E3 Nintendo Direct: Breath of the Wild sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Animal Crossing, Link’s Awakening, and more


That’s it! Nintendo’s direct E3 is over, and it was pretty good. Especially at the end! Despite no news Metroid Prime 4 images, no new Bayonetta. The long rumored Nintendo Switch update was nowhere to be found.

But the new Zelda! A brand new Breath of the Wild sequel is in development.

So what did we get? We have Banjo-Kazooie in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, more footage from upcoming games like Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Link’s Awakening. And also a whole bunch of existing games like The Witcher 3 and Alien Isolation coming to the Nintendo Switch. Oh and animal crossing gets a name and release date!

Let’s break it down.

Oh Lord! We absolutely did not see this one coming. Nintendo is preparing a new Zelda game – but it appears to be a direct sequel to Breath of the Wild (possibly the greatest game ever made). I am extremely excited.

The fact that Nintendo announced a new Zelda so quickly suggests it could be a Majora’s Mask-style sequel set in the same universe. To be clear: this is not a DLC, this is a new sequel in its own right.

Additionally, Link rode a gigantic elephant/rhinoceros-like animal.

Very exciting.

Nintendo previously announced that Animal Crossing would be available this year, 2019. Sadly, that’s no longer the case.

Today Nintendo announced that Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be released on March 20, 2020.

Not a massive delay, but significant nonetheless. The game is delayed to ensure that the game reaches the quality levels required by Nintendo.

We got a further preview of the game today at Nintendo’s E3 Nintendo Direct and it looks like the game is well on its way to hitting those quality levels. In new images released today, we got to see the game in all its glory: fishing, gardening, crafting.

It’s been a long time coming, but finally it’s happened: Banjo-Kazooie is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch, as Nintendo’s E3 Nintendo Direct revealed

It’s long been one of those character additions that makes perfect sense, but there’s always been a hurdle: Since Microsoft owned Rare, the company that originally made the games, Nintendo didn’t have the right to reproduce the character on a game only made for Nintendo Consoles.

But they are not alone. Along with the Western release of Dragon Quest XI, Nintendo is also bringing characters from that game to Smash.

Banjo-Kazooie is coming to Smash in Fall 2019.

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Luigi’s Mansion is low key, one of Nintendo’s most underrated franchises. We got a new look at Luigi’s Mansion 3, the latest in the series, and it looks fantastic.

Along with the usual gameplay we’ve come to expect, Luigi’s Mansion 3 has found some new ways for Luigi to interact with the world: a cool new piston-powered thing that lets you extract elements from the game’s environment and – can – be the most important – GOOIGI! A green, ghostly version of Luigi that allows you to solve puzzles in the game world.

After the Nintendo Direct, I got a chance to play a bunch of Luigi’s Mansion 3. It’s tactile, beautiful, and fun to use. I can’t wait for this one.

Nintendo also unveiled a four-player co-op mode.

The game is slated for release in late 2019.

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Travis Touchdown fans have been rewarded with a new No More Heroes game for the Nintendo Switch. It’s developed by Grasshopper and although we didn’t get a preview of the gameplay, it looked pretty good!

Link’s Awakening

Link’s Awakening looks amazing. Absolutely amazing.

As someone who played and loved the original Link’s Awakening on the original Nintendo Game Boy, it feels like a faithful redesign on every possible level. It retains the charm of the original, but the new art style seeks to make it something truly special in its own right.

Perhaps the most noteworthy part: Link’s Awakening has a kind of new “dungeon builder” that seems to allow players to seamlessly design their own dungeons. Looks like it could provide a lot of replay value for those who quickly skim through the main quest.

After the Nintendo Direct, I had a decent amount of time with Link’s Awakening. It looks glorious, feels super familiar, but is evolved enough to feel like a whole new game in the best possible way.

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Lots of old games are coming to Switch

Given that the console is portable, that always seems important when Nintendo brings classics to the Nintendo Switch. During the Nintendo Direct, it was announced that The Witcher 3 and Alien Isolation were on the way.

Personally, I can’t wait to play The Witcher 3 on the bus and Alien Isolation completely curled up in my bed.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Finally a Marvel game that looks decent? I’m kidding I’m kidding!

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is a much more stylized Marvel game. It’s also much more of a known quantity considering it’s the third in a series that literally stretches back years. We kind of know what to expect with this one: a beat em up style multiplayer game. Could be worse!

All E3 2019 press conferences

Saturday June 8

Sunday June 9

  • Microsoft/Xbox – The biggest news from the gaming giant was Project Scarlett, its next-gen Xbox, coming in 2020. The new device is up to 4 times more powerful, the company said, and like the new PlayStation generation, it will include a fast non-mechanical SSD hard drive, and it will be powered by custom innards built with help from chipmaker AMD. The company also announced that Halo Infinite will launch alongside Project Scarlett next year. Meanwhile, Microsoft is launching public tests of its Project xCloud streaming service in October, promising people the ability to play high-end games on their mobile devices when away from home. While fans wait, Microsoft has announced an update to its Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 along with a slew of new games. And action star Keanu Reeves, fresh off the hit John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, was on stage to announce his involvement in Cyberpunk 2077, which arrives next year.
  • Bethesda – Bethesda kicked off their event with humility over the mixed response to Fallout 76, but quickly went back on the offensive. Fallout 76 has a new Battle Royale mode, Wolfenstein Youngblood received a new trailer and a co-op mode. We got a new game called Deathloop from the smart folks behind Dishonored and Bethesda introduced us to Orion, a technology from ID Software designed to improve game streaming on services like Google Stadia. The lion’s share of the attention, however, went to Doom Eternal, which looked fantastic in both singleplayer and multiplayer.

Monday, June 10

  • PC Gaming Show – This annual PC Gaming Show is held in a theater just steps from the Los Angeles Convention Center, but always draws a large crowd, filling the 1,700-person capacity of the downtown Mayan Theater. Inside, the usual suspects, from Halo to Doom, were nowhere to be found. Instead, the crowd cheered on PC-centric games including Zombie Army 4, Baldur’s Gate 3, and Terraria: Journey’s End. (No, the game’s sequel issue isn’t any better on PC.) The highlight was a brief stage appearance from legendary game designer Yu Suzuki, responsible for classics such as Hang-On and Virtua Fighter. Its highly anticipated Shenmue 3 is due in November, 18 years after Shenmue 2.
  • Ubisoft – The French gaming giant has announced its next big dystopian hacking adventure game, Watch Dogs: Legion, launching in March 2020. The new game is set in the near future in post-Brexit London, where the economy is down and the government collapses. The company also announced a new TV show, called Mythic Quest, which will launch on Apple TV Plus. And it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Just Dance board games.
  • Square Enix – Aside from the Final Fantasy 7 Remake release date announced, Square Enix also showed off their new comic book tie-in, Marvel’s Avengers: One Day. Although the new game is different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some fans have criticized the character’s appearance. It’s coming in 2020.

tuesday june 11

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CNET is on the ground, covering E3 2019 alongside our sister site, Gamespot. We’ll update this page throughout the broadcast as more games are announced.

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