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E3 2021: Nintendo Direct & Treehouse Recap


Short, but oh so sweet


In the spirit of keeping our readers up to date with what’s happening in the video game industry, Doublejump’s E3 recaps are a convenient place for you to find everything that was announced at gaming’s biggest show of the year. Head over to our E3 2021 page for all of the articles about this year’s show!



MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS

We got our first look at the Breath of the Wild sequel

After first announcing it with a teaser at E3 2019, Nintendo has finally shown off some gameplay from the upcoming sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The trailer showed that Link’s adventure would be taking him to the skies above Hyrule, as well as demonstrating some new abilities from his seemingly magically transformed arm. The return of the series veteran villain, Ganondorf, was also teased similarly to the teaser from 2019. 

Although Nintendo didn’t reveal the sequel’s actual title, the company later clarified that it does have a name; it just chose not to reveal it to avoid spoiling portions of the game. 

Breath of the Wild’s sequel is set for a release in 2022. 

Tekken’s Kazuya comes to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 

Kazuya Mishima from the Tekken series was shown to be the next newcomer to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as part of Challenger Pack 10. His debut trailer also gave a sneak peek at a stage arriving from the Tekken series. As is always the case with new Super Smash Bros. fighters, series creator Masahiro Sakurai is set to host a further presentation detailing how Kazuya will play within this new universe at 12am AEST this coming Saturday, June 19. 

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania is a celebration of the series’ history

Celebrating Super Monkey Ball’s 20th Anniversary, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania is a remake of the first three Super Monkey Ball titles. 

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz will roll onto Nintendo Switch on October 5, alongside versions for Xbox One, Series X/S, PS4/5, and PC. 

Mario Party Superstars remasters classic boards and minigames

Mario Party Superstars is a new Mario Party title reviving classic content from the series’ Nintendo 64 era. Boards shown off in the trailer include Peach’s Birthday Cake from Mario Party and Space Land from Mario Party 2. The title is set to have online multiplayer for all game modes when it launches on Nintendo Switch on October 29. 

 

Metroid Dread is the first completely new 2D Metroid Title in almost 19 years

Ending a 19-year drought, Metroid Dread is the first original 2D Metroid game since 2002’s Metroid Fusion. Mercury Steam, which developed 2017’s Metroid: Samus Returns, is back to helm this project — a direct sequel to Metroid Fusion that lives up to its name by introducing the Extraplanetary Multiform Mobile Identifiers (E.M.M.I for short), robotic beings that hunt Samus down throughout the course of the game. 

Metroid Dread arrives on Nintendo Switch on October 8 alongside two amiibo sporting Samus’ new suit and the relentless E.M.M.I. 

 

WarioWare: Get It Together brings microgame madness to the Switch 

WarioWare: Get It Together brings fast paced, microgame action to the Nintendo Switch. The trailer shows off new microgames, as well as the ability to play as different WarioWare characters each with unique abilities. The title also boasts two-player simultaneous multiplayer. 

WarioWare: Get It Together arrives on Nintendo Switch on September 10. 

Shin Megami Tensei V finally arrives on Switch

After being one of the first titles announced for the Switch back at the 2017 Nintendo Switch event, Shin Megami Tensei V is finally arriving on the Switch. The turn-based RPG sees you assuming the role of a Tokyo high school student who ends up in an alternate, post-apocalyptic version of the booming city. 

Shin Megami Tensei V comes to Nintendo Switch on November 12. 

Advance Wars returns with Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp 

Helmed by Shantae developer WayForward, the Advance Wars series is set to return with the release of a remake of the first two Game Boy Advance titles. 

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp is slated to arrive on December 3. 

 

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity’s first expansion has been revealed

We hadn’t heard too much information about Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity’s expansion pass up until this point, but Nintendo released a trailer detailing the first “wave” and its content. The first expansion, Pulse of the Ancients, includes a new playable character, Breath of the Wild’s infamous Guardian, as well as new weapons for both Link and Zelda, being the Flail and Master Cycle respectively. Furthermore, the pack also adds new challenges available in the Ancient Lab, and new challenging enemy types. 

The contents of Expansion Pass Wave 1 – Pulse of the Ancients will be available on June 18 with a purchase bonus available now. 

The Legend of Zelda series gets the Game & Watch treatment

In a similar vein to last year’s Super Mario Game & Watch, a new Game & Watch handheld is being released to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. The handheld includes the original Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and the original, monochromatic Link’s Awakening. As the name implies, it also functions as a watch featuring an interactive clock and timer, themed after The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II respectively.  

Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda is set to release on November 12. 


VIDEOS AND TRAILERS

Three Life Is Strange games come to Nintendo Switch

The Life Is Strange series is set to arrive on Nintendo Switch with the release of Life Is Strange: True Colours on September 10, and the Life is Strange Remastered Collection — which contains the first two titles in the series — set to follow at some point later this year. 

 

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will be on Switch as well… sort of

The recently announced Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is coming to Switch in the form of a Cloud Version — meaning that it’s streamed to the console rather than being played on the hardware itself. This might be problematic for handheld players, but it at least offers an option for those wanting to play the game on the Switch. The game releases day and date with other platforms on October 26. 

 

Two Point Campus is also coming to Switch

The follow-up to 2018’s Two Point Hospital, Two Point Campus sees players managing a whole university campus. It’s set to release on Switch alongside all the other major consoles at some point next year. 

 

Just Dance 2022 slated for November

Just Dance 2022 is set to arrive on November 4 and… pretty much delivers exactly what you’d expect. 

 

Mario Golf: Super Rush‘s launch trailer reminds us all that it exists:

Nintendo debuted a new trailer for Mario Golf: Super Rush, more or less as a reminder that the title launches on June 25. 

 

Here’s another look at Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin 

Ahead of its scheduled July 9 release, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin received a new trailer showing off its turn based combat and new mountable monsters. 

 

Danganronpa Decadence brings the decade-old series to Switch for the first time

Celebrating the series’ 10th anniversary, Danganronpa Decadence bundles together all three main Danganronpa games alongside Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp, an expanded version of the Ultimate Talent Development Plan bonus content from Danganronpa V3. Decadence is set for a limited physical release in 2021, with the individual titles available for digital purchase on the Nintendo eShop. 

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water comes to Switch later this year

2015’s Wii U horror title, Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is receiving a Switch port later this year. 

DOOM Eternal: The Ancient Gods – Part One is now available on Switch

The first DLC campaign for DOOM Eternal, The Ancient Gods – Part One is available on Nintendo Switch right now. 

You can now pre-order Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 on Switch

2020’s remaster of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 arrives on Nintendo Switch on June 25, and it’s available for pre-order right now.

Strange Brigade makes its way to Switch

A port of 2018’s Strange Brigade, originally released on PS4 and Xbox One, is now available on Nintendo Switch. 

Here’s some more of Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope 

After debuting at Ubisoft Forward, Nintendo took its own chance to show us a bit more about Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

 

We also got an Early Look at No More Heroes 3

Nintendo dedicated 25 minutes of its post-Direct Treehouse livestream to showing off some new gameplay footage from No More Heroes 3, which is set to release later this year. That video, unfortunately, is age-restricted, so you’ll have to watch it directly on YouTube


Nintendo bucked the conference trend by going completely digital years ago, and now it continues to blaze a trail by proving that you don’t need more than 40 minutes to captivate the global gaming audience.


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