Nintendo's E3 direct had no surprises, and no new update for the Nintendo Switch either, but we did got Banjo Kazooie for Smash!, a new Zelda currently under development, a more.
New fighters join the battle
Two new paid downloadable fighters are coming to the Super Smash Bros. Hero from the DRAGON QUEST series to be available this summer, and Banjo-Kazooie for this fall. Hero represents the main character from several games in the DRAGON QUEST series. He can take the form of the protagonist from DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, DRAGON QUEST III: The Seeds of Salvation, DRAGON QUEST IV: Chapters of the Chosen and DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King.
Banjo the bear and his bird friend, Kazooie, star in a series of games that began on Nintendo 64. Although Banjo the bear was first introduced in Diddy Kong Racing for Nintendo 64, the kind-hearted character is best known for joining up with his wise-cracking bird sidekick Kazooie in the 1998 Nintendo 64 game Banjo-Kazooie. The beloved pair has remained inseparable since, working together using an arsenal of acrobatic and egg-shooting moves to defeat enemies, overcome obstacles and locate golden puzzle pieces.
A legendary sequel is revealed
The Nintendo Direct presentation concluded with the reveal of the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is currently in development for Nintendo Switch.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening returns with a new look
Link returns in a re-imagining of the classic The Legend of Zelda game. The Nintendo Direct gave fans a closer look at Link’s adventure on Koholint Island, where he’ll meet unusual locals, tricky puzzles, and imposing bosses. It also showed a brand-new feature called Chamber Dungeons: challenging dungeons that you can arrange yourself by collecting Chambers.
The Legend of Zeld: Link’s Awakening game comes out on September 20.
Launching alongside the game will be a new Link amiibo figure that lets players put this adorable new art style in the palm of their hands. And the Dreamer Edition will come with the game and the Dreamer Art Book.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Luigi embarks on a dream vacation with Mario and friends. However, his dream quickly becomes a nightmare. With the assistance of Professor E. Gadd once again, the reluctant and cowardly hero Luigi traverses up and down a mysterious hotel with floors that are completely different from one another. Wield the upgraded Poltergust G-00 to slam and blow away the ghosts’ defenses, or summon Gooigi, an all-green doppelganger that can help Luigi overcome obstacles he can’t get past alone. ScareScraper mode can be played online or locally with up to eight players on four Nintendo Switch systems.
The Luigi’s Mansion 3 game will drift onto the Nintendo Switch system in 2019.
Pre-purchase MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order today
Assemble your ultimate team of Marvel Super Heroes from a huge cast including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men, and more. Team up with friends to prevent galactic devastation at the hands of the mad cosmic tyrant Thanos and his ruthless warmasters, The Black Order.
Starting today, you can pre-purchase and pre-load MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order for the Nintendo Switch system. You won’t be able to play it until July 19th, but it’s a super quick way to start playing on launch day.
Pre-order Pokémon Shield and Pokémon Sword now
Coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch system this November 15th, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will introduce a new generation of Pokémon as you explore the diverse environments of the Galar Region.
If you watched the recent Nintendo Direct, you got to see the new Legendary Pokémon, the new multiplayer co-op Max Raid Battles (featuring the super-sized and super-strong Dynamax Pokémon), and the vast Wild Area—an expanse of land where the player can freely control the camera.
You can pre-order Pokémon Shield or Pokémon Sword now, or if you want both games, you can pre-order the recently announced Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Double Pack.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons coming March 20, 2020
Players embark on an ultra-exclusive Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package and enjoy a peaceful existence full of creativity, charm and the freedom to roll up their sleeves and make their new life whatever they want it to be. Players can collect resources they can craft into everything from creature comforts to handy tools as they set up a homestead they can decorate freely, both inside and out.
The Animal Crossing: New Horizons game will be released on the Nintendo Switch system on March 20, 2020
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition is coming
Welcome to the world of The Witcher – a vast, dark fantasy world where you can spend hundreds of monster slaying hours. And now, for the first time ever, you can explore this world at home or on the go with your Nintendo Switch system.
If you’re new to the franchise, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a story-driven, open world adventure. You are Geralt of Rivia, mercenary monster slayer. At your disposal is every tool of the trade: razor-sharp swords, lethal mixtures, stealthy crossbows, and powerful combat magic. Your current contract is to track down the Child of Prophecy, a living weapon that can alter the shape of the world.
There is a lot of content to explore. In addition to the lengthy original game, the Complete Edition contains every piece of downloadable content released for the game, including two massive story expansions: Hearts of Stone & Blood and Wine.
THE LAST REMNANT Remastered is out now
First released in 2008, this cult classic RPG is back with enhanced graphics. Get ready for an intricate combat system and large-scale warfare as you command myriad characters into battle.
There exists a world woven together by four races: Mitra, Yama, Qsiti, and Sovani.
In this world, mysterious objects called "Remnants" have existed since ancient times. Who created these objects? When? And for what reason? No one knew nor had the means to know, but continued to extract and use their colossal power.
However, the Remnants' immense power gradually caused the world to fall out of balance. As further separation tore apart those who rule and those who follow, a war broke out―the beginning of a long and endless strife.
A thousand years later, this story begins.
No More Heroes III arrives in 2020
Travis Touchdown is currently gearing up for his next action-packed, beam katana-filled adventure. The stakes are even higher than before (quite literally…that ship is pretty high up there, after all…).
No More Heroes III is scheduled to suplex its way onto the Nintendo Switch system in 2020.
Move to the groove and save Hyrule
This rhythmic action-adventure game is set in the world of the Legend of Zelda series. Players can explore the randomly generated overworld, as well as dungeons that change for every player as they try to save Hyrule as Link or Princess Zelda. They can use items from the Legend of Zelda series, plus spells and weapons from the Crypt of the NecroDancer game. By keeping the beat with 25 remixed classic tunes from the Legend of Zelda series, players must outstep legendary enemies and bosses in rhythmic combat.
Cadence of Hyrule ~ Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda~ launches in Nintendo eShop on June 13 and is available for pre-purchase today.
New amiibo figures on the way
A number of upcoming amiibo figures were announced today, including Dark Samus and an adorable Link from The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. You can take a closer look at some of the figures below.
Releasing September 20, 2019
Link – The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Squirtle – Super Smash Bros. series
Ivysaur – Super Smash Bros. series
Solid Snake – Super Smash Bros. series
Coming in November 2019
Incineroar – Super Smash Bros. series
Chrom – Super Smash Bros. series
Simon Belmont – Super Smash Bros. series
Coming in 2020
Dark Samus – Super Smash Bros. series
Richter – Super Smash Bros. series
(All dates subject to change.)
ASTRAL CHAIN arrives on August 30th
In this new synergetic action game from PlatinumGames, humanity’s last chance against an interdimensional invasion is a sentient weapon called the Legion. As a rookie officer in an elite police task force, players will work together with their Legion to solve cases and save humankind. Players can change Legions on the fly to vary their style and unleash stylish combos. As they save the world from extradimensional invaders called chimeras, they’ll also interact with citizens, question suspects and team up with members of their task force to solve cases. The game is scheduled to launch Aug. 30.
DAEMON X MACHINA launches Sept. 13
Defend the planet and defeat corrupted A.I. controlled robots using your Arsenal, a fully customizable mechanized battle suit. Choose and equip your Arsenal with a multitude of weapons, obtain more from downed enemy Arsenals, and swap them on the fly to suit your strategy in the face of ever-changing threats that may bring the end of the world. The game is scheduled to launch Sept. 13.
Get back to building with DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 on July 12
Go on an adventure to build a fantasy world and defend it from the Children of Hargon. Play and experiment to unlock crafting and building recipes in this RPG adventure filled with exploration, questing and challenging battles. Build together with up to three other players via local wireless or online* on the Isle of Awakening. The Nintendo eShop demo is scheduled to launch June 27, and the full game is scheduled to launch July 12.
The legendary series returns on Sept. 27
The legendary and genre-defining role-playing series is back with the definitive version of this critically acclaimed game. Embark on grand and epic quest as the Luminary—the hero chosen by Yggdrasil, the world tree, to save the world of Erdrea from an evil fate. The Nintendo Switch version boasts all the sprawling content of the original game along with newly added character-specific stories, fully orchestrated field and battle music, additional monsters to ride, side-quests to journey into past DRAGON QUEST worlds, and the ability to change between HD and retro-inspired 16-bit visuals. Additional enhancements include the ability to speed up battle sequences and the choice of a Japanese or English voice track. The game is scheduled to launch Sept. 27.
Join Mario, Sonic, and friends
Join Mario, Sonic and friends for their greatest adventure yet at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, exclusively on Nintendo Switch. Go for the gold medal as you compete in action-packed sports games, including four brand-new events to Tokyo 2020: Skateboarding, Karate, Surfing and Sport Climbing, as well as a large selection of classic events. The game is scheduled to launch in November.
Panzer Dragoon: Remake coming this winter
A new, remade version of the Panzer Dragoon game – true to the original, with improved graphics and controls, that suit modern gaming standards! On a far, lone planet, you encounter two dragons awakened from the ancient times. Armed with a deadly gun from the past, and the guidance of your armored blue dragon, you must fulfill your destiny and keep the Prototype Dragon from reaching the Tower, or die trying. The game is scheduled to launch this winter.
Resident Evil 5 scares up some thrills this fall
While the Umbrella Corporation and its crop of lethal viruses have been destroyed and contained, a more dangerous threat has emerged. Somewhere in Africa, innocent villagers are transforming into aggressive and disturbing creatures. Featuring online and couch co-op, players can experience this Resident Evil classic as either Chris Redfield or his partner, Sheva Alomar, as the duo work together to investigate and stop those responsible for the viral outbreak. The game is scheduled to launch this fall.
Prepare for the horror of Resident Evil 6 this fall
Blending action and survival horror, Resident Evil 6 delivers an epic and dramatic horror experience. Resident Evil favorites Leon S. Kennedy and Chris Redfield are joined by series newcomers to face a global level threat: the highly virulent C-virus. The game is scheduled to launch this fall.
Empire of Sin coming in Spring 2020
Empire of Sin puts you at the heart of the ruthless criminal underworld of 1920s 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. This character-driven noir-inspired game immerses players in the glitz and glamor of the roaring ’20s, all while they must work behind the scenes in the gritty underbelly of organized crime. The game is scheduled to launch in spring 2020.