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The Nintendo News At E3 2019: No New Switch, But Breath Of The Wild 2, The Witcher 3, More

Full news recap from Nintendo's event.

Nintendo had a great Direct and showed off a number of titles at E3 2019, including some surprises we didn't already know about. The biggest of the bunch was undoubtedly the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel, but there was plenty to take in both during and after the Direct.

In addition, there are a bunch of new Nintendo Switch games out right now, and even though the Direct is over, the news continues to arrive during Nintendo's Treehouse Live stream. One such tidbit taught us more about Pokemon Sword and Shield's Max Raid Battles. We also learned about Animal Crossing: New Horizons co-op and new Amiibo figures. Without further ado, let's look at all the announcements from the E3 Nintendo Direct.

Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 Announced For Switch

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Nintendo followed the teaser with a short statement that read, "The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now in development." No release date, title, or further details were announced.

Two New Smash Ultimate DLC Characters Revealed

Nintendo made good on its promise to reveal the newest DLC character to join the roster for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, coming in Summer 2019. While the Dragon Quest character reveal started things out, the end of the Direct brought another newcomer, and it was a big surprise: Banjo-Kazooie. The two-for-one character releases this fall.

Dragon Quest XI Definitive Edition Release Date For Switch Announced

Following a new trailer that aired during the Square Enix E3 2019 press conference, Nintendo and Square Enix have confirmed a release date for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition for Nintendo Switch. The game will release on September 27. Previously, Square Enix had only confirmed a generic "Fall 2019" release window.

Luigi's Mansion 3 Gameplay For Nintendo Switch Debuts

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Nintendo gave us a closer look at the upcoming Luigi's Mansion sequel, Luigi's Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch. The series gives Luigi his rightful time in the spotlight as he deals with the terrifying, real-world problems his famous brother just doesn't have the guts to handle: ghosts, and lots of them.

Seiken Densetsu 3 Remake Trials Of Mana Coming In 2020 For Switch

Trials of Mana is an HD remake of Seiken Densetsu 3, the notoriously unlocalized third game in the Mana series. It’s coming to Nintendo Switch in early 2020.

Zelda: Link's Awakening Remake Dungeon-Maker Mode And Release Date Revealed

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The new mode is a dungeon-creator that looks and sounds pretty excellent. As its name suggests, the mode allows players to create their own, custom-made dungeons by placing chambers earned in the adventure mode. Once created, players can explore the dungeons. Conquering the various chambers will yield various rewards, Nintendo said. As for the release date, Nintendo announced that Link's Awakening will launch on September 20.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Story Trailer Released

Nintendo showed off a new trailer for Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which takes a Harry Potter approach to Fire Emblem's tactical role-playing, choice-driven narrative formula. You play as Byleth (either male or female), a teacher at the Officer's Academy. The academy is divided into three houses, each led by a powerful individual who hails from one of the three nations that make up the continent of Fódlan. Edelgard is the princess of the Adrestian Empire, Dimitri is the prince of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus, and Claude is the heir to the leading house of the Leicester Alliance.

Two More Resident Evil Games Are Coming To Nintendo Switch

Nintendo also revealed two more Resident Evil games are coming to Switch this fall. The two ports are for Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6.

No More Heroes 3 Announced For Nintendo Switch

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In No More Heroes 3, Travis Touchdown is the last hero around. He now has an armored suit and a new katana, so he seems to be more powerful than ever. The franchise's signature humor and general outlandish tone appear to remain intact with this third game for Nintendo Switch. No More Heroes 3 launches in 2020. A specific release date was not announced.

Daemon x Machina Gets A Release Date

Nintendo revealed a brand-new trailer for Daemon x Machina. The trailer ended with a release date announcement: September 13.

Panzer Dragoon Remake Announced For Nintendo Switch

Panzer Dragoon, a remake of Sega's classic on-rails shooter, was announced for Nintendo Switch. Developed by Forever Entertainment's Megapixel Studio, the newly announced game is a remake of the first Panzer Dragoon, originally released for the Sega Saturn in 1995.

New Contra Game Announced For Nintendo Switch

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The Contra franchise returns this year with a new Nintendo Switch game called Contra Rogue Corps. Announced during Nintendo's E3 2019 briefing, Rogue is a third-person, behind-the-shoulder title that also features moments that are presented from a top-down perspective and from the side. You can play solo or fight against other humans with online or local multiplayer.

Contra Anniversary Collection Surprise-Released

Alongside that announcement, the company also revealed that the Contra Collection is available in the Nintendo eShop starting today.

The Contra Collection brings together an array of 10 classic Contra games, including the European Probotector games. The full collection includes Contra for arcade and NES, Super Contra for arcade and NES, Contra 3: Alien Wars, Contra: Hard Corps, Operation C for Game Boy, and the Probotector versions of Contra 3 and Hard Corps.

New Ultimate Alliance 3 Trailer Includes A Ton Of Marvel's Best Characters

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In the Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order trailer, we see a bunch of Marvel heroes and villains that will be featured in the game, including Hela, Surtur, Magneto (who somehow gets his hands on the Reality Infinity Stone), Miles Morales, Doctor Octopus, Ghost Rider, Elektra, Kamala Khan, Gwen Stacey, Thor, Scarlet Witch, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Avengers. The trailer also showcases The Black Order's main antagonist, Thanos, will be rocking his original comic book look in the game.

The trailer also reveals that The Black Order will launch with an expansion pass that adds additional playable characters to the game. With the pass, you'll gain access to characters from the Marvel Knights, X-Men, and Fantastic Four.

New Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Games Trailer Shown During Nintendo Direct

One of the upcoming games the publisher showed off was a new Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games. The new entry will celebrate the 2020 Games in Tokyo, Japan. Mario and Sonic will be joined by friends from their respective universes, and they'll compete in sports such as surfing, skateboarding, sprinting, climbing, boxing, horse racing, swimming, fencing, soccer, baseball, hurdles, long jump, basketball, shot put, volleyball, BMX, and gymnastics. Publisher Sega previously stated the game would arrive in the winter, and Nintendo has now announced it will exclusively appear on the Nintendo Switch this November.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy Coming To Switch

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is being ported to Switch, it was announced today during Nintendo's E3 2019 Direct presentation. The game previously launched on PS4 and Xbox One last year but will be making the jump to Switch on September 3. The remaster features updated versions of the first three Spyro games: 1998's Spyro the Dragon, 1999's Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage (known as Gateway to Glimmer in Europe and Australia), and 2000's Spyro: Year of the Dragon.

Nintendo's Cadence Of Hyrule Releases On Switch Very, Very Soon

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The company continued spreading the love for Link and Zelda with a new trailer for Cadence of Hyrule, which is (surprisingly) releasing very, very soon. The game will be released on June 13, which is right around the corner. Made by the same folks behind Crypt of the Necrodancer, Cadence of Hyrule is a roguelike, and borrows most of its mechanics and features from Necrodancer. It will feature 25 remixed classic tracks from the Legend of Zelda series of games.

Alien Isolation Is Coming To Nintendo Switch

Nintendo showed a sizzle reel of games coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2019 and beyond. Although it only appeared briefly, one of those games was a port of Creative Assembly's horror spooktacular, Alien: Isolation.

Animal Crossing For Switch Delayed, But It Now Has A Name

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One of the most anticipated games heading into E3 2019 was Animal Crossing for Switch, and now we've finally gotten our first look at it during Nintendo's latest Direct presentation. Now officially dubbed Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the upcoming installment has been pushed back to March 20, 2020.

The Witcher 3 Announced For Nintendo Switch

It had been rumored, but Nintendo made it official during its E3 2019 broadcast. CD Projekt Red's acclaimed role-playing game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to Nintendo Switch. It's the Complete Edition heading to Switch, and this features the game's two substantial expansions--Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. In terms of a release date, Nintendo confirmed that The Witcher 3 will be available on Switch sometime later this year.

Astral Chain Gameplay Video Shows Hectic Action And Sci-Fi Story

Finally, a new Astral Chain trailer was shown at Nintendo's E3 2019 Direct presentation. It offered another glimpse of the game in action with some over-the-top combat and boss fights.

Pokemon Sword & Shield Work With Poke Ball Plus

Nintendo revealed that Pokemon Sword and Shield will be compatible with the Poke Ball Plus.

The Poke Ball Plus is the Poke Ball-shaped controller that released alongside last year's Pokemon games, Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee. As we learned during the Direct, you'll be able to send some of your Pokemon from Sword and Shield to the Poke Ball Plus and take them with you on walks, just as you could in Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee. Nintendo teases that something good may happen if you bring your Pokemon with you. However, it doesn't appear you'll be able to use the Poke Ball Plus as a controller for Sword and Shield.

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