E3 2019: Nintendo Direct Recap


Like last year, Nintendo opted for a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct video instead of a live audience in a theater. Avoiding awkward moments and focusing fully on the games, Nintendo showcased upcoming games, as well as dropped a few surprises. Read on to find out what Nintendo has planned for the Switch.

A Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel is in the Works

Nintendo surprised the crowd by announcing that a sequel to Zelda: Breath of the Wild is currently in development. Little details were shared, but the company reps played a trailer in which it appears Zelda and Link are going to have to deal with an undead Ganondorf, who comes to life.

Breath of the Wild Sequel

A New Challenger Has Appeared!

Two new paid downloadable fighters are making their way to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The first character, available this summer, is Hero from the DRAGON QUEST series. Since Hero represents the main protagonist from several different games in the DRAGON QUEST series, he’ll have different character skins. Nintendo shared that Hero 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.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate x DRAGON QUEST

For the second character, available in the fall, Nintendo teased a familiar character’s silhouette, only to reveal that it was Duck Hunt. Fortunately, Nintendo escaped the wrath of unhappy gamers by giving them what they wanted, Banjo-Kazooie. Best known from the Nintendo 64 game, aptly named Banjo-Kazooie, the bear and bird combo have been working together, using an arsenal of acrobatic and egg-shooting moves to defeat enemies.

Banjo-Kazooie joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Returns with a New Look

Link returns in this remake of a classic Legend of Zelda game. Link embarks on an adventure on Koholint Island, where he’ll meet unusual locals, tricky puzzles, and imposing bosses. The game isn’t just a remake, though. There is a brand-new feature called Chamber Dungeons, which are challenging dungeons that you can arrange yourself by collecting Chambers. Nintendo announced that the game will be released on September 20, 2019. Launching alongside the game will be a new Link amiibo figure and a Dreamer Edition that comes with the game and the Dreamer Art Book.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Fight Ghosts and Summon Gooigi in Luigi’s Mansion 3

Luigi will need the assistance of Professor E. Gadd once again as he 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 ghosts, or summon Gooigi, an all-green doppelganger that can help Luigi overcome obstacles he can’t get past alone. Play online or locally with up to eight players on four Nintendo Switch systems in ScareScraper mode. Luigi'sMansion 3 will drift onto the Nintendo Switch in 2019.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Has a New Release Date

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you’ll embark on an ultra-exclusive Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package. Collect resources and craft everything from creature comforts to handy tools as you set up a homestead. Don’t forget to decorate it. Nintendo also announced that the game received a new release date and will be out on March 20, 2020.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Pokémon Shield and Pokémon Sword Now Available for Preorders

Exclusive to the Nintendo Switch, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will introduce a new generation of Pokémon as you explore the diverse environments of the Galar region. The game will also feature new Legendary Pokémon, 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 you can freely control the camera. With a November 15, 2019 release date, you can preorder Pokémon Shield or Pokémon Sword now, or if you want both games, you can preorder the recently announced Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Double Pack.

Pokémon Shield and Pokémon Sword

Chaining Combos in ASTRAL CHAIN

ASTRAL CHAIN is a new synergetic action game from PlatinumGames, the studio behind the Bayonetta series. In ASTRAL CHAIN, humanity’s last chance against an interdimensional invasion is a sentient weapon called the Legion. You play as a rookie cop in an elite police task force, who works with their Legion to solve cases and save humanity. You’ll be able to change Legions on the fly to vary their style and unleash stylish combos. As the Legion fights to 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. Join the fight, on August 30, 2019.



In MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order, you’ll be able to create your own team of Marvel superheroes from an enormous cast of the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men, and more. Team up with friends to prevent galactic devastation at the hands of Thanos and his ruthless war masters, The Black Order. Preorder and pre-load the game for the Nintendo Switch. You won’t be able to play until July 19, 2019, but it’s a super-quick way to start playing on launch day.


No More Heroes III Arrives in 2020

Travis Touchdown is currently gearing up for his next action-packed, beam katana-filled adventure and the stakes are even higher than before. No More Heroes III is scheduled to arrive on the Nintendo Switch, in 2020.

No More Heroes 3

Notable Mentions

Nintendo announced more incoming games for the Nintendo Switch:

  • Cadence of Hyrule - Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda (June 13, 2019)
  • DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 (July 12, 2019)
  • DAEMON X MACHINA (September 13, 2019)
  • DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition S (September 27, 2019)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (November 2019)
  • Resident Evil 5 (Fall 2019)
  • Resident Evil 6 (Fall 2019)
  • Panzer Dragoon: Remake (Winter 2019)
  • The Witcher 3 Complete Edition (2019)
  • Empire of Sin (2020)

Nintendo also announced several upcoming amiibo figures:

  • Link
  • Squirtle
  • Ivysaur
  • Solid Snake
  • Incineroar
  • Chrom
  • Simon Belmont
  • Dark Samus
  • Richter

With the reveal of anticipated sequels, new Switch games, and ported classics, Nintendo Direct delivered the news players wanted to hear. Stay tuned for more information as E3 2019 continues.