Best Nintendo Switch games from E3 2019
Gaming world is sort of luckier than mobile; while the latter is split in two rivaling sides, the former has a “third power” named Nintendo. Its Switch has always been home for lots of exclusives, and even mainstream games had to cater to its visuals and controls when ported.
There have been some premieres and announces for Nintendo Switch on the current E3, and they’re worth a special issue. Here are some titles we consider the most important and influential for the platform.
The Witcher 3 for Nintendo Switch
Finally, here comes The S-Witcher! While the world keeps its breath waiting for Cyberpunk 2077, the previous cult game by CD Projekt made its way to the Nintendo console. How come the developers managed to shrink this fantasy saga of many gigabytes, still remains a question. But the game will be available soon, both for handheld and stationary modes. And yes, it includes the whole set of DLC, so Switch owners can have it all at once.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
This classic title of 1993 is one of those that made the Nintendo we know now. It’s the first Zelda game made for portable consoles only, and so its location is rather small, and the adventures of Link take place on an island with lots of dungeons to explore and monsters to fight. Well, it will be great to finally see Link’s Awakening on a really serious device. And for the first time (as if Zelda series hasn’t been variable enough!) it features dungeon building mode. The dungeons you build can be shared with other players. And yes, characters from other Nintendo classics remain.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s Unnamed Yet Sequel
This is the most mysterious Zelda game so far; for sure we only know it is under construction now. The short video, presented at the end of the presentation, only showed Zelda and Link outside the Hyrule castle, meeting a resurrected Gannondorf or another enemy warrior. There’s too much to speculate about and too little to affirm; even the name of the game isn’t revealed yet.
Pokémon Sword and Shield
Pokémon is another Nintendo’s cult franchise, and here comes the new installment, with some updates. For the second time, a Pokémon game can be played at home as well as on the go. The changes include battling the wild Pokémon (along with catching them), returning Gyms to conquer, and the Pokémon are now enabled to grow stronger with the new force called Dynamax. The Rotom Pokedex is replaced by a more functional Rotom Phone. Yes, Pokémon fans will have a lot to explore or relearn in Sword and Shield!
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
It’s not Marvel’s Avengers, but while everybody else will have to wait for about a year to play a new Marvel title, Nintendo owners will have it in July 2019. This game features almost all the characters of MCU as playables, and dozens of villains as bosses. The gameplay isn’t revealed yet, but it will certainly resemble the previous installment, with a combination of action, tactics, and RPG.
This fresh title is already playable on most platforms; Nintendo to join. This behemoth hunting RPG is, in fact, a multimillion hit already, though it’s been launched just in May 2019. Players need to craft weapons, build fortifications, and oppose the terrible monsters with this equipment. The game is free to play, that means donations are welcomed.
The long-awaited return of Doom will hit Nintendo Switch too. The hell is deeper and hotter, the monsters are stronger, but your weapons are more powerful too. The rest is the same: it’s still a brutal mystical 3D FPS, and you fight demons and devils on Mars and Earth the way we used to in the 1990s. Just like the cult Doom II of 1994, it’s the direct sequel of DOOM (2016). The release is scheduled on November 2019.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
The famous ghost hunter Luigi, the brother of just as famous plumber Mario, is here again! In Luigi’s Mansion 3 you’ll play the familiar character, accompanied by Mario, Peach, and others we love from Nintendo’s star franchise. It’s pure fun to destroy the ghosts with the magic vacuum, to detect them hidden everywhere in the shining glamorous hotel, or to find out that everyone can be something else! The game supports local multiplayer for two players, with Luigi assisted with his assistant Guigi.
Another cult game of 1990s returns, with the same rail shooter gameplay, but with remastered visuals and music. Oh, that music! This techno experience of 1995 was a big part of the gameplay, and we hope it’s left the same. The rest is redrawn, but you’re still riding your dragon straight ahead and aim your big gun at the enemies in the futuristic imperial world, though now it looks rather fantasy medieval.
Animal Crossing New Horizons
Playing Animal Crossing is like visiting the zoo where the animals speak, want your attention and friendship, require a lot from you, and reward you with more. This aimless game is totally drawn on enjoying the experience, and here is the fifth installment since 2001. The new game will bring you to the animal island again, and you are to rebuild it into a town full of fun. The most important innovation of the current installment is the crafting system, so your tools are to be crafted by you too.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
It’s the remaster of a very unusual Japanese RPG (even though Western gamers may consider most JRPG unusual). In Ni no Kuni the player needs to master drawing spells to succeed in magic battles, and the book of spells is the source of inspiration. It’s a story-dependent game, and its narrative matters as much as the gameplay.
Never has Nintendo Switch been home to horrors, but sometimes the unknown breaks through. Alien: Isolation is a formal sequel of the first movie in the series, with Ellen Ripley’s daughter (spoiler: they’ll never meet) trying to find the Nostromo’s flight recorder. This game is really something unusual for Nintendo.
To Switch or Not to Switch?
In fact, there’s no killer titles or deal breakers on the list. Nintendo exclusives mostly continue the series we all well know, and, while its fans will be satisfied, those into Gears or Forza Horizon won’t see any reason to put another console beside Xbox. There’s also nothing to beat the exclusive collection of PS4. But Nintendo keeps doing it its own way, and that’s the way we like it (aha, aha).