E3 Preview - What does Nintendo have in store?
This past week announced their plans for E3 2019.  Their E3 is going to kick off June 8th at 11am PST from The Theatre at Ace Hotel with the first of two live streamed tournaments.  The first tournament will be the Splatoon 2 World Championship followed by the Super Smash Bros Ultimate World Championships at approximately 2pm PST.  As Nintendo has done in years past, they will be doing a Nintendo Direct that will air at 9am PST on July 11th, the first day of E3.  Just like with their yearly E3 Nintendo Direct, Nintendo Treehouse: Live will be broadcast live from the show floor beginning June 11th.  For those that will be in attendance this year, Nintendo is going to be going with their own 

“Warp Pipe Pass” instead of Eventbrite.  This will allow attendees the opportunity to shorten their wait time to play the games they have available on the floor.  From personal experience with having to wait to demo a Nintendo game, I think it is a great idea.  Last year, Smash Bros ran so much more smoothly by using Eventbrite versus the mad dash that was Breath of the Wild in 2016.

Nintendo has a huge slate of games already lied up for the weeks and months following E3:

  1. Super Mario Maker - 6/28
  2. Dragon Quest Builder 2 - 7/12
  3. Fire Emblem: Three Houses - 7/26
  4. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 - Late Summer
  5. Dragon Quest XI - Fall 2019
  6.  Animal Crossing - 2019 (no date fully announced)
  7. Luigi’s Mansion 3 - 2019 (no date fully announced)
  8. Pokemon Sword and Shield - 2019 (no date fully announced)
  9. Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening - 2019 (no date fully announced)

Those are just the big 9 that all fans of Nintendo will immediately recognize.  I personally think we are due for some big surprises.  It has been rumored for months, thanks to pictures sent out by a Best Buy employee, that Person 6 is coming to the Switch along side Metroid Prime Trilogy and Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.  After announcing Metroid Prime 4 a couple of years ago and then having to announce they restarted development of the game did not sit well with Metroid fans.  I think Nintendo drops Metroid Prime Trilogy for the holidays this year in order to keep fans at bay who have been eagerly awaiting the next entry in Samus’ story.  With Link to the Past, I would absolutely love to see this drop as well.  After all it is my all time favorite Zelda game.  That being said with Nintendo releasing an updated Link’s Awakening, I don’t see them truly dropping Link to the Past, unless it will be part of an updated offering of Switch online that includes Super NES games or they finally reveal a true virtual console.

The Crashing Game Night team will be at E3 and we will definitely spend time over at Nintendo’s booth to check out as much as we can.  Make sure to check out social media channels as we will also being live video from the show floor.  

Matt Diorio (CGN Host)
Matt Diorio (CGN Host)
Editor/Podcast Host/Content Creator