E3 2019 is just around the corner! With loads of the biggest names in gaming lining up to showcase their current and upcoming projects, and an ever-growing list of incredible games being confirmed to appear at the event in June, E3 this year looks as if it’s going to be jam-packed with exciting reveals.
While we’re waiting, we’ve been taking a look at some of the biggest names confirmed to be attending, and next up on our list is Nintendo.
Now, Nintendo are promising us a whole stack of stuff to see this year, as they’ll be screening a Nintendo Direct video on June 11, and then streaming live gameplay and in-depth analysis of E3 games via the Nintendo Treehouse for three days after that.
Additionally, the Nintendo World Championships, featuring Splatoon 2, Super Mario Maker 2, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, will be taking place from June 8, and you’ll be able to watch the livestreams before the main E3 event begins. Could there also be new updates on the E3 announcement list for these three fan favourites?
But let’s fast-forward for now to the main event. Which Nintendo games can we realistically expect to get their big reveals at E3?
While Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa has confirmed that we won’t be seeing any new consoles at E3, there’ll still be a ton of Switch games to look out for.
Pokémon Sword and Shield caused a huge splash with its first announcement back in February, and we instantly fell in love with its adorable starter Pokémon (looking at you in particular, Sobble) and its industrial yet nature-filled world with a distinctly British feel. As it’s due out towards the end of 2019 and we’ve not heard much since February, we’re hoping at the very least for another trailer, but we’d really love to see some gameplay and a few new Pokémon too.
Another big game on the “coming soon” list is platformer Super Mario Maker 2, which was also announced for Nintendo Switch in February. The game’s creative mode features a tantalising set of new building possibilities to add to those of its predecessor, and we can’t wait to see what kind of clever but perilous platforming levels the community will come up with next. The game is due for release on June 28, which is just a few weeks after E3, so there’s a strong chance we’ll get more info about it. And maybe the lucky people at E3 will actually get to play it…
Meanwhile, tactical anime RPG Fire Emblem: Three Houses is also due out a few weeks after E3, so like Super Mario Maker 2, we’re hoping this will be the big moment for more info.
After 10 years of waiting, superhero smash-fest, and Switch-exclusive, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is finally making a comeback. It’ll be headed our way on July 19, so it’s another very strong contender on the E3 reveals front. And after the events of the last two Avengers movies, we can’t wait for the chance to assemble our ultimate superhero team, get up close, and punch Thanos in his smug purple face.
Despite having no set release date yet, the next set of games are still pretty likely to make an appearance.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a fairly solid contender for an E3 reveal. The spooky spectre-hoovering sequel was announced in September last year, and there’s been a ghostly silence ever since. With a 2019 release date pencilled in, E3 would be the perfect time to give us a sneaky look at Luigi’s next eerie adventure.
An unnamed Animal Crossing game is also headed our way, so with luck, fans of the adorable series won’t have to wait much longer to find out more about their next animal-befriending adventure. We’d gladly hand over all the bells we have in our purses if it meant we’d get a title and a trailer.
And let’s not forget about the remake of fantasy RPG Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Again, there’s no concrete release date just yet, but with one trailer out already, we can pray to Nayru, Din, and Farore that there’ll be more to see at E3.
Oh, and vibrant mech shooter Daemon X Machina was revealed at E3 last year, so that’s a pretty good shout too.
The Nintendo Direct presentation will be taking place on June 11 at 9:00 AM (PT), and the Nintendo Treehouse will stream daily from June 11 to 13. But of course, Nintendo aren’t the only ones who’ll be making big announcements at this year’s E3 event. You can check out the full E3 timetable here, or keep checking back to find out what we’re hoping to see from Microsoft, EA PLAY, Bethesda, Square Enix, and Ubisoft.
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