The Nintendo Direct E3 2021 presentation revealed some games we’ve known about for awhile (Breath of the Wild 2), some we’ve only known since E3 began (Mario + Rabbids 2), and others that were completely new announcements, as with the new 2D Metroid adventure, Metroid Dread.
We’ve got all the big news from Nintendo’s E3 2021 showcase highlighted below.
The sequel to Breath of the Wild
It still doesn’t have an official title, but we’ve known that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is getting a full sequel since its initial tease during E3 2019. This one minute clip is our first glimpse at actual gameplay, and includes Link literally letting his hair down! It looks like a lot of the same open world exploration gameplay we loved about the first game, along with several new weapons and abilities. Also important news: Nintendo confirming a 2022 release.
Metroid Dread is apparently the first new 2D Metroid game in almost 20 years! Dread is a sequel to the last 2D game, Metroid Fusion, which released on the Game Boy Advance in 2002. It also concludes the story of Samus and her connection with the Metroids that began with the original NES game. Samus must explore a new planet while being hunted by powerful EMMI robots. Nintendo also confirmed that the highly anticipated first-person sequel Metroid Prime 4 is also still in development.
Release: October 8, 2021
Mario Party Superstars
Mario Party Superstars brings a collection of five different Mario Party boards from the original Nintendo 64 era (Mario Party 1-3) as well as 100 mini games from across the entire series. Every mode and minigame can be played online, making this a great excuse to revisit the genesis of this once popular local multiplayer series.
Release: October 29, 2021
Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp
The Orange Nation returns in this remake of the first two Advance Wars strategy games, which originally launched on the Game Boy Advance over 20 years ago. Build and deploy military units over land, sea, and air as you engage in top-down, turn-based tactical battles on a grid map full of towns to capture. Re-Boot Camp features two full campaigns, and supports four player multiplayer in Versus mode.
Release: December 3, 2021
Shin Megami Tensei V
In a nod to its more popular Persona spin-off series, you play as a high school student who gains new powers. You’ll need those powers to fight through a demon-infested, post-apocalyptic world that you’re dropped into. Demons can also be helpful allies, however, and by talking to them you can recruit them to your party as you explore this sprawling RPG.
Release: November 12, 2021
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
Armed with only a camera, you’ll explore the haunted Mt. Hikami from the view of multiple protagonists. Thankfully the Camera Obscura is capable of expelling ghosts, keeping you terrified, but alive. Maiden of Black Water originally launched on the Wii U in 2015, and is the fifth game in the first-person horror series, remastered for the Switch.
WarioWare: Get It Together!
Wario returns with another round of his eccentric, chaotic minigames. This time he’s bringing some friends, and opening the gameplay to two player local multiplayer. Two players can join the zany gameplay on the same Switch or play wirelessly with two different systems.
Release: September 10, 2021