On June 11th, Nintendo will present a pre-recorded video displaying their plans for the coming future. It will be the 25th year in a row that Nintendo takes part in the E3 event, more than any other company thanks to Sony’s decision to bow out this year. Every year, fans expect the world from Nintendo, expectations exacerbated by a deep-rooted history of revolutionary titles and iconic franchises. This year will likely be no different, and Nintendo could go anywhere and still end up disappointing some.
A common practice prior to any Nintendo event—including general Nintendo Directs—has become a reminder to curb your expectations. With E3, this proves to be more difficult; it is the biggest event of the year to show off one’s best hand. Nintendo has provided all sorts of huge news at E3 press conferences, which provides leniency in getting adequately hyped.
2019 has been a steady year for Nintendo as a company thus far, with many well-received titles and surprise announcements. With all that’s come prior, what are we really going to see when the company goes live on June 11th? Here are five major things one can reasonably expect from Nintendo at E3 2019.
1. A New Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC Character Reveal Trailer
The inclusion of Joker in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has come and gone. By the time E3 comes around, it will be almost two months since his release. With the type of support surrounding the Smash Bros. series, don’t be surprised if Nintendo gives fans another treat with the reveal of another DLC character. While it may be too soon for extended gameplay, a simple reveal trailer a la the Joker trailer from the 2018 Game Awards could be in order.
As for who the DLC character could be, that’s anyone’s guess. Some are predicting Rayman, some think Banjo and Kazooie, and others think Doom Guy. With the state of the Smash Bros. roster at this point, it could realistically be anyone. Maybe it’ll be a character that no one would expect to have a roster spot, similar to Piranha Plant! I guess I could cross my fingers on the Happy Mask Salesman making it.
2. Clarification on Rumored Announcements to Come
Coming into this year’s E3 conference, Nintendo has a lot of rumors swirling around its future releases. Earlier in the year, we wrote on a report indicating that new Switch models were in the works, and would conveniently be announced at this year’s E3. With only a week left, it’ll be high time for the company to either confirm or deny these reports.
Another prominent rumor pertains to a supposed Star Fox racing game titled “Star Fox GP,” which first surfaced in mid-2018. As of this year, many publications have given up hope that the project even exists, and that it was all a hodgepodge of misinformation. Still, Nintendo plays with viewers’ expectations to acquire the purest form of shock value. Maybe it really does exist, and the company wanted to wait for the biggest stage? If not shown at E3, it’s likely a pipe dream.
Finally, with the unfortunate news concerning Metroid Prime 4‘s development, many have speculated the possibility of interim compensation. This comes in the form of Metroid Prime Trilogy for the Switch. Dating all the way back to the 2018 Game Awards, every Nintendo presentation has had expectations surrounding the notable game’s possible Switch port. With E3, Nintendo can either finally announce the longstanding rumor or put it to rest forever… or until much later down the line. A fan can hope.
3. Extended Coverage/Info on Previously Announced Titles
Aside from the constant rumor train, Nintendo has given fans small tastes of upcoming titles in the last couple years. With confirmed games such as Link’s Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses, there’s an exciting amount of new details to look forward to coming into this event. We’ll likely even see a few release dates for what’s sure to be a packed holiday season.
A couple games we probably won’t hear much from are Super Mario Maker 2 and Pokémons Sword & Shield. Both of these titles have had Nintendo Directs exclusively showing more info on them in recent time (with the Pokémon one premiering tomorrow). I predicted that the timing of these Directs were to provide more time for other titles that Nintendo wanted to focus on.
Other games one can expect to see that were previously announced include Daemon x Machina, Bayonetta 3, and perhaps a few indie titles.
4. A Few Surprises
The bread and butter of Nintendo’s game is with the big “OMG” moments. I can count numerous times when I expected so little with a given Nintendo Direct, and they drop a bombshell announcement right at the end. How could anyone, at this point, not expect the unexpected from Nintendo at E3?
The fun part about this is that it could be anything. Much like predicting the next Smash Bros. DLC character, Nintendo could have anything up their sleeves. What if they announce a new F-Zero game after a near-two-decade slumber? What if they announce the sequel to the highly-acclaimed Breath of the Wild? While some thing are more likely than others (Sorry, F-Zero fans), a surprise sequel announcement may be in store for E3.
5. Animal Crossing
Nine grueling months for Animal Crossing fans have passed with nothing. Nintendo Directs have come and go that didn’t even acknowledge its existence. If Nintendo is going to commit to releasing it in 2019, they have to show it at E3. Animal Crossing is a huge asset for the company. Finally unveiling a gameplay trailer and release date for the new game would probably destroy a section of the internet.
And it’s been a long time coming. Between a myriad of mobile titles and spin-off games for handheld systems, the last mainline Animal Crossing game released in late 2012 with Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The last Animal Crossing available to Nintendo’s major home console came with City Folk in 2008—over a decade ago. The promised Switch title would cement a new generation of gamers experiencing the tranquility of Animal Crossing on a home console.
That concludes the list of things to expect from Nintendo at the 2019 E3 Expo! What do you think will be revealed next week from Nintendo? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to stay tuned for all sorts of E3 coverage in the coming days.