After what felt like an eternity between them, last week brought a new Nintendo Direct to their starving fans, and we got to see some of the plans they have for the remainder of 2019. Though the Direct itself was packed, we at Comicon.com have picked out the five most interesting, coolest looking games (in no particular order) coming out of the Direct, hopefully coming to us later this year.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem has been teased since the Switch’s first reveal back in December of 2016, but it took us until last E3 to finally get something concrete on the game. The first Fire Emblem to wind up on a console since Radiant Dawn with the Wii, this is a big step for a franchise that’s become a serious money-maker for Nintendo, and Intelligent Design has been going all out with the latest installment. As if an overhaul to the combat isn’t enough, they’ve decided to make even larger changes to the moment to moment gameplay, by setting players in the shoes of a teacher at a school of students. The entire thing feels vaguely Trails of Cold Steel-esque, with the characters you shepherd going on field trips where they’re meant to show what they’ve learned.
Still, the last time they got experimental with Awakening literally saved the franchise, so at this point we’ve got no reason to doubt them. But after this I do want Fire Emblem 4.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses has a release date of July 26th.
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3
A major surprise coming out of The Game Awards last year was the confirmation that Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3 existed, and was exclusive to the Nintendo Switch. Now, here we get another glimpse both at the game play and the character roster, which features fan-favorites from some of Marvel’s most popular superhero teams. One of the biggest changes seems to be the zoomed-in “Heroic Camera” mode, for people who want to play the game less like a Diablo-like and more like a traditional RPG. With a game that allows both couch co-op and online multiplayer, this will turn into another favorite for friends looking to get together and have a good time.
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is scheduled for a Summer 2019 release.
Super Mario Maker 2
Most of the major titles coming to the Wii U are facing one of two choices: port the title over to Switch (which has led to a fair amount of success for Mario Kart and Donkey Kong) or create sequels. In the case of Mario Maker, they’ve decided to go for a new installment in the series, allowing players to create their own methods of exploring the Mario Universe once again. This time they’ve also included power-ups and level designs from Super Mario 3D World (like the adorable cat bell and cat suit power-up), which hopefully means 3D World is still a possibility for a port either this year or next.
Super Mario Maker 2 will hit Nintendo Switch in June, right in the middle of the summer holidays.
Like something right out of a fan’s dream wishlist, Nintendo ended their last Direct with not one but two “drop the mic”, “One More Thing” moments. The first? Astral Chain, a Platinum Games developed action game with designs from Masakazu Katsura (Video Girl Ai, ZETMAN) and led by Takahisa Taura, known for 2017 fan-favorite Nier: Automata. Set inside of a beautiful cyberpunk metropolis where “reality meets anime”, you play as one of a pair of twins who’ve been given the unique weapons necessary to battle a new terrorist wave of beings from outside their dimension.
Looking like the action game version of Xenoblade Chronicles X, Astral Chain is scheduled for a release on August 30th, 2019.
Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Probably the biggest shock of the show came when Nintendo premiered the latest in their line of 2D Zelda titles, a remake of the Game Boy classic: Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Recreated in an adorable new style that will appeal to kids and adults pining for a return to titles just like this, Link’s Awakening looks like exactly the kind of game the gaming world needs more of. Though there’s no firm release date, whenever the game comes out it’s sure to be a smash hit.
Perhaps even more interesting than what was present as this monster Direct, is what wasn’t there at all. We knew Metroid was out, but there was no sign of Bayonetta 3, Animal Crossing, or the new Pokemon. If Nintendo’s still planning to release these games in 2019, plus this already stacked line-up, this is going to be a very busy year for Nintendo loyalists.