Nintendo presented their usual Nintendo Direct at E3 2019, focusing on upcoming Switch games, including ones we knew about like Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Pokémon Sword and Shield, as well as announcing all new games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and a direct sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
You can watch the full 40-minute Direct above. We’ve highlighted all the biggest news and trailers below.
Untitled Sequel to Breath of the Wild
The biggest news from the Nintendo Direct was the surprise announcement of a direct sequel to 2018’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, taking place directly after the end of the game. Looks like Ganon’s evil isn’t quite vanquished, and it looks like Zelda herself plays a far more important role.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
The very highly anticipated next game in the Animal Crossing series has finally been unveiled. Animal Crossing: New Horizons brings players to a deserted island owned by Nook Inc. Players collect and craft resources to build out their homestead. And to pay off their massive debt to Tom Nook.
Release: March 20, 2020
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition
One of our favorite games of last year is coming to Nintendo Switch. Aside from a ludicrously long title, the Switch version will feature new content, including more ride-able monsters, characters stories, and side quests.
Release: September 27
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Luigi takes center stage once more in a much bigger mansion that’s actually a gigantic hotel. Luigi is armed with the Poltergust G-OO to suction, slam, and blow away the many ghosts he encounters on his mission to rescue Mario and friends. Luigi’s Mansion 3 will also include a ScareScraper Mode for local and online multiplayer of up to eight players.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
The Switch remake of the original Gameboy Zelda, Link’s Awakening, continues to look impressive. A new dungeon creator allows players to earn individual chambers, and arrange them to create their own dungeons. Oh, and the game is coming out this fall!
Release: September 20
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
No new information, and we already knew the release date. But check out the new cinematic trailer for Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
Release: July 26
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition
The Witcher 3 is on Switch! It’s one of the biggest RPGs of the last several years. The Complete Edition includes the two expansions, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
Aside from the new trailer, the Direct revealed the Expansion Pass for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, which includes DLC for Marvel Knights, X-Men, and Fantastic Four, which start launching later this fall.
Release: July 26
Trials of Mana & Collection of Mana
It’s a good time for Secret of Mana fans. Not only are we getting a full HD remake of the third Mana game (which never previously came to the US), but also all three original Mana games in the Collection of Mana (including the third game for the first time). Better yet – Collection of Mana is available now!
Release: Early 2020 (Trials of Mana)
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
I would not have believed you if you said we were getting a Dark Crystal video game on a Nintendo system in 2019, but here we are. It looks like a tactical strategy game using all the funky Jim Henson characters from the old and upcoming movie.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
A new Mario & Sonic sports game features four new events for Mario and Sonic characters to compete in: skateboarding, surfing, karate, and climbing.
A co-op action-RPG that takes place in the voxel-world of Minecraft. Up to four players can tackle dungeons together.
Release: Spring 2020
New DLC Fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The Direct revealed the next two DLC characters to join the ridiculously huge roster of fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: The hero from Dragon Quest 11, and Rare’s platforming mascot Banjo-Kazooie. The Dragon Quest hero also includes previous series heroes as well.
Release: Summer (Dragon Quest), Fall (Banjo-Kazooie)
Switch owners have a lot of great games to be excited about throughout the upcoming months.