Nintendo Direct E3 2021: A summary

Nintendo Direct E3 2021 stuck to a fairly rigorous script. As usual, we received a number of large and a number of smaller advertisers, and the balance between them was good. If you ask me, however, they are E3’s big winners this year – no doubt about it. Below is a quick overview of slow motion.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate x TEKKEN

TEKKENs Kazuya is coming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In other words, the game lives up to its name every day. Sakurai went through the new character superficially and will give a more in-depth presentation later, as tradition dictates.

This and that

  • DOOM Eternal: The Ancient Gods – Part One (released today)
  • Strange Brigade (released today)
  • Mario Golf Super Rush (June 25)
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 (June 25)
  • Worms Bundle (June 23 (next Wednesday!))
  • Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wing of Ruin (July 9)
  • Life is Strange (both True Colors [10 september] and Remastered Collection [senare i år])
  • Dragon Ball Z: Cockroach (+ A New Power Awakens Set) (September 24)
  • Astria Ascending (September 30)
  • Marvel‘s Guadrians of the Galaxy (October 26)
  • Two Point Campus (2022.)

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania

Nick Robinson was right: Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania was saved for Nintendo Direct E3 2021. The title “Mania” is of the same type as in Sonic Mania, it seems. Some new, but very old and remixed. For fans of the game series, this is welcome, long-awaited news. Released on October 5.

Mario Party Superstar

It was a new Mario Party, as some thought when Nintendo gave us a free multiplayer update on its predecessor this month. Superstar has an online mode from day one, which will already be on October 29. Here we get a game packed with what are hopefully the best boards and mini games the series has to offer.

Metroid Dread

We actually got one Metroid 5 in the end, and it got the mythical subtitle Dread. Gameplay seems to be a natural extension of Fusion, which is the story’s closest predecessor. Metroid Dread comes already on October 8, and the same day a set of two amiibo is released.


Wario Ware Get It Together

Released on September 10, 1 month before the next Mario Party. This autumn there will be a double party, in other words. The biggest news (apart from the control) seems to be micro games for multiple players, with or against each other. It looks as chaotic as it usually is, and I want it.

Shin Megami Tensei V

We have a date on the latest series in Atlus’ classic, edgy demountable simulator. That date is November 12th. This year’s Christmas present for JRPG fans!

Danganronpa trilogy reaches the Switch

This collection will contain Trigger Happy Havoc Danganronpa Anniversary Edition, Danganronpa 2 Goodbye Despair Anniversary Edition, Danganronpa V3 Killing Harmony Anniversary Edition and Danganronpa S Ultimate Summer Camp. So rather four games and a big mouth full. The collection will be physically released; digitally, the titles are purchased separately. We just do not know when, other than that it will be later this year.

Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water

Perhaps one of the most anticipated Wii U ports (how many are left now?). Released later this year – probably just in time for All Saints’ Day.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

We already knew this since Ubisoft Forward, and the date is a diffuse 2022.

Advance Wars 1 + 2 Re-Boot Camp

A total reworking of the originals you played on your Game Boy Advance as a little parvel. It really is a real facelift; just check out the animation! Coming on December 3rd!

Triple dos Zelda

Before we finally got to see a new trailer for Breath of the Wild 2 we were teased with Expansion Pass too Hyrule Warriors 2: Age of Calamity as well as a new Game & Watch machine with Zelda, Adventure of Link and Link’s Awakening on. Looks like a nice little gadget. And yes, BotW2 is developing with the ambition to be released in 2022. We’ll see.

You can find more trailers on Nintendo YouTube