Before airing its Nintendo Direct for E3 2019, the company stated it would focus entirely on software. That meant no talks of an oft-rumored Nintendo Switch model, but it did give time to show off a strong lineup of tentpole releases throughout the year, including Fire Emblem: Three Houses in the summer, Pokémon: Sword and Shield in the fall and (finally) Animal Crossing: New Horizons in spring 2020. The latter comes in right before the end of Nintendo’s fiscal year, in which Nintendo hopes to ship 18 million Switch units. Fans were treated to a few surprises here and there: No More Heroes 3, The Witcher 3 for the handheld console, Banjo-Kazooie in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and, of course, a teaser for the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The Direct opened with the introduction of the hero character from Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. There appears to be about a half-a-dozen characters to play as with moves taking inspiration from its turn-based RPG style of combat. The show later closed with the reveal of another DLC character—one fans have been clamoring for for years. After a brief, heart-breaking tease, it was revealed that Banjo-Kazooie would ...