Nintendo Direct E3 2019 Recap: Breath of the Wild 2 Megaton Blows Everything Else Away

Nintendo Direct E3 2019 Recap: Breath of the Wild 2 Megaton Blows Everything Else Away

Also, a new Mana game, tons of ports, and lots more.

Megaton alert! Nintendo announced that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is getting a sequel in a packed Nintendo Direct that also included new Smash Bros. characters, No More Heroes 3, and many, many ports. That certainly takes the edge off Animal Crossing getting delayed, doesn't it?

Anyway, if you missed today's show, here's everything that we saw today. Buckle up, because it was a busy show.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is Getting a Sequel!

In a massive surprise announcement, Nintendo announced today that it is developing a direct sequel to Breath of the Wild. This is quite the rarity for the series, which has traditionally focused on standalone releases. Even games like Link's Awakening have only been sequels in spirit. We have little to go on with this trailer, just glimpses of Links and Zelda together, and a dark energy swirling and gathering power. Whatever, it's enough. We're hyped.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is Being Delayed

We got a new look at Animal Crossing for Switch, which is set on a lovely little island. We see things like crafting, a tent, fishing, rain, jumping across rivers, and seasons. We also see animal companions, including a hot pink deer name Fuschia. It also has a release date: March 20, 2020. Sorry for the delay, folks.

Dragon Quest Hero and Banjo Coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The main protagonist from Dragon Quest 11 is the newest edition to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Called simply "The Hero," he's yet another sword boy among many. Maybe he can differentiate himself from a crowded field? That would be nice. Here's a cool thing: there are a ton of echo fighters representing a multitude of protagonists from the different Dragon Quest games. And menu commands appear to be part of the skillset? Anyway, it will be out Summer 2019 as part of a tie-up with the forthcoming release of Dragon Quest 11 S.

Banjo Kazooie is officially coming to Nintendo Switch! After a fun fakeout with Duck Hunt Dog, we get a look at all of Banjo's abilities, including egg shots, charge attacks, and more. We also see his level, which looks pretty fun. He fits right in with Donkey Kong and King K. Rool. It's nice to have Rare back with Nintendo, I've gotta say. It'll be out Fall 2019.

Luigi's Mansion 3

Nintendo showed off Luigi's Mansion 3, which will be one of its biggest games coming to Switch this fall. It looks just like the classic Gamecube version, complete with vacuum sucking. But the "Poltergust" has multipe new functions: a Slam ability that can take out multiple enemies' a Suction Shot that can destroy furniture, and a Burst ability. There's also something called "Gooigi," which can slip through fences and cross spikes. Gooigi can also be a co-op partner. A new way is the Scarescraper, a four-player co-op mode in which you find Toads and defeat floors together.

Luigi's Mansion 3 will be out 2019, but it doesn't have a release date yet.

Link's Awakening Has a Release Date

Next is the Link's Awakening Remake, which is heavily anticipated in these parts. Set to the iconic Tal Tal Mountain Range theme, the sizzle reel immediately puts you in the mood.

The next segment is more of a straightforward gameplay segment. We see Link fighting through the first dungeon, and we see him climbing to the Wind Fish. And we have a release date: September 20! It's looking really gorgeous in motion, I've gotta say.

Trials of Mana and Seiken Densetsu 3

A brand new Mana game is on the way! Called Trials of Mana, it's a full remake of Seiken Densetsu 3, and it's coming in early 2020. It's looking very nice. Also, the Secret of Mana Collection has been confirmed for an American release; and get this, it's out today! The Blood God is definitely pleased.

The Rest of Nintendo's E3 2019 Announcements

  • Dark Crystal is having a moment, and that includes a brand new Nintendo Switch game. It's a tactics game called Dark Crystal Age of Reseistance Tactics (phew). Kind of neat! Something to play on your tablet while watching the new Netflix show.

  • Witcher 3 is coming to Switch, and damn it already looks gorgeous! We named it number 3 on our Top 25 RPGs of All Time, so you know it's good. This is the Definitive Edition, so it appears to have the DLC as well. Hopefully it lives up to the very brief glimpse that we go.
  • Resident Evil 5 and 6 are coming to Nintendo Switch this fall. Most people would tell you that these aren't the best games in the series. Still, it's nice to have basically the entire series in one palce. Resident Evil 7 next, please.
  • Travis Touchdown is back after a long absence, and he's looking fine. Toting his lightsaber and wearing his 70s sunglasses, he's here to save the world. "Start the game," he says. No More Heroes is out in 2020.
  • Contra returns with a 3D update. Called Contra Rogue Corps, it actually looks pretty bad. Why is this happening? Who knows. It's out September 24, and will include wireless co-op.
  • We got our first glimpse of the Panzer Dragoon Remaster in a quick trailer. It looks like it's coming along very nice, and even better, it's out in 2019. It'll be out this winter.
  • Pokeball Plus will work with Pokemon Sword and Shield. You won't be able to use it as a game controller, but you will be able to put a Pokemon in it, and if you do, something good will happen. You will also be able to play on the show floor.
  • We got a look at Marvel Ultimate Alliance on Switch, which might actually be better than I originally supposed. We see heroes including Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, as well as villains like Thanos. The X-Men and Fantastic Four will also be there. It's out this fall.
  • Cadence of Hyrule, the new Crypt of the Necrodancer remix featuring Zelda tunes, it just around the corner! It will be out June 13. Our full impressions will be up shortly.
  • Mario and Sonic return to the Olympics yet again with a brand new game. As before, we have lots of minigames, including a classic 2D game. These crossovers are a rite of the Olympics, but they've never exactly been what you would call good. Anyway, we'll play it when it comes.
  • More games coming Switch, including a ton of delayed: Minecraft Dungeons, Spyro Collection, My Friend Pedro from Devolver Digital, Doom Eternal, The Sinking City, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Alien Isolation, Super lucky's Tales, Dauntless. I can't believe that Alien Isiolation got relegated to a highlight reel, seriously.

And that's all for the E3 2019 pressers! What did you think? Did Nintendo win E3? You can find all of our E3 2019 coverage here!

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