The past week has been rife with rumours abound of new Switch consoles and hopes for a peek into Metroid Prime 4, but though Nintendo Direct didn’t deliver on these fronts it more than made up for it with a packed show beginning hard with a new Smash character and ending on the hotly anticipated sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo might well have taken the prize on E3 this show.
In case you missed it, here’s a run down of the best moments from Nintendo Direct 2021.
Kazuya Mishima in Smash Bros.
Every Nintendo event wages the same hot question: who is the new Smash Bros character going to be?
Nintendo didn’t delay in answering that question as the show began with a short trailer showcasing Kazuya Mishima of Tekken as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s fifth DLC character. Relive the 90s by facing off fighting giants of the day Tekkenand Street Fighter with Kazuya and Ryu once again.
Some snippets of Kazuya’s ability set were shown off too with more in-depth details to come from Smash directorMasahiro Sakurai later on June 28 in his own event.
Life Is Strange to Switch
The story driven choice game, Life Is Strange and Life Is Strange True Colours are coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year. True Colours will release on September 10 while the full remaster of the Life Is Strange collection is expected later.
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Super Monkey Ball is back for the Nintendo Switch with a collection of recreated stages from the series’ first three games. You can roll through this fun platformer/adventure course with the tilt controls or stick movement.
You can go bananas on October 5!
Mario Party Superstars
It wouldn’t be a Nintendo showcase without the plumber, and this time he’s back to ruin friendships once again with Mario Party Superstars. Superstars will include 5 classic boards from the Nintendo 64 era as well as 100 minigames from across the entire Mario Party series.
Superstars will let you pause out your day-long play sessions by allowing mid-game saves so that you can take a break to physically fight it out with your friends (or just get some snacks and refreshments) before resuming right where you left off. With online play too (that hopefully runs better than the current MP Switch title…) you can break off friendships from all across the globe.
Mario Party Superstars releases on Switch October 29.
Shinya Takahashi teased us all with the rumoured Metroid Prime 4 reveal, but only to confirm that work was still ongoing on the title. For now however, Nintendo had something different to show us for Metroid. Metroid Dread (also known as Metroid 5) is a 2D side scroller bringing back series icon Samus Aran back for her first new 2D story in 19 years.
Metroid Dread is a direct sequel to 2002’s Metroid Fusion game and concludes the five-part saga focusing on the strange, interconnected fates of Samus and the Metroids, which kicked off with the original Metroid game for NES. For Dread, Samus heads alone to a mysterious remote planet and is hunted by a dangerous new mechanical threat, the E.M.M.I. robots. By gaining abilities, you will return to areas you’ve already visited to find new places and hidden upgrades in classic Metroid gameplay.
Pre-orders start today with the game releasing exclusive to the Switch on October 8. Release will also add two new Amiibos to the collection in Samus and an E.M.M.I.
Mario Golf: Super Rush
Mario and friends take back to the fairway again for Mario Golf: Super Rush. This time Super Rush will add a couple new game modes to make a peaceful day at the green just that little bit more frantic. Race off against your friends in Speed Golf—a mode that has every player playing simultaneously in a bid to reach to hole first—or take your Mii out on their own adventure in Gold Adventure.
Super Rush will also include free updates along the way to add more maps, modes, characters etc.
Take to the fairway in just over a week on June 25.
WarioWare: Get it Together
Everyone’s favourite rotund moustache twirler is back as Wario has another slate of frantic minigames for us with WarioWare: Get It Together. Play now as Wario or his friends through quick microgames where your character choice can actually impact the game. Characters now possess distinct abilities to change how you might approach each minigame.
Join the chaos with friends on September 10.
Shin Megami Tensei V
The acclaimed RPG series is back as Shin Megami Tensei V takes you on the path with a high schooler through a nightmarish wasteland of demons. Your newfound powers will have to be learned quick to help you survive this demonic onslaught, but remember, some demons might prove to be worthy allies too in this forsaken mirror world.
Shin Megami Tensei V comes to Switch November 12.
Ready to go through the most bizarro trial again? Danganronpa returns to Nintendo consoles with Danganronpa Decadence—a remake of three classic titles in the series. These include Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Edition, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Anniversary Edition and Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Anniversary Edition, in addition to an all-new game Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp.
Summer Camp takes your favourite series characters on a vacation to Jabberwock Island where they’ll fight out against various bosses.
Danganronpa Decadence will be available for Nintendo Switch later this year.
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
I ain’t afraid of no ghosts…unless I have to stand and take a picture of them.
Fatal Frame is back for Switch with a port of the Wii U title Maiden of Black Water. This horror adventure title sees you casting out ghosts using the Camera Obscura while exploring the mysteries surrounding the ethereal but deadly Mt. Hikami. You’ll be playing as various protagonists across the story too to gain varying perspectives on the ghostly goings on.
Release for Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is later this year on Nintendo Switch.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
Mario and the chaotic Rabbids are back again for more XCOM style action with Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. Following the surprise popularity of the last iteration our quirky crew are teaming up again to restore much needed order to the failing galaxy. You’ll have various friends like Rabbid Rosalina at your disposal to fend off the mysterious evil threatening the land.
The XCOM style tactics play gets a fresh new look as your squad can also freely roam around sections of the battlefield to change to outlook of the fight quickly.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is some time off with a 2022 release date, but that will give you plenty of time to catch up on Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle now conveniently on sale for 80% off.
Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp
One for the oldies. Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp brings back the old GBA game updated now for Nintendo Switch. Take command of your forces in strategic battle as tactical advisor to the Orange Star Army, using your expertise of land, sea, and air to crush your enemies. This turn-based strategy title also features modifiers that may change the tide of battle in an instant with drastic weather and environment changes. Re-Boot Camp will cover the events of the Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising games with a whole new look.
Pre-order your copy today of Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp today for the December 3 release.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
Shinya Takahashi winded down the show with one more segment to present. The knowing presenter teased us all by prolonging the wait for what we were all sure was bound to come next. First the Age of Calamity expansion for Hyrule Warriors was shown off before another quick look at The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD remake slated for July 16.
Then just as we were all bursting at the edge of our seats waiting for that final mic drop, Takashi teased out the pain just that little longer by pulling out a small palm-sized device. This was the Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda—a mini game system with three classic games in the Legend of Zelda series on it. The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening are all included on the system as well as a special version of the Game & Watch classic Vermin starring Link as a playable character.
As if the wait wasn’t teasing enough the Game & Watch also showed off its capabilities to double as a customizable watch and timer too—presumably keeping count of the few more second you had to painstakingly wait for Breath of the Wild 2 to be revealed.
But fear not! It happened. The final show of the day began with Link plummeting through the air and landing/gliding into a reveal trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (though not officially its actual title just yet). The sequel to the Nintendo Switch favourite and Game of the Year winner looks to be taking Link further to the skies in a vast new world high above the kingdom of Hyrule. The trailer was quite understandably light on details but looked utterly gorgeous and magnificent all the same.
More details are to come sometime in the future with a prospective date set now only as “2022”. We’ll be waiting with bated breath until then.