E3 2019 may have lacked some major names – notably a host of missing, upcoming video games – but that didn’t stop the yearly event from delivering a number of delightful surprises that were, to quote one of this year’s biggest surprises, breathtaking.
There may not have been a last-minute Sony surprise during E3, nor an unexpected new console reveal (Project Scarlett’s reveal had been in the cards for a while), but that didn’t stop these seven surprises from causing the IGN E3 newsroom to erupt into cheers, and hopefully delighted you, too.
Banjo-Kazooie Joins Smash Bros. Ultimate
Nintendo took home the award for Best Surprise at The Game Awards in 2018 for its announcement of Persona 5’s Joker as a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character. (OK, fine, I was the one who gave it that award, and the company mailed back the trophy I tried to send them,) And, had it not been for the company’s own massive reveal at the end of the Direct, Banjo-Kazooie’s reveal as the third Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character would have been Nintendo’s biggest surprise at the show.