Ah, yet another E3 has come and gone, and everyone has a lot of feelings about what we’ve seen, n3rdabl3 staff included. So what are people thinking? Well, I can’t speak for anybody else, but I know what E3 2019 titles stirred my blood the most:

Banjo-Kazooie in Smash Ultimate

Banjo Kazooie in Smash

Okay, it isn’t exactly a top game, but it’s DLC, so it’s sort of a game segment, right? I’ve been dreaming of this since 1999. When the first Smash came out, my brother explained why they couldn’t be in Smash, and being about 7 at the time, I just kind of accepted that this was a pipe dream.

But when I saw that Jiggy, man. And that moveset, featuring a perfect combination of long-range and short-range attacks! They’re made for Smash! Take me to Spiral Mountain! Roy is dead to me. Snake is dead to me. Long live the bear and bird!

Way to the Woods

Way to the Woods

Way to the Woods unexpected title immediately drew my attention with its art style and seemingly non-traditional gaming mechanics. Even more interesting was its backdrop; the deer you play as holds your attention, but the world around you seems post-human. It looks like a relaxing game that can grow deeper with the player’s own choices.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Here’s a fun fact: this title has been teased on and off for thirteen years. Still, we have more footage than ever before. The graphics look great, the sound seems to be right on the money, and we even have a release date this time around. That doesn’t mean I won’t wait until every episodic segment is available before I start purchasing (sorry, I just don’t trust Sony with this game) but it seems likely we’ll actually be getting something this time around. Which, you know, would be nice.

I’m also really looking forward to seeing how the goofier plot elements like Cloud seducing the mob boss and the thing with the dolphin are handled. It will also be interesting to see if any prequel game elements are peppered in, such as the events from Crisis Core.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Remake

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Remake

I’ve never actually played Link’s Awakening, but it’s one of those games that is still treated lovingly by the community and fetches high prices at retro game stores. I know it’s closely linked to Link to the Past, my favorite Zelda game, so it’s been on my list for a while. Now is as good a time as any!

I love the art design that closely resembles Link Between Worlds while remaining distinct. Even though it isn’t really related to the quality of the game, I love Nintendo’s E3 2019 promotion for this game, which recreated game environments in the form of small scale models. I’m looking forward to curling up on the couch with this one.    

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

I hope Lord of the Flies doesn’t happen on my island, but Rasher is also one of my least favorite villagers, so like…

In all seriousness, the idea of cultivating a town sounds like fun and puts a new spin on the tried-and-true Animal Crossing formula. Farming and crafting are also thrown in, and anything that even remotely resembles a Story of Seasons game has me at the gate. The only thing that makes me wary about this game are the real-time mechanics. I always find them a little stressful, but the thought of my crops withering on the vine is really too much to bear.

Runner-up: Death Stranding

Over the course of the first half of the year, I played through the majority of all the Metal Gear Solid games. I now know enough about Hideo Kojima to both respect, and deeply fear him. “Anxiously awaiting” this game might be better phrasing than “looking forward to” this game for me.

So, how do my E3 2019 top picks line up with yours? If I was way off, you can check out the rest of the n3 staff’s top picks, and see how you compare to everyone else!

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