Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokémon, Link’s Awakening — but not Animal Crossing — confirmed playable at E3 2019

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Earlier this morning, Nintendo made some additional announcements about their plans for E3 2019 next week, including a preview of playable games at the show!

The official list of games announced to be playable on the show floor includes Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order. Of course, you’ll notice that Animal Crossing is notably missing from this list.

In our opinion, there’s a good chance that this rules out Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch being playable on the show floor at E3 next week. We believe this mostly due to the inclusion of Luigi’s Mansion 3, but not Animal Crossing. Both games sit in a relatively similar position having been announced back in September 2018 but with very little to no information released since.

Of course, this is not a certainty as Nintendo does say that there will be other games playable too, but in our view that would presumably include new un-announced games that will be revealed next week. It’s hard to understand why Animal Crossing Switch, an announced game, would be left off the list of confirmed games if it were playable.

However, this does not mean the game will not appear at E3. A game being shown via a trailer in the main E3 2019 Nintendo Direct or in a demo during Treehouse Live throughout the week is completely different than being playable by the general public on the show floor. Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch can certainly still be expected to appear in those forms, just perhaps not in playable form.

But why would Animal Crossing not be playable? There’s two possible ways to interpret this information. One scenario is as simple as Nintendo does not believe Animal Crossing is a particularly well fitting game for a time-limited demo to the general public, which does make a lot of sense. It’s not like other games where you can preview a specific segmented level or two.

The other possible scenario is that Animal Crossing Switch has been unfortunately delayed into 2020 past the original release date of 2019, leading to the game not yet being complete enough to make for a playable demo for the general public. We only add this in here as a possible option though, it’s not the most likely one in our view.

All speculation aside, there’s only less than a week until we know all of the answers for real! Catch the Nintendo Direct: E3 2019 presentation yourself live at E3.Nintendo.com on Tuesday, June 11th at 9AM PT / 12PM ET. And of course be sure to keep an eye on Animal Crossing World afterwards for all of the news.

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