It’s been a long, weird year, but E3 is back after last year’s COVID cancellation. It’s still a digital event, as we’re not out of the woods yet, but that means we’ll be seeing all the big names on the (virtual) stage again. But will Nintendo give us everything we’ve hoped for, or will we be left a little disappointed?
Here are the predictions from the Nintendo Life editorial team, including Kate Gray (Staff Writer, Crab News fan), Gavin Lane (Editor, needs a haircut), Tom Whitehead (Deputy Editor, part-time Monster Hunter), and Ryan Craddock (News Editor, wants a cat).
Breath of the Wild 2
We know it’s coming, we just don’t know when.
KATE: It’s been a while since we last saw BOTW 2 footage, and I’m sure the production has been affected by COVID… but I’d love to at least see a teaser with a title reveal, so we can stop calling it “Breath of the Wild 2 (tentative title)”. Plus, I can’t remember the last time I watched a Nintendo presentation where the “and one last thing” announcement wasn’t Smash or Splatoon. I may be exaggerating a little, but I really want BOTW 2 2021!
GAVIN: It’s Zelda’s 35th anniversary year — at the very least we’ll get a title reveal! Right? Right? My guess is Nintendo will take the Dawn of the Dead route and name the sequel ‘Something of the Wild’. ‘Return’. ‘Oath’. ‘Embrace’. ‘George’. Whatever.
TOM: As someone who’s played the entirety of the original (and DLC) three times, I can confirm that a) I have no life and b) I’m beyond excited about the sequel. I’m even fine with the inevitable news it won’t be out until 2022 at the earliest, I’d just love a little look at its version of Hyrule and some new areas.
RYAN: It feels like now’s the perfect time for a juicy, longer trailer for Breath of the Wild 2 to drop, finally giving us a bit more info, an official name and logo, and a tease of Zelda as a playable character (although Nintendo will purposefully leave that up in the air and refuse to answer our emails on the matter). I sure hope so, because I’m ready for more (of the game, not the emails).
Bayonetta 3: It’s in the works! But will we see the leggy gal this year?
KATE: I’m hoping we get Bayonetta 3 fairly soon, so I can mindlessly slay angels with my gun-shoes just like old times. I just… don’t think we’ll see Bayo 3 at E3, somehow. Feel free to prove me wrong, this prediction is based on absolutely nothing.
GAVIN: I think before we get any more details, we need to hear from Kamiya a few more times telling us that everything’s progressing fine with B3 and not to worry. More people need to ask him about it, definitely.
TOM: PlatinumGames have been a bit weird the last few years, with a dodgy Kickstarter and lucrative deals for mobile games, they seem to be juggling a lot of projects. I’m hoping Bayonetta 3 doesn’t become one of those games that takes so long that the financial backer, in this case Nintendo, gets fed-up and walks away, Microsoft style.
RYAN: I’m also hoping we get Bayonetta 3 fairly soon so that we can stop writing ‘TBA’ on anything and everything to do with the blimmin’ thing. But I’m with Kate – something tells me we still won’t be seeing it just yet.
Metroid Prime 4
Has Nintendo finished a new logo yet, or any of the game, for that matter?
TOM: I can live with many disappointments, but it feels like Nintendo genuinely messed up with Prime 4, which is a shame because it should be a huge release already for Switch, ideally with Prime Trilogy HD as a warm-up. To have a team that wasn’t Retro Studios making it originally seems crazy, and now we’ve had a long wait as development started from scratch. Maybe we’ll get a new logo though, that’s the peak of my expectations.
RYAN: That Metroid Prime 4 logo reveal we had 84 years ago, and especially the accompanying Prime music, gave me actual shivers. I’m not even that huge on Metroid, but it just felt special. I’d be happy with another four seconds of that music and a ‘yep, it’s still coming’ message to be honest.
Could the much-rumoured Switch Pro (tentative title) finally get its reveal at E3, or is the global chip shortage going to keep it away?
KATE: Switch Pro has GOT to be at E3, right? I’m keen to see what quality of life improvements bring the Switch into the future, especially as it’s pretty unusual for Nintendo to release a “pro” version of one of their consoles. Maybe we’ll get some new Joy-Con colours, too. I’m just hoping there aren’t too many Pro-exclusive games…
TOM: Before the recent reports I expected a revision to slide well into 2022, because trying to release new tech in the current market is extremely tough; just look at Sony and Microsoft sobbing in their corners over their launch woes. It’s hard to know what to believe. There will be a Switch revision at some point of course, but I’m also darn sure it won’t be called the ‘Pro’; that’s the least ‘Nintendo’ name ever, yet everyone uses it!
RYAN: I’m in need of a second Switch and the Animal Crossing one is sold out everywhere, so now would be the perfect time for Nintendo to launch a shiny Super Switch XL+cats to give me an excuse. That being said, Nintendo’s already said that the E3 Direct’s going to be “focused exclusively on Nintendo Switch software,” so perhaps a hardware reveal is off the table.
The ratio of new games to remakes
We’ve seen a lot of remakes and sequels on the Switch already, including both retro revivals and ports of underappreciated Wii U games. Will we see anything new this year?
KATE: I think we’re going to be on the remake train for a while yet. Lots more Zelda games to bring over, after all, and I’d personally love some news on whether we’re getting a second Ace Attorney trilogy release of games 4, 5, and 6. I reckon there will be at least one new idea from Nintendo this year, but I’m noooot suuuure if E3 will be their chosen venue for the announcement… as a company, they don’t really go as hard for E3 any more. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was something at the Summer Game Fest, though.
GAVIN: There are still a couple of choice Wii U ports to come over. The Zelda’s are the most obvious, but having missed it first time round I’d love the chance to play Xenoblade Chronicles X on Switch.
TOM: Considering a lot of large triple-A dev teams are still working virtually, coding complex games while wearing pyjamas, yes I expect plenty of remakes and ‘HD’ remasters on Switch for a little while yet.
The one that everyone expects
We all know that [that one game] and [that big game] are going to be there, right?
KATE: Oh god, you think I’d have my finger on the pulse, but I have no idea. Maybe more information on Splatoon 3 after that tease we got earlier this year? Something about The Great Ace Attorney? Are those likely? I don’t know!!
GAVIN: Smash Fighter Pack news is a given. Personally, Banjo was the absolute zenith, a peak which no other announcement can possibly touch in terms of impact — it made me buy the game and the DLC! Should really get back to it sometime.
TOM: Splatoon 3 is a good shout, I can imagine Nintendo having one or two multiplayer arenas near-ready and showing them off. If they have the Treehouse team presenting they’ll have some feisty LAN matches to show it off.
RYAN: Smash is in every single presentation Nintendo drops whether you want it or not. Smash will be at E3, end of discussion.
The one that no one expects
How do you predict the unpredictable? We’ll give it a go…
KATE: I have to be careful not to double up the categories here, because “the one that no one expects” could also be “back from the dead” or “our niche favourite”, right? So, okay, something no one expects but also something I’m not personally into… Ring Fit 2? Return of the Virtual Boy? Nintendo gets really into NFTs? I hope not.
GAVIN: Mother Trilogy Anniversary Collection. Only on Switch Pro.
TOM: New Super Mario Bros x Sonic; they compete against each other in the Olympics, time they met in a platformer.
Being a Nintendo fan means sometimes having to accept that death is a natural part of life. But we’re not against resurrection…
KATE: There are a lot of serieses I’d love to see revived, but top of that list is Ghost Trick. I don’t even care if it’s a remake or a port onto Switch, because as long as it does well, we MIGHT get a sequel set in the same world. My other hope is Fantasy Life, but given that Level-5 is basically done with the West for the time being, I don’t see that happening.
RYAN: My go-to answer for this kind of thing has been Pokémon Snap for as long as I can remember, so what am I supposed to say now? Let’s say F-Zero. Hahahahahaha. Hahaha.
TOM: What Ryan said, with an extra hahahahaha.
Finally, it’s on Switch
The Switch is full of old Nintendo games remade for a new audience, but there are plenty of games on Xbox and Playstation that we haven’t got. Now that we have Control and Hitman 3 (thanks to the Cloud), what else might we see?
KATE: I don’t want to jinx this one, because there are some games that will just not run well on the Switch’s less-powerful software — I don’t think we’ll see Resident Evil Village, for example. But I’d love to be able to play a few of the older Bethesda and Bioware games — the new Mass Effect Trilogy remaster, for example, or Fallout: New Vegas. I already own Dragon Age: Inquisition on every platform it’s come out on, but if it came to Switch, I could be convinced to play it again…
GAVIN: Perhaps events of the past year have turned my brain to cheese, but I still dream of a ‘Rare Replay Switch Remix’ package that includes all previous games plus the Rare-developed Nintendo-owned ones — specifically the DKCs, Diddy Kong Racing and Star Fox Adventures. What a well-deserved pick-me-up and thing of infinite beauty that would be! Cuphead and Ori are on Switch, Steve and Banjo are in Smash — anything’s possible.
TOM: MLB The Show, albeit with drastically reduced visuals. Some of us want to feed the obsession on the go, too.
KATE: There are quite a few indie studios that I’m curious about right now. House House, the chaps who made Untitled Goose Game, have to be working on something, right? And what about Disco Elysium’s ZA/UM? 👀
TOM: It’s impossible to predict the next breakout Indie success, which is also what makes it so awesome to follow.
Our niche favourite
We all have our weird faves, and we all know the disappointment of having them ignored for years. Maybe this year is different…
KATE: My niche favourites aren’t really that niche. It’s mostly visual novel adventure games, to be honest: Ace Attorney, Zero Escape, something with a little bit of murder and a whole lot of mystery. A nice twisty game.
GAVIN: Niche might be a bit much, but I’ve got a soft spot for Excite Truck on Wii. I’d play a new take on that in an instant. As long as I could funnel some Gwen Stefani tracks onto the soundtrack like I did on Wii.
TOM: It’s never happen in a million years and has no relation to Nintendo, but I’d love functional and faithful ports of Theme Park and Theme Hospital on Switch. Playing the excellent Two Point Hospital recently just made me want to play the originals again without fighting with my PC.
RYAN: It’s not exactly niche, being tied to the Mario franchise and all, but I’d quite like a revival of Super Princess Peach. We’ve only ever had the one game on DS and I think a sequel with new bells and whistles would be just… Peachy.
A surprise remake/remaster
It’s not E3 without some nice surprises, right? It’s hard to predict a surprise… but we’ll try anyway.
KATE: I think the best surprise would be a game I had forgotten, but am excited about. More sequels, perhaps, or a game from a studio I really like. I think a really good surprise, though, would be something like Famicom Detective Club — a game I knew nothing about, but turned out to be excellent.
A Nintendo Direct could be taking place this week which finally reveals the heavily rumoured Nintendo Switch Pro console. Rumours have been swirling around for some time now that the House of Mario has a mid-generation upgrade in the works for its hugely popular hybrid console. The Switch Pro is rumoured to be capable of 4K gaming in docked mode, have an OLED display which will offer crisper visuals in handheld mode and be powered by a speedier NVIDIA graphics chip under the hood.
And after years of rumours and speculation, we might just be days away from getting an official unveiling.
Shpeshal_Nick has claimed that the Switch Pro could be getting revealed this week on Thursday June 3.
If that’s the case we may get an announcement about the upcoming Direct on Wednesday.
Or, alternatively, Nintendo may drop a Direct out of the blue on Thursday as they did with the Switch Lite. Updating fans about the potential Switch Pro reveal date, Shpeshal_Nick posted: “At the moment, I’m told the Super Nintendo Switch (that’s what I want the name to be damn it) Direct/Mini Direct/Announcement is scheduled for Thursday. But it’s been pushed before, could be again.”
The XboxEra co-founder has previously leaked accurate industry information before. Earlier this year @Shpeshal_Nick (formerly known as Shpeshal_Ed) revealed that Final Fantasy 7 Remake would be available as a free PS Plus game.
While the XboxEra co-founder has also revealed plenty of other rumours that other insiders have backed up, such as Persona 5 coming to Xbox in the future. According to the latest Switch Pro rumours, the mid-generation upgrade will launch with a number of exclusive games.
Nintendo has form in doing this, with the New Nintendo 3DS getting exclusive games such as Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and Fire Emblem Warriors.
However, it would be a surprise if Ninty did this with the Switch – given how many people have already picked up the vanilla version.
According to latest stats, the Nintendo Switch has sold 84.59million units as of March 31 2021.
That’s a huge userbase that would have to pick up a Switch Pro to play any exclusive games that are in the works.
We’ll have to wait and see whether that ends up being the case or not, but thankfully we shouldn’t have too much longer to wait.
If this week comes and go without a Switch Pro announcement then there’s still hope for news later this month.
Nintendo are confirmed as taking part in E3 2021, which is taking place between June 12 and June 15.
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With this year’s online-only E3 event scheduled to take place soon, lots of information is starting to leak out about what to expect.
This includes news of an imminent Nintendo Direct event focused on upcoming Pokemon games.
According to a new leak by industry insider Kelios, Nintendo will hold a Pokemon Direct presentation in early June.
Kelios – whose track record is pretty good – claims that the Direct will feature Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl release dates.
Fans will also be given a look at free-to-play MOBA Pokemon Unite, which is coming to iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch.
Needless to say, there’s a very good chance we’ll find out more about Pokemon Legends: Arceus, which launches in 2022.
In addition to the rumoured Pokemon Direct, Nintendo is likely to hold presentations dedicated to new and upcoming Switch games.
Traditionally held around the same time as the E3 gaming expo, the new Direct will likely feature fresh details on Breath of the Wild 2, Metroid Prime 4 and perhaps even Bayonetta 3.
As for the new Pokemon games, long-time fans will be looking forward to discovering more about Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
“Adventures in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl will take place in the Sinnoh region,” reads the official description.
“Rich in nature and with towering Mount Coronet at its heart, Sinnoh is a land of many myths passed down through the ages. You’ll visit many different locations in the Sinnoh region, while striving to become the Champion of the Pokémon League.
“The original story has been faithfully reproduced, and the sense of scale in the originals’ towns and routes has been carefully preserved.
“People who played Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl can revisit familiar places and relive familiar scenes once more. For those setting out through Sinnoh for the first time, plenty of new encounters and surprises await.”
Pokemon Unite, meanwhile, is a five-vs-five team-based battle game that will be available for free.
“Pokémon UNITE is a strategic team battle game being developed jointly by The Pokémon Company and Tencent Games’ TiMi Studios.
“Pokémon UNITE is planned as a cross-platform game for Nintendo Switch and mobile devices and will be free-to-start.
“In this game, players face off against each other in 5-on-5 team battles. During battles, players will cooperate with teammates to catch wild Pokémon, level up and evolve their own Pokémon, and defeat opponents’ Pokémon while trying to earn more points than the opposing team within the allotted time.
“Pokémon UNITE introduces a new kind of Pokémon battle—one that requires teamwork and strategy. It is simple and yet full of intricacies waiting to be unpacked.”
“A fuel shortage is a nightmare for anyone who remembers the 1970s. Life is about to get very scary in the US – a direct consequence of a series of terrible policy decisions dating from 2018 to the present,” the analyst told RT, adding that the nation seems to be returning to those days.
However, according to the president of Lipow Oil Associates, Andy Lipow, the effect of the outage is regional. He pointed out that the Colonial Pipeline primarily serves the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions of the United States. Also on rt.comTraders scramble to buy gasoline from Europe after US pipeline outage “It’s in those regions that we are now beginning to see gasoline shortages at the pump that are becoming more widespread… In the rest of the country, fuel supplies are unaffected,” said Lipow.
“We’ve already seen in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern states the retail price of gasoline has risen eight cents a gallon and it could go even higher if gasoline supplies are trucked in from longer distances from terminals outside of the region,” he added.
Nintendo Direct fans are just weeks away from the next big batch of announcements from the House of Mario. We’re fast approaching the second half of the year and the summer, and for gamers that can only mean one thing – E3. After a hiatus last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the iconic gaming expo is making a return this year as a digital event – and Nintendo are already confirmed to be taking part.
The June Direct is historically where Nintendo makes its biggest announcements of the year, with the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct being one for the ages.
That Direct announced Zelda Breath of the Wild 2, Banjo Kazooie for Smash Bros, The Witcher 3 Switch port and much, much more.
And Nintendo Switch fans could have found out what’s in store for the upcoming E3 2021 Nintendo Direct.
As reported IBTimes, industry insider Samus Hunter may have revealed some of the announcements Nintendo has planned for E3.
The leaker teased Ninty has “big plans in store”, but if you were hoping for an update on the much-rumoured Switch Pro or Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 you’re unfortunately out of luck.
Samus Hunter didn’t mention either of these highly anticipated projects in their leak.
However, on Twitter @SamusHunter2 did drop a few major leaks for E3 2021.
The leaker also said: “Less than two months #E32021
Last week they told me that #Nintendo has big plans in store for this year, but Covid is making things difficult to organize.
“Unfortunately, due to the number of partners, I cannot confirm whether all plans will come to fruition, we will know on May 6.
“I heard that they are trying to organize some tournaments, one of Smash and one to publicize Splatoon 3, in a couple of weeks we will find out if the project will succeed. Obviously the Treehouse events and the Direct are certain.
“But I have to say something extra… The train will make at least one more stop before reaching the end”.
Nintendo Switch owners will definitely want to tune in to the next Direct showcase on April 14.
The upcoming Nintendo Direct broadcast will focus exclusively on “fresh and new” indie games coming to the system.
Running for around 20 minutes, the Indie Showcase event will be broadcast live on YouTube at 5pm UK time.
The news was announced by Nintendo on social media: “A new Indie World Showcase arrives on Wednesday, 14th April at 5pm BST.
“Tune in for a livestream roughly 20 minutes long, focused on fresh and new indie games coming to Nintendo Switch.”
You can watch the Nintendo Direct Indie showcase live from 5pm BST by hitting play on the video below.
Nintendo Switch fans will be hoping for news on Hollow Knight Silksong, which is tipped to launch in 2021.
There’s a slim chance the game will launch immediately following the broadcast, although any release date news would be better than nothing.
With the game recently launching on PlayStation devices, we may also get a look at Disco Elysium on Nintendo Switch.
One of the most popular games on Switch, the original Hollow Knight launched all the way back in February 2017, while the sequel was announced in February 2019.
Unfortunately, however, little has been seen of the game since it was announced, barring a recent feature in UK publication Edge.
In case you missed out on the original, Hollow Knight is a Metroidvania-style platformer that shares a little in common with Dark Souls.
The sequel appears to be more of the same, although it takes place in the kingdom of Pharloom and shifts the focus to the character of Hornet.
“Play as Hornet, princess-protector of Hallownest, and adventure through a whole new kingdom ruled by silk and song!” reads the official Hollow Knight Silksong description.
“Captured and brought to this unfamiliar world, Hornet must battle foes and solve mysteries as she ascends on a deadly pilgrimage to the kingdom’s peak.
“Hollow Knight: Silksong is the epic sequel to Hollow Knight, the award winning action-adventure. As the lethal hunter Hornet, journey to all-new lands, discover new powers, battle vast hordes of bugs and beasts and uncover ancient secrets tied to your nature and your past.”
Hollow Knight Silksong is currently in development for Nintendo Switch and PC, although more platforms could follow.
Any gamers who think they have a bit of luck about them can put it to the test right now in trying to buy a PS5.The PlayStation Direct store in the United States is currently live and offering the chance at purchasing a PS5.
The good news is that the PS5 Direct Queue is open to everyone, meaning you don’t need to have been invited.
The downside is that there is probably very little chance of buying a console based on how many will be trying.
If you join the PS5 restock event now, you’ll probably find yourself in a queue that could run for over an hour.
It should also be noted that this won’t be available to those who don’t have the correct PlayStation Network details, including gamers from the UK.
PLAYSTATION DIRECT QUEUE – US ONLY
A message on the PS5 Direct site states: “PS5 Consoles are now available but are not guaranteed even if you are in the queue.”More information shared on the PS5 Direct Queue site reads:
WHEN YOU REACH THE FRONT OF THE QUEUE:
You will hear a chime. Make sure to unmute your device. You will be automatically redirected to direct.playstation.com.
If you are on a different tab, a pop-up will prompt you click to enter the site. You will have 10 minutes to proceed.
Once you click enter site, you will be redirected to the page you originally navigated to, from there you can begin your shopping journey.
PLAYSTATION DIRECT RULES:ONE PS5 console per household. Please note if you have already purchased a PS5 console on direct.playstation.com, you will not be able to purchase a second console.
If you reach the front of the queue, be sure to have your PSN account info ready. Do not forget to grab a DualSense Controller and a PS5 game to begin your next-gen journey and qualify for free shipping!
PS5 consoles require you to use a PSN account to purchase.
As ever, you will need a bit of luck to be chosen to buy a console from the PlayStation Direct site today.
And it should be noted that PS5 Direct is only available in the United States and will not be an option for anyone with a UK Credit or Debit Card.