Nintendo E3 2019 Round-Up

Updated: Jun 15, 2019






With so many great games at E3 in 2019, it was hard to keep track of them all! Here's a quick breakdown of what we played, and what we avoided.


Going into E3 2019, I had no idea what to expect. This being my first time at the show, all I knew was that there was going to be a lot to see, and not much time to see it! For those of you who couldn't make it to the show, don't feel left out, all of these games will be hitting store shelves soon, its just a matter of time! Here's what we played.


  • Luigis Mansion 3

  • Pokemon Sword & Shield

  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Tokyo 2020)

  • The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening

  • Marvel's Ultimate Alliance 3

  • Dauntless

  • New Super Luckys Tale



Luigis Mansion 3

It's been almost 18 years since everyone's favorite plumber first stepped inside a haunted locale and started a secondary career as a ghostbuster. Since then, we've gotten a Luigis Mansion remake and a single sequel, but none quite as game-changing as Luigi's Mansion 3.


The demo starts out with way-too-cute Luigi sleeping on a train with Polterpup in tow, heading to a hotel for vacation. Oh, and red Luigi is there also, with his girlfriend. Upon starting the actual game, you're met with a brief tutorial on how to control the Poltergust with the help from your deceased canine friend.


Visually, the game looks stunning. Despite all the flack the Nintendo Switch gets for being considered "underpowered", Nintendo knows how to make games for their own consoles, and it truly shows. The environments are crisp and the colors are vivid.


In Luigi's Mansion 3, Luigi's Poltergust gets an upgrade, now sporting the ability to shoot out plungers which can be used to fight enemies, as well as unlock secret areas. The Poltergust also has someone living inside it, Luigis goo-ified counterpart, Gooigi. Unleashing Gooigi from the Poltergust G-00 allows you to controller a second character, or play in co-op mode with a friend. Only Gooigi can access certain areas, and you'll have to work together (or master both Luigi and Gooigi) if you're going to complete the game.


Without revealing too much, this game is definitely one to check out if you weren't planning on it already.


Pokemon Sword & Shield

Welcome to the Galar region, trainer. Upon entering the demo of this game, you're greeted with a helpful gym attendant who talks to you about navigating the water gym. He'll also heal your Pokemon when you're in a pinch!


The demo is around 20 minutes, and lets you play through the entirety of the water gym (whether or not this gym will remain in the final build of the game is still unknown). The gym is pretty simple, and nothing out of the ordinary for long-time Pokemon fans. A combination of switches throughout the gym unlocks new paths. You'll have to push them in the right order if you want to face the gym leader.


The standout feature of this demo is, of course, Dynamaxing your Pokemon in battle. The gym leader, Nessa, will Dynamax her Dreadnaw, completely obliterating whatever Pokemon you have opposing her. Sending out a new Pokemon gives you the prime opportunity to counter with your own Dynamaxed Pokemon. While Dynamaxing is cool, visually, it also seems just a tiny bit pointless right now. Whether my Grookey is Dynamaxed or not, it's still going to defeat her Dreadnaw just the same.

I would have loved to see more of the game rather than just the inside of a gym, but I guess we'll have to wait a few more months for that.


Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

Mario & Sonic are back at it again. They've been training for years in every single olympic sport, and now they're ready to take each other on and fight for the gold once again!


This game is fun. A lot more fun than I expected it to be, quite honestly. New sports like Surfing and Skateboarding really change the game. Combining these two new sports with joy-con motion control really adds some fun new elements to this game. Hold your joy-con flat like a surfboard or skateboard and go wild! It's easy, intuitive, and a lot of fun!


The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening

There's not a ton to say about this title, aside from the fact that is completely adorable and absolutely gorgeous artistically. A remake of the original game, there's not too many surprises here. The stand-out feature then, of course, is the graphical differences. The almost claymation like characters and environment are ridiculously cute, while the tilt-shift perspective really makes it feel like you're looking down on a tiny world.


Marvel's Ultimate Alliance 3

As a Marvel fan, this was a game I was going to buy regardless, but after playing it, I now know its going to be a game I can't put down.


The tutorial starts and we're asked to choose our characters. Up to 4 people can play in co-op mode, or a single player can control a team of 4. It's fun to Switch between characters, each one with their own unique moves and abilities, faithful to their super powers. If I recall correctly, over 30 characters will be playable when the game launches. That's more than enough to cover your favorite superheroes, and then some!


Too often we forget that games should just be fun. And this one is just that. This game doesn't have a ton of depth, but that okay. You can sit back and enjoy the beat-em-up action that your favorite superheroes are dishing out, without having to think too much. It's a nice change of pace that had me grinning the entire time.


Dauntless

I honestly don't know what to say about this one. It was okay, but not great. The monster we fought wasn't "difficult" but just had way more health than it needed. The fighting felt tedious after the first few minutes, and I quickly grew bored. There may be more to the game than just fighting monsters, but the demo didn't show it.


New Super Lucky's Tale

Not enough people are talking about this game. Seriously. We all raved about Banjo-Kazooie being added to Smash Ultimate, but people are looking over this fun new platformer! A cute fox wearing a cape running around and solving puzzles. What more can we ask for?


On a serious note, this game really is charming and a lot of fun to play. Fans of 3D platformers will quickly fall in love with Lucky and friends.


And that's it! E3 is officially over, and we've got so many great game coming soon! Which one are you most looking forward to?

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