Nintendo Shows Off Metroid 5, BotW2 in 2021 E3 Direct
Nintendo’s Direct was one of the final shows at E3 2021, and for fans of the company, they did not disappoint, filling players in on the news for some of their biggest games and some surprises in the coming weeks.
The Direct’s Announcements
Many fans were looking forward to this year’s E3 Direct from Nintendo. After announcing the next Smash DLC Character, Kazuya from the Tekken series, Nintendo continued to keep the hype going throughout the presentation.
Life Is Strange Remasted Collection & True Colors
Nintendo announced that the Life is Strange Remastered Collection and the third game in the series, True Colors, are coming to Nintendo Switch later this year. The three games take players on an emotional adventure with characters that have special psychic abilities, letting the player experience the adventure on the go.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Square Enix is putting their recently announced Guardians of the Galaxy game on Switch, Letting players take control of the legendary heroes as they travel throughout the cosmos to stop intergalactic adversaries that threaten the innocent lives of planets and solar systems.
Team 17 is launching Worms Rumble on June 23rd, and it’s coming to Nintendo Switch. While not the classic style of worms that fans have come to know and love, the game becomes a 2d shooter, where players can duke it out on every console, bringing more players together. Team 17 is also adding in the “Patchwork Bear” costume as an exclusive to the console.
A Turn-Based RPG featuring a handpainted art style, the game Astria Ascending brings players into the role of building a team of Demigods to save the world when the game launches on September 30th.
Two Point Campus
Sega is also releasing another Two Point game. Stemming off of Two Point Hospital, it’s up to the player to design the learning center of their dreams in Two Point Campus. Players will build and manage their own university when Two Point Campus launches on Switch next year.
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania
Many fans of the series were asking for it, and Sega Delivered as the first 3 Super Monkey Ball games will be faithfully remastered in Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania. Players will have over 300 stages to play and a bundle of fun minigames, from Soccer to Monkey Ball Baseball. Included in the game is a character customization option as well, letting players make a character that expresses them. The Banana Mania Begins on October 5th.
Mario Party Superstars
Super Mario Party’s Online addition was an omen for things to come, as Mario Party Superstars was announced. Featuring five boards from the first three Mario Party Games on Nintendo 64, players can re-experience the wonder of Mario Partys Beginnings on Nintendo Switch. With over 100 minigames and Online play for all game modes, the definitive Mario Party experience for the Nintendo Switch launches on October 29th.
Metroid Dread (Metroid 5)
Before the announcement of Metroid Dread, Shinya Takahashi reminded fans that the development of Metroid Prime 4 is still ongoing. While there isn’t anything to show for Metroid Prime 4, fans will have something to occupy them while waiting for the game to come out. Metroid 5 was announced in a massive twist, known as Metroid Drea, being the first all-new 2D game in the Metroid series in a while. Metroid Dread was always going to be Metroid 5, with a teaser for it back in the older Metroid Primer trilogy. However, the game fell into development limbo for 19 years, and now it seems the curse has been broken, as Metroid Dread is coming out on October 8th, 2021. Featuring Samus being stalked by rouge robots called E.M.M.I., who is immune to all attacks, Metroid Dread will fill players with dread when the game launches. The game also will come with two Amiibos: a double pack with Samus and E.M.M.I.
Just Dance 2022
Ubisoft announced another Just Dance game, adding more recent songs to their annual dancing game series. While the series was popular on the Wii from its first title to its 2021 edition, the new Just Dance is now a current-generation title only, so it may be time to finally upgrade your console if you’re still playing on Nintendo’s old console.
A wild party racing game from Raw Thrills Inc., Cruis’n Blast is a fast-paced, neon racing title where four players duke it out in their favorite vehicles while they crash through windows, outrun environmental hazards, and attempt to be the first to blast through the finishing line.
Dragonball Z: Kakarot
The ultimate DragonBall Z videogame is bring ported to Switch. Play as Goku and fight through four of Dragon Ball Z’s famous story arcs, from the Sayian Arc to the Majin Buu arc. Players will fight as multiple characters from the anime, charging spirit bombs to finish off the most devastating of foes. The game also comes with the “A New Power Awakens” set, which includes both the game’s boss battle episode DLC’s. Take on Goku’s foes with the Switch when the game launches on September 24th.
Mario Golf Super Rush
While a lot of information about the new entry in the Mario Golf title is already known, Nintendo showed the game off again, covering the modes for the game and showing off a new course in New Donk City from Mario Odyssey. Tee off and race to the hole with friends when the game launches on June 25th.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
Monster Hunter Stories gets its second installment for the Switch, with the player able to befriend and ride monsters who help them in battle. Called “Monsti,” players can raise and use Monsti’s they hatch, and even play co-operatively in special co-op missions. The fate of the world lies in the player’s hands when Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin launches on Nintendo Switch on July 9th. First, however, players can play the demo that launches on June 25th and carry over the saved data from the demo into the full game.
WarioWare Get it Together
The survey asking fans if they would pay $50 for a new WarioWare game had a purpose. A new entry in the WarioWare series is coming to Switch this year. With a trailer fully voiced by Charles Martinet himself, Wario tells players about the all-new microgames he’s been making. Players will control tiny versions of Wario and friends to complete the microgames included. The game also comes with co-op play, letting more than one person take on What Wario has cooked up this time. Microgame Mayhem comes to the Switch on September 10th, 2021.
Shin Megami Tensei V
The leaked release date for Shin Megami Tensei was true, albeit off by a day, as the game was announced to be coming to the Switch on November 12th, 2021. Players will embark from the real world into an apocalyptic version of Tokyo and fuse with a strange character while finding their way home. The staples of the SMT series continue into the new entry in the series. Players will have the chance to experience the world of SMTV when it launches this November.
Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, and Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony are all come to the Switch, with a surprise twist. A fourth title in the visual novel series is also being included, and the board game from Danganronpa V3 has been expanded into a full title. Labeled Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp. The board game includes an all-star cast of characters from the franchise as well. Players will have the chance to pick up the four titles when the game launches as a physical exclusive later this year.
Fatal Frame: Maiden of the Black Water
A remaster of the popular WiiU game, Fatal Frame sees players embark into the haunted Mount Hikami, only armed with a camera that has the ability to dispel wandering spirits. Players will also be able to play as multiple protagonists, allowing the game’s story to be seen from different perspectives. A Photo Mode and costumes for the protagonists are also included in the game when Fatal Frame: Maiden of the Black Water comes to the Switch Later This Year.
Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods Part One
Much like the original release of Doom Eternal, the DLC campaign for Doom Eternal finally made its way onto the Nintendo Switch, allowing players who decided to purchase the game on the hybrid console the first half of Doom’s Extra Campaign.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2
The classic skating game comes to Nintendo Switch fully remastered. A Full 1:1 port of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2 is coming to Nintendo Switch, so players can take all the skating action that the series is known for on the go. Shred the ramps and grind the rails when the game launches on June 25th.
Rebellion’s four-player co-op shooter Strange Brigade is coming to Nintendo Switch. Play alone or with friends as the Mummy Witch Queen has risen from the dead 4000 years after her final rest. The only ones who can stop her are four adventurers calling themselves the Strange Brigade. Solve Puzzles, Shoot Mummies, and Save the World!
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
Announced during Ubisoft’s conference, another Mario + Rabbids game is coming to the Nintendo Switch, this take on the tactical genre gets a bit of a spin, as the characters can run freely throughout the battlefield to change up tactical advantages. The Stange Galaxy awaits players next year with Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope.
Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp
The GBA strategy game Advance Wars is coming to Nintendo Switch. Built entirely from the ground up, the player will be able to replay and enjoy the world of the Advance Wars Series in full HD, taking control of the military commanders and fighting their way to victory. Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp comes to the Nintendo Switch on December 3rd.
Age of Calamity Expansion Pass
Part one of The Hyrule Warriors Expansion Pass is getting its first expansion, Launching on June 18th. Part One, entitled Pulse of the Ancients, includes a new playable character, the battle-tested Guardian, bringing the spiderlike robot as a playable character. New weapon types for characters include the Flail for Link, giving him a pair of arm-like flails to fend off his foes, as well as the Master Cycle for Zelda. Players also get New Challenges and Challenging enemies, as well as the Apocalyptic Difficulty.
Zelda Game & Watch
It was also revealed that a Legend of Zelda Game & Watch would be coming out in celebration of the series 35th anniversary. Much like its Super Mario Brothers counterpart, the Game & Watch would contain the Legend of Zelda, Legend of Zelda 2: Adventure of Link, as well as the Game Boy’s Link’s Awakening. Included is also a version of the Game & Watch game Vermin, with Link taking the role of the exterminator. Players will also have the ability to play on the clock screen, allowing them to find some fun within the clock function. A timer for the Game & Watch is also included, stylized after the Adventure of Link, the timer is also playable, letting Link duke it out with Dark Link while the timer counts down.
The Sequel to Breath of the Wild
While the game has no title, what is certain is that the sequel to Breath of the wild is coming, and after two years without any form of news regarding the game, it’s fair to say that the title is coming along well. A trailer was finally shown, cluing in players on what to expect for the new game. It shows that the game will include not only Hyrule from the previous game, but islands that are floating in the sky as well, bringing an entire second world above the land that Link once walked. Link also has a magic arm, allowing him to rewind time on certain objects. The skeletal being that was seen from the trailer two years ago is also seen once more. Players have speculated that this character is going to be the antagonist for the player to defeat and might somehow be Ganondorf resurrected. Link can also fly into the sky and phase through terrain, giving him the ability to reach the islands up above. The game is slated for a 2022 release date. However, the wording from Nintendo leads players to believe that the game is going to be delayed at some point. Hopefully, this isn’t the case.
Nintendo seemingly “won” E3 in the fan’s eyes, with a lot of Nintendo’s games being something that players are all going to look forward to this year. From Metroid Dread to Mario Party Superstars, it seems like Nintendo went all out this year and has packed the release schedule for upcoming releases.