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Post by KostaAndreadis @ 03:28am 16/06/21 | Comments
We bring you all the major reveals from the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct. So, did we get to see The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 and Metroid Prime 4? Well, one out of two ain’t bad.

When it comes to Nintendo it’s always best to expect the unexpected and unexpect the expected. That is, dial in your hype-o-meter a notch or two or three and let the chips fall where they may. Ahead of the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct, the Big N made it clear that we wouldn’t be getting any hardware info -- even though Nintendo Switch Pro rumours have been circulating for months. Ninty also said that it’ll mostly be stuff for 2021, so chill out Nintenderoonies. Or something to that effect.

Even among the DOOM Eternal expansion, Strange Brigade, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, and other third-party ports, there were a bunch of cool announcements. Even among the weird anime-infused anime we got some winners. Even among the existing first and third-party stuff we knew about like Mario Golf, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, and Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin we got some E3 magic.

Let's get to it.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

Announced two years ago, ahead of today there was very little we actually knew about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (the working title is ‘Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’). Not that we now know a whole heap, as we’re talking about a pretty quick 1:20 or so of game footage -- we do get to see Link explore and glide around structures that sit amongst the clouds above Hyrule. That is, floating cities and the like. Yeah, it’s the sort of addition that feels truly exciting -- and adds to the already impressive freedom and scope found in the original. Visually this also looks like a cut above, with the painterly look dialled up some with characters and objects and things like castle walls (Hyrule Castle baby) packing some serious detail. Oh, and we also got a release window - 2022.

Metroid Dread

No Metroid Prime 4, boo. But wait, what’s this? The first side-scrolling Metroid title in 19 years? Metroid Dread follows on from Metroid Fusion where a faster, more agile Samus descends upon planet ZDR after the Galactic Federation picks up mysterious signals. Samus’ arrival reveals a planet being overrun by an alien menace, while DNA extracting robots called E.M.M.I. have become corrupt and are now hunting Samus down. As with any great Intergalactic Bounty Hunter story though, it’s time to find those new E.M.M.I. countering skills and upgrades to take down all threats and work out what’s really going on, on planet ZDR. Metroid Dread is out this October 8 on Nintendo Switch.

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp

Advance Wars (2001) and its sequel, Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising (2003), introduced turn-based strategy to Nintendo fans the world-over. From its iconic art-style to the wonderful characters and stylised way it made things like APC-carriers, tanks, rocket launchers, and city-wide destruction look fun and inviting. Coming from the same team behind the excellent Fire Emblem series, Advance Wars also featured a rock-solid campaign with a number of tense and engaging battles. And now, with Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp we’re getting a proper remake with 3D-visuals that retains the look and feel of the originals.

WarioWare: Get It Together!

Another blast from the past here, with the WarioWare series first introducing the concept of “microgames” -- that is mini-games that were over in a few seconds -- back during the Game Boy Advance era of handhelds. WarioWare: Get It Together! doesn’t so much look to change the formula, but simply add to it with multiplayer and mini-games that carry the genuinely strange and odd flag of the original games. Nintendo claims there are over 200 microgames to be found when it launches September 10.

Mario Party Superstars

There was a definite nostalgic streak running through Nintendo’s E3 Direct presentation, and one that went beyond Zelda’s 35th anniversary. Case in point, Mario Party Superstars. Which is Mario Party, but a version that includes 5 classic boards from the Nintendo 64 era of the series, in addition to 100 mini-games from all the previous Mario Parties -- with added online multiplayer. It’s out October 29.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania

It’s hard to believe AiAi and co have been around now for 20 years. And in celebration of all things monkeys trapped in balls on gravity-defying platforms, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania hits the Switch this October, three whole days before Metroid Dread -- so you’ll have something to play while you wait to take on the dreaded E.M.M.I. robo… oops, sorry. So yep, this is a party game in just the way you’d imagine it; Monkeys in the aforementioned, titular balls being guided to the end by you, the player. 300 stages, 12 mini-games and up to four players makes this the definitive Monkey Ball release yet.

Shin Megami Tensei V

Coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch this November 12, Shin Megami Tensei V follows the grim path of the titles before it where two worlds collide, and you merge with another ‘lifeform’ to become Nahobino. Demons permeate the land as both enemy and potential ally while the game’s combat will focus on learning enemy weak points to exploit in a “command-based system”. Beyond that, expect off-the-wall JRPG tropes and plenty of dark Japanese themes throughout.

Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda

“Shut up and take my money!”. That’s pretty much all any self-respecting Zelda and Nintendo fan is saying… nay, SHOUTING right now at the prospect of owning a Game & Watch system that commemorates 35 years since the first The Legend of Zelda. One, however, that also comes with the following three titles: The Adventure of Link and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (the Game Boy one). It also has Game & Watch Vermin as a fourth throwback. So yeah, shut up and take my money, Nintendo.