Nintendo once again began the first official morning of E3 2019 with a Nintendo Direct presentation that outlined its own plans for the coming year--and beyond, considering we got a teaser for a Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel. While it was chock full of numerous announcements about games, DLC, and updates for this summer, holiday season, and beyond, the company included a few surprise releases of games you can download right now. Here's what you can find on the Eshop beginning today, along with a Zelda spin-off game arriving later this week.
Contra Anniversary Collection ($20)
The Contra Anniversary Collection was previously announced, but its stealth-release still came as a surprise. It includes a wide array of games from the notoriously difficult shooter series, including both the NES and Arcade versions of Contra, Super C, Contra 3: The Alien Wars, Hard Corps, and more. For true completists it also includes the Europe-only Probotector games.
Collection of Mana ($40)
For fans of Japanese RPGs, the Seiken Densetsu series is a lost treasure. With the release of the Collection of Mana, players can play these games again, or even try some for the first time. It includes Seiken for the Game Boy--previously released in America as Final Fantasy Adventure--along with Secret of Mana and the hard-to-find Seiken Densetsu 3--aka Trials of Mana. Separately, Nintendo also revealed an HD remake of Trials of Mana, coming next year.
The Last Remnant ($20)
Announced during Square Enix's E3 press conference, The Last Remnant Remastered brings the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4 game to the Nintendo Switch with retouched visuals and game engine. The RPG sports a unique combat system that measures the morale of your forces in combat.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Expansion Pass ($20)
While not exactly a game, you can start to prepare for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 by pre-ordering the Expansion Pass. The DLC will include franchises including Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Marvel Knights. The game will launch on July 19, and the extra content will follow after.
Cadence of Hyrule ($25, Releasing June 13)
Nintendo is lending its iconic Legend of Zelda characters and music to Crypt of the Necrodancer developer Brace Yourself, for a rhythmic Zelda spin-off. Though it isn’t available to download quite yet, it is coming on Thursday, June 13 to close out the E3 week festivities.
For more on the Nintendo Direct presentation, check out all the news from Nintendo's E3 2019 press conference.
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