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‘Breath of the Wild’ sequel, ‘Metroid Dread,’ ‘Mario Party Superstars’: Nintendo at E3 2021

Kyle Chua
‘Breath of the Wild’ sequel, ‘Metroid Dread,’ ‘Mario Party Superstars’: Nintendo at E3 2021

BREATH OF THE WILD SEQUEL. Nintendo is keeping the name of the sequel a secret for now

Screenshot from NIntendo livestream

The sequel to 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' is targeting a 2022 launch

Nintendo hosted its annual E3 Direct showcase on Wednesday, June 16, dropping new details and trailers for upcoming games on the Nintendo Switch. 

While the long-rumored Switch Pro did not make a showing during the 40-minute, software-focused event, it was still a busy show packed with tons of new tidbits and teases, which we’ve rounded up here:

The show kicked off with a reveal of a new DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and it’s none other than Kazuya Mishima from Tekken. No date yet for when he’s coming, but game director Masahiro Sakurai said that there will be a separate showcase for him on June 28. Hopefully, we’ll get a release date by then. 

The episodic, choice-driven Life is Strange games are coming to the Switch. Life is Strange Remastered Collection, which features the first two entries of the saga, are set to release later this year while the latest entry, Life is Strange: True Colors, is slated for September 10. 

Another Square Enix-published title hitting the Switch this year is the recently revealed Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which will launch on October 26, the same day as other platforms. 

Meanwhile, Worms Rumble, a spin-off of the popular Worms series, is coming to the Switch on June 23. 

Touting fully hand-drawn 2D visuals and traditional animations, the turn-based JRPG Astria Ascending hits the Switch on September 30. 

Two Point Campus, which was announced earlier this week during E3 2021, is also releasing on the Switch sometime next year. 

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Super Monkey Ball games are getting HD remasters in the form of Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania. This collection consists of updated versions of Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2, and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe. It arrives on the Switch on October 5

Also revisiting the past is Mario Party, which will be bringing HD remasters of iconic boards from the Nintendo 64 era and over 100 mini games into one package, called Mario Party Superstars. The game launches exclusively on the Switch on October 29. 

One of the bigger surprises of the event is the announcement of Metroid Dread, the first new 2D Metroid game in 19 years. From the trailer, the game looks to be a return to form for the legendary Nintendo franchise, showing off Samus trying to escape from a robotic threat called E.M.M.I. 

Metroid Dread releases on the Switch October 8. 

Ubisoft’s latest dance-rhythm game, Just Dance 2022, is launching on the Switch on November 4. 

The classic arcade racer Cruis’n Blast is also speeding its way to the Switch as an exclusive game later this year. It will support up to 4 players on the same console or separate consoles via local play.

For Dragon Ball fans, the action-RPG Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will be released on the Switch on September 4. 

Along with these announcements, Nintendo dropped a new trailer for the soon-to-be-released Mario Golf Super Rush, showcasing some of the playable game modes. The game will be launched on June 25. 

Capcom similarly showed gameplay in a new trailer for the upcoming Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, which is scheduled to come out on July 9. 

Nintendo also announced that it has a new WarioWare game on the way. This new game, titled WarioWare: Get It Together! Brings back many of the “microgames” of the past titles. This time around, however, you can now control Wario. 

WarioWare: Get It Together is slated to launch on September 10. 

During the event, developer and publisher Atlus revealed that Shin Megami Tensei V, the latest entry in the acclaimed JRPG franchise of the same name, will launch on the Switch on November 12. The trailer also showcases some of the turn-based combat the series is known for. 

Danganronpa Decadence is a 4-game bundle featuring the 3 main Danganronpa games and Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp, a fleshed out version of the board-game experience from Danganronpa V3    

The entire collection will come out later this year, but Nintendo said that each game will also be available as standalone purchases. Though, when and how much has yet to be revealed. 

The horror game FATAL FRAME: Maiden of Black Water, which was first released on the Wii U in 2014, will be re-released for the Switch sometime this year. 

It was also announced at the event that the first part of Doom Eternal’s The Ancient Gods DLC and the co-op shooter Strange Brigade will be available on the Switch starting today. 

Activision dropped a new trailer for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 on the Switch, featuring actual gameplay. The game is expected to launch on June 25. 

The Advance Wars games from the Game Boy Advance are being rebuilt from the ground up, and they’re making a comeback. Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp brings reimagined versions of Advance Wars and Advance Wars: Black Hole Rising to the Switch. The game is due out on December 3. 

Nintendo devoted the last few minutes of the event purely for Legend of Zelda announcements. The first of which details Wave 1 of the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity expansion pass, called Pulse of the Ancients. This DLC pack adds a new playable character, weapon types, and a Master Cycle for Zelda. It’s set to release on June 18. 

Then, the company unveiled new Zelda-themed Game & Watch systems that will ship with The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link, the original Link’s Awakening, and Vermin pre-installed. 

Last but definitely not the least, Nintendo finally dropped a new trailer for the highly anticipated sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, showing off in-engine footage and unveiling the target release year of 2022.

The trailer also teases how exploration will change in this entry, with Link now being able to take to the skies and venture to floating islands of Hyrule. –