Andre Calvert’s E3 2019 Nintendo Direct Thoughts
Nintendo is always very interesting to see at every E3 because no matter what good things they do in the past people STILL always seem to underestimate them. As someone who was skeptical of the Nintendo Switch’s ability to sell itself with just The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I feel the Switch has come a long way since then. Coming off of a good 2018, Nintendo has many popular franchises in the pipeline with little information and release dates, so the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct had some expectations for games like Bayonetta 3, Metroid 4, and the new Animal Crossing.
I always try to temper my expectations, but it’s very uncommon for so many announced games with little to show of them. Nintendo’s E3 style of announcing games with trailers in a pre-recorded video has become refreshing due to them having little filler in comparison to other companies. The E3 2019 Nintendo Direct turned out to be a buffet of a ton of games with 2019 release dates, giving the Nintendo Switch plenty of life in a quiet year for Microsoft and Sony. The most notable games to me in the Nintendo Direct were Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Panzer Dragoon, Contra Rogue Corps, Marvel’s Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, No More Heroes III, Cadence of Hyrule, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, Trials of Mana, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and a sequel to Breath of the Wild. Another cool announcement was Banjo Kazooie as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC near the very end. Yes, all those games I found interesting, plus maybe a few more.
It should not be understated that most of what Nintendo included in the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct will be released in 2019. By the end of 2019 the Nintendo Switch will have a well populated library of games from many different genres, and will no doubt be a solid contender for your wallet. Nobody can say the Nintendo Switch lacks games, but what I can say based on everything in 2019 is that 2019 is Nintendo’s year.
Nintendo is alive, well, and crushing it.