Get ready for a load of new Nintendo games at E3 2021 as the company has just announced it will hold a Direct Livestream later this month. Since 2013, Nintendo has been holding its own online showcase and we can’t see any reason for that to change, especially with E3 2021 being a completely online show. While we’re waiting for the official announcement from Nintendo, here’s a few things we’re hoping to see later next month.
When Is the Nintendo E3 2021 Direct?
Nintendo has announced it will hold its E3 2021 Direct on June 15, 2021, at 9am PT/12pm ET/5pm BST or 2am EST on June 16th.
How to Watch the Nintendo E3 2021 Direct?
You’ll be able to watch the Nintendo E3 2021 Direct right here on IGN or any of various social networks and apps. Additionally, you’ll be able to watch the showcase from Nintendo’s platforms as well as the new E3 online portal and its smartphone app
What to Expect From Nintendo at E3 2021
While we’re all waiting for the Nintendo E3 2021 Direct to start later this month, here are some of the things we’re hotly anticipating from the company. More than a few of these games have been previously announced and we expect to see first the gameplay footage of them in the coming weeks.
Nintendo Switch Pro
Rumors of a new Nintendo Switch have been bubbling up for the last two years now and if there was ever a time to announce a more powerful handheld console, it would be now. The Switch recently hit the midpoint of its lifecycle and the company has had a perchance for releasing improved hardware with things like the Nintendo DSi and New Nintendo 3DS.
So far, we’ve seen reports that suggest Nintendo is working on a larger Switch model with a bigger 7-inch Samsung OLED display. The new Switch Pro will also purportedly support 4K resolutions while in docked mode and have longer battery life as well.
Breath of the Wild 2
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 was first revealed in a teaser trailer during E3 2019, fast forward to now and we are still waiting on the game. We and apparently Xbox expected it would have released during 2020, especially after the cast of voice actors finished their work on the game in July 2020. Nintendo might just be saving it for this year when The Legend of Zelda is celebrating its 35th anniversary. At the very least, Nintendo has promised we’ll get some news on the highly anticipated sequel this year.
Metroid Prime 4
If you think waiting for a new Legend of Zelda for two years has been excruciating, it’s been four years since Metroid Prime 4 was teased with just a title card at E3 2017. Since then nothing about Metroid Prime 4 has been revealed other than the fact that development on the game was restarted in January 2019 and Retro Studios, the developer behind the original Metroid Prime Trilogy picked up the reins. Other than that, the only sign we’ve seen that Metroid Prime 4 is in the works has been the hiring of a key art director back in February 2020.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Pokémon Legends: Arceus isn’t going to release until Early 2022, but that doesn’t make us any less excited to see this open-world spin-off game. The game looks to be a feudal-era prequel to Pokémon Diamond and Pearl set in the Sinnoh region. Pokémon Legends: Arceus looks like it’ll add a stealth element to capturing Pokémon as it looks like you’ll have to crouch in the tall grass to sneak up on them. Otherwise, the game will still revolve around capturing and battling Pokémon and completing the PokéDex.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shinning Pearl
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl aren’t just getting a spin-off, but also 3D remakes coming to the Nintendo Switch. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will be the first pair of chibi-style games to get a full 3D reimagining since Pokémon Sword and Shield set the new standard for the series.
Although Splatoon 3 was just announced during the recent Nintendo Direct, we expect to see gameplay reveals during E3 2021. Splatoon 3 looks like it’ll add a few new features like customizable characters, cosmetics, and a new bow weapon.
Platinum Games first announced it was developing Bayonetta 3 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch during the 2017 Game Awards. Aside from the initial reveal trailer, we haven’t heard much about the game, but just a few months ago game director Hideki Kamiya said it was safe to expect some news on the Bayonetta 3 this year.
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