Nintendo E3 2019 Schedule, Games, and eShop Sale

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Sony may be pulling out completely but Nintendo will still be in full attendance at E3 2019, which takes place next week on June 11-13. The show floor will show off big upcoming games like Pokémon Sword and Shield, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order.

As usual, Nintendo will kick off the official convention times with a Nintendo Direct on Tuesday, June 11 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern. The Direct will focus entirely on games coming out later this year. Following the Direct will be a Nintendo Treehouse Live broadcast. It will showcase several new and upcoming Nintendo games. The Treehouse will return on Wednesday and again on Thursday, at the same time. The Thursday stream will focus on indie games.

As previously announced, Nintendo will feature multiple tournaments during E3, including the Splatoon 2 World Championship and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Championship.

Newly announced is a Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational. Four members of the Super Mario Maker community have been invited to compete in a gauntlet of Super Mario Maker 2 courses. The tournaments are hosted at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, starting at 10 am. Admission is free but space is limited.

On the show floor the following announced games will be playable by attendees: Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Luigi’s Mansion 3, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. Nintendo will utilize a new Warp Pipe Pass as a fast pass system. The Warp Pipe Pass will allow attendees to reserve times to play games rather than wait in long lines.

“The 2019 lineup for Nintendo Switch aims to deliver smiles with many different unique games and experiences,” said Doug Bowser, president, Nintendo of America. “Games available this holiday season will be the focus of our booth, and no matter where you live, you can participate in the fun events by watching Nintendo Treehouse: Live during E3 or visiting Nintendo Early Access events at Best Buy, which have a focus on Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order.”

If you’re not going to E3 next week, you can still take advantage of an eShop Sale. The digital sale on Switch and 3DS games starts June 11 and runs through June 18.

Grab Free and Discounted PC Games During the GOG Summer Sale Festival

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Digital PC Store GOG.com has officially kicked off its Summer Sale Festival. The sale features a vast library of thousands of PC games up to 90% off, including a rotating collection of heavily discounted flash sales every 24 hours. The sale ends June 17.

During the first 48 hours of the sale, you can grab Obduction for free, simply by vising the store and clicking the download button. Obduction is a highly-rated first person adventure game developed by the makes of the original Myst, and released in 2016.

GOG’s flash sales offer new deeply discounted sales every day, encouraging shoppers to return and check the store. The first day’s flash sales include Titan Quest Anniversary Edition for $3.99 (80% off), Shadows: Awakening at $11.99 (70% off), and Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition at $9.99 (50% off).

To expand upon the festival theme, GOG offers Main stage headliners as bundle deals. The Arctic Mages includes all three Banner Saga games for $27.99. Die Auslanders features all the original classic X-COM strategy games for a cool $5. Daily Mixes and recommendations will help you find the right games based on your purchase and browsing history.

New arrivals at GOG include 2013’s BioShock Infinite Complete Edition, discounted 75% to $13.79, as well as new release Vambrace: Cold Soul, with a 10% early purchase discount.

The GOG Summer Sale Festival ends June 17.

Emotional Indie Adventure Sea of Solitude Shipping Out July 5

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One of the most intriguing indie game announcements from E3 2018 finally has a release date. Electronic Arts and German indie studio Jo-Mei Games have announced a July 5 release date for Sea of Solitude for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (Origin).

Sea of Solitude stars Kay, a young woman-turned-monster suffering from loneliness and isolation. As she makes her way through a flooded city, the water level rises to reflect her state of mind. Along the way she meets other people and monsters and works to help them with their own problems and overcome challenges.

The world features dynamic environments and weather that visualize characters’ emotions. New areas are unlocked by overcoming emotional challenges and bringing light and color into the dreary, dark world. Kay’s ultimate goal is to discover why her loneliness has physically transformed her, and how to change back into a human.

“Sea of Solitude centers on the essence of loneliness and tugs on the heartstrings of its players by mirroring their own reality. It’s by far the most artistic and personal project I’ve ever created, written during a very emotional time in my life,” said Cornelia Geppert, CEO, Jo-Mei Games. “Designing characters based on emotions was a deeply personal achievement for our team and we’re so excited for players to soon experience Kay’s powerful story of self-discovery and healing.”

As an EA Originals title, Sea of Solitude is an indie game with the publisher backing of EA. Other EA Originals include Fe and A Way Out.

Sea of Solitude has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB. It’s launching digitally for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on July 5, for $19.99.