E3 2019: The Biggest Announcements From the E3 Nintendo Direct

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Nintendo wrapped up the big E3 press conferences this morning with their E3 Nintendo Direct. We got a lot of release dates and first looks, but also more information on some of the biggest games coming out this year. Doug Bowser, the new President of Nintendo of America also made an appearance. Let’s take a look at the standout announcements.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

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Get ready for the spookies in Luigi’s Mansion 3.

Nintendo dove deep into what to expect from Luigi’s Mansion 3. We found out it takes place in a giant hotel, where Mario, Luigi, Peach, and others have been invited to. Luigi’s Poltergust has also been upgraded to the new Poltergust G-00, which comes with some new features. The first is a slam attack, in which Luigi can slam ghosts on the ground—or into one another. There is also a suction shot where Luigi can fire a plunger out of the Poltergust and use it to pull enemies or items closer. Lastly, Luigi has a burst move that pushes enemies backwards in a large AOE attack.

Gooigi is also making a return, after being introduced in the Luigi’s Mansion remaster for Nintendo 3DS. In Luigi’s Mansion 3, however, you’ll be able to switch to Gooigi at will, and he has special abilities that allow him to navigate areas that Luigi cannot. First, he can slip under doors—Alex Mack style—as well as walk over spikes. The game is fully playable in co-op, with one player controlling Gooigi. Just don’t let him get near water, as he melts right into it.

The last new piece of information we saw about Luigi’s Mansion 3 is the new ScareScraper mode, which appears to be a giant co-op multiplayer mode. Many players are working together to clear floors of ghosts. The game did not get a firm release date, but is still expected to release in 2019.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

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Link looks adorable in the new Link’s Awakening for Nintendo Switch.

We got another brief look at The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake coming to Nintendo Switch. Besides new gameplay footage, a new dungeon builder mode was shown off briefly. This isn’t quite the Zelda Maker that everybody was hoping for, but it looks like a very light version where you’ll be able to drag-and-drop preset pieces of a dungeon together. After you’re done creating it, you can play through it, even reaping rewards for clearing it! The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening releases September 20, 2019.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Of course you owe Tom Nook for all the expenses.

We finally got the official title, as well as our first look at the next entry in the Animal Crossing franchise. The premise of the game is that you are flown to a deserted island, and must repay your debt to no other than Tom Nook himself. In the brief gameplay footage, we saw materials being harvested from trees and rocks, as well as the ability to craft items at a workbench with Timmy and Tommy—Nook’s sons. Nintendo also delayed the game until March 20th 2020, saying that they needed more time to work on the game. While this is unfortunate news, the end of this year is already shaping up to be extremely packed.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel

This new trailer looks much darker than the previous game.

In a surprise “one more thing” announcement, we saw a trailer for an upcoming Legend of Zelda game featuring the Breath of the Wild artstyle. It was a short, ominous, trailer that showed Link and Zelda walking through a dungeon together, inching slowly towards some sort of powerful being in the center. There was a flash of what appeared to be Midna—a character from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess—possibly hinting that the Twilight World may be returning to Hyrule once again. The game is currently in development, and will be a full sequel to 2017’s Game of the Year, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. No release information was given, but don’t expect this one for awhile.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Announcements

Banjo-Kazooie have finally arrived in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!

We got our first look at the next two fighters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate—the Hero from the Dragon Quest series, who will be joining the series this Summer, and Banjo-Kazooie, who will be joining this Fall. We got a chance to see the Hero’s moveset, which includes the ability to switch between different Dragon Quest protagonists, and select turn-based magic and attacks, similar to the games.

As far as Banjo-Kazooie, we saw nothing more than a trailer, with no deep dive into the moveset. But, during the clip, we saw Gruntilda make an appearance, as well as Jinjos being used as a final smash. There were many callbacks to the early games, like using Kazooie as an egg gun and riding Kazooie in an attack. We will surely hear more information about the third Smash fighter before it releases this Fall.

What were your favorite announcements from today’s E3 Nintendo Direct? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned to Mammoth Gamers for more Nintendo and E3 2019 news.

My name is Matthew Adler. I am a Freelance Video Game Journalist and also the Host and Creator of In Your Element: A Gaming Podcast. In Your Element is a general gaming podcast with an emphasis on indie games. I feature a variety of different guests each week for discussion around specific topics. Check it out on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other major podcast services!