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Nintendo has been on a high ever since the Nintendo Switch was first announced. Month after month, Nintendo has continually made an effort to put out or port over quality first party title after first party title—until this year. In 2019, it has felt that Nintendo has more heavily relied on some of their bigger titles like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to fill in the gaps of releases throughout the year. If Nintendo’s previous directs are to be believed, then this E3 we should learn about several titles in a meaningful manner and release dates for ones mentioned in past directs.
1New Console Versions
I think this is happening, the Wall Street Journal thinks it’s happening, and Nintendo is known for doing this, we are getting console revisions. I fully expect both an enhanced and budget version to be announced. The budget version still being dockable with removable joycons, but featuring a smaller screen, no HD rumble, and a few other concessions that keep it more portable focused. As for the enhanced version, I am inclined to believe it will take a similar path to the XL revisions found on the 3DS, with a larger screen and more processing power with perhaps one or two quality of life enhancements.
2The Summer Lineup
It’s important to remember that Nintendo never provides much information about its upcoming titles too far out; Metroid Prime 4’s announcement was an exception to this rule. So it only makes sense that Nintendo will spend at least the introduction of their E3 presentation with games that will be releasing soon. Expect to see more about Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, and a lot more about Astral Chain, all of which are currently scheduled to release in the next few months.
3Daemon X Machina
While still slated for Summer, something tells me what with everything going on already in the summer, this will be pushed into September where there will be less competition. After playing the demo, I can say I am certainly excited for this title is a sort of mech version of Monster Hunter or even Phantasy Star. However, one thing that needs a little tweaking is the visuals, while the style was provocative, it did become a little hard on the eyes after a while to tell things apart. If this title does release in September, I would hope that it has had enough time in the oven to iron out these issues.
4Luigi’s Mansion 3
What better title to release for October that Luigi’s Mansion? None is the correct answer. While Nintendo may be coy with this games release date, it is practically a given that this game will be out for Halloween to share in the festivities. Being the third title in the series, the direction this game will be telling. The original focused on being in one big mansion that you needed to work through and unlock various different areas, Dark Moon, on the other hand, had several smaller mansions that were broken up into missions. Personally, I am putting my money on a return to the original style, or if there is to be any concession, is a handful of larger mansions, not broken up into missions.
5Wii U Ports
It won’t be a Nintendo Direct without Wii U ports! We usually see at least one during every direct, so I doubt this one would be different. The Wii U still has plenty of great titles that have yet to be ported over, games like Pikmin 3, Super Mario 3D World, and one that I personally keep holding out for, Tokyo Mirage Sessions. All are fantastic titles that could use another shot at the big time on the Nintendo Switch and can easily fill some of the lulls Nintendo will most likely have at the start of 2020.
6Shin Megami Tensai 5
Its been awhile since we heard anything from this game, and all we know about it is that it’s coming to Switch. With the 3DS officially out of commission, Atlus has no choice but to focus on bringing titles that used to thrive on that console into the future on the Nintendo Switch. Hopefully, the newfound focus will translate to Atlus putting more resources into this title and we can finally learn more about it.
73DS Sequels & Ports
Now that we know for sure that the 3DS is singing its swan song, we can expect more resources to be devoted to Switch game development. However, just because these games are being developed on the Switch, doesn’t mean the scope of these titles originally found on the 3DS needs to change drastically. Much in the same way The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening is staying true to its sources, not every game needs to have its scope match the hardware. Smaller titles that were previously found on the 3DS will still work their way over to the Switch with a few enhancements, but keep their original design ideas intact. Personally, I believe its time for a new Mario & Luigi that takes advantage of the Nintendo Switch in some unique way!
8Bayonetta 3 Trailer
Bayonetta 3 sounds like a ways off, but for us to see nothing for this long, well, I believe at least a trailer is due. Something to give us a glimpse into what Bayonetta looks like this time around and how the gameplay will have evolved and changed in this upcoming title. It won’t be much, but I expect a trailer.
Yes, we will be seeing something for Animal Crossing. There can’t just be an announcement like that with nothing to show for it at E3, even if its a ways away. We once again may not see much, but at least the premise of this entry and how much is in your control to change and interact with your town.
10How did they port that?
Panic Button has become masters at porting games made originally for more powerful consoles and PCs to the Nintendo Switch. Doom and Wolfenstein II are just the start, and I think we are in store for one more title working its way over to the Nintendo Switch that we never expected coming!
Truthfully I don’t see Nintendo making a lot of new game announcements, rather, I see them finally confirming the several they have made in various different places throughout the years and giving them dates with concrete details. If Nintendo can manage this, and throw in a surprise or two with new revisions and games, then this will be one exciting E3 for Nintendo fans and gamers alike!