The final day of the E3 schedule is historically reserved for Nintendo. After a relatively quiet year for the gaming giant in terms of games, E3 provided an opportunity to showcase a package of unannounced titles for the holiday season. What all did they reveal? What can we look forward to later in the year? Let’s take the time to unpackage everything that was revealed during the Nintendo Direct at E3 2021.
Kazuya Is Here
Starting off with a vicious hit, it was announced that legendary fighting character Kazuya from the Tekken franchise would be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the coming future. While a release date for the DLC fighter was not specified, there will be an upcoming showcase revolving around his moveset on June 28th at 7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m. ET.
Kazuya will be the fifth entry in Smash Bros.‘s Fighters Pass Vol. 2, which leaves one final spot open for future DLC candidates. This is, of course, assuming Nintendo does not provide a Volume 3. Preceding him were Min Min from ARMS, Steve & Alex from Minecraft, Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII, and Pyra/Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
Life Is Strange Making Its Way to Switch
Next up came the reveal of the Life is Strange series making a home for itself on the Switch console. Specifically, two titles are coming later on in the year: new entry Life is Strange: True Colors and Life is Strange: Remastered Collection. The former will arrive on September 10th, while the latter has an unconfirmed “Q4 2021” release window.
This will mark the first time in the franchise’s young history that it lands on a Nintendo console. With both a new standalone title and a collection of games from the past, new players will be provided every opportunity to catch up with the emotionally engaging series.
Super Monkey Ball Is Going Bananas
With its 20th anniversary in full swing, the Super Monkey Ball is getting the remaster treatment.
The previously leaked Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania has been officially announced, with an October 5th release date. It will be the second Super Monkey Ball game released in the last two years, after previously settling into an eight-year hiatus.
As paraphrased by the trailer description, the game will be a remastered collection of levels selected from previous Super Monkey Ball titles. Specifically, the remastered levels are from the original three titles—Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2, and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe. Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania will be available for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Steam.
Mario Party Molds Past With Present
After the very lucrative success of Super Mario Party, Nintendo may have wanted to keep the party going. In a surprising announcement, Mario Party Superstars is a new entry in the Mario Party franchise that blends new with old. Promising 100 minigames from across the series, there’s a lot to take in.
The game will include five boards from the N64 era, totally remastered in current HD graphics. As the trailer showcases, there may also be some new surprises in wait. Minigames are specified to be from the “Nintendo 64 and Nintendo GameCube” era, so those fond of titles past Mario Party 7 may be out of luck. Oh, and the game will support online multiplayer.
Mario Party Superstars is slated for release on October 29th. Pre-orders are currently available.
Metroid Dread Is Real
What may have been the most shocking announcement of all was the reveal of Metroid Dread, a new 2D Metroid title from the developers behind 2017’s Metroid: Samus Returns. It marks the first time in over 19 years that Samus has been featured in a “new entry” to the Metroid franchise in the 2D space. It has also since been confirmed to be a continuation of Metroid Fusion, making it the most recent entry in the Metroid timeline.
If that wasn’t all, Nintendo representative Shinya Takahashi assured players prior to the announcement that Metroid Prime 4 was still in active development.
The term “Metroid Dread” has actually floated around for some time. Dating back 16 years ago, development on the game had been heavily speculated, though until now nothing concrete had ever arisen.
Metroid Dread will star Samus as she explores a strange new planet, being continuously hunted by what is referred to as E.M.M.I. As shown in the trailer, the mechanism is impenetrable to all of Samus’s weaponry, leaving her to flee to survive. This will likely be a recurring theme of the game throughout, similarly to the SA-X in Metroid Fusion.
The game is slated for release on October 8th. Pre-orders are currently available.
Did Someone Say “WarioWare”?
Those fond of something a little off-kilter will be pleased to know that WarioWare is still alive and well. Wario and his gang of misfits are slated to return in WarioWare: Get It Together, the newest entry in the franchise since 2018’s WarioWare Gold. It’s also the first entry on a home console since 2013.
A new feature exclusive to this title includes two-player co-op. You and a friend can join in on bizarre minigames and aid each other in getting the A-OK all-clear. Or you’ll intentionally derail one another for the fun of it. Another first is actually taking control of Wario himself, as well as those that surround him.
WarioWare: Get It Together is slated for release on September 10th. Pre-orders are currently available.
An Extended Look at Shin Megami Tensei V
Revealed in a Nintendo Direct last year, Shin Megami Tensei V has finally received some additional coverage. The Nintendo Direct revealed a trailer that took a deep-dive into the game’s world, gameplay, and various features. It’s everything a Shin Megami Tensei game should be and more. Probably.
Shin Megami Tensei V will mark the first entry in the series since the 2013 3DS title. The beloved franchise from Atlus, perhaps more known for its Persona franchise, has seen staying power amongst players ever since 1992 with the original game.
One of the main features to the game will be recruiting and even fusing demons together. Bomberman Generation, anyone?
Shin Megami Tensei V is slated for release on November 17th as a Switch exclusive. Pre-orders will be available on June 21st.
Advancing Advance Wars
Actually, this might be the most surprising announcement of the Direct. Nintendo revealed that the original two titles in the Advance Wars series would be remastered and re-released, exclusively for Nintendo Switch. The package deal will be titled Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp.
This would mark the first time since 2008 that the Advance Wars franchise would see life via a new title. It has since been announced that the title will be developed by WayForward, a company that’s no stranger to surprise remasters.
Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp is slated for release on December 3rd.
Much Ado About The Legend of Zelda
What was sure to top many players’ bingo cards was information about the upcoming sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. However, Nintendo was sure to quell expectations just a tad by revealing other Zelda-related information at the forefront.
First was a peppering of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity info, detailing the first wave of its expansion pass DLC. The first wave will include a new playable character, new weapon types, new challenges, and new enemies to face off against. It will release in just a few days time, on June 18th.
Up next is something of a blast from the past. Nintendo will be re-releasing older LoZ titles on their Game & Watch physical systems. The original The Legend of Zelda, The Legend of Zelda II: Link’s Adventure, and the original The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening will find themselves playable on the niche system on November 12th.
Players will also be able to enjoy a Zelda-themed version of the game VERMIN, built directly into the console. If that wasn’t all, you can also choose to display a clock and a timer in-game. Y’know, if that’s a thing that you wanted to have in your video games.
For the final stretch of the 40-minute Direct, Nintendo indeed pulled out the big guns. While fans may be disappointed to know that there will still be a while to wait for the next entry in The Legend of Zelda, they have some new material to hold them over.
Breath of the Wild 2 (still technically untitled) was provided a brand new trailer that showcased quite a bit of info for players to try and decipher. Link with a robotic arm, flying through the sky and clouds. Zelda falling into a pit of darkness, not to be seen again in the trailer. New locations, new enemy types, and a new ability that allows Link to phase through physical objects at will. There’s quite a bit to take in.
At the very end, it was announced that it was “aiming for” a 2022 release date. Whether or not it actually lands within the next calendar year remains to be seen.
The following is a list of other announced titles/showcases that were featured in the Direct but were not detailed for the sake of (some) brevity:
- Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
- Worms Rumble
- Astria Ascending
- Two Point Campus
- Just Dance 2022
- Cruis’n Blast
- Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot + A New Power Awakens Set
- Mario Golf: Super Rush
- Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
- Danganronpa: Decadence
- Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
- DOOM Eternal: The Ancient Gods – Part One
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
- Strange Brigade
- Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
The entire Direct in full can be seen below:
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