Nintendo has revealed more information about its upcoming E3 conference, which is now due to host the next Nintendo Direct.
Nintendo's conference at E3 2019 will consist of the Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Championships, which will be followed by a Nintendo Direct on June 11, with three days worth of Nintendo Treehouse: Live events running throughout.
It has been confirmed on Nintendo's official E3 website that the Nintendo Direct will focus solely on Nintendo Switch software that will be released in 2019, which seems to confirm recent reports that a hardware revision for the Switch won't be revealed at E3. It also seems as if no new titles for the Nintendo 3DS will be revealed at E3, assuming that more are on their way.
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Nintendo will likely announce new titles during its next Direct, but there is already a strong lineup of games that are due to be released this year that could be focused on. The Nintendo Switch has games like Animal Crossing, Astral Chain, Cadence of Hyrule, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Super Mario Maker 2, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Daemon X Machina, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, and Pokémon Sword & Shield that are all due to be released in 2019. There are also games that don't have a release date that could be featured, such as Bayonetta 3 and Shin Megami Tensei V.
There is also a strong possibility that Nintendo will discuss existing platforms, as a datamine of the Nintendo Switch Online program suggests that Super Nintendo titles will be released in the future and E3 would be the perfect place to announce their arrival. There is also the highly-anticipated four remaining DLC slots for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the smart money is on at least one new character being announced at E3.
The Nintendo Switch has had an incredible first two years, both in terms of its library of games and its sales. Nintendo will need to work hard to maintain its momentum, especially with the next PlayStation and Xbox consoles seemingly around the corner. The only way Nintendo can keep up with the competition is with an incredible lineup of games and E3 is the perfect place to show off the latest and greatest titles coming to the Switch in the future.
The next Nintendo Direct will be held on June 11 at 9 a.m. PT.