E3 2019: Nintendo E3 Direct Round-Up

June 12, 2019

Nintendo’s E3 2019 Direct presentation was full of many surprises and also revealed release dates for several upcoming games and DLC. Everything from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Luigi’s Mansion 3 to Zelda and Astral Chain made an appearance this year. We have put together this handy round-up article which highlights everything revealed during the presentation.

Nintendo’s E3 Direct began by showcasing the newest DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Hero from Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, along with seven other Hero incarnations, will be the third DLC fighter to be added to the game. He is a sword wielder character. The Hero will become available sometime in Summer (or Winter for Australia).



Next up a new trailer for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age S: Definitive Edition was shown. Some of the game’s enhancements were shown including new animals to ride, the ability to speed through battles and visit past Dragon Quest worlds. It will be released on September 27, 2019 on Nintendo Switch.



We got a better look at Luigi’s Mansion 3. In the game Luigi is invited to stay at a hotel along with Mario, Peach and a selection of Toads. But things take a dark turn for our green hero, and he finds himself on a mission to rescue his friends. Luigi is once again armed with a high tech vaccum cleaner – the Poltergust G-00, which has some new functions. You can now slam ghosts to damage them and fire a plunger to grab and drag items, including furniture and shields held by ghosts. A new burst ability allows you to blow away multiple ghosts who gang up on you and can also be used to lift Luigi above moving carpets and other hazards. Professor E-Gadd is also set to return in this installment, presumable to give Luigi the Poltergust G-00 and also Gooigi, who returns from the 3DS remake of the original Luigi’s Mansion. In the game you can split tasks between Gooigi and Luigi, or work together with a friend in co-op. Gooigi can walk through metal fences and spikes, more or less being immune to objects Luigi would not be able to get past. Gooigi’s weakness is water. Finally, there is a ScareScaper multiplayer mode for up to eight players both online and locally. Here you team up with the other players to rescue Toads. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is expected to be released in 2019.




The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics was announced to be coming to Nintendo Switch. It’s a turned based tactics title in a similar vein to XCOM and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. It’s slated for a 2019 release.



A new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was shown. The remake on Nintendo Switch will include the ability to create your own dungeons using chambers you have earned throughout your adventure. It’s slated for release on September 20, 2019.



A full remake of Trials of Mana is set to be released on Nintendo Switch in early 2020. Announced alongside it is Collection of Mana, a compilation of classic Mana games including Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana, and the original Trials of Mana. Collection of Mana should be available today on the eShop.



After several rumours over the past few weeks, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been confirmed to be coming to Nintendo Switch. It will be released later this year.



There’s a new story trailer for Fire Emblem: Three Houses. It’s coming out July 26, 2019.



Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 were revealed to be coming to Nintendo Switch in Fall (or Spring for Australia) 2019.




No More Heroes 3 was officially announced, once again starring Travis Touchdown. It will released in 2020. Grasshopper has confirmed separately that it will be exclusive to Nintendo Switch.




Contra Rogue Corps was revealed. It’s a third person 3D shooter and will feature both local and online multiplayer. It’s coming 24 September 2019. Also revealed was the Contra Anniversary Collection, featuring 10 retro Contra titles. It is now available on the Switch eShop and comes with a 74-page eBook.



Daemon X Machina was revealed to be coming out September 13, 2019 in a short but sweet new trailer.



In a surprise announcement, Sega were revealed to be working on a Panzer Dragoon remake. The short trailer revealed it will be released this Christmas season.




Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield were briefly mentioned. Nintendo will have demos at their E3 booth and will be discussing the games more in-depth during their Nintendo Treehouse streams throughout E3. It was revealed the games would interact with the PokeBall Plus accessory, allowing players to carry their Pokemon with them in the real world. However, the games cannot be played with the accessory.



Astral Chain was revealed to be coming out August 30, 2019 along with a swish new trailer.



A new trailer for Cadence of Hyrule was shown. It will be available for purchase from the eShop on 13 June, 2019. Yep, that’s only a few days away!



A short teaser trailer was shown announcing Empire of Sin will be coming to Nintendo Switch in Spring (or Autumn for Australia) 2020. It’s a Mafia-themed game and it appears you will have to compete with other gangs to gain territory.



A new story trailer for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order was shown. It will be coming out 19 July, 2019. It was also revealed there will be an expansion pass that will include DLC for Marvel Knights, X-Men and the Fantastic Four franchises. The DLC packs will be released from Fall (or Spring for Australia) 2019.




A new gameplay trailer for Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was shown, revealing some of the events the game will have and confirming there will be both local and online multiplayer. It’s also quite humorous watching Dr. Eggman compete against Sonic in a running relay! It’s coming out in November 2019.



There was an update on the highly anticipated Animal Crossing game for Nintendo Switch. The game’s final name is Animal Crossing: New Horizons and will see players establish a campsite on an island. Collecting bugs, building furniture and socialising with other inhabitants was shown – so it’s looking like a familiar but still fun Animal Crossing experience. The game has been delayed to March 2020 to allow the developers more time to meet fan expectations.



It wouldn’t be a Nintendo Direct without a highlight reel of upcoming games for the Nintendo Switch. We’ll let you discover everything in the embedded trailer, but to name a few games it was revealed Spyro Reignited Trilogy will be coming to Switch, along with Hollow Knight: Silksong,  Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, The Elder Scrolls: Blades, Alien: Isolation and many, many more.




Surprise! It looks like Nintendo had one more character to announce for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Coming this Fall (or Spring for Australia…) the classic bear and bird duo will make their debut in the title. Yep, that’s right. Banjo-Kazooie has been announced as a playable character. Their Ultimate Smash is The Mighty Jinjonator, and their stage will be Spiral Mountain complete with Gruntilda flying around. It’s incredible that this has become a reality and no doubt will bring tears of joy to Nintendo fans everywhere.



One last final teaser trailer was shown. It has been confirmed that a sequel to Breath of the Wild is in development.