Nintendo Direct E3 2021 Showcase: Every Major Announcement

June 15, 2021

Today, “The Big N” hosted an epic Nintendo Direct showcase for E3 2021. Here is our breakdown of every major announcement in case you missed the stream (or just want to keep the hype going).

Major Zelda news

The biggest news concerned the Legend of Zelda franchise. On this front, Nintendo had several major announcements.

First, Nintendo announced two different sets of Breath of the Wild-themed DLC for Hyrule Guardians, with the first set (called Pulse of the Ancients) dropping on June 18. Next, they announced a special Zelda Game and Watch that has the first three Zelda games on it as well as a Zelda mini-game.

We also got info about the Switch port of Skyward Sword. But the biggest reveal was new footage of Breath of the Wild 2. Sadly, we won’t see this killer title until 2022.

Advance Wars returns

Longtime Nintendo fans may remember the Advance Wars games for (what else?) the Game Boy Advance. Now, the Switch will be getting a title called Advance Wars: Re-Boot Camp that includes the first two Advance Wars games.

Fun ports and DLC for the Switch

The Switch continues to dominate when it comes to unexpected ports and DLC. It looks like Nintendo’s console will be getting Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and 2 as well as Strange Brigade. And this is on top of other ports announced today which include Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Worms Rumble, Astria Ascending, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, and Two Points Campus.

If you like to play Doom: Eternal on Switch, be on the lookout for the upcoming Ancient Gods DLC.

Danganronpa comes to the Switch

It’s very difficult to describe Danganronpa, which is basically a detective game on drugs. But if you like that kind of thing, the Switch will be getting all three games in the form of a new title: Danganronpa Decadence.


Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water announced

Nintendo isn’t historically known for scary games. But if you like a good scare, check out Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water when it comes out in late 2021 for the Switch. The game originally released on Wii U in 2014.

Mario, Wario, and the surprise return of an old franchise

If you’re a fan of Mario, Wario, or both, this was a very good Nintendo Direct. We got a release date for Mario Party Superstars: October 29. And we also got a better look at Mario Golf Super Rush’s different modes and another glimpse of the recently-released Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope.

Mario’s old nemesis Wario returns in Warioware: Get It Together! But if you’d like to become one of Mario’s foes, you can always take control of Kazuya Mishima, the Tekken fighter who will be the latest addition to the Smash Bros. roster.

In terms of exclusive Nintendo titles, perhaps the most surprising announcement is Cruis’n Blast is coming to the Switch. This is an attempt to bring the classic Cruis’n USA franchise into the 21st century.

More Metroid

Metroid fans got two bits of good news. The first is that the long-awaited Metroid Prime 4 is still being developed. But Nintendo also announced Metroid Dread, complete with a teaser showing scary robots chasing Samus down and a release date of October 8.

All those remasters

Somewhere along the way, the Switch became the perfect home for remasters of your favorite games. Today, Nintendo announced remasters for Super Monkey Ball (Banana Mania releases on October 5) and Life is Strange (the Remastered Collection is coming out later this year). Of course, Life Is Strange fans will always want to check out True Colors, coming to Switch on September 10. 

Everything else

Other major announcements included Just Dance 2022 (coming November 4) and Shin Megami Tensai V (a killer RPG). We also got a new look at Monster Hunter Stories 2.

Which announcement are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments below!



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