Prior to reading this post, I’d recommend reading our post on what to expect from Nintendo at E3. It serves as the template to what came true and what didn’t leading up to the end of the presentation.
To begin, I’d like to discuss what didn’t come to fruition. No news on the supposed new Switch models that were rumored months before. Of course, with Treehouse Live going on, there’s still time for that to drop. Nothing on games such as Bayonetta 3 or the heavily-rumored Star Fox: GP happened, either. The latter will likely live on in infamy as public misconceptions. Finally, nothing on Metroid Prime: Trilogy was announced during the course of the presentation. This may prove to be the calling curtains on seeing any of these games anytime soon.
The lack of information on any of these topics isn’t necessarily a hindrance to the overall quality of the presentation, but it leaves a little more to be desired after the hype hangover has faded. That said, what kind of hype-inducing things were brought to light? I’ll highlight them in specific sections down below.
A Sequel to Breath of the Wild
The last announcement made before the end of the presentation may be the most shocking. Teased with a two-minute cinematic trailer, Nintendo announced that a sequel to 2017’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was in development. In the trailer, Link and Zelda are shown exploring an underground cavern, the music heavily distorted. Upon the ruins they come across a withered corpse of what can be presumed as the defeated Ganon. His body comes to life and a section of Hyrule suddenly becomes airborne.
Many on social media are comparing it to Majora’s Mask, citing the subtle horror elements and the darkness attributed to the trailer. Other similarities include the decision to re-use Breath of the Wild‘s engine, causing comparisons to Ocarina of Time followed by Majora’s Mask. No other details were given.
With the near-unanimous critical success of Breath of the Wild, it’s hard not to rank this as among the best things to come from the conference. And with the promise of a more sinister sequel, the hype surrounding Nintendo’s future may reach maximum capacity.
Finally! Animal Crossing News! Oh… A Delay?
Eager fans have finally gotten wind of Nintendo’s plans with the new Animal Crossing title. Unfortunately, the reveal ended up being bittersweet.
A detailed gameplay trailer was revealed for Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the first time during Nintendo’s E3 conference. In it, one can infer that the player will be cast off to a deserted island by Tom Nook. When there, the player will have to spruce up the island themselves to make it a desirable place to call home. Showcasing new crafting mechanics and capabilities, this looks to be the most interactive Animal Crossing game yet.
The only downside to the reveal was the issue of the release date. Initially promised as a 2019 title, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now scheduled to release on March 20th, 2020. Let me be the one to point out that, on a calendar, that is shown as 3/20/2020, which has three consecutive twenties. Anyway, fans will have to wait a little while longer to play the first mainline Animal Crossing title since New Leaf in 2012.
Banjo-Kazooie (and Erdrick) Coming to Smash Bros.
After much speculation and fan clamoring, Banjo and Kazooie (titled Banjo-Kazooie in the trailer) have made it into Super Smash Bros. Confirmed to be coming in the Fall, he is the fourth DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to be revealed. The third DLC character was announced at the very beginning of the presentation.
Erdrick from Dragon Quest XI is also joining the ranks of Ultimate‘s roster. As shown in his reveal trailer, players can switch between skins of other main protagonists from past Dragon Quest titles.
For Banjo-Kazooie, this would mark the first time the bear-bird duo has appeared in a game together since Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts in 2008. Considering the legendary status of the original game they’re known for, the announcement came to the delight of millions around the world.
Luigi Explores Hotels and Slams Ghosts in Luigi’s Mansion 3
When given a short preview of Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the first time, many fans were shocked it was even happening. Now settled on the fact, Nintendo has given the game a vibrant new coat of quality. Luigi’s Mansion 3 will see a new setting and new features previously unavailable to past titles.
In this iteration, Luigi will explore the confines of a single hotel, haunted from floor to ceiling. Thankfully, Professor E. Gadd is there to help him along the way with the upgraded Polturgust G-00. Players can now slam ghosts to decrease their heart points, shoot plungers to capture and break objects, and even make a goo-ified clone of Luigi to explore unknown parts of the room.
Despite the new information, Luigi’s Mansion 3 still has a tentative 2019 release date. Personally, the closer to Halloween, the better, I think.
Create Your Own Dungeons in Link’s Awakening
In a new trailer for the Link’s Awakening remake, not much was shown that we didn’t know already. One major difference, however, came out of nowhere.
In a new feature shown near the end of the game’s reveal, one can collect individual room’s of a dungeon and create their own to acquire bonus items. One can do this by talking to the returning Dampé. As evidenced by the feature, the dungeon can be up to fifteen rooms, though perhaps there’s opportunity for expansion.
Finally, the game was given a release date sooner than some may expect. Link’s Awakening will be available on September 20th of this calendar year.
Surprise Announcements and More
A new Contra, Secret of Mana localization, and No More Heroes 3 were only a sample of the different announcements to arise from Nintendo’s E3 conference. Nintendo has always had a knack for startling audiences with shocking news, and they did this well yet again.
Along with the aforementioned titles, other games coming to the Switch include The Witcher 3, Resident Evil 5 and 6, a Panzer Dragoon remake, and Empire of Sin. Other games previously announced also received release dates, such as Astral Chain (August 30th) and Daemon x Machina (September 13th).
With a flurry of new games in the coming months and further out, Nintendo has proven to be well-stocked for the future. While nothing was said on hardware and a few notable titles didn’t get any attention, that shouldn’t absolve the impact felt from what was shown. A wide variety of games for whatever type of player. Had it been a little heavier on the first-party announcements, it could’ve been great, but even still, Nintendo’s conference was one to certainly be excited over.
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