E3: Nintendo Direct Roundup

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By Francine Canelo / Contributing Writer

The Nintendo Direct and Nintendo Treehouse Conference took place on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, during day 4 of E3. The Nintendo Direct showed updates on previously announced games, DLC content, and new titles. Here’s the breakdown of what was shown.

A new DLC fighter for “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” makes the roster, Kazuya Mishima from “Tekken.” The Director, Masahiro Sakurai, revealed that more information would be coming soon. A presentation on July 28, 2021, at 10 a.m. EST will show more information for the addition of Kazuya into the fighter roster.

“Life is Strange Remastered Collection” will be released later this year, and “Life is Strange True Colors” is set to be released on September 10 of this year.

On October 26, 2021, “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” is releasing as a Nintendo Switch port. The arena-based shooter, “Worms Rumble,” is coming on June 23. The 32-player cross platformer will have a Nintendo-exclusive “Bear Patchwork” outfit.

“Astria Ascending” will be coming to Nintendo on September 30 of this year. The turn-based combat game takes place in the fictional world of Orcanon, a hand-painted world from Artisan Studios.

In 2022 “Two Point Campus” will be released for Nintendo Switch alongside PC and all major consoles.

After its 20th anniversary, the “Super Monkey Ball” franchise introduces a new Nintendo installment with an October 5 release of “Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania.” Another October release coming on the 29th is “Mario Party Superstars,” and preorders opened today on the eshop.

While fans wait for the “Metroid 4” release, Shinya Takahashi announced “Metroid 5: Dread.” The 2D side-scroller is coming on October 8, 2021, and will be the first 2D Metroid game in roughly 19 years. 

On October 8, the amiibo figures for Samus and E.M.M.I will be released along with “Metro 5: Dread.”

“Just Dance 2022” from Ubisoft is set to be released on November 4 with new tracks from J Balvin, Karol G, Beyonce, and more.

“Cruis’n Blast” from Raw Thrills studio is coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch this Fall. Later this year, “Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot” will be released. The expected release date is September 24, 2021.

On June 25, “Mario Golf: Super Rush” is set to release exclusively to Nintendo Switch, and the preorder is available now on the eshop.

“Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin” from Capcom is set to release on July 9 of this year, but the free demo will be available on June 25. The saved data from the demo can be transferred to the game at its release. 

Fans of Wario from the Super Mario Bros. Universe will rejoice at the new installment to the “WarioWare” series, “WarioWare: Get It Together,” releasing September 10. The latest installment introduces a 2 player co-op mode and is available to preorder today.

Another game receiving a new installment is “Shin Megami Tensei V” from Atlus. The Nintendo Switch exclusive is set to release on November 12 this year. Players can preorder the physical version of the game starting on June 21.

“Danganronpa” is getting a new installment for the Nintendo Switch system as well, with “Danganronpa Decadence” releasing later this year. “Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Edition,” “Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Anniversary Edition,” “Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Anniversary Edition,” and “Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp” are all coming later this year to the Nintendo eshop.

Later this year, “Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water” is set to release for the Nintendo Switch. The survival horror game is the 5th installment in the Fatal Frame series.

The first expansion DLC for “DOOM Eternal” is available right now. “DOOM Eternal: The Ancient Gods” will expand the campaign for the game.

“Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2” is coming to Nintendo Switch on June 25 of this year. Another game receiving a port for the Switch is “Strange Brigade” from Rebellion Developments.

An expected release window of 2022 was announced for “Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope.” The trailer revealed that Rabbid Rosalina is joining the team. The new campaign to save the galaxy introduces free movement on the turn-based combat map.

“Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp” is set to release for the Nintendo Switch on December 3, right around the holiday season. The 3D remake is available now for preorder.

The final presentation of the Nintendo Direct for E3 revealed some details for “Legend of Zelda” fans. DLC for “Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity” comes in 2 waves, the first one on June 18, 2021, “Pulse of the Ancients.” The second wave comes in November this year.

“The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD” is releasing July 16y this year. “The Legend of Zelda” is also getting a 35th-anniversary Game & Watch system on November 12, with the original “Legend of Zelda,” “The Adventure of Link,” and the Gameboy version of “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.” There’s also a special version of the Game & Watch “Vermin” with Link as a playable character.

The Nintendo Direct closed with a new trailer for “Breath of the Wild 2,” with an expected release window of 2022. For more information on the games and information mentioned in this article, check out the link here for more coverage from cnet.

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