It’s the final day of E3 2021’s all-virtual show, and Nintendo brought out the “big guns” for its presentation.
We have already seen some big announcements from the Summer Games Fest, Square Enix, Xbox, Ubisoft, and Capcom. Now it’s time for Nintendo to show us what they have been up and the company that has given us Mario has been very busy.
While we did not hear about the long-rumored Nintendo Switch Pro model, Nintendo announced many games that are coming to the current Nintendo Switch. The two games that definitely stood out during the entire pre-taped presentation were Metroid Dread, a new 2D Metroid title, and some more info on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild sequel, which will we talk about in a second.
It would be a safe bet to assume that the surprise announcement of Metroid Dread stole the show and got tears of joy out of Metroid fans all over the globe. It has been roughly 19-years since fans were able to play as the legendary bounty hunter Samus Aran. Metroid Dread serves as a direct sequel to the 1991 Game Boy game Metroid 2: The Return of Samus, which was later brought to the 3DS by MercurySteam in a 2017 remake called Metroid: Samus Returns. Nintendo proudly announced that MercurySteam is also developing Metroid Dread, and you won’t have to wait a long time to play it.
As you can tell by the title, this latest mission for Samus that will have her on the mysterious planet ZDR will have Samus not only battling hostile alien lifeforms but a seemingly indestructible mechanical presence that will stalk you in the game, and you have to run away from.
The official plot for the game reads:
“Samus’ story continues after the events of the Metroid Fusion game when she descends upon planet ZDR to investigate a mysterious transmission sent to the Galactic Federation. The remote planet has become overrun by vicious alien lifeforms and chilling mechanical menaces. Samus is more agile and capable than ever, but can she overcome the inhuman threat stalking the depths of ZDR?”
Metroid Dread arrives on Oct. 8 and is the perfect way to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first Metroid game. It will also serve as the perfect placeholder for fans still waiting to play Metroid Prime 4, which Nintendo revealed during its presentation is still going forward while not sharing any footage of the game that was first announced at E3 2017 and subsequently rebooted in 2019.
Nintendo had another ace up its sleeve to close out the event, The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild sequel.
The game, which was first announced at E3 2019, was supposed to be downloadable content for the 2017 Nintendo Switch title that introduced Zelda fans to an open-world adventure that allowed them to help Link save Hyrule at their own pace.
The trailer kept things short and sweet but showed Link exploring an all-new region of Hyrule yet to be explored by players in the first game: the fictional video game kingdom’s skies. We also got to see some of Link’s new weapons and abilities that he will be able to pull in this new adventure thanks to his mysterious new arm attachment.
Our hero Link will now also have the ability to pass through solid objects as well.
We didn’t get an exact release date but, Nintendo says we can expect the Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is being called for now sometime in 2022.
Of course, there were other huge announcements. Tekken’s Kazuya was revealed as the next fighter coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Life Is Strange franchise, including the newest installment, True Colors, is coming to the Nintendo Switch. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity expansion pass is on the way, and much more.
You can peep all of those trailers in the gallery below.
1. Shin Megami Tensei V – Release Date Trailer | E3 2021
Check out world premiere gameplay footage for the long-awaited Shin Megami Tensei V, launching exclusively for Nintendo Switch on 11/12.
Nintendo Direct Pre-orders begin 6/21: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail…
2. WarioWare: Get It Together! – Announcement Trailer – Nintendo Direct | E3 2021
Lightning-fast microgame mayhem comes to #NintendoSwitch in WarioWare: Get it Together! For the first time, YOU control Wario and his colorful crew in either solo or 2-player coop. Available 9/10.
3. Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water – Announcement Trailer – Nintendo Switch | E3 2021
Face your fear when Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water comes to Nintendo Switch later this year.
Investigate eerie, supernatural events and fend off terrifying ghosts by taking photos of them with the mystical Camera Obscura.
Learn more here: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail…
4. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass Wave 1 – Pulse of the Ancients
Wave 1 of the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass launches 6/18! Pulse of the Ancients brings the playable Battle-Tested Guardian, weapon types: the Flail for Link & Master Cycle for Zelda, new challenges in the royal ancient Lab, apocalyptic difficulty, and more!
Preorder today: https://www.zelda.com/hyrule-warriors/
5. Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania – Announcement Trailer | E3 2021
Go bananas with the ultimate Super Monkey Ball experience! Bounce, tilt and roll through over 300 delightfully recreated stages from the original three Super Monkey Ball games when Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania rolls onto Nintendo Switch on 10/5.
6. Mario Golf: Super Rush – Nintendo Treehouse: Live | E3 2021
The wait for Mario Golf: Super Rush ends in just over a week, but we’re teeing off early with this sneak peek in #NintendoTreehouseLive!
7. Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda – Announcement Trailer
Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda, arrives on 11/12!
Play The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Game Boy Version), and a special Game & Watch edition of VERMIN (Link Version)! It also has a playable clock and timer!
8. Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp – Announcement Trailer – Nintendo Direct | E3 2021
ADVANCE WARS. IS. BACK.
The first Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising campaigns return in one package, fully rebuilt from the ground up for Nintendo Switch! Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp launches 12/3.
Learn more here: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail…
9. Mario Party Superstars – Announcement Trailer – Nintendo Direct | E3 2021
Mario Party Superstars arrives on Nintendo Switch, 10/29! Enjoy 5 boards from the Nintendo 64 era & 100 minigames from the series catalog – all of which can be played with button controls. Plus, all game modes work with online play!