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E3 2019: Nintendo

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- Super Smash Bros. 4 DLC
Dragon Age XI characters
this summer

 

- Luigi's Mansion 3
2019

 

- Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: Tactics
tactical game
2019

 

- Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
old school top-down view Zelda game
sept 20

 

- Trials of Mana
JRPG
early 2020

 

- Collection of Mana
original 3 Mana games
available now on the Nintendo eShop

 

- The Witcher III: Wild Hunt: Complete Edition
2019

 

- Fire Emblem: Three Houses
July 26

 

- Resident Evil
RE 0, RE, RE 4, RE 5 and RE 6 - all now on Switch

 

- No More Heroes III
2020

 

- Contra: Rogue Corps
the graphics for this look like a CG-animated cartoon from the 90's

definitely not the best looking game
local and online co-op
Sept 24

 

- Contra: Anniversary Collection
available now in the eShop

 

- Daemon X Machina
Sept. 13

 

- Panzer Dragoon
this winter

 

- Pokemon:Sword / Pokemon: Shield
Switch
Nov 15

 

- Astral Chain
a more adult version of Pokemon?
Aug 30

 

- Empire of Sin
1920's gangsters
top-down action game
2020

 

- Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

July 19
Expansion Pass features content from X-Men, Fantastic Four and Marvel Knights - available starting in the fall

 

- Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer
a music/rythem based game
June 13

 

- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
Nov.

 

- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Mar. 20, 2020

 

- montage of games coming this year
3rd party titles
a lot of these seemed like big enough games that they should have gotten their own screen time

 

- Banjo & Kazooie
coming to Super Smash Bros. 4
characters are owned by Rare, who is owned by Microsoft
Fall

 

- Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
no release date

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