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Today, during its nearly 40-minute Nintendo Direct E3 2021 video presentation, Nintendo showcased a wide variety of new video games coming to the Nintendo Switch. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from today’s fantastic E3 showcase!

Brand new 2D Metroid game announced

In what was my biggest announcement of the Nintendo Direct, Nintendo unveiled Metroid Dread. This is the first 2D Metroid game in 19 years and is the direct sequel to 2002’s action-adventure game Metroid Fusion. It concludes the five-part Metroid saga that focused on the strange, interconnected fates of bounty hunter Samus and the Metroids.

In Metroid Dread, Samus heads alone to a mysterious remote planet and is hunted by a new mechanical threat, the E.M.M.I. robots. By gaining abilities, you can return to areas you’ve already visited to find new places and hidden upgrades in classic Metroid gameplay.

Metroid Dread launches for the Nintendo Switch on October 8, 2021. There will also be a Metroid Dread: Special Edition available at launch. This special edition will include the game, a steelbook, a 190-page 2D Metroid franchise artbook and five cards that feature box art from all the games in the five-part saga. Finally, a new Samus amiibo figure featuring her suit from Metroid Dread and an E.M.M.I. amiibo figure will be available in a two-pack set at launch.

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Wario returns in WarioWare

Wario is back in a brand new action, party game, WarioWare: Get It Together!. In WarioWare: Get It Together!, you’ll play through a vast array of quick microgames as Wario or his friends. Each character has a distinct ability, changing the way you approach each microgame.

For the first time in the series, two players can also play microgames together on the same screen by sharing two Joy-Con controllers, or using wireless play with an additional system and game. WarioWare: Get It Together! game launches for Nintendo Switch on September 10, 2021.

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Mario party is back with Mario Party Superstars

Mario Party is back in Mario Party Superstars. Get ready for another round of Mario Party mania with this superstar collection of Mario Party boards and minigames! Mario Party Superstars is a party game and features five classic boards from the Nintendo 64 era and a collection of 100 minigames from across the Mario Party series.

Best of all, all game modes can be played online! Mario Party Superstars launches for Nintendo Switch on October 29, 2021.

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Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda

In another surprise announcement during today’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda. This new retro-inspired Game & Watch system includes three classic games in the Legend of Zelda series: The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.

And, it also includes a special version of Game & Watch classic Vermin starring Link as a playable character. Moreover, Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda includes a playable digital clock based on The Legend of Zelda and a playable timer themed after Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda launches on November 12, 2021.

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The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

To close out the show, Nintendo showed a new teaser for the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This trailer showed off gameplay, as well as a vast new world high above the kingdom of Hyrule. The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is aiming to launch for Nintendo Switch in 2022. More information about the game will be revealed in the future.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Ohhh, the Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda is giving me kid flashbacks to standing on my bathroom counter to hold my (NON COLOUR) Game Boy to the light so I could play after the sun went down, hehe!

    SO excited for the latest “Zelda”! The sky concept looks interesting 🙂

  2. I am very excited for the Legends of Zelda: Breath of the wild, looking forward for more new games. Nintendo has so much going on right now, I’m very excited!!

  3. Not too much on the Nintendo front. Looking forward to botw2 but that’s about it. Was hoping for a remake of metroid prime games, would be cool to play without the motion controls.

  4. The first Nintendo Direct was cool, but felt like it was lacking a major punch. Somehow I knew they would take of things with this announcement, and Zelda and Metroid definitely did the trick.

  5. I am easily most excited for the Monkey Ball remaster because it is a really fun arcade game that has an interesting control scheme and you can blast through levels. I am glad they finally remastered the first few games as it has the best levels and controls; there is something to be said for simplicity and the previous remaster was of fairly mediocre games.

    I think this conference was the best one of E3, though I am a little disappointed that there was not a Switch upgrade announced as games are starting to look a little dated now in terms of frame rates and textures, especially on third party games. The first party stuff looks better because it is typically cartoonish with few undetailed textures, which works for the style, but seeing Doom Eternal and Tony Hawk was a little rough.

    • I agree about the Switch Pro, or whatever it’s going to be called. I expect there’ll a surprise announcement on that within a year. I don’t need Nintendo games to keep pace with Xbox and PS in terms of graphics, but they should stay within punching distance at least.

  6. Can’t believe it’s been that long since the last 2D Metroid game.

    The thing I am most excited about most in this article is the Game & Watch Zelda handheld. These things take me back to my younger years – even though I never got a chance to own one, I always thought they were really cool.

    I actually prefer this version over the Mario one just due to how vast the Zelda world is.

  7. Jon, there was so much news here!!!

    I remember so long ago Metroid Dread was hinted at in Metroid Prime games, and this new game looks amazing. I’ll definitely be getting it later this year! I never expected that they would release a new Metroid game this year.

    I missed out on the Mario Game & Watch last year, but I’m definitely picking up this Zelda one! I will never pass up on a chance to play Link’s Awakening again!

    I was excited to see that the Guardians of the Galaxy game is coming to Switch, but I’m a little less excited now that I’ve learned it is cloud play only. I’ll have to make sure my internet can support it before I purchase it.

    I remember when Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot came to the other systems and they wouldn’t say anything about if it would come to Switch. I am really looking forward to the chance to get into this game on my current favourite console!

    I can hardly wait for next year when Breath of the Wild 2 comes out! Nintendo has so much going on right now!

    Thanks for the update Jon!

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