Everything announced at the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct

Not the new hardware we were hoping for...

E3 has been pumping out announcements left, right and centre over the last few days, but few have been as eagerly awaited as this morning’s Nintendo Direct. After months of rumours about a potential Nintendo Switch Pro and so much confusion over when the hell Breath of the Wild 2 is actually going to arrive, we finally have some answers – but they’re not necessarily the ones we hoped for.

Let’s dig into all the news from the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct.

Breath of the Wild 2 trailer and release date

Zelda fans have been waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for news of a Breath of the Wild sequel ever since it blew us all away in 2017. Well, that patience (or lack thereof) has finally paid off, with Nintendo dropping a teaser trailer showing off new gameplay and stunning visuals. We also have a release date – well, a release year: 2022. That’s still a little far off for my liking, but it’s sure to be worth the wait.

The Legend of Zelda Game & Watch

Speaking of Zelda, Nintendo is dropping a Zelda-themed Game & Watch handheld to celebrate the franchise’s 35th anniversary. It’s… fine, but not exactly what we meant when we said we wanted new hardware. Nintendo, pls.

Mario Party Superstars

In non-Zelda-related news, Nintendo is also dropping a new Mario Party title. Mario Party Superstars will combine maps and classic minigames from previous entries (all the way back to my childhood fave, the O.G. Mario Party on Nintendo 64). It also features online multiplayer, allowing you to challenge friends (and total strangers) through your Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

Metroid Dread

Our Nintendo overlords sadly didn’t have any Metroid 4 Prime news to share this Direct, but fans will have something to tide them over – Metroid Dread. The first 2D title in the series in almost two decades, it’s set for an October 8 release, to be joined with two new amiibo.

WarioWare: Get it Together!

Fans of WarioWare on the Gameboy Advance and GameCube are in for a nostalgic treat, with the new WarioWare: Get it Together! set to drop on September 10. It’s packed with zany minigames and quirky characters, and for the first time, allows both solo and two-player co-op play.

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp

These classic Gameboy Advance strategy titles are getting remade for the Switch era, with all-new 3D graphics, but the same gameplay you know and love. The two-in-one game launches on December 3, with preorders kicking off right now.