that’s this Thursday!). Check out the final trailer here.
  • Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – Nintendo can always be counted on to throw us a curveball, and boy was this a weird one. I didn’t know anybody asking for this but, I’m sure someone out there just had their wish come true. We can expect our two cool friends to battle it out in Tokyo this November, and you can watch the trailer here.
  • Animal Crossing – It got teased last E3 with a 2019 release date, and now we finally get to see the new theme: New Horizons. Tom Nook gifts you “The Deserted Island Getaway Package” and tricks you into owing nearly 50,000 bells, as he is want to do. Everything was in place for an awesome reveal, except our new release date of March 20, 2020. I kinda saw that coming, but it was still a bummer. You can watch the reveal trailer here.
  • Highlight Reel – The best part of any E3 presentation. I’m about to throw a lot of information at you, so get ready. Spyro Reignited out on September 3rd. Hollow Knight Silksong coming soon. Ni no Kuni coming September 20th. Minecraft Dungeons coming in Spring 2020. Elder Scrolls: Blades coming Fall 2019. My Friend Pedro arriving June 20th. Doom Eternal is coming soon. The Sinking City is coming Fall 2019. Wolfenstein Youngblood available on July 26th. Dead by Daylight coming out September 24th. Alien: Isolation scheduled for 2019. Crystal Chronicles remake set for this Winter. Dragon Quest Builders 2 available July 12. Just Dance 2020 available on November 4th. Catan coming to the Switch on June 20th. Super Lucky’s Tale coming Fall 2019. Dauntless arriving sometime late 2019. Super Mario Maker 2 available for purchase on June 28. If you would like the watch the whole montage, you can do so here.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel – Our final announcement was the a sequel to BOTW is in development, and they showed a sneak peek of a definitely darker look at Hyrule. I’m excited to play it, but knowing how long BOTW took, I’m not anticipating anything anytime soon. You can see the first look trailer for yourself here.

That’s it! Nothing about an upgraded Switch model (thank god) and especially nothing about the 3DS. Overall, I just feel like this does not indicate Nintendo will be able to dig itself out of the content hole it has dug the past year and a half. This didn’t make me confident that there will be many tentpoles holding the Switch up throughout the rest of the year, but who knows. Maybe 2020 will be a repeat of 2017. I guess only time will tell. Feel free to check out the entire Direct here.

And that concludes CPBC’s coverage of E3 2019! Like I said yesterday, we will pop in next Friday with an episode of our podcast where we discuss our reactions to all of the different announcements, but otherwise, enjoy the rest of the livestreams! Our regularly scheduled content will resume soon.

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