Biggest Nintendo Switch Games Of E3 2019: Zelda Breath Of The Wild 2, Animal Crossing, More
By Alessandro Fillari | @afillari on
The Switch's Next Big Hits
E3 2019 is almost over, and Nintendo revealed some impressive news during its Nintendo Direct, which confirmed new characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Banjo-Kazooie!), showcased some new games (such as Animal Crossing for Switch, which finally got a release date), and teased the upcoming sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Beyond that, the company has confirmed a list of Nintendo games that will be playable at E3. This includes Pokemon Sword and Shield, Luigi's Mansion 3, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order.
Also of note, if you're a Switch fan, another Nintendo Direct that already took place on June 5. This livestream focused on Pokemon Sword and Shield, and we learned a lot about new battle mechanics, new Pokemon, and the new Legendaries.
We've pulled together a list of Switch games that Nintendo and other companies showed off at E3 2019. Some of these include games that were recently announced titles like Doom Eternal, Dragon Quest Builders 2, Panzer Dragoon, and more.
For the latest news, trailers, previews, and gameplay, check out our E3 2019 hub. Otherwise, check out everything you need to know all the biggest Nintendo games of E3 2019 below.
Luigi's Mansion 3
Nintendo fans should be pleased that there's Luigi's Mansion 3 on the way. Since the 2001 release of the Gamecube original, the series has managed to garner a cult following throughout the years. The latest game once again stars the easily-frightened plumber who's on an adventure through what looks to be a haunted hotel. Nintendo hasn't discussed too much about the game, but early footage showcases elements from previous games, like ghost-sucking vacuums, spooky corridors, and plenty of wacky ghosts.
Animal Crossing (2019)
The new Animal Crossing finally has a name! Titled Animal Crossing: New Horizons, this latest game will start with players boarding the Nook Inc. charter, which will ferry them to a deserted island where they'll set up a tent and establish their town. As you settle into your new home, you'll do traditional Animal Crossing activities, such as shaking trees and catching fish. You'll also be able to craft tools and furniture using the materials you collect on the island at Tom Nook's workbench.
Platforms: Switch | Release Date: March 20, 2020
All the info we have about Astral Chain came from a Nintendo Direct back in February. The new title from Platinum Games has you inhabiting a pair of special forces soldiers who partner with a living, robotic weapon called Legion for combat and solving puzzles. From the looks of things, Astral Chain will feature some fast-paced combat and take you through a futuristic, sci-fi city.
While we don't know a ton about Astral Chain, we do know about its pedigree. It's the latest effort from game designer Takahisa Taura, who worked on Nier Automata, and it's being supervised by Hideki Kamiya, the creator of Bayonetta. The game is hitting the Switch on August 30.
Daemon x Machina
Coming from developer Marvelous, the same studio behind niche action games like Senran Kagura and Fate/Extra, Daemon X Machina is a noticeable shift from their more playful titles. Announced last year for the Nintendo Switch, this mech action game possesses similarities to From Software's classic Armored Core series, featuring a deep focus on customization, along with a plethora of weapons and abilities to wipe out the opposition. We don't get that many mech-oriented action games these days, so when Daemon x Machina was revealed, it instantly turned the heads of the most die-hard fans of the niche sub-genre.
The last demo released in February on the Nintendo eShop was a decent taste of what's to come in the final release. With your created character and their giant robot, you'll be able to take them on various missions while amassing more resources to customize them further. It was a solid sampler for what's to come, giving you plenty of options to experiment with while cutting your way through a battlefield full of enemy mechs. As big mech fans ourselves, we can't wait to see how Daemon x Machina turns out later this year.
Bethesda's reboot of Doom in 2016 hit like a hammer. The speed and ferocity of combat was almost perfectly in tune with the raucous metal soundtrack, just the way Doom-heads like it. It wasn't too surprising then when Bethesda announced that a follow-up was on the way. Doom Eternal is currently in development for almost every modern platform: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, and Stadia--making it one of the few games confirmed for Google's upcoming cloud-gaming service.
There isn't a lot we can say about Doom Eternal at the moment, other than it looks like a worthy successor to the game that wowed us just a few years ago. A familiar feature returning from the old-school Doom games is the gradual visual destruction of enemies as they take damage from your super-powered weapons, which is sure to be a gruesome feast for the eyes. The most surprising new addition to the formula is invasions from other players online in the form of demons. It will be optional, but it will no doubt be a feature to look out for when the game ships later this year.
Dragon Quest Builders 2
Dragon Quest Builders was an unusual game that turned out rather well, and back in 2016, we praised its mix of Dragon Quest charm and Minecraft-like construction, awarding the game an 8/10. The sequel is on the way to the US and Europe after releasing in Japan late last year. The biggest additions to the sequel include multiplayer support (both local and online), the ability to fly and swim underwater, and, perhaps thankfully, neither your armor nor weapons will wear out after repeated use. Smaller changes abound, but how they will impact the game will only become clear once we've had a chance to play for ourselves. Hopefully, that chance comes in a couple months' time.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Switch)
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was another surprise from February’s Nintendo Direct. The game first launched back in 1993 for the original Game Boy, and now Nintendo is remaking it for Nintendo Switch.
The upcoming adventure retains the 2D, top-down view of the original, but with a tweaked art style to bring it more in line with The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, the 3DS follow-up to A Link to the Past. It isn't the first remake the game has received since its original launch: an updated color version, dubbed Link's Awakening DX, came out in 1998.
Unlike most other games in the series, it isn't set in Hyrule, but rather the mysterious Koholint Island. After being shipwrecked, Link washes ashore and can only escape by retrieving eight magical instruments and waking the isle's guardian, the Wind Fish.
Fire Emblem Three Houses
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the latest in the long-beloved tactical-RPG series. You will assume the role of Byleth, a former mercenary, and professor at the Church of Seiros' Officer's Academy. While making decisions for yourself, you'll also follow the stories of three students and heirs to three rival nations: the Adrestian Empire, the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus, and the Leicester Alliance.
As to be expected, Fire Emblem: Three Houses features the series' classic turn-based battles. However, some new additions are thrown in, such as expanded unit control, deeper character progression, and the ability to freely roam a hub area to interact with units and gather intel.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
When's Marvel? Well, July 2019. The Marvel Ultimate Alliance series hasn't seen a new game in about a decade, but with Avengers: Endgame still fresh in the minds of the pop culture zeitgeist, there's probably never going to be a better time to bring it back. Developed by Team Ninja (of Ninja Gaiden, Dead Or Alive, and Nioh fame) exclusively for the Nintendo Switch, this four-player action RPG will let you choose from dozens of Marvel characters and wreak havoc on countless villains and enemy grunts.
If you've played previous games, or anything resembling Diablo, you'll know what to expect from Ultimate Alliance 3. Each character will have up to four flashy special abilities on top of regular and ultimate attacks, and will emphasize synergizing them with your teammates. You'll have a squad of four at all times (AI will substitute for real players when playing solo), and your abilities will be enhanced if all your characters are, for example, Spider-People, women of Marvel, or wise-crackers. But the real joy will be seeing just how much fan service they can stuff into this game.
Oninaki is the latest game from Tokyo RPG Factory, a Square Enix studio committed to creating classic-style RPGs. Unlike the studio's previous work--which utilized the active time battle system made famous by both Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger--Oninaki is an action-RPG. Its combat revolves around saving and collecting lost souls, which each grants you unique attacks and abilities in turn. As protagonist Kagachi, you explore the realms of life and death to accomplish this philanthropic goal. All the while, you're exposed to an even more profound mystery within the realms you explore.
Pokemon Sword and Shield
Pokemon Sword and Shield are the latest iterations of the storied pocket monster franchise, and the first new mainline Pokemon games to arrive on Nintendo Switch. While 2018's Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee were reimaginings of the classic Pokemon Yellow, Sword and Shield will take place in an all-new UK-inspired region of the world, on top of introducing a brand new generation of Pokemon to the already staggering catalog. Sword and Shield will see a return to the more familiar Pokemon mechanics, as opposed to the variations that the Let's Go games introduced, such as wild Pokemon battles and Gyms.
Super Mario Maker 2
Super Mario Maker 2 was a big surprise when it was announced during February's big Nintendo Direct presentation. It is, of course, the sequel to the 2015 Wii U game Super Mario Maker--although this did later come to 3DS, too.
Much like the first Super Mario Maker, the Switch game allows users to create and share their own custom Mario levels. As before, the stages can be made in the style of the original Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, or New Super Mario Bros. U, and this time around Nintendo has also added Super Mario 3D World assets to the suite of options.
That isn't the only significant difference in the upcoming sequel. Unlike the original, Super Mario Maker 2 gives players the ability to create slopes and angled surfaces. Other improvements include the ability to customize how auto-scrolling levels scroll, and an assortment of new tools such as on/off switches and more.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood was unveiled at E3 2018, promising a co-op trip through Paris, set in the 1980s. It's a sequel of sorts to the most recent game in the series, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and it stars series protagonist BJ Blazkowicz's twin daughters, Jessica and Sophia, who are working together to continue the fight against the Nazi regime.
In Wolfenstein: Youngblood, BJ has gone missing in Nazi-occupied Paris. It's not clear whether Youngblood is the third game in the series--the devs previously stated that they viewed the series as a trilogy--or a separate game in the vein of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.
Cadence of Hyrule
Cadence of Hyrule is a spin-off of The Legend of Zelda series that crosses the series' style with the critically acclaimed indie hit, Crypt of the Necrodancer. While its style and structure are evocative of classic 2D Zelda games, it's more of a sequel to Crypt of the Necrodancer in its mechanics.
Trials of Mana
Trials of Mana is a remake of the third game in the Mana series. Unlike the Secret of Mana remake a couple of years back, this one is being remade from the ground up as a third-person action-RPG.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Switch Port)
It's crazy what developers can pull off with the Switch. The humble hybrid console handheld has been home to several unlikely ports, like Doom (2016), L.A. Noire, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim--all games that have performed surprisingly well on the Switch. But now we've got a port of CD Projekt Red's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt coming, which is a shocking announcement, especially given how technically demanding that game was at launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Contra Rogue Ops
The Contra franchise returns this year with Contra: Rogue Corps. It's a third-person, behind-the-shoulder title that also features moments that are presented from a top-down perspective and the side. You can play solo or with friends via online or local multiplayer.
The cult favorite Sega Saturn game Panzer Dragoon is getting a remake. Based on early footage, it will retain the classic rail-shooting action the original known for, but with a bold new visual upgrade.
No More Heroes III
No More Heroes III is the highly-requested sequel to the cult-favorite action series by famed Japanese developer Suda 51 and his team at Grasshopper Manufacture. The first trailer didn't offer much on the specifics of the story or scope of the game, but we do know that Travis seems to be returning into the fray after a long hiatus.
Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is the latest installment in the crossover sports games starring the '90s two most iconic gaming mascots. This time around you and friends can compete in sports such as surfing, skateboarding, sprinting, climbing, boxing, horse racing, swimming, fencing, soccer, baseball, hurdles, long jump, and more.
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition
Square Enix's critically acclaimed Dragon Quest XI is heading to Nintendo Switch sometime this year. As the "definitive" version of the game, the port is mostly the same as its PS4 and PC counterparts but includes some bonus extras, such as the option Japanese voice audio, an orchestrated version of the soundtrack, and the ability to switch to a 16-bit interface modeled after the visuals from the SNES era of Dragon Quest. Though, fans should recognize that last feature from the 3DS port of the game that never made it to the West. If you've yet to play DQXI, the upcoming Switch port might be the best way to experience it.
The Legend of Zelda; Breath of the Wild Sequel
Nintendo shocked everyone at the end of its Direct presentation with a first look at the upcoming sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The trailer was brief, but it alluded to a mysterious creature hidden in some secret underground caverns below Hyrule.
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