Nintendo Direct E3 2019 - Recap
Nintendo definitely had a successful and fun E3 2019 event. Now that we saw just how many game announcements Nintendo had planned; their pre-E3 strategy of getting two mini directs out of the way for Pokemon and Super Mario Maker 2 make a lot more sence. It really helped the pacing of this direct feel managable while still giving us more info on those two games. We got some all new looks at the upcoming Luigi's Mansion 3 and Animal Crossing New Horizons, as well as many surprises. This direct was definitely jam packed with games and many ports. In fact this Nintendo E3 felt a lot like last years Xbox event where they just machine gun blasted games at us for two hours. I feel like this is one of the biggest most game filled directs we've seen in recent years, so I won't cover every single game all in this one article but below are some of the biggest updates.
If you're interested in the full event you can check that out below.
Luigi's mansion 3
Luigi's Mansion 3 was one of those games that I wasn't super amped about ahead of this, but with more look this does look pretty fun. We haven't gotten a good full 3D first party game since Odyssey with Kirby, Donkey Kong, and Yoshi going 2.5D routes. This looks pretty fun and has been added to my list of anticipated games for Nintendo. LM3 adds a cool gameplay aspect with "Gooigi" a gel version of Luigi that can be used for co-op, and for reaching places Luigi can't.
Astral Chain is my predicted sleeper hit for 2019. I can't tell you enough how this is my most anticipated Switch title. The art style and combat just look amazing. This looks like it could be a stand out scifi hit that will surprise players. We learned more about combat in this trailer, learning more about the bond between the players and their alien robot counterparts.
Daemon x machina
Do you like giant mech robots? Daemon x Machina is hoping to fulfill all our giant robot needs.
witcher III THe wild Hunt (Nintendo Switch)
This massive open world fantasy game is widely one of the greatest RPG experiences of this generation. Many put Witcher 3 amoungst the greatest video games of all time, if not the greatest. The scope and size of this game is incredible. Now it is coming to Nintendo Switch sometime in 2019. I just want to point out what this means for the Switch. I still remember how many developers reacted when early questions of game ports to Switch were being asked of them. Many scoffed at the idea implying the switch just can't handle current gen AAA games. Respawn said that the Switch couldn't "handle the title screen" for Titanfall 2. When Bethesda announced that Doom and Wolfenstein were coming to Nintendo Switch, making Bethesda the first to bring AAA shooters to the console, I wrote an article detailing what this meant about the reality of other games on switch. Before this all we saw were indie titles or 3D cartoon games like Zelda or Mario. Bethesda totally changed the conversation from "can it" to
"will they". It showed that it was possible, developers could no longer hide behind the size of their games.
I think Witcher 3 has a similar impact on this conversation. If current gen open world games like Witcher 3 can run on a Switch, then more developers should seize this opportunity,
Animal Cross New Horizons
While I have never tried this franchise myself, the excitement around this franchise coming to the Switch is quite real, and one of the most anticipated for many from Nintendo.
marvel ultimate alliance 3: THe black order
E3 2019 graced us with not one, but two marvel themed video games, and while next year's Square Enix's Avengers will be the more cinematic of the two, this verision will definitely scratch the itch for those hoping for some good super hero action this year. I am super excited to play a marvel game that is going to have combat from so many of Marvel's lineup right away.
spyro reignited trilogy
I really enjoyed Spyro's return last year, and I have to say when I saw that this game is coming to the Switch now actually made me mad at myself for getting the PS4 version. This game is just built for nintendo's platform. It's cartoon graphics and fun nature are just perfect for Switch and I'm glad they're headed this way.
Alien Isolation was one of the first games I bought on my Xbox One, and many consider it to be one of the better stealth thriller games of this generation. It is also an excellent example of unkillable threats in a horror video game. This horror thriller gem is making its way to Nintendo Switch.
The sinking city
The Sinking City is an upcoming action-adventure mystery/horror video game developed by Frogwares and published by Bigben Interactive. This game for some reason gives me Inception vibes with its weird world. It is now coming to Nintendo Switch.
Legend of Zelda Breath of the wild sequel
Nintendo ended the Direct with their biggest news of the entire stream. A direct sequel to the Switch's most successful and one of the best games of 2017, Breath of the Wild has offically started development. We have no time table, no offical name, or much other than this Elder Scrolls 6 style winter is coming tease, but a sequel is coming some day. The crazies thing is the devlopments of this and Super Metroid Prime 4 are both in early stages which mean we could see a Breath of the Wild sequel and SMP4 in the same year. That will be quite a year for Nintendo when we can play these games on the go or in our self driving future cars.
What was Missing?
Nintendo Switch 2/Pro/XL/Mini
Rumors have been stirring for a while that Nintendo was going to bring some mid-cycle update to the Nintendo Switch THIS YEAR with some type of smaller Switch Mini that was cheaper and portable only; something to finally kill off the 3DS generation. Also rumored was a more expensive "Switch XL" with a 1080p screen, better battery life, and 4k upscaling when docked. Honestly the "Switch XL" is what I am more interested in. I can't wait to play Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odysses in glorious 4K. No new hardware was revealed or even hinted at telling us the likelihood of a 2019 refresh is now practically zero.
Where on earth is Bayonetta 3? We got the announcement teaser last year and have heard nothing since. Even if this game is 2020, we should have heard something or seen a full trailer now. While many said thise direct was the best of E3, missing this game was just enough to bring it to the #2 spot for me. In a Direct stuffed to the brim with games this absence still was a dissappointment to me and many other fans. If they showed up with a trailer and a 2020 release date it would have just bumped it over the neck and neck race with Xbox for best event.
Super Metroid Prime 4
SMP4 was announced two years ago. It was just 4 sad months ago that Nintendo graciously told fans that due to quality of the devlopment not being where they wanted, development had essentially restarted. Because of that in reality, this game has been in production for really only 4 months. Unless they pulled a Anthem and gave us a fake trailer, no one really expected SMP4 to show up. It still would have been cool to see something. Maybe just a reference to the progress made on the game.
That's it for the E3 Nintendo Direct. This is just a major junk of their announcements, while Nintendo showed off so many more games along with many games in detail during their tree house livestreams of in depth gameplay of multiple games. As it arrives, make sure to catch more E3 news on twitter and here after with all the conference full recaps on Game Infinite News.