E3 2019: Nintendo Direct predictions for E3

E3 2019 is mere weeks away and you’d be forgiven for thinking that the video game industry’s Christmas is already under way as Microsoft announced that first party titles like Age of Empires and Gears of War are coming to Steam as well as boasting about Xbox Game Pass for PC. Meanwhile, Sony has showcased a huge chunk of Hideo Kojima’s dark, wild and confusing Death Stranding and are rumoured to have a State of Play around E3 time.

We have witnessed the Pokemon Company announce a June 5th Nintendo Direct to shed light on the next generation of Pokemon games and have recently announced Pokemon Home, Pokemon Sleep, Detective Pikachu for Switch and Pokemon Masters for mobile devices at a recent Pokemon Conference.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game is getting a remastered release, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been unveiled to the world with mind-boggling cross-platform multiplayer, Larian is teasing Baldur’s Gate 3, THQ Nordic has confirmed a new Darksiders will be shown at E3, a brand spanking new Need for Speed game has been announced – the floodgates have opened and we are well and truly in the midst of the industry’s busiest, yet most exciting period.

E3 fever has rocketed from 0 to 100 pretty and the gaming fans around the world are in a state of excitement and anticipation.

I love E3. It brings everything I love about games together for a short burst of eagerness and love – from large media coverage on websites that reach millions to smaller blogs, the interactions on social media to the extrapolated and heated discussions on Reddit, it is something I look forward to every year.

Let’s get riiiight in to the predictions!

I enjoy trying to predict what game developers and publishers will be unveiling at E3, it is fun and I barely ever get anything right but I enjoy it. I am not predicting that all of the below will be at Nintendo’s E3 Direct, however these are what I think we could be ooing and aaaing at in a few weeks time.

Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch

The beloved series Animal Crossing was announced for Nintendo Switch with nothing more than a logo and a 2019 date. Nintendo continues to reiterate that Animal Crossing is launching this year and I am inclined to believe them.  Nintendo wouldn’t lie, would they?

I believe we will get an all out reveal of Animal Crossing including its full release title, release date, 10+ minutes of gameplay and some information regarding multiplayer. Although, with the recent announcement of Super Mario Maker 2’s multiplayer not allowing online play with friends, who knows how this will go?

My guess is that Animal Crossing will release in December 2019.

Astral Chain Nintendo Switch

Back in February Astral Chain, a new venture by Platinum Games, was announced as a Nintendo Switch exclusive title and was accompanied by a short gameplay trailer. Little has been said about the action-oriented title since it’s formal reveal and I believe we will see another gameplay trailer at E3 with some further information on the excitingly over-the-top spectacle.

Likewise, we will see further gameplay and information on the soon-to-be released Marvel’s Ultimate Alliance 3.

Cuphead Nintendo Switch and Smash Brothers

With Microsoft and Nintendo becoming buddy-buddy with the launch of Cuphead on Nintendo Switch as well as the integration of Xbox Live in the Switch version of Minecraft and rumours of Minecraft Steve or Banjo-Kazooie for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, I will take my prediction in a slightly different direction.

Cuphead will be announced as the next DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and one of his alternate outfits will be Mug-Man. Cuphead fits perfectly in to the world of Smash, has an interesting aesthetic and could easily have a slew of wacky moves.

We may also see more information on the Cuphead DLC at Microsoft’s conference and this will also be shown during the Nintendo Direct.

Forager Nintendo Switch

Forager is a quirky indie title from HopFrog that was announced for Steam and Nintendo Switch. The lovely survival-crafting-idle game mash-up has been available on Steam from April to wildly positive reviews and with fans clamouring for the release of the Nintendo Switch version, it is bound to come soon… right?

Forager will be shown and given a release date.

Apex Legends Nintendo Switch

Apex Legends, the incredibly popular free-to-play battle royale game from the folks at Titanfall development studio Respawn Entertainment has been wildly successful and has breathed fresh life in to the genre with its stellar gunplay and gameplay mechanics.

With ever-popular titles like Fortnite being available on PC, consoles and mobile devices and PlayerUnknown’s Battleground’s on everything outside of the Nintendo Switch, we need to believe that EA and Respawn want a piece of that pie.

Apex Legends will be announced for Nintendo Switch and will be released after the Nintendo Direct, much like how Fortnite launched on the platform.

Mario Golf Nintendo Switch

SURPRISE! MARIO GOLF IS BACK! Well, if it was up to me we would have a fully fledged Mario Golf title laden with wacky characters, online play and a full single-player packed to the hilt with RPG elements.

I need to believe that Nintendo has seen how popular Golf Story was and got to work on a Mario Golf title. I can dream, right?

Super Mario Maker 2 Nintendo Switch

After a massive Super Mario Maker 2 Direct on May 15th, we were spoiled with a slew of information on one of Nintendo’s most anticipated titles of 2019. Showcasing a co-op mode, competitive and casual multiplayer, tonnes of new items and objects, the ability to set win conditions and a full story mode, the internet was set alight.

A Super Mario 3D World theme was shown under the additional themes banner, along with a mysterious empty space that was perfectly fitting for another theme. I think this theme will be announced and shown, as for what it could be? My two guesses are one based around Mario Galaxy or the 2D sections from Mario Odyssey.

Bayonetta Nintendo Switch

We have known about Bayonetta 3 for a while now and have even been graced with Bayonetta 1 and 2 on Nintendo Switch. We know nothing more than it is in development at Platinum Games.

I think we will finally see something more substantial on Bayonetta 3 be it a trailer or a small slice of sexy, violent gameplay.

Town Nintendo Switch

Game Freak, developers of Pokemon, announced Town, a RPG that appears to be solely set in a singular town. So in that sense, they named it well.

Other than a short gameplay clip and this image that shows the UI taking up 75% of the screen, we have no further information on Town despite it being slated to release in 2019.

With a Pokemon Direct taking place on June 5th, Nintendo’s E3 Direct seems like the perfect place to show off some gameplay and send a release date out in to the ether.

Cadence of Hyrule

Cadence of Hyrule, a Legend of Zelda spin-off based on the popular Dungeon-Dancer Crypt of the Necrodancer will be shown off, a release date will be slapped on and it will release before the end of July 2019.

Nier Automata Nintendo Switch

Unlike the Wii U, the Nintendo Switch is receiving great third-party support.  When a game is announced, the one thing that is on everyone’s lips is Switch release?

We have seen DOOM, Skyrim, Dragon Quest Builders, Resident Evil, Final Fantasy, Wolfenstein and so much more on the hybrid console.  There is nothing quite like enjoying a latte at your favourite coffee shop while blowing the brains out of a Cacodemon in DOOM. So relaxing.

We are going to see some further third-party support come our way during E3 and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Nier Automata, Dying Light or the rumoured Witcher 3.


DAEMON X MACHINA will be delayed to 2020. Simple.

Fire Emblem Three Houses Switch

Fire Emblem: Three Houses has a scheduled release date of July 26th and although we have already seen a substantial amount from the tactical RPG in development at Intelligent Systems and Koei Tecmo, I reckon we will see a final push from Nintendo before its impending release just one month after E3.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy Nintendo Switch

Everybody’s favourite cheeky fire-breathing dragon will be making his way to the Nintendo Switch with a port of the critically acclaimed Spyro Reignited Trilogy.

This collection of and complete overhaul of the first three Spyro the Dragon games was released on PS4 and Xbox One  in September 2018 but has yet to make its way to the Nintendo family.

We can be certain this trio of collect-a-thon goodness will make its way to the Switch much like the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.

Metroid Samus Returns Nintendo Switch

You’d be forgiven if you completely missed Metroid: Samus Returns when it released on the Nintendo 3DS back in 2017, but this 2.5D remake of Metroid II shouldn’t be forgotten so quickly.

We have seen several ports of Wii U games like Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker and Mario Kart 8 make their way to Switch and with a recently announced Detective Pikachu title coming, I think it is about time Metroid: Samus Returns gets the chance to shine with a new audience.

Mario + Rabbids Nintendo Switch

One of my favourite Nintendo Switch games was announced at E3 2017 and released only a few months later. Perhaps one of the most leaked games and worst kept secrets in E3 history, Ubisoft developed this turn-based tactical RPG, in the same vein as the X-COM series.

Characters from the Mushroom Kingdom merged in to a world with Ubisoft’s Rabbids in a surprisingly challenging, quirky and funny video game crossover. Ubisoft has since released a massive Donkey Kong DLC.

I think this was a surprise hit for Nintendo and Ubisoft and a sequel will be announced.

What do you think about these predictions – faff or possible? Do you have any predictions or wants of your own from E3 2019 – write them in the comments below!


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