Nintendo previews E3
E3 2019 is quickly approaching and many can’t be more excited. With a number of games on the horizon to discuss, Nintendo has announced a few of the games that this year’s E3 will focus on, including the likes of Luigi’s Mansion 3, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and others.
In a tweet issued by Nintendo, they provided an image of various logos of games that will appear at E3, as well as the event dates. Included in the playable games at E3 are Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokémon Sword and Shield, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. The tweet adds that there will be other titles as well.
Don’t miss your chance to play #LuigisMansion 3, #PokemonSwordShield & more for the first time @ #E32019! Tune into the #NintendoDirect @ 9amPT on 6/11, followed by #NintendoTreehouseLive throughout the show for more game info & the latest Nintendo news. https://t.co/0lcDwkjtO6 pic.twitter.com/NxB8ve9wc8
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 6, 2019
Their live stream schedule also notes that Nintendo’s E3 2019 Direct will be held Tuesday at 9am PT. Following that, Nintendo Treehouse: Live will occur on Wednesday at the same time. Finally, its Treehouse segment for indie games will take place Thursday at 9am PT as well.
The games shown here aren’t much of a surprise. Given a supposed 2019 release, many expected a showing of Luigi’s Mansion 3, as well as the new Pokémon games. Moreover, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening are also considered two of Nintendo’s upcoming standout titles, so their presence isn’t much of a surprise.
It has been stated that there will be surprises nonetheless, so gamers have that to look forward to. However, the notable absence of Metroid Prime 4 and Animal Crossing for Switch here may come as a disappointment to fans. It’s possible they will still make an appearance, but if they were to do so, they likely would have appeared in Nintendo’s tweet. The Direct is only 5 days away, so we’ll find out soon enough if their absence was worth noting.
Nintendo adds three new NES games to Switch Online
With an expansive library of NES games via Switch Online, Nintendo has added three more NES games to the hybrid console. These games include Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Volleyball, and City Connection.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge is an action game developed by Technos Japan. Featuring main characters Billy and Jimmy Lee, they are ‘back to avenge the loss of Marian,” as described on Nintendo’s website. The game was generally well-received in its day and is still fun to play.
Volleyball is a fairly straightforward title. Specifically, players are to enjoy “a game of volleyball as you spike for a point, slam a perfect serve and make a save that wins the game for your team.” Notably, compared to other sports, volleyball hasn’t been featured or the main focus in many games since Volleyball. Regardless, it is now available through Switch Online for volleyball lovers and/or sports enthusiasts.
City Connection involves the player taking cans of paint from a paint store, after breaking and entering, in New York City. So as to avoid trouble with the law, the objective is to escape pursuant police officers. After crossing the Atlantic to England, “you will go on a tour of the world, avoiding the police and leaking paint everywhere you go.”
For every NES game added to Switch Online, it is becoming an increasingly attractive service. For a relatively small fee, subscribers have access to a growing library of classic titles, as well as other features.
Witcher 3 voice actor teases the game for Nintendo Switch
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is often considered one of the best games of this generation of consoles. Of course, as of this writing, it is only available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. In recent weeks, speculation has grown that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released on Switch. Now, the speculation continues, as voice actor Doug Cockle teased a Switch version on Twitter yesterday.
— Doug Cockle (@DCockle) June 5, 2019
In response to Twitter user JP’S SWITCHMANIA, who tweeted yesterday that they would like to see an announcement of The Witcher 3 on Switch come Tuesday’s Direct, voice actor Doug Cockle, who voiced main character Geralt of Rivia, teased the game. He responded, “Who else wants to see this” and left a wink towards the possibility at the end of the tweet.
Of course, this information should be taken with a grain of salt. After all, nothing has been confirmed by Nintendo or CD Projekt Red. Nonetheless, we might be wise to keep our minds open to the possibility heading towards E3 2019.
‘Darksiders Genesis’ heading for Switch
With the first Darksiders game being on Switch now and the second likely on its way, a new Darksiders game will be joining the pack. Enter Darksiders Genesis, a Diablo-like Darksiders game previously leaked ahead of E3.
Darksiders Genesis had been teased as making an appearance at E3 previously, with not much information beyond taking the series in a “fresh direction.” Then listed on Amazon as Darksiders Genesis, it had been a matter of time before THQ Nordic released a trailer. Today, the trailer was released, as is shown below:
As mentioned previously, the game is a Diablo-like, which is evident in this trailer. With action-packed dungeon-crawling gameplay, it bears similarities to Diablo. Beyond this trailer, not much is known about the title, however. Regardless, Darksiders Genesis will definitely offer a new kind of experience for fans of the series.
Source: Nintendo Life
This Week’s Releases
This week has been a fairly quiet one for the Switch and Nintendo 3DS. However, PixARK was released May 31 for $39.99 USD. Described as an “Adventure” game where players “must tame creatures both ferocious and cuddly,” the game allows for vast creativity in base-building and exploration. It appears to be a parody of sorts, or at least a pixelated version, of the game ARK: Survival Evolved, which bears similar mechanics.
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth was released this week as well. Priced at $39.99 USD, Persona Q2 features, as its main characters, Persona users from the Persona games, including recent Smash Bros. DLC fighterJoker and others. Markedly different from the mainline Persona games, Persona Q2 takes place in a movie theater which the Phantom Thieves find themselves in. Until some version of Persona 5 comes to Nintendo Switch for Nintendo fans, series veterans can now play Persona Q2 on Nintendo 3DS.
Summer Sports Games was released on Switch June 6 as well. Now on sale at $19.99 USD, though usually $24.99 USD, Summer Sports Games has players competing in a number of, as the title implies, summer sports. These include the likes of archery, the Javelin Throw, the Pole Vault, weightlifting, and other competitions.
As always, you can view these games and others on the Nintendo Game Store.