Nintendo’s E3 Direct Recap 2019

Nintendo’s traditional E3 Direct has come and gone, leaving gamers with excitement and a little confusion. Join us as we recap the most relevant and interesting talking points of this year’s Nintendo E3 Direct.

More Zelda

Zelda has long been one of the mainstays of Nintendo’s gaming line up. The success of Breath of the Wild was cause for many to believe that a sequel would pop up at some point. But no one expected it to happen quite so quickly. Yet here we are. Nintendo used a short clip to announce that the sequel to Breath of the Wild is currently in development. No official title or release date was given, so it is probably safe to say that this game is still at least a year or two away from being ready. Check out the video below.

No Metroid

It’s been two years since Metroid Prime 4 was announced by way of a logo. At that time, it was announced that Retro Studios would not be the ones to develop the next entry in the venerable Metroid series. Fast forward to January of this year and you get the announcement that development has been restarted and handed off to Retro after all. On one hand, it is disconcerting that so much time had been spent on the game, only to have to start over. But on the other hand, it’s good to know that Nintendo refused to release a product that was not up to their standards. This all goes to show that it was not entirely surprising that nothing was shown. Hopefully, E3 2020 will be the year of Metroid. If not, then it will definitely be time to panic.

Animal Crossing Delayed

The other hope for this year’s direct had been news about the upcoming Animal Crossing title for Switch. While there was some new footage showing crafting and fishing, there was also some bad news. The game is being delayed until March 20th, 2020. It was originally supposed to come out sometime in 2019, so the delay itself isn’t as bad as it could have been. As the saying goes, a delayed game is disappointing once, but a bad game is disappointing forever.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Luigi’s Mansion 3 looks to be the Ghostbusters game you’ve always wanted. In the latest Direct, Nintendo showed off some features of the game that have garnered it some righteous hype. The gameplay showed the bungling Luigi hanging out in a hotel. Surprise! It’s haunted. Players will get to roam around as everyone’s second favorite plumber and bust some ghosts. First, you startle them with your flashlight, then you suck them up with your proton… err… ghost vacuum. In order to weaken some of the stronger ghosts, the layer will be able to smash them around. It looked very satisfying, especially when the player used one ghost to beat the living daylights out of a couple of other menacing spectres.

There was also a co-op mode announced called the ScareScraper. In this mode, 8 players (local or online) can team up to defeat a specific number of ghosts in a set amount of time. Think Rainbow 6 Siege’s Terrorist Hunt, but with cartoony plumbers and ghosts. Luigi’s Mansion 3 will be released later this year.

Banjo Kazooie in Smash

This. Is. Big. Banjo-Kazooie is an amazing get for Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Not only because it is a great character that will fit in well in the already fleshed out Ultimate roster, but also for what it represents. You see, Microsoft owns Rare, which is the studio that made Banjo-Kazooie. So, the addition of this specific character signifies the ever-increasing cooperation going on between Nintendo and Microsoft.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is Coming to Switch

CD Projekt Red’s magnum opus will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch later this year. Witcher 3 was am amazing game. However, it’s sheer size, scope, and graphical prowess will be stuffed into the Switch. It has already been noted that there will be differences when running the game while the Switch is docked or in handheld mode.

Other Absentees

Along with Metroid Prime 4, there were a few other notable things missing from Nintendo’s E3 Direct. There was no mention of a new update or version of the Switch, despite the rumor mill working overtime. Bayonetta and Star Fox were also absent, however, there was admittedly less of a chance of either game making an appearance this year.

Honorable Mention

Link’s Awakening was also shown. We already knew it was coming, thanks to an announcement made prior to E3, so there was no surprise there. But what was shown looked as engaging and charming as the original. A new dungeon creator mode was shown, which may help satiate the hunger for those gamers calling for a Zelda version of Mario Maker.

In addition to The Witcher 3, Alien Isolation will also be headed over to the Switch.

E3 may be winding down, but Nintendo has left us with a solid look at what is on the horizon.

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Chris Langan
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The type of nerd that has room enough in his heart for Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, and everything in between.

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