Nintendo Direct Confirmed For E3, Plus More Details About Nintendo's Plans For Gaming Event

No new Switch models, though.
As usual, Nintendo won't deliver a live conference, instead airing a prepared video presentation.
As usual, Nintendo won't deliver a live conference, instead airing a prepared video presentation. Nintendo

One of the most hyped E3 presentations just dropped new details, and now the speculation begins.

Nintendo fans everywhere have been waiting and preparing for the company’s presence at E3 for some time now, and given the track record of the Japanese developer/publisher, it’s not hard to see why. The recent investor’s call has confirmed several things, in addition to the boring sales talk and what not. For one, it revealed the release dates of some of the Nintendo exclusives to come this year and beyond, with games like Animal Crossing, Link’s Awakening and Luigi’s Mansion 3 all but confirmed to come in 2019.

In addition to this, Nintendo had something to say about its upcoming appearance at E3; much like all of their appearances since 2013, Nintendo itself will not appear live on stage for the conference. Instead, a Nintendo Direct is set to play live as a video presentation. While there has been no news on what the company is presenting this year, we can expect some of the games mentioned in the investors call to be included, such as:

  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • Astral Chain
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
  • Pokemon Sword and Shield
  • Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Switch
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2
  • Daemon X Machina
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition

While very unlikely, we may also hear about Bayonetta 3, which has no definite release date, as well as Metroid Prime 4, which is in very early development stages. As for hardware-related news, don’t get your hopes up – Nintendo has announced that the ‘smaller and cheaper’ Nintendo Switch won’t be hinted at or introduced for their presentation at E3 this year. The same goes for the supposed refresh of the original Switch, which was debunked from its previous form as a ‘Pro’ Switch model.

Finally, for all the Persona 5 fans, we may see some info drop on the upcoming Switch title Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers, a musou title drawing inspiration from Persona 5. This announcement notably disappointed some fans as they thought a Persona 5 game on Switch would a direct port of the hit PlayStation 4 exclusive title.

Nintendo’s E3 presentation does not have a definite date, but we could expect it to be earlier than usual, seeing as Sony is skipping the event altogether. Square Enix has already taken up Sony’s usual slot, which was reported on a few days ago.

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