Nintendo E3 2021: All Announcements From The Event (VIDEO)
Though Nintendo is known for its wide variety of projects in the works, the company hasn’t divulged a whole lot of its upcoming games as of late, with Nintendo Direct presentations only growing fewer and far between these days. However, for the occasion of E3 2021, Big N has promised a number of new reveals planned for the proceedings, joining the likes of Capcom, Ubisoft, and Devolver Digital in holding its own high-profile events. Following the latest showcase, here is everything that was revealed at the Nintendo E3 event.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Adding to a roster of 80 fighters, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate revealed that Kazuya Mishima is now confirmed to be the game’s next coming DLC. Marking the first Tekken character and only the second Bandai Namco representative overall, Kazuya was revealed in a particularly grim announcement trailer, which depicted the fighter hurling the bodies of his defeated foes into a volcano. Featuring Kazuya in his traditional attire as well as his demonic Devil Form, a full showcase for the DLC is set to be unveiled on June 28th.
Life Is Strange
The Life Is Strange games are set to get a new lease on life with its next set of releases as the previous entry Remastered Collection and Life Is Strange: True Colors arrive for modern platforms. Alongside an early peek at gameplay, the big presentation has now also confirmed each game for Nintendo Switch as well, with True Colors confirmed for release on September 10th and the Remastered Collection to follow sometime later in 2021.
“Something For Everyone”
Nintendo next focused on confirming several games for release on Switch, seeing the recently-revealed Marvel Comics adaptation Guardians of the Galaxy arrive as an online-only Cloud Version on October 26th. Next, the battle royale spin-off Worms Rumble and hand-painted JRPG Astria Ascending were also dated for the hybrid console on June 23rd and September 30th respectively. In addition, the Switch will also see the previously announced Two Point Campus release in 2022.
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania
Fans have been rolling around Super Monkey Ball games for nearly 20 years now, and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio is looking to reenergize the series with an all-new remaster compilation. Assembling the first three Super Monkey Ball games in one collection, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is to bring to life over 300 stages from the colorful platformer franchise, including a number of extras such as mini-games, local multiplayer, and online leaderboards, and bonus playable characters.
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania releases for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on October 5th.
Mario Party Superstars
While Nintendo fans have yet to receive a new Mario Party game in recent years, Big N looks to be making do with a new pseudo-compilation of fan-favorite titles from the Nintendo 64 era. Presenting Mario Party Superstars, 5 classic boards and 100 minigames are making the jump to Switch, with updated button and Joy-Con control schemes as well as online and local multiplayer aiming to bring the nostalgic experience into modern-gen. Mario Party Superstars is currently set to release for Nintendo Switch on October 29th.
While we wait for a new entry to the Metroid Prime saga, it appears Nintendo has an interesting spin-off to tide fans over in the meantime. After extended time as a long-canceled project, a new announcement trailer for Metroid Dread looks like the game might finally be a reality. Offering an old-school 2D perspective, Dread continues on from the events Metroid Fusion and appears to feature all-new weapons, level design, and enemies unlike what Samas Aran has encountered before. Metroid Dread is set to release for Switch on October 8th.
“Familiar Franchises Return”
The recently confirmed Just Dance 2022 is headed to Nintendo Switch on November 4th, with the colorful driving title Crus’n Blast following Switch-ward in Fall 2021. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is also coming to the hybrid system along with the game’s first two DLCs on September 24th. In addition, previously-announced releases like Mario Golf: Super Rush and Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin also made another appearance at the event.
WarioWare: Get It Together!
The latest in the supremely goofy microgame series, WarioWare: Get It Together! made its grand unveiling during the Nintendo E3 showcase. Featuring the infectiously dastardly game designer Wario, players are tasked with undertaking over 200 microgames to ensure his company thrives. While the trailer appears about as chaotically entertaining as any WarioWare game, this new iteration also features a two-player mode allowing both players to play on-screen simultaneously. WarioWare: Get It Together! releases for Nintendo Switch on September 10th.
Shin Megami Tensei V
The upcoming Shin Megami Tensei V is a game we’ve covered on many occasions in the past, but a release date has nonetheless eluded fans of the JRPG series. While a leaked release date was posed just last week, Atlus has now confirmed the title for a Switch-exclusive release on November 12th. The big reveal was shown as part of an extended trailer, which unveiled a great deal about the game’s dimension-hopping premise as well as a solid rundown of the ins and outs of the action-packed experience.
Spike Chunsoft’s storied Danganronpa franchise is currently celebrating its 10 year anniversary and the occasion has inspired a re-release of the series’s three main entries. Collecting Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, its sequel Goodbye Despair, and threequel Killing Harmony, the visual novel trilogy is coming to Nintendo Switch with added bonus content as well as a reconfigured board game adventure called Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp. The four-game collection is set to release sometime later this year.
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
The Fatal Frame games may not be as prominent as they once were, but the photographic horror series’ most recent entry has found its way to the Nintendo Switch anyways. Originally released as a Wii U exclusive in 2014, Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is now confirmed for Switch (as well as PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S) featuring remastered visuals as well as new costumes and photo modes not present in the original release. A release is set for later in 2021.
As the presentation neared its end, Nintendo revealed several titles that will soon be available for Switch, with the first Ancient Gods DLC for DOOM Eternal and shooter adventure Strange Brigade now available on the eShop. Additional titles such as skateboarding remake Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 (June 25th), turn-based crossover Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (2022), and the tactics re-release Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp (December 3rd) also confirmed their upcoming release dates.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
Having been teased for months at this point, the Nintendo Direct also formally unveiled the next DLC expansion for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. Titled Pulse of the Ancients, the paid content introduces a playable Guardian character, an assortment of new weapons, enemy types, Royal Ancient Lab challenges, as well as the new “Apocalyptic” difficulty setting. A release date for Pulse of the Ancients is set for June 18th, with the upcoming Wave 2 DLC, Guardian of Remembrance, currently on track for November.
Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda
As this year marks the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo is preparing to put forth a special version of its Game & Watch handhelds, compiling three games from the adventure series: The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link for the NES, and the Game Boy version of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Alongside these three classics, the handheld will also include the Game & Watch title Vermin, which features Link as a playable character. The device is set to be released on November 12th.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel
The Nintendo showcase ended on a decidedly high note with a reveal for the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While very little has been divulged since the project was announced (we don’t even have an official title yet), the upcoming follow-up looks particularly spectacular, depicting a vibrant look at the title’s sprawling landscapes as well as a fair bit of combat and exploration gameplay. Bookending the footage are flashes of a mysterious evil that will undoubtedly rear its ugly head when the game releases for Switch in 2022.
What do you think? Were you excited by the assortment of reveals at the Nintendo E3 showcase, or were you ultimately expecting more to have been revealed? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:
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