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Nintendo at E3 2021: The 14 biggest announcements

Nintendo made several announcements during its Nintendo Direct at E3 2021. During Tuesday’s stream, Nintendo revealed all-new information and trailers for the reveal of Tekken’s Kazuya Mishima coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a bundle of Life is Strange games, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, Mario Party Superstars, Metroid Dread, WarioWare: Get It Together, a collection of Danganronpa games, Shin Megami Tensei 5’s release date, Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, Advance Wars 1 + 2 Re-Boot Camp, an expansion for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, and an update on the sequel to Breath of the Wild.

Here’s a roundup of the biggest announcements from Nintendo Direct at E3 2021.

Kazuya from Tekken is coming to Smash Bros.

The legendary big bad from the Tekken franchise, Kazuya Mishima, is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The villain of the Bandai Namco fighting game franchise joins other fighting game superstars like Ryu from Street Fighter and Terry Bogard from the Fatal Fury games.

Life is Strange games

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Three games from the Life is Strange franchise are coming to the Nintendo Switch soon. A remastered collection of the original games is heading to the console later this year and Life is Strange: True Colors will be coming on Sept. 10.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ball spinning franchise, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania will be coming to Nintendo Switch on Oct. 5

Mario Party Superstars

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Mario Party Superstars is a new title in the series that will feature 5 classic boards from the Mario Party franchise plus other 100 minigames. The title will also feature online play so you can play with your friends or strangers online.

Mario Party Superstars comes out on Oct. 29 and pre-orders begin today.

Metroid Dread

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Nintendo announced that they are still working on Metroid Prime 4. While we didn’t see anything new from that entry, we did get a reveal of a stylish return to the series’ 2D roots with Metroid Dread which is coming to the Switch on Oct. 8.

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The new title will also hit shelves with a pair of amiibo for Samus and EMMI, a new robot character introduced in the game.

Cruis’n Blast

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Cruis’n Blast, the latest entry in the long-running Cruis’n franchise of arcade racing games, is coming to Nintendo Switch this fall.

Arcade publisher Raw Thrills — a company co-founded by Eugene Jarvis, the original designer of the Cruis’n series under Midway Games back in the 1990s — released Cruis’n Blast in arcades in January 2017. It was the first Cruis’n title since 2007’s Wii game Cruis’n. The Switch title appears to be a port of that game, and it will be a console exclusive for Nintendo, meaning that it could also be released on PC.

WarioWare: Get It Together!

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The latest game in the wild minigame series is coming out with a new entry: WarioWare: Get It Together. Now two players can go wild in the microgame mayhem. The title comes to the Nintendo Switch on Sept. 10.

Shin Megami Tensei 5

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Shin Megami Tensei 5 brings its interdimensional and post-apocalyptic version of Tokyo to the Nintendo Switch. We got a look at the trailer, along with some gameplay including demon recruitment and fusing. The title will come to the console Nov. 12.

Danganronpa Decadence

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Danganronpa: Decadance brings three games from the franchise to the Nintendo Switch later this year. The bundle brings together Trigger Happy Havoc: Danganronpa, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, and Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

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The latest game in the ghostly photography franchise is getting a modern update with Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water. This new look for the horror game series comes to the Nintendo Switch later this year.

Advance Wars 1 + 2 Re-Boot Camp

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The Advanced Wars series is getting rebuilt from the ground up for the Nintendo Switch. Advance Wars 1 + 2 Re-Boot Camp brings together the first two games in the franchise in a single package. The updated version of the game comes on Dec. 3 with pre-orders starting later today.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass

The first DLC for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is coming on June 18. The update, Pulse of the Ancients, will be joined by another DLC update in November.

Legend of Zelda Game & Watch

For The Legend of Zelda’s 35th anniversary, Nintendo announced a new Game & Watch system that comes with downsized versions of The Legend of Zelda, Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and a Link-centric version of Vermin, along with a playable clock.

You’ll be able to pick up this throwback handheld on Nov. 12.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel

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The sequel to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is taking the story to the skies of Hyrule. Nintendo revealed a short trailer that leaves more questions than it answers. The company was short on details for the release, but they are aiming for a 2022 release.

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