Our top five announcements from Nintendo Direct E3 2021

Breath Of The Wild 2, WarioWare, Advance Wars and more!

E3 2021 Nintendo Direct

by William Austin-Lobley |
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The forty-minute Nintendo Direct E3 2021 is over. Hopes were high rolling into the event, with fans anticipating the appearance of many of the game company’s biggest series. Though we didn’t get to see any more from the upcoming Pokemon games or Metroid Prime 4, there was more than enough to please, with a different Metroid hitting our screens, alongside some rebuilt classics and more footage from Breath Of The Wild 2.

We’ve rounded up our top five moments below. Of course, we aren’t made of stone. Seeing Tekken icon Kazuya Mishima dropping Kirby off a cliff, the bizarre Danganronpa series and the ever-so-edgy Shin Megami Tensei V injected joy right into our souls. The more we see of Mario Golf: Super Rush the more we look forward to it, and the announcement of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2 had us jumping for our Elements. But five games heading to Switch got us particularly hyped up. Read on to find out what they were.

Related: Top eleven moments in Xbox + Bethesda Game Showcase E3 2021

Just a quick note. A few titles are missing from this list that would’ve probably made the list if they hadn’t appeared earlier in the E3 proceedings. Most notably, the new Mario + Rabbids, which was in the Ubisoft Forward, and Monster Hunter Stories 2 which we got a good look at in Capcom’s event.

Metroid Dread

At the risk of annoying everyone waiting for Metroid Prime 4, the all-new Metroid Dread was announced. It marks the return of Samus to the 2D world, and though there are a few new mechanics at work, it rings true with the spirit of the classic, OG releases. Plus, it’s always exciting when a Metroid game gets a release date. In this case, it’s October 8, 2021.

The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2

We got a new glimpse at the all-new Breath Of The Wild 2, and it was sublime. The main point to take away from the trailer is that the open world of Hyrule is being extended into the skies. We also got to see some new powers, including one that appears to let Link pass through materials like water. Eiji Aonuma, the producer of The Legend Of Zelda series, announced that the game is currently looking at a 2022 release date.

The Legend Of Zelda Game & Watch

The first three The Legend Of Zelda games are heading to Game & Watch. Much like the Super Mario Game & Watch that was on limited release last year, this portable nostalgia machine offers up a colour screen, interactive watch features and a Link version of the classic pick-up-and-play game, Vermin. It’s due for release on November 12, 2021, and it’s a safe bet that we’ll be pre-ordering ASAP.

WarioWare: Get It Together!

Wario returns in a new WarioWare collection of microgames. Get It Together! continues the odd-yet-addictive series with new challenges. Each character in the roster has its own special skills which offer up new ways of tackling the microgames, and a two-player co-op is now supported. Coming September 10, 2021.

Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp

Advance Wars 1 and 2 originally released in 2001 and 2003 for the Game Boy Advance. Now, they’ve been stripped back to basics, rebuild and remastered for the Switch. The tactical strategy games look great with their updated… well, everything. Available from December 3, 2021.

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William Lobley is a Senior Content Writer and reviewer for WhatsTheBest, specialising in technology and outdoors. He also writes for Empire Online.

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