Nintendo’s E3 2019 showcase highlighted the upcoming games coming to the Nintendo Switch over the next few years. A few of the games that made it to the stage included “Pokémon Sword” and “Pokémon Shield,” “Luigi’s Mansion 3,” “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening,” “Marvel Ulitmate Alliance: The Black Order,” “Fire Emblem: Three Houses,” “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” “Astral Chain,” and more content for “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.” A wide-array of third party titles also received release dates, and Switch players should have plenty of options over the next few months. The Nintendo Direct presentation had a few surprises, including “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition,” “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics,” “CONTRA Rogue CORPS” and “Trials of Mana” from Square Enix.
Nintendo also revealed two new paid downloadable fighters coming to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game: Hero from the Dragon Quest series to be available this summer, and Banjo-Kazooie for this fall. 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.
“After more than two years on the market, Nintendo Switch has appealed to every kind of player with its ever-growing library of games, including notables like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “At E3 we’re giving fans a look at what’s in store for the rest of the year and beyond by demonstrating the widespread support for the system from both Nintendo and a wide range of indie and big-name development partners.”
“Pokémon Sword” and “Pokémon Shield” were the heavy hitters this year. New Pokémon Trainers embark on a journey in the new Galar region and unravel the mystery behind the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta. In the game, players explore the Wild Area, a vast expanse of land where the player can freely control the camera. Players participate in Max Raid Battles in which players will face off against gigantic and super-strong Pokémon known as Dynamax Pokémon. The games launch November 15th.
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In “Luigi’s Mansion 3,” Luigi embarks on a dream vacation with Mario and his other friends. The dream quickly becomes a nightmare and Luigi, with the assistance of Professor E. Gadd, has to set things right. With the upgraded Poltergust G-00, Luigi can blast 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 and the game is scheduled to launch in 2019.
Fans seemed very excited for “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.” In the game, Link has washed ashore on a mysterious island with strange and colorful inhabitants. To escape the island, Link must collect magical instruments and awaken the Wind Fish. Players explore a reimagined Koholint Island that’s been faithfully rebuilt in a new art style. Players battle enemies, conquer numerous dungeons and uncover the hidden secrets of the island while encountering Super Mario enemies like Goombas, Chain Chomps and Piranha Plants. Players can also earn Chambers (Dungeon Rooms) and arrange them to complete objectives in the new Chamber Dungeon.
Launching alongside the game will be a new Link amiibo figure that lets players put this new art style in the palm of their hands. A special Dreamer Edition will come with the game and the Dreamer Art Book, which features concept art from the Nintendo Switch version of the game. The game and amiibo are each scheduled to launch on September 20th.
In “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” players embark on an ultra-exclusive vacation and enjoy a peaceful existence full of creativity and charm. Players can collect resources that they can craft into everything from creature comforts to handy tools as they set up a homestead that they can decorate freely, both inside and out. The game is scheduled to launch March 20, 2020.
As we mentioned earlier, two new paid downloadable fighters are coming to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game. 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. 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. “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” amiibos are coming on September 20th, and Nintendo is launching amiibo for Snake, Ivysaur and Squirtle. In November, amiibo of Incineroar, Simon and Chrom are due, followed by Dark Samus and Richter in 2020.
“Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order” offers a cast including the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men and more. Players can expand their ultimate alliance with the paid Expansion Pass, which includes upcoming DLC content from popular franchises like the Fantastic Four, X-Men and Marvel Knights. The game itself launches on July 19th.
In “Fire Emblem: Three Houses,” players must lead students through their academic lives and in turn-based, tactical RPG battles wrought with strategic new twists to overcome. As the story unfolds, the choice of house at the Officers Academy will greatly affect where players stand when the great land of Fódlan becomes engulfed in war. After five years, former friends from the other classes must now face each other on the battlefield as bitter enemies. Players command a party of warriors to move and fight on a grid-based battlefield and, for the first time in the series history, assign battalions of troops to support individual units in battle. The game launches July 26th.
“Astral Chain” is a new action game from PlatinumGames, and players are humanity’s last chance against an interdimensional invasion. 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 August 30.
In “Daemon X Machina,” players defend the planet and defeat corrupted A.I. controlled robots using an Arsenal, which is 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 September 13th.
Nintendo also announced the rhythm game “Cadence of Hyrule ~ Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda” for June 13th, and “DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition” releasing on September 27th. “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition” is also coming to the Nintendo Switch, players can look for that game later this year.
Also from the Dragon Quest franchise is “DRAGON QUEST Builders 2.” Players can 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 27th, and the full game is scheduled to launch July 12th.
“Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020” launches in November, and the highly anticipated Netflix series “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” releases a Tactics game later this year. In “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics,” fans can experience the fantasy world of Thra by playing through – and going beyond – the events of the series. Players will even encounter never-seen-before playable characters, stories and environments.
Square Enix’s “Trials of Mana,” is getting an HD remake. The Mana series originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 3. The entire game has been fully rebuilt from the ground up with modern 3D graphics. The game is scheduled to launch in early 2020. Nintendo also stated that “Collection of Mana” is available today, and “CONTRA ROGUE CORPS” launches on September 24th.
“No More Heroes 3” won’t be ready until 2020. Travis Touchdown returns to Santa Destroy after a 10-year absence. There he finds a huge artificial island metropolis floating in the sea, and a mysterious flying object hovering high above.
The game “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.
During the event, Nintendo stated that the “Panzer Dragoon: Remake” releases this winter, and “Resident Evil 5” launches this fall. Not to be outdone, “Resident Evil 6” is also releasing this fall.
Some other third-party games on the way for Nintendo Switch include “Dead by Daylight” on September 24; “Stranger Things 3: The Game” on September 3, “Just Dance 2020” on November 5th, “New Super Lucky’s Tale” this fall; “Minecraft: Dungeons” in Spring 2020; “Ni No Kuni Remake: Wrath of the White Witch” on September 20th, “Catan” on June 20th; “The Sinking City from Frogwares” this fall; “Alien: Isolation” later this year, “Hollow Knight: Silksong” is releasing soon, “FINAL FANTASY: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition” this winter; “Dauntless” later this year; “Wolfenstein: Youngblood” on July 26th; “DOOM Eternal” is releasing soon, and “The Elder Scrolls: Blades” releasing this fall.
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