All that is new from Nintendo at E3 2019
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Nintendo's 45-minute Direct event was chock full of new game trailers and announcements. There was a lot to take in, so we’re going to focus only on the games developed by Nintendo. Here’s a roundup of all the things to be excited about:
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Ghostbusters your way through Luigi’s Mansion 3, the first in the series to appear on Switch. The trailer is filled with amusing gameplay, especially that of ‘Gooiji’, a Luigi made of, well, goo. You can switch control between the two or play with a friend, using Gooiji to reach through fences or over spikes. It looks hilarious. There will also be an online multiplayer mode where you can fight your way through waves of ghosts with the help (or hindrance) of other players around the world.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate new additions - Summer & Autumn 2019
Not one but two new additions were announced to be coming soon to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. First, we have characters from Dragon Quest XI who will be making their entrance this Summer, followed by Banjo-Kazooie in Autumn. Fans have been wanting Banjo-Kazooie in Smash for a while, but Nintendo had trouble since Microsoft own the rights.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield - November 15, 2019
A week previously, Nintendo did another 15-minute Direct focusing on the new games in the Pokémon series, Pokémon Shield and Pokémon Sword, which will be the first main series games in the eighth generation (as opposed to the Let’s Go games, which were a remake aimed towards a younger audience and those not so familiar with the Pokémon world). These new games will feature many more RPG elements in the beautiful open world of the Galar region. Yesterday’s Direct added some new information, namely that you can use the Pokéball plus accessory to take your Pokémon ‘out for a stroll in the real world’, but for the full trailer, check out the original Direct from the 5th May.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons - March 2020
Finally! The beloved Animal Crossing series is getting its long-awaited return, new to Switch. The trailer puts us on a deserted island, where the main character sets up a tent, crafts a ‘flimsy axe’, collects bugs and fruit, and designs their own camp and garden. It looks just as adorable as expected. There seems to be some suggestion of multiplayer too, as the end shows multiple people running together at the beach. The bad news? The release has been delayed until 2020. I guess Pocket Camp will have to keep us going until then.
The Legend of Zelda Series - Link’s Awakening - September 20, 2019, & Breath of the Wild's Sequel
The Direct ended with a teaser (and boy was it a teaser) announcing that the sequel to Breath of the Wild is now in development. Breath of the Wild is probably one of the best games ever made, so expectations are extremely high for the sequel. To keep us going until then, there is an extremely cute-looking remake of Link’s Awakening coming to the Switch in September, a platformer that looks similar to the Mario games in some ways, but also includes dungeon crawling, eating and fishing. And until that comes out, you can always go back to trying to find all those koroks in Hyrule.
With new releases spread across the next year, there will be no lull in new content. There’s also tons of existing titles coming to Switch for the first time, such as The Witcher 3, old Resident Evil games, and Alien Isolation. So, you won’t be getting any work done anytime soon.
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