Nintendo Announces Breath of the Wild Sequel, Shows First Look at Animal Crossing, Announces Two New Smash Fighters, and More

Thank you again to everyone who kept busting out the summoning circles; your work was invaluable

Nintendo didn’t waste a moment of their 40-ish minute E3 Direct (unless you count the obligatory Bowser joke), and they dished up every fan ask short of a localization of Mother 3 or Reggie cameo. A sequel to Breath of the Wild is in development, the next Animal Crossing gets named and delayed, and two new Smash Bros. fighters will enter the fray before the end of 2019. Let’s hop in to the details!

The arguably biggest news was held until Nintendo infamous “One More Thing” timeslot. Breath of the Wild, the critically and popularly acclaimed open world reimagining of the Zelda franchise has a sequel in development. The short teaser showed Zelda and Link traversing some ruins beneath Hyrule castle, eventually discovering a mummified… something imprisoned by an arm-shaped artifact.

The figure breaks loose, likely precipitating the events of the game. Is this the body of Ganon, whose evil essence we banished in the first game? The series is built upon the cycle of these three characters continually clashing, so much so that it was hard coded upon the world in Skyward Sword. Without a release date, we will have to just wait and see how the upcoming sequel adapts the Legend.

Our resident Animal Crossing expert, Rebecca, couldn’t help herself and already wrote about the announced next entry into the coziest franchise around. You can read all about Animal Crossing: New Horizons here. Bad news: the game was delayed until March 20, 2020.

Proving the Smash community can wish anything into existence Nintendo announced not one, but TWO new DLC fighters coming in 2019. First, The Hero from the Dragon Quest series will appear sometime during the summer. Sporting his sword and Shield from Echoes of an Elusive Age (with a definitive edition is coming soon to Switch), The Hero plays similarly to Link and the other sword-swingers in Smash Bros.

Prefer a different hero? Lucky you! The Hero’s look can be switched between four different models depending on your favorite game from one of the oldest JRPG series around. Their ultimate calls on the collective power over every past Hero for one devastating column of energy.

The second announced fighter is actually two in one! That’s right: they actually, for real, seriously added the bear-and-bird duo of Banjo-Kazooie to the game. Take control of the platforming collectathoners this fall, swinging that iconic blue backpack and pecking your way to victory. Expect plenty of other Bottles-taught maneuvers to round out their moveset. Their final smash calls upon the aid of the tiny but mighty Jinjos to dish up some hurt that would certainly make Grunty’s backside wince.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 puts players back into the shoes of the younger, more anxious Mario Brother for another ghastly adventure, this time set in a haunted hotel. Professor E. Gadd has hooked Luigi up with a new invention, the Poltergust G-00, that is equipped with some handy new capabilities. The most notable is the ability to create a green slime copy of our hero, known as Gooigi.

Gooigi opens up the possibility for complex exploration and puzzle solving, but he can also be controlled by a second player in the game’s cooperative mode. Additionally, Luigi’s Mansion 3 sports local and online multiplayer game modes like ghost bashing, toad rescuing and more.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 is coming sometime in 2019, but Nintendo did not provide a specific release date during today’s Direct.

Further Highlights

A tie-in game for Netflix’s Dark Crystal prequel, Age of Resistance, is being developed by BonusXP and En Masse Entertainment. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics looks and plays a lot like Final Fantasy tactics, just with Skeksis and Gelflings on the tiled board. It’s set to arrive on August 30.

The remake of Link’s Awakening provided a first look at a new feature that will allow players to build their own dungeons room-by-room, later running through them to collect awards. It isn’t clear how players will unlock these modular pieces, but the addition helps flesh out the modern take on a Zelda classic. Link’s Awakening comes to Switch on Sept. 22.

A complete edition of Witcher 3 is coming to Switch in 2019. It will include all of the DLC and addition CDPR has made to the game since it’s release in 2015. Will the lower graphical fidelity compared to other consoles be a deal breaker or a compromise for bringing this acclaimed action RPG title to a new audience?

A remake to the 1995 rail shooter Panzer Dragoon premiered in a first-look trailer. It’s not clear yet how closely it will stick to the original game, but the visual overhaul provided quite an impression. No release date is available at this time.

Travis Touchdown, the anime and wrestling loving protagonist of Suda51’s No More Heroes series returns for a third entry in 2020. We saw Travis don a suit of mech armor and flying into battle against… well, we aren’t quite sure right now. If previous entries are any indication, it’ll be wacky and more than a little parodic.

Pokémon Sword and Shield got the briefest of mentions during the Direct, but Nintendo did show off the Water Gym leader, Nessa. She will be the opponent during the E3 demo, showing off the new generation’s battle tactic, Dynamax. Also, the Pokéball Plus released for Pokémon Let’s Go will be partly compatible with Sword and Shield. You can’t use it as a controller, but carry a partner with you in the peripheral and something good might happen, according to Nintendo.

Mario, Sonic, and all of their related coterie are back again to duke it out at the Olympics. A new entry in the crossover sports game series is coming soon in commemoration of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, featuring new events and old classics. No release date is known, yet.

Other tidbits:

  • Fire Emblem: Three House release on July 26
  • Collection of Mana is available on the Switch eshop today, bundling a number of classic RPGs: Trials of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 3), Final Fantasy Adventure, and Secret of Mana.
  • Resident Evil 5 and 6 are coming to Switch the fall, rounding out the series of horror games already available
  • Contra Rogue Corps is a new entry in the Contra series, and it has a Panda with a gatling gun. What more do you need? It’s out Sept. 24
  • Mech shooter Daemon X Machina announced a release date of Sept. 13
  • Paradox and Romero games announced a strategy game set in the ‘20s era of gangsters called Empire of Sin. It’s coming to Switch in the spring of 2020.
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