TechnologyNintendo reveals E3 2019 plans, including a new Nintendo Direct
Nintendo plans two new Switch models for this year: WSJ
Nintendo is working on two new versions of the Switch that could be released as soon as this summer, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. One of the models is said to be a cheaper variant, while the other device reportedly has “enhanced features targeted at avid video gamers.” The WSJ says the cheaper model will omit the vibration feature, suggesting that it won’t have detachable Joy-Con controllers at all; it’s said to be seen as a successor to the 3DS. Nikkei reported earlier this year that Nintendo was planning to release a smaller Switch with a focus on portability.
Nintendo revealed its E3 2019 plans on Thursday, confirming that it will broadcast a new Nintendo Direct presentation on June 11 at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET to officially open this year’s gaming expo.
Nintendo Direct E3 2019, as Nintendo is calling it, will “focuses entirely on software, [and] will offer a look at games scheduled to launch in 2019,” according to the company. That description appears to reinforce a declaration that.
The company’s announced 2019 lineup includes Super Mario Maker 2, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Astral Chain, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Dragon Quest 11 S: Echoes of an Elusive Age — Definitive Edition, Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch, Daemon X Machina, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokémon Sword and Shield, and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.
Latest Nintendo Switch Update Adds Ability To Transfer Saves Across Systems
The latest Nintendo Switch system update, version 8.0.0, is out today, bringing with it the ability to transfer individual save data between Switch consoles. Before the update, users were relegated to transferring all user and save data between Switch systems, which was previously updated back with version 4.0.0 of the software in October 2017. For users who hadn’t created separate profiles, Now individual pieces of save data can be swapped between systems as users like. It’s a move that makes sense ahead of Nintendo’s rumored new Switch systems reportedly releasing later this summer, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
Nintendo will also hold its traditional Nintendo Treehouse: Live livestream at E3 2019. Details on that multi-day stream are forthcoming.
While Nintendo didn’t specify what games will be playable at E3 2019 — or call out specific titles as the main focus of its booth, as it has done in previous years withand — it’s trying something new this year. The company is offering fans reduced wait times for “select Nintendo games” if they reserve a Warp Pipe Pass. The pass is free, but requires a Nintendo Account in order to reserve one. Additional details on that program are also forthcoming.
Finally, Nintendo will host the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Championship 2019 3v3 and the Splatoon 2 World Championship 2019 tournaments on Saturday, June 8. More details on Nintendo’s competitive plans and its other E3 2019 plans are available at the company’s.
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