Hello. I’m Jude and I’m a Nintendo Addict. Always have been and always will be. And, I’m not even sorry.

I’ve been playing Nintendo since the NES and still love their games. They’ve not always done things the right way, but their games are incredible. The one E3 presentation that I always get excited about is Nintendo’s.

And, today was no exception. I watched the whole presentation looking forward to seeing what they had coming for us over the next year.

Admittedly, a lot of the games they showed aren’t for me, but there were some that had me screaming with excitement. So, here are a few of my personal highlights from the Direct:

Get Ready for the Next Battle

Tekken fan favourite, Kazuya, is joining the roster of fighters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. The Devil himself will be available soon, joining the likes of King Koopa, Kirby and Ken. Series creator, Masahiro Sakurai, introduced some of Kazuya’s moves and announced that there would be another presentation on June 28th where he would give more details about the fighter.

The inclusion of one of Tekken’s most popular characters had some fans questioning whether we could soon see Tekken 7 ported to the Switch. This is an interesting concept, as the game is still very popular, even though it was released on consoles back in 2017.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Star-Lord and his crew are heading to the Switch for their first Action-Adventure outing. The game is also being released on other consoles, but the Switch version looks surprisingly good next to the Xbox and PlayStation versions.

The game seems like a fun, action-filled adventure, with a good dose of comedy (basically like the comics and films are). It’ll be out on October 26th.

Back to School

Next year, Sega is releasing the follow-up to Two-Point Hospital: Two-Point Campus. Like with the original game, Campus sees you managing your own business (a university this time), trying to attract students and stay profitable. You can make the campus as you see fit and decide what courses to offer your students.

2D or not 2D…?

After 19 years, Nintendo is bringing a new 2D Metroid game in the form or Metroid Dread. The trailer for the game was stunning and captured the essence of the older games in the series. Of course, people were hoping to hear more about Metroid Prime 4, which Nintendo is still working on.

It seems that fans of the series are willing to forgive Nintendo for making them wait a while longer for the next Prime thanks to this announcement. And you can see why. The launch date is set for October 8th and 2 new Amiibo will also be released on the same day.

It’s-a Me! Wario!

I don’t know about you, but I love Wario! So much so, that I was considering a Wario tattoo on my shoulder. I’ve loved the WarioWare series since I discovered it on the DS, and I’ve collected them all. The voice over intros to the new moves on Smooth Moves are epic and well worth checking out on YouTube.

And, now, there is a brand new WarioWare game coming to the Switch on September 10th. The usual cast of characters are back, alongside Wario, with a bunch of new abilities to complete the super quick micro games. Each game is just a completely random activity that only takes about 5 seconds to complete. And, for the first time, there are even two-player games, meaning you can have some crazy, mad fun with a friend.

I will definitely be buying this game, Day One! It’s going to be a lot of fun.

I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

The latest episode of the Fatal Frame series is coming over to the Switch.

Maiden of Black Water was first released in 2014 on the Wii U, but it’s now getting a remake that is being brought to the Switch. The graphics looked good anyway, but they look really nice on the Switch. You adventure through Hikami Mountain, a hotspot of paranormal activity, and must fight off ghosts using a special camera.

This horror game will require you to face a plethora of ghouls in various scenes around the mountain area. There are also multiple protagonists to play through, so you get to experience the story from several perspectives.

The exact release date hasn’t been announced, but Nintendo did say that it will be available this year.

Zeldies!!

OMG! I love the Legend of Zelda series! I first discovered the games when I bought a used Zelda 2 cartridge from my local Blockbuster store as a kid. Yeah, I know it’s not the best in the series, but it was my intro into the games and I loved it. Besides, things only got better from there.

Nintendo announced the release of a Game & Watch system to mark the 35th anniversary of the franchise. They did a similar thing for Mario, so it’s nice to see them giving Zelda the same treatment.

The Game & Watch includes 3 classics from the series: the original game, The Adventure of Link and the original GameBoy version of Link’s Awakening. It also contains a Zelda-styled remake of the Game & Watch game Vermin. Of course, there are Zelda-themed clocks and timers included, and they are seriously cute.

Growing up, I was lucky enough to have a Nelsonic Zelda watch, but never had a Game & Watch. I’ll be jumping on this when it comes out on November 12th.

And, staying on the Zelda theme, Nintendo showed a trailer of the Breath of the Wild sequel. It looks amazing! There even seems to be some nods to Skyward Sword, as Link flies in to floating islands, reminiscent of Skyloft.

The game looks just as breath-taking (no pun intended) as Breath of the Wild, but, as they’re using the same engine, there’s no shock there. We also got a clue on some new abilities that the Sheikah Slate may have, which look really interesting.

The music in the trailer was based on the music from the original game, but with a very distorted, twisted sound to it. This goes in with what Nintendo has hinted about the story, when they showed Ganon’s gnarled body in the original teaser and in this trailer.

The trailer culminates in a scene which sees Hyrule Castle being lifted from the ground, foundations and all, and floating in the air above Hyrule Field, while the tendrils of the Calamity roll out from under it.

It’s pencilled-in for a release next year and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited. I loved Breath of the Wild and got lost in the world of Hyrule and discovering the story and characters as I played. The challenges and puzzles were so much fun, and I didn’t want to stop playing. I even took my Switch to work with me and got caught in the staff room playing some of it. So, you know this will be a pre-order one for me. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a hold of the special edition that you know they’re going to release.

Of course, there were plenty more games than the few I’ve mentioned. These are just the ones that I’m interested in and will probably be looking more into, or buying outright as soon as they’re available.

I’d highly recommend checking out the Direct for yourselves and seeing which games take your fancy. Leave a comment below to say what you’re looking forward to and which you’ll be getting Day One.

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