Nintendo held its annual E3 Direct presentation today. Giving players new announcements and updates on games scheduled for release over the course of 2021, Nintendo aired a 40-minute showcase.
Anticipation has been high since there were many known games in the works that are on the near horizon. Additionally, with it being the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, many fans expected to see an update or two on new Zelda titles including the highly anticipated Breath of the Wild 2.
In case you missed the Nintendo Direct, here are the biggest announcements featured during the show.
Tekken’s Kazuya joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, 2021
Tekken‘s iconic character Kazyua has received his invitation and is joining the expansive Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster. The short gameplay trailer showed off a variety of Kazyua’s moves and his Ultimate Smash.
Sakurai promises an in-depth presentation will take place before the character launching in-game. The presentation will air on June 28th.
Life is Strange Remastered Collection + Life is Strange: True Colors, 2021
The Life is Strange anthology series is coming to Nintendo Switch later this year. Life is Strange, and Life is Strange Before the Storm will all arrive in the Remastered Collection later this year. The fourth entry in the franchise, True Colors will arrive on September 10.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – October 26, 2021
Showing footage that Square Enix released earlier this week, Nintendo announced the Eidos Montreal’s Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is coming to Switch on October 26th.
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania – Oct 5, 2021
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Super Monkey Ball, Banana Mania will roll onto Switch later this year.
Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2, Super Monkey Ball Deluxe, Super Monkey Ball Touch & Roll, Super Monkey Ball Adventure, Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz, Super Monkey Ball Step & Roll, Super Monkey Ball 3D, Super Monkey Ball, and Banana Blitz HD are all included.
Mario Party Superstars – October 29, 2021
Nintendo is bringing five classic boards from the previous Nintendo 64 era of Mario Party. Players will soon be able to navigate around Peach’s Birthday Cake board, Space Land, and more.
Now 100 minigames from the Mario Party series will be playable. Nintendo has confirmed that will support button prompts, meaning the Mario Party Superstars will be playable on Nintendo Switch Lite.
Metroid Dread – October 8, 2021
As the development of Metroid Prime 4 continues, Nintendo introduced Metroid Dread, a 2D entry in the franchise. Samus is shown navigating new environments, wall climbing and battling new foes. A new sliding mechanic is also shown in the trailer. Metroid Dread looks like a classic take on the franchise with refined animations and gameplay.
Metroid Dread has been in various stages of development for 15 years, according to Yoshio Sakamoto.
Just Dance 2022 – November 4, 2021
Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2022 offers 40 new tracks and launches on November 4th, 2021.
Mario Golf: Super Rush – June 25, 2021
Nintendo debuted a new look at the different game modes including Standard Golf, Speed Golf, Battle Golf, and Gold Adventure. Nintendo announced free updates are planned for post-launch. One update includes a Mario Odyssey course located in New Donk City.
WarioWare: Get it Together – September 10, 2021
A new WarioWare title is coming to Switch. The brief trailer gave us an overview of a plethora of microgames available. Players will take on the role of Wario and other characters.
Nintendo has confirmed that a two-player co-op will also be available.
Shin Megami Tensei V – November 12, 2021
A new gameplay trailer of the long-awaited Shin Megami Tensei Vwas debuted during the Nintendo Direct. The game is set in an alternate post-apocalyptic Tokyo, where the game will feature in-depth JRPG mechanics and combat against a wide variety of demons.
Players can also try to convince the demons to join their team.
Danganrompa Decadence – 2021
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the franchise, a collection of three Danganrompa titles are making their way to Switch. The collection will feature Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, and Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.
Additionally, an upgraded standalone version of the Danganrompa V3 board game will be available as well in the form of Danganrompa S: Ultimate Summer Camp. The collection will be available as a physical exclusive later this year. All four games will also be available individually on the eShop when available.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass Wave 1 – Pulse of the Ancients – June 18, 2021
Nintendo has announced that the Expansion Pass for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will be available on June 18. The pass will cost players $19.99 USD and will include new playable characters, weapons and the Master Cycle for Zelda.
A second wave for the Expansion Pass will be available in November as well.
The Legend of Zelda Game & Watch – November 12
Nintendo revealed that it has developed a Game & Watch handheld for the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. The handheld will include the original Legend of Zelda game, which was released in 1986. Additionally, Zelda 2: Adventure of Link, and the GameBoy version of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening will also be featured.
The Game & Watch handled will also include the classic Vermin game, with Link taking on the role of the main character.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel- 2022
Nintendo concluded the Direct presentation with producer Eiji Aonuma discussing that the Breath of the Wild sequel development continues. Although the game is not yet ready, Nintendo debuted a brand new look at the game.
Largely, the trailer serves as another tone piece. Taking obvious notes from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, a lot of focus was placed on the backdrop being in the sky of Hyrule. Link is also shown to be able to pass through objects. Small glimpses of new weapons are also shown. The game is still a ways off with only a window of 2022 given.