During its nearly 40-minute E3 2021 Nintendo Direct video presentation, Nintendo spotlighted a wide variety of new games coming to Nintendo Switch

Announcements include Metroid Dread, the first 2D Metroid game starring bounty hunter Samus Aran with a new story in 19 years; Mario Party Superstars, a new game in the Mario Party series featuring classic boards from the Nintendo 64 era and a collection of minigames from across the series; Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, which includes the first two Advance Wars games rebuilt from the ground up; WarioWare: Get It Together!, the newest game in the frenetic (and humorous) WarioWare series; and Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda, which is inspired by Game & Watch systems and features three of the earliest games in the Legend of Zelda series.


In addition, the next DLC fighter in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 DLC was revealed as Kazuya Mishima from the TEKKEN series. The debut of a new teaser for the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild also premiered during the Nintendo Direct presentation, showing off gameplay and a new world high above the kingdom of Hyrule.

A slate of exciting games from development and publishing partners were also featured, including Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope from Ubisoft, a sequel to the hit game Mario + Rabbids Kingdom BattleShin Megami Tensei V, the next entry in the acclaimed Shin Megami Tensei role-playing series, developed by Atlus and published by Nintendo in Australia and New Zealand; and three games in the Life is Strange series from SQUARE ENIX, including the latest game Life is Strange: True Colors.

Nintendo Direct E3 2021

Here’s all the new announcements from the Nintendo Direct:

Metroid Dread

The first 2D Metroid game with a new story in 19 years is coming this year to Nintendo Switch. 

Metroid Dread is a direct sequel to 2002’s Metroid Fusion and concludes the five-part saga focusing on the strange, interconnected fates of bounty hunter Samus and the Metroids, which kicked off with the original Metroid for NES.

In this game, Samus heads alone to a mysterious remote planet and is hunted by a dangerous new mechanical threat: the E.M.M.I. robots. By gaining abilities, players can return to areas they’ve already visited to find new places and hidden upgrades in classic Metroid gameplay.

Metroid Dread

Explore the sprawling map, evade the E.M.M.I. robots, and overcome the dread plaguing the planet when Metroid Dread launches for Nintendo Switch on 8th of October 2021. Pre-orders are now available in Nintendo eShop.

Metroid Dread Special Edition including the game, a SteelBook case, a 2D Metroid franchise artbook and five cards that feature box art from all the games in the five-part saga.

Finally, a new Samus amiibo figure featuring her suit from Metroid Dread and an E.M.M.I. amiibo figure will be available in a two-pack set at launch from select retailers and the My Nintendo Store.

The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

A new teaser for the upcoming Nintendo Switch game showed off gameplay, as a well as a vast new world high above the kingdom of Hyrule.

The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is aiming to launch for Nintendo Switch in 2022. More information about the game will be revealed in the future.


Kazuya Mishima Joins the Battle!

Kazuya Mishima from the TEKKEN fighting game series joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the latest DLC fighter in Fighters Pass Vol. 2, which also includes Min Min from ARMS, Steve & Alex from Minecraft, Sephiroth from FINAL FANTASY VII and Pyra / Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2, along with one final yet-to-be-announced fighter.

More information about Kazuya, including his exact release date, will be revealed in a special video presentation hosted by Masahiro Sakurai on 29th, 2021.

WarioWare: Get It Together! 

In WarioWare: Get It Together!, play through a vast array of quick microgames as Wario or his friends.

Each character has a distinct ability, changing the way you tackle each microgame. For the first time in the series, two players can also play microgames together on the same screen by sharing two Joy-Con controllers, or using wireless play with an additional console and game.

The weird, wild and wacky WarioWare: Get It Together! launches for Nintendo Switch on 10th of September 2021. Pre-orders start today in Nintendo eShop.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Mario and his friends team up with the Rabbids once again to restore order to the galaxy!

Explore planets filled with quirky residents and even quirkier secrets while you stop a mysterious evil from plunging the universe into chaos. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope will launch for Nintendo Switch in 2022. For players who want to experience the original Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, it’s currently 75% off in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch until 27th of June 2021.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Shin Megami Tensei V

In the latest entry of the acclaimed Shin Megami Tensei RPG series, play as a high school student who must harness newfound powers to fight through a demon-infested wasteland using a command-based system, where finding your enemy’s weak points is key to executing powerful combos.

Though demons are formidable opponents, some can be worthy allies and recruited via negotiations to fight alongside you in a dying world. How will your destiny unfold?

Find out when Shin Megami Tensei V, published by Nintendo in Australia and New Zealand, launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on 12th of November 2021.

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp

Command an army in strategic, turn-based combat as a tactical advisor for the Orange Star Army. Your expertise is needed as you move land, air, and naval units across the battlefield and unleash powerful CO abilities to turn the tide of battle.

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp

Take down enemy squads and capture towns and bases to secure victory and keep the peace. Keep an eye on the game-changing terrain and weather as you lead units across two campaigns that cover the events of Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising. 

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp launches for Nintendo Switch on 3rd of December 2021. Pre-orders start today in Nintendo eShop.

Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda

This new retro-inspired Game & Watch system includes three classic games in the Legend of Zelda series – The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – as well as a special version of Game & Watch classic Vermin starring Link as a playable character.

A playable digital clock based on The Legend of Zelda and a playable timer themed after Zelda II: The Adventure of Link are also included. Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda launches on 12th of November 2021 at select retailers and the My Nintendo Store.

Mario Party Superstars

It’s time for a superstar collection of Mario Party boards and minigames! 

Mario Party Superstars features five classic boards from the Nintendo 64 era and a collection of 100 minigames that spans the Mario Party series – and all game modes can be played online!

Mario Party Superstars launches for Nintendo Switch on the 29th of October 2021. Pre-orders start today in Nintendo eShop.

Mario Party Superstars


Get ready for the ride of a lifetime alongside your monster companions in the RPG adventure MONSTER HUNTER STORIES 2: Wings of Ruin. Explore diverse landscapes, gather materials and craft items for your journey as you battle in turn-based combat. Need some extra monster power?

Join up with friends for co-op multiplayer quests and battle. Play the free demo beginning 25th of June 2021 and carry over save data to the full game when it launches for Nintendo Switch on 9th of July 2021.

Life is Strange: True Colors

Life is Strange: True Colors tells the story of Alex, a young woman who possesses the supernatural ability to absorb and manipulate the strong emotions of others.

Experience the game’s engrossing story and challenging moral choices when it launches for Nintendo Switch on 11th of September 2021.

Nintendo Direct E3 2021 - Life is Strange True Colors

Life is Strange Remastered Collection

Experience the award-winning Life is Strange, as well as its prequel, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, with remastered visuals and animation.

The two games, with gripping narratives and memorable characters, are coming to Nintendo Switch for the first time as part of one compilation when Life is Strange Remastered Collection launches later this year.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania

More than 300 lovingly re-created levels and mazes, 12 fun mini-games and a delightful cast of characters make their return to the wondrous worlds of Super Monkey Ball in this remaster of the iconic original three Super Monkey Ball games – perfectly timed with the 20th anniversary of the beloved series. 

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania launches for Nintendo Switch on the 5th of October 2021.

Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp

Fan-favourite characters from the Danganronpa series are ready for summer in the new game Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp. Explore Jabberwock Island and develop your Dangan characters, gather money through battle and upgrade your equipment, then defeat bosses and move on to the next island.

Explore the tropical resort when Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp launches later this year.

Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp

Danganronpa Decadence

Three classic games in the Danganronpa series are also coming to Nintendo Switch. The physical collection consists of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Edition, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Anniversary Edition, and Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Anniversary Edition, in addition to the newest game Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp.

Play the visual novel collection or purchase any of the games separately in Nintendo eShop. Danganronpa Decadence launches for Nintendo Switch later this year.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass

By purchasing the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass players will receive two waves of DLC as they release: Wave 1: Pulse of the Ancients on 18th of June 2021 and Wave 2: Guardian of Remembrance at the end of November 2021.

Pulse of the Ancients features added weapon types, challenging enemies and an expanded roster, including the new playable Battle-Tested Guardian. Guardian of the Remembrance will bring new character vignettes, added stages, an expanded roster and new battle skills for existing characters.

Mario Golf: Super Rush

After Mario Golf: Super Rush launches on the 25th of June 2021, there is still more to come from the Mushroom Kingdom-infused golf game.

Free updates to the game that include additional courses and playable characters will be released in the future. The fairway is almost open! Pre-orders for the game are now available in Nintendo eShop.

Mario Golf - Super Rush

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

On the 16th of July 2021, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD launches for Nintendo Switch, immersing you in Link’s high-flying adventure with HD graphics and new control options.

Sold separately, a new Zelda & Loftwing amiibo figure, as well as a set of Joy-Con controllers themed after the Master Sword and Hylian Shield, also launch on the same day.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2

Get ramped up for two iconic skateboarding games fully remastered in HD!

Skate to era-defining jams as the legendary Tony Hawk and a roster of new and returning pros. Take your sessions on the go with all the original game modes and compete locally or online to show off your tricks against other skaters.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 launches for Nintendo Switch on 25th of June 2021. Pre-orders are now available in Nintendo eShop.

Just Dance 2022

Get ready to get down in the latest Just Dance game!

This new entry in the hit series features 40 hot new tracks like “Level Up” by Ciara, “Believer” by Imagine Dragons, “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé and many more.

Just Dance 2022

Dance to more than 700 songs with the Just Dance Unlimited subscription streaming service. One month free is included with the game.

Just Dance 2022 launches for Nintendo Switch on the 4th of November 2021.

Two Point Campus

Return to the funny, charming and quirky world of Two Point County!

In this wholesome management sim, you’ll build and run your very own university the way you want it. Lots of creative tools are at your disposal to make the school yours and take your educational empire to the next level. 

Two Point Campus launches for Nintendo Switch next year.

Worms Rumble

In this real-time, arena-based shooter, you’ll squish your invertebrate opponents in 32-player cross-platform combat.

Play in Daily Challenges, Battle Modes and seasonal events to worm your way up the ranks. Battle in a new map, Spaceport Showdown, and get your hands on the free Nintendo Switch-exclusive Patchwork Bear outfit which is available for two weeks after the game launches.

Worms Rumble

Pre-orders for Worms Rumble begin today on Nintendo eShop for a 25% discount, before the game wriggles onto Nintendo Switch on the 23rd of June 2021.

Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water

In this horror adventure game, you’ll cast out ghosts using the Camera Obscura and explore the mysteries surrounding the ethereal but deadly Mt. Hikami.

The spine-chilling story features various protagonists, letting you experience the game from different perspectives. This version of the game also includes new costumes. 

Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water launches for Nintendo Switch later this year.

Cruis’n Blast

The arcade smash hit Cruis’n Blast is speeding onto Nintendo Switch.

Blast your way through nearly 30 over-the-top tracks. Up to four players can race together, so pick your favourite vehicle and hit the road.

Cruis’n Blast

There are 23 vehicles ranging from licensed supercars to a Monster Truck, Tank, and even a Unicorn to choose from. 

Cruis’n Blast launches as a console exclusive on Nintendo Switch this spring.

DOOM Eternal DLC

Raze hell in the first campaign expansion for DOOM Eternal, The Ancient Gods – Part One.

Deeper and more challenging combat awaits as you eliminate Hell’s newest threats in demon-infested ruins and rain-swept terrain. The campaign expansion DLC will be available on Nintendo Switch now.


Relive the story of Goku and other Z Fighters in this action-RPG.

Play through the four arcs and face off against iconic foes. The world is yours to explore: Help residents, collect ingredients and train to acquire new skills.

The Boss Battle Episodes “A New Power Awakens Parts 1 and 2” are also included. DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT + A NEW POWER AWAKENS SET launches for Nintendo Switch on the 24th of September 2021.


Strange Brigade

In this third-person adventure, blast through an army of mummified monstrosities while solving perilous puzzles in booby-trapped ruins.

Go it alone or team up with other daring adventurers in local wireless co-op and online play. Strange Brigade launches for Nintendo Switch now.

Astria Ascending

The fantastical realm of Orcanon awaits!

As you explore this fully hand-painted world, you’ll customise a team of Demi gods and unleash devastating attacks in captivating, turn-based combat. Astria Ascending launches for Nintendo Switch on the 30th of September 2021.

During its nearly 40-minute Nintendo Direct | E3 2021 video presentation, Nintendo spotlighted a wide variety of new games coming to Nintendo Switch – with many launching in 2021.

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