The Grand E3 2019 Nintendo Direct Breakdown

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Another Nintendo Direct has passed, and boy was there a LOT to unpack today. In case you overdosed on hype at some point or you missed seeing some of the games, here is everything that was shown at Nintendo’s E3 Direct:

The event kicked off with the announcement of The Hero from Dragon Quest being added to Smash Ultimate this summer. In addition to playing as the Luminary from DQXI, you’ll also get to play as Heroes from past DFragon Quest games including Erdrick from Dragon Quest 3. Dragon Quest XI Definitive Edition is also coming to Switch on Sept. 27, 2019.


Luigi’s Mansion 3 finally got a closeup, showing a much larger mansion than in past games. The Poltergust G-00 comes with a number of new functions to catch ghosts and interact with the environments more, and Gooigi lets you bypass obstacles you could never get past otherwise. The ScareScraper is a local and online co-op game mode where you must work with up to seven other players to find the Toads in a mansion and fight off all the ghosts. While the game was reconfirmed to release in 2019, we have yet to see a specific date.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 was followed up by a trailer for Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, releasing this year.

Previously shown off at the end of the last Direct, Link’s Awakening releases on Sept. 20 and comes with a side mode where you can create and explore your own mini-dungeons.

Trials of Mana is coming to the Switch in early 2020, and the original three Mana games will be available later today on the eShop as the Collection of Mana.

The critically acclaimed Witcher 3: Wild Hunt complete edition is coming to the Switch later this year.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses got another story trailer reiterating its July 26th release date.

Resident Evil 5 and 6 are coming to the Switch eShop this fall.

No More Heroes III got a stylish reveal trailer and will launch on the Switch in 2020.

After several years, a new Contra game, Contra: Rogue Corps, releases Sept. 24 while the Contra anniversary collection launches on the eShop later today.

Daemon x Machina, which was first revealed at E3 2018, is releasing Sept. 13.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake releases this winter.

In case you missed it, Pokemon Sword and Shield will release on Nov. 15.

Astral Chain, the next big title from Platinum Games, got a lengthy trailer with what looked like a few bits of gameplay mixed in. It releases Aug. 30.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order releases July 19th and got a trailer showing off a huge array of characters and an expansion pass coming this fall containing content from Marvel Knights, X-Men, and the Fantastic Four.

The rhythm-based Cadence of Hyrule got a new trailer showing Link and Zelda in action and a release date of June 13 (only two days from now!)

Mario vs. Sonic at the Olympic Games gets its next release this November.

We finally got a look at the next Animal Crossing game, where you appear to start out on a deserted island and build your way up from next to nothing. Titled Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the game will release March 20, 2020.

Following Animal Crossing, Nintendo blew through a huge list of upcoming third-party and indie games which are briefly listed here:

  • Spyro: Reignited Trilogy (Sept. 3, 2019)
  •  Hollow Knight: Silksong (coming soon)
  • No no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Sept. 20, 2019)
  • Minecraft Dungeons (Spring 2020)
  • Elder Scrolls: Blades (Fall 2019)
  • My Friend Pedro (June 20, 2019)
  • Doom Eternal (coming soon)
  • The Sinking City (Fall 2019)
  • Wolfenstein Youngblood (July 26, 2019)
  • Dead by Daylight (Sept. 24, 2019)
  • Alien: Isolation (2019)
  • Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered (This Winter)
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 (July 12, 2019)
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game (July 4, 2019)
  • Just Dance 2020 (Nov. 5, 2019)
  • Catan (June 20, 2019)
  • Super Lucky’s Tale (Fall 2019)
  • Dauntless (Late 2019)
  • Super Mario Maker 2 (June 28, 2019)

After that, Nintendo jumped straight into their two final announcements: A trailer revealing Banjo-Kazooie are coming to Smash Ultimate this Fall, and a trailer announcing that the heavily anticipated sequel to Breath of the Wild is now in development.

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