Posted June 16, 2021 by Andrew Cathie in Feature
 
 

E3 2021 Nintendo Direct Wrap-Up

E3 2021 Nintendo Direct
E3 2021 Nintendo Direct

It feels like it’s been forever, but E3 2021 here. Now, we’re coming to the end of the whirlwind, with the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct kicking the day off in style. The final and arguably most anticipated show of the week, the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct ran for roughly 40 minutes and was chock full of announcements and updates. As just about the only show that wasn’t affected by rampant leaks in the lead up, there was no idea what would be shown heading in. With a 2AM AEST start time though, it’s also the earliest show of E3 2021 and therefore the most difficult for people to have gotten up for.

For those that didn’t want to get up in the wee hours of the morning, here’s our E3 2021 Nintendo Direct wrap up:

  • We opened the show with a look at none other than Kazuya from the Tekken franchise who is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the next DLC fighter. Part of his moveset is being able to transform into Devil Kazuya, with his Final Smash involving shooting massive lasers across the screen. More will be shown of Kazuya on June 28th.
  • Then It was on to our first batch of headlines, opening with the announcement that Life is Strange: Remastered Collection and Life is Strange: True Colors will all be coming to Nintendo Switch. True Colors will release on June 10 and Remastered Collection later this year.

  • Next was confirmation that Ediso Montreal’s Guardians of the Galaxy will also be coming to Nintendo Switch on October 26.
  • Then it was time for Worms Rumble, which is being ported onto Nintendo Switch on June 23.
  • Next was the announcement that Astria Ascending is coming to Nintendo Switch on September 30.
  • They’re really smashing through headlines, with a new trailer for Two Point Campus, which is releasing on Switch next year.
  • Here’s the first new game announcement of the show, with the reveal of Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, a collection of remastered Super Monkey Ball games releasing for Nintendo Switch on October 5.

  • Now it’s the second Nintendo game, with the announcement of Mario Party Superstars, a new game pulling 5 gameboards from the Nintendo 64 Mario Party games and containing over 100 minigames. It will be available on October 29.

  • Next was a small mention of Metroid Prime 4 before they revealed the long-rumoured Metroid Dread. A new 2.5D entry into the Metroid series, Metroid Dread releases on October 8. There will also be a new double pack of Samus and E.M.M.I. amiibo coming on the same day.
  • Next up was Just Dance 2022, which is coming to Nintendo Switch on November 4.
  • Then we moved on to Cruis’n Blast, an arcade racer that is coming to Nintendo Switch this Spring.
  • Next was the announcement that Dragon Ball Z Kakarot is coming to the Nintendo Switch. It will also include the A New Power Awakens DLC in the package and releases on September 24.
  • Now it’s time for some more golf trailer action, with a new trailer for Mario Golf: Super Rush, which gave us another quick look at the different modes coming with the game ahead of its release on June 25th. It will also confirmed that free DLC and updates will be coming to the game in the future.
  • Moving on, we’ve got another trailer for Monster Hunter Stories: Wings of Ruin. This is our first look at the game’s gameplay, showing off the battle system and also collection of materials to craft equipment and collecting eggs to find more Monsties. There was also confirmation that co-op will be in the game. It launches on July 9 and a demo releases on June 25.
  • Seen too much Mario and not enough Wario lately? Week, Nintendo have heard you, because it’s time for a new Warioware! The trailer showed off a number of the crazy micro-games you can expect from the game, which includes co-op/competitive two player micro-games. WarioWare Get it Together releases on September 20.

  • Then it was time for the next big game of the show, with our first proper trailer for Shin Megami Tensei V. The trailer gave us some of the backstory on the game, with the protagonist being suddenly pulled into an alternate realm where they fuse with a mysterious entity. Demons appeared on the field and could be dodged, as opposed to being random battles, while all the standard demon negotiations and fusions are in the game as well. Shin Megami Tensei V launches on November 12.

  • Time for more quickfire headlines, opening with the reveal of DANGANRONPA Decadence, a collection of the full trilogy of games released so far. The borard game Danganronpa 3 will also be included as an expanded standalone game. The collection will release on Nintendo Switch later this year.

  • Next was the reveal of the next game in the Fatal Frame franchise, Maiden of Blackwater. The Ghost investigation horror game features different protagonists, allowing for multiple viewpoints. It will be available this year
  • Next was the confirmation that the Ancient Gods DLC for DOOM Eternal is releasing later today.
  • Then we got a new trailer for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, which is releasing on Nintendo Switch on June 25.
  • Now we’ve gotten confirmation that Strange Brigade is coming to Nintendo Switch. The co-op shooter will release later today.
  • Next was a game that Nintendo themselves leaked late last week, with a replay of the trailer Ubisoft released for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, which is coming to Nintendo Switch next year.
  • Now it’s time for another announcement, with the reveal that the original Advance Wars games are getting a remake on Nintendo Switch! Featuring new 3D character and unit models and environments, Advance Wars 1 + 2 Re-Boot Camp is releasing on Nintendo Switch on December 3.

  • Next was a look at the first wave of DLC for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, with plenty of new weapons and characters as well.
  • Now it’s time for another trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, which releases on Nintendo Switch on July 16.
  • Next up, was the reveal of a new Legend of Zelda: Game & Watch, which includes playable versions of the original Legend of Zelda, Zelda 2: Adventures of Links and the Gameboy version of Links Awakening and a new version of the Game & Watch game It releases on November 12.
  • Finally, we got a new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2. The trailer showed new powers that Link will obtain, like shooting flames from his hands, while it also looks like we’ll be heading to the skies in the game, with multiple shots of Link above the clouds. It was a relatively short look at the game, which ended with confirmation that it’s planned for release in 2022.


Andrew Cathie

 
Rocket Chainsaw's premier Fantasy-loving Editor. I basically play anything and everything that looks like it could be fun or interesting.