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The Biggest News From Nintendo's 2019 E3 Direct

Nintendo's classic characters take the spotlight at this year's Direct.

Jun 11, 2019

By: Max Cannon

Nintendo is arguably the most beloved company in the world of video gaming, so all eyes are on them whenever they have something to say. This E3 has been pretty predictable from much of the competition but Nintendo managed to keep cranking out the surprises. Check out the biggest updates from Nintendo's E3 2019 press conference, and if you're interested in checking out the whole thing scroll to the bottom of the page for the Nintendo E3 Direcct in it's entirety. 

Dragon Quest Heroes Come to Super Smash Bros Ultimate... and More

Things kicked off with some of that very beloved Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news and we got our first look at this Summer's DLC Fighter who was simply called "The Hero" in this trailer. That character, commonly called the Luminary in Dragon Quest XI, wasn't the only skin we'd be fighting in for this latest update. You can swap into the skin of other Dragon Quest characters from far older games in the long-running franchise. 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Banjo-Kazooie E3 Reveal


Of course, that won't be the Smash Bros reveal that gets the most attention. Jumping ahead a ways, the Nintendo Direct ended with the announcement that Banjo and Kazooie would be joining the fight. Fans of retro games may remember these cute characters from their titular Banjo-Kazooie games on the Nintendo 64. Alongside their classic moveset being brought into the game, their home of Spiral Mountain appears to be a brand new stage to select from. Dragon Quest characters were confirmed for sometime in Summer 2019 while Banjo and Kazooie are set to appear sometime this fall.

Banjo's back at home on a Nintendo machine.Banjo's back at home on a Nintendo machine.

Checking In on Luigi's Mansion 3

Luigi is no stranger to hunting ghosts in haunted mansions but this E3 trailer revealed a deeper look at the next location we'll be fighting phantoms in. Heading to a giant hotel with multiple Mario-characters, Luigi is bringing some new moves into his latest adventure. Slamming ghosts, the return of Gooigi from the 3DS remake of the original, and tons of charming Nintendo-scares mean that this game will be on our radar for a little while -- at least until it releases sometime later this year. Check out their trailer here.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 - Nintendo Switch Trailer


Link's Awakening Gets a Release Date

Announced during an earlier Nintendo Direct, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening originally released on the Game Boy. The Nintendo Switch is getting a modern version of the game with its own adorable art-style. This Nintendo Direct also showed off an unexpected new mode where you'll be building your own challenging Zelda dungeouns. While we initially knew that the game was coming at some undetermined date in 2019, this trailer concluded with the news that we'd be playing the game for ourselves September 20th, 2019.    

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening - Nintendo Switch Trailer


Marvel's Ultimate Alliance 3 Comes to Switch This Summer

Announced at The Game Awards toward the end of 2019, Nintendo is helping the folks at Team Ninja to bring a third entry in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series onto the Nintendo Switch. The trailer from Nintendo's E3 direct dropped an exciting release date, just a little over a month away, but they also confirmed that'd we see DLC featuring Marvel Knights, X-Men, and Fantastic Four. 

It won't be long until we're playing the latest in this classic series.It won't be long until we're playing the latest in this classic series.

Animal Crossing for Switch is Delayed to 2020

Finally, the long, long awaited return of Animal Crossing to consoles revaled some of the unsurprisingly cute content we'd end up seeing on the Nintendo Switch. This time we'll start out on a deserted island but things don't stay empty for long. Animal Crossing New Horizons is coming to the Nintendo Switch on March 20th, 2020.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Nintendo Switch Trailer 


Breath of the Wild 2 is coming

Details are light but this is likely the biggest reveal of the entire Nintendo Direct. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a launch title on the Nintendo Switch and one of the best games on the system. This mysterious trailer showed a return to the map of the previous game but things look far more dangerous for Link and Zelda. Take a look at the footage for yourself!

Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - First Look Trailer


The Full Package

Take a look at the entire Nintendo E3 Direct right here!

Nintendo Direct for E3 2019


Share Your Thoughts!

Which part of Nintendo's show stood out the most to you? Did they deliver an awesome show for this E3 or did you prefer another company's showing? Share your thoughts below!