E3 2019: Disappointing Direct for Super Mario fans
It's June and the summer is around the corner, which means it's time for E3. As has been customary now, Nintendo makes their E3 announcements through a Nintendo Direct presentation.
The new Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser makes his first E3 appearance, and fittingly he's in the video with the real Bowser, a funny little memeable exchange.
The Nintendo Direct for E3 2019 was nearly 43 minutes long, but unfortunately there was very little on tap for the Super Mario universe.
The main highlight was additional details of Luigi's Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch. This time around Luigi is on a vacation with Mario, Peach, Red Toad and Blue Toad, and they check in at a funny hotel that turns out to be haunted. Once again, his friends seem to disappear and it's up to Luigi to find them.
Professor E. Gadd will be there to help Luigi once again, and he is provided an upgraded Poltergust G-00 to fight off the ghosts, it also has a feature to summon "Gooigi" which is a goo-like Luigi that lets him get through obstacles that regular Luigi can't.
A new multiplayer mode called the "ScareScraper" allows up to 8 players to suck up ghosts and play other timed challenges.
Luigi's Mansion 3 will be released in 2019, no confirmed release date yet.
The Mario and Sonic partnership will return as Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 was revealed by Sega, the game will be released in November. The last edition of this series was the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, for some reason they skipped the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. But it's nice to see the series back for the first time on Nintendo Switch.
The next biggest story were two new DLC characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Hero from Dragon Quest will be available in the summer. And the shocker - the addition of Banjo and Kazooie from Banjo-Kazooie. Since Nintendo sold their stake in Rare to Microsoft, the duo has not appeared on a regular console since Banjo-Tooie in 2000.
There was one additional tidbit, Super Mario Maker 2 will have an update to allow online play after the release.
No other titles featuring Mario were announced, which means that there likely won't be a major Mario release coming in 2019. Is it time for a Mario Kart 9? How about a sequel or DLC for Super Mario Odyssey?