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E3 2021 – Nintendo Direct Recap

Nintendo Direct Recap

In our recap of the Nintendo Direct livestream at this year’s E3 we have listed all of the major trailers shown and announcements made.

Nintendo’s segment that streamed on Tuesday the 15th of June was the last major livestream of the E3 2021 event, so it was highly anticipated by fans and investors around the globe.

Check our roundup of the biggest reveals and updates below.

Tekken’s Kazuya is being added to Smash Bros.

The iconic Tekken character, Kazuya Mishima, is set to join the roster in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The big bad from the legendary fighting game series joins a plethora of other characters featured in the game from various other fighting games such as Ryu from Street Fighter and Terry Bogard from the Fatal Fury games.

Life is Strange

Three Life is Strange games are set to come to the Nintendo Switch later in the year. These games will include remastered versions of the first two games in the series as well as the upcoming Life is Strange: True Colors, set to release on the 10th of September 2021.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania

Tying in with the 20th anniversary of the Super Monkey Ball franchise, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is coming to the Nintendo Switch on the 5th of October 2021.

Mario Party Superstars

Mario Party Superstars is the new Mario Party title and will include 5 classic boards from earlier Mario Party games as well as another 100 mini-games. We also learned that the game will allow online play so that gamers can play Mario Party with their friends online.

Mario Party Superstars is set for release on the 29th of October this year and pre-orders are already open.

Metroid Dread

Whilst all that we got on Metroid Prime 4 was a promise that Nintendo were still hard at work on the eagerly anticipated title, we instead got the reveal of Metroid Dread which is due to release for the Switch on the 8th of October 2021.

Cruis’n Blast

Cruis’n Blast is the newest entry in the Cruis’n series of racing games that started in the arcade and is coming to the Nintendo Switch later in 2021.

WarioWare: Get It Together!

The next entry in this weird mini-game centric series was announced titled; WarioWare: Get It Together. It is due to release for the Nintendo Switch on September 10th 2021.

Shin Megami Tensei V

Shin Megami Tensei V was announced to be coming to the Nintendo Switch. There was a trailer unveiled as well as some gameplay that gave a look at the demon recruitment mechanics in the game. The game will drop on Switch consoles on the 12th of November 2021.

Danganronpa Decadence

Danganronpa: Decadance will bring three Danganronpa games to the Nintendo Switch console later in 2021. This new collection will include Trigger Happy Havoc: DanganronpaDanganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, and Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

We then saw the announcement of a new entry in renowned horror series Fatal Frame, with this entry being called; Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water. The game is set to come to Nintendo Switch consoles later in the year.

Advance Wars 1 + 2 Re-Boot Camp

Advance Wars 1 + 2 Re-Boot Camp will package together the first two games in the series for the Nintendo Switch. This collection will drop for the Switch on the 3rd of December 2021 and pre-orders are already open.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion

The first piece of DLC for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is releasing very shortly on the 18th of June. It will be followed by another piece of DLC coming in November.

Legend of Zelda Game & Watch

To mark the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda series Nintendo announced a new Game & Watch system that will include reduced versions of The Legend of Zelda, Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and a Link-centric version of Vermin.

This retro handheld device will be released on the 12th of November 2021.

Sequel announced for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

As expected, a trailer was then shown for sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The short trailer that was shown doesn’t give away too much, but it at least serves as proof of the game’s existence. While no specific release date was given for the title, Nintendo did state that they are aiming for a release sometime in 2022.


Following the hugely disappointing showing that Square Enix had, Nintendo’s at least had a few announcements worth talking about.

Along with the Xbox/Bethesda livestream, this one was probably the most exciting livestreams of E3 2021.

It is a sad day when a Nintendo Direct is one of the most exciting parts of an expo.

I did expect to be writing about the Nintendo Switch Pro being announced in my recap of the Nintendo Direct, however it was nowhere to be seen.

Confirmation that a sequel is coming for Breath Of The Wild was good to get and although Metroid 4 wasn’t officially shown, Metroid: Dread seems to have satisfied most Metroid fans out there.

What did you think of the Nintendo Direct Recap? Did you see anything above that would make you go out and purchase a Switch?

Let us know in the comments and check out our E3 predictions video down below.

Daniel Boyd

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Daniel is a 26-year-old writer from Glasgow. He loves sci-fi and hates fantasy. He also hates referring to himself in the third person and thinks that bios are dumb.

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