While there were plenty of games to announce, there was one thing fans knew they shouldn't expect from the 2019 Nintendo E3 Direct: Reggie Fils-Aimé. The longtime Nintendo executive retired earlier in 2019, so the role of Nintendo Direct master of ceremonies passed on to Yoshiaki Koizumi and Doug Bowser, and they had plenty to share. Fans got a sizable update on Pokemon Sword & Shield earlier in June, so the Nintendo E3 announcements focused more on the sheer volume of Switch titles coming down the line, including Luigi's Mansion 3 and Animal Crossing: New Hortizons. Beyond those reveals, there were a bunch of indie and third party titles that ensure a strong Nintendo Switch presence on the E3 show floor.
Breath of the Wild Sequel: Article Image
Nintendo saved the best for last. Just before the Direct broadcast ended, a trailer announced that a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in development. There wasn't anything else revealed beyond the fact that it exists. The trailer featured Link and Zelda exploring caverns beneath Hyrule Castle and discovering a force that promises more peril for the land.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate:
A cinematic trailer for one of Nintendo's biggest games of 2018 revealed the newest addition to the Super Smash Bros. roster: The Hero from the Dragon Quest series. After Persona's Joker, The Hero is another extension of the Smash Bros. universe that will join later in Sumer 2019. That wasn't all, though. Near the end of the Direct, Banjo and Kazooie were revealed to be joining the fight in Fall 2019.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons:
The trailer packed both good news and bad news. The good news is that players will get to discover an island getaway in the new addition to the Animal Crossing series. The bad news is that it has been pushed back from the end of 2019 to a March 20, 2020 release date.
Luigi's Mansion 3: Article Image
In the third installment of Luigi's spooky showcase, the verdant Mario Brother is tasked with busting ghosts while on vacation at a thoroughly haunted hotel. Luigi is going to have a lot of new equipment to help him out, including the new "Gooigi" doppelganger. Players can enjoy local co-op play using Luigi and Gooigi, and there's also going to be a new multiplayer mode called the Scarescraper where up to eight players can play together online.
Pokémon Sword & Shield:
The new Pokémon games are going to have a significant presence on the show floor in a massive booth designed to look like the Galar region's new Water Gym. Players won't be able to use the Pokéball Plus controller in the game, they can take Pokémon from the game into the real world in the controller to experience some in-game benefits.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening:
A brief trailer highlighted the new aesthetic and animation style, as well as sections that will transition between 2-D and isometric 3-D gameplay. The biggest news about the Link's Awakening remake is that there will be a custom dungeon-building mode when it's released on September 20, 2019.
The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt: Article Image
A trailer announced that the modern classic is coming to the Switch later in 2019.
Dragon Quest XI: S Definitive Edition:
Coninciding with the Smash Bros. crossover, it was announced that the Switch version of Dragon Quest XI will hit on September 27, 2019.
Collection of Mana:
The three original Mana games - The Game Boy's Final Fantasy Adventure, the SNES's Secret of Mana, and the 1995 followup Trials of Mana (never before released in the US) - are all coming to the Switch later today for action RPG fans.
Trials of Mana:
The remastered port of Trials of Mana is coming to Switch as part of its global release in early 2020.
Resident Evil 5 & 6
Even more Resident Evil titles are coming the the Switch, with the fith and sixth installments coming in Fall 2019.
No More Heroes 3:
An Empire Strike Back reference set the tone for Travis Touchdown's meta mayhem in a trailer announcing a 2020 release date for No More Heroes 3.
Contra Rogue Corps & Contra Collection:
A brand new Contra title was revealed, which promises local and online multiplayer for up to four in September 2019. An anniversary collection of classic Contra games was also announced to launch later that day.
A remastered version of the classic Sega Saturn game is coming to the Switch this winter.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics:
The Netflix prequel to The Dark Crystal is getting a video game tie-in later in 2019. Little was revealed beyond the tactical RPG-style combat mechanics.
Empire of Sin:
A new mafia game from the original Doom's John Romero promises some throwback violence when it hits the Switch in early 2020.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order:
A new trailer showcased a ton of new heroes and villains that will be featured, including Hela, Surtur, Mysterio, Miles Morales, Ghost Rider, Elektra, Ms. Marvel, and Spider Gwen. Some will be in the main game when it's released on July 19 2019, and others will join via expansions that are coming in the fall.