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ICYMI: Here is our recap of Nintendo E3 2021 announcements

Smash Bros - Kazuya

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

With Sony being absent from E3 this year, it was time for Nintendo to take the throne, as they announced DLC for Ultimate that no one expected. Kazuya Mishima was shown to still have his bread and butter combos with his devil form as well. For those unfamiliar with Tekken, Kazuya was first introduced as the son of the main protagonist, Heihachi Mishima all the way back in Tekken for the PlayStation 1. He joins Terry Bogard (Fatal Fury), Ryu, and Ken (Street Fighter) as established fighting game characters brought to the “Party Brawler”. Personally, I never wanted to get back into Smash Bros after Smash 4. With that being said, as a huge Tekken fan, this is going to pull me in deep into the Smash franchise once again. Masahiro Sakurai appeared to announce that there will be a Smash Direct for Kazuya on June 28th a 7:00 AM PST.

Banana Mania logo

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania

Super Monkey Ball is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and what better way than to re-release the classics as an HD Remaster. The multi-game release will have Super Monkey Ball 1, 2, and Deluxe. It is slated for an October 5th release for Nintendo Switch. The trailer showed nothing new as they just showed basic gameplay footage from the remastered games. As someone who spent my gaming in the year 2000 with the Nintendo 64, there was a lot of gaming I missed. Monkey Ball was a franchise I would watch people play but it seemed too frustrating for me to play. This might be one of the games I would honestly go back and try to finish.

Mario Party Superstars

Super Mario Superstars

Super Mario Party is getting some fresh coat of paint in its announced game for the Nintendo Switch. Five party boards including Peach’s Birthday Cake and Space Land, with 100 mini games will be available. All of the modes will be available for online play. Even if you are playing by yourself, you can get matched with others that are playing solo as well. As an additional feature, you can now save your progress mid-game during online play to return to the game at a later time. It will now make the 50 turn marathons a little more bearable! Being able to take a break after a long session is helpful! Pre-orders will begin today and will be available worldwide on October 29th.

After seeing playthroughs of Super Mario Party online throughout the pandemic, I’m very much against picking this up on day 1. With lag spikes and jittery gameplay, it left a very sour taste in the mouths of online gamers. Let’s hope and pray that there will be an update with the online features before or shortly after this game releases.

Metroid Dread Nintendo Direct announcement

Metroid Dread

Metroid returns to its 2 dimensional roots for the first time in 19 years. The trailer showed a mixture of gameplay with cinematics and it looks so crisp and clean. They also announced amiibo of Samus and E.M.M.I ,the enemy that was shown in the trailer. The trailer was too short and even filled time with showing in-game footage afterward. They could have easily made this the big first or last announcement. By them putting it in the middle with just enough to wet my whistle was very disappointing.

Danganronpa - Nintendo Direct

Danganronpa Decadence

The Danganronpa series celebrates its 10 year anniversary with Decadence. It’s a 4 game complication of Trigger Happy Havoc Danganronpa, Danganronpa 2 Goodbye Despair, Danganronpa V3 Killing Harmony, and Danganronpa S Ultimate Summer Camp. Ultimate Summer Camp is a standalone game using the mechanic of the popular mini-game from V3 Killing Harmony. I haven’t played them personally but I’ve always heard great things about the franchise. I’ll pick up the compilation when it’s released later this year. You can also buy them individually when it releases on Nintendo Switch as well. Let’s just hope the price of each individual game is reflected being a quarter of the retail release.

Breath of the Wild 2 - Nintendo Direct
The last image during the Breath of the Wild 2 announcement.

“The Legend of Zelda” Breath of the Wild 2

They started with heat and now they treated the burn. An announcement of one of the highly anticipated Zelda games of all time, Breath of the Wild 2, now has a release date of 2022. The only thing they they showed off, was that now Link can explore the skies of Hyrule. It looks almost identical graphically to the first game without anything new. If you’ve missed out on the first one, I would strongly recommend picking it up. Within the release timeline, this is the first true sequel since Zelda 2. I honestly think that if you were a fan of the series at any point in time, you should play through the first one before this releases in 2022.

What have I missed? Who won E3? Are any of these games coming to your Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter! While you’re at it, be sure to follow us on Twitch.

William Blanton

A huge fighting game fan, (Even though he sucks at them.) Pokemon lover, and content creator of 14 years. He has gone on record saying he would never play any of the Souls games.
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