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Nintendo's 2021 E3 Was Actually Pretty Good.

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I wasn't expecting much from Nintendo given past E3 showcases. Yet while there was some miandering, the show started and ended on a high note. So let's get into that.

Some of these games people were looking forward to.

Some of these games people were looking forward to.

The assessment of the showcase...

So yeah Nintendo Smashed the gates wide open by showing Kazuya Mashima from Tekken as Smash DLC. I liked how comically dark the trailer was with Kazuya dropping many of the roster into a volcano. They even demonstrated Kazuya’s moves, and I’m pleased to know they lifted several of his moves from Tekken 2 onward.

Following that was the announcement that the Life Is Strange HD versions and True Colors are coming to Switch, with True Color having dropped on September 10. Meaning it’s available now as of writing this. While the HD remasters of the previous two games coming later this year.

Next is news that Square’s Guardians of The Galaxy will be ported to the Switch. Which is fine, the more the merrier. It’ll be available for the Switch October 26th. Which adds the Switch to the number of consoles that got Guardians on that day.

Following that was the announcement that Worms Rumble will be ported to the Switch. Originally released on December 1 2020 for the PS4, PS5, and Window, Worms Rumble is the 24 installment to the action, battle royale video games Worms. It was ported to the Switch on June 23rd, with the first two weeks being available for free. Sure hope Worms fans have been enjoying it since then.

After that was Astria Ascending, a side scroller RPG with a turn based Battle System. You control one of four warrior to defend the world, Orcana from an array of dangerous monster. Austria Ascending was available on The Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox, and Steam September 30th.

Then there was Two Point Campus. A game where you can build and run your own college campus. It’ll be available in 2022 with no specific date announced.

Following that was the announcement of Monkey Ball’s 20 Anniversary. This latest title Super Monkey-Ball Banana-Mania dropped October 5th 2021. Meaning it’s available as of writing this.

Following that was Mario Party Superstars. It’ll have five classic boards from the Nintendo 64 era like Peach’s Birthday Cake and Space Land. It’ll also include 100 mini-game from across the Mario Party series, and online play. You can also save your progress. Mario Party Super Stars dropped October 29th on the Switch.

Following that was Metroid Dread, which I thought was a fan project given the title. But after seeing that trailer that this E3 conference, it turns out it was real. And the gameplay looks sick too, and it dropped on Switch October 8th, 2021. Meaning it’s available now as of writing this. Which solidifies that to me, this is indeed real. And based on what I've seen it did quite well.

Next was a quick announcement of the following coming to the Switch:”Just Dance 2022, which dropped on November 4th 2021, and A racing game called Cruis’n Blast.

Then there was DragonBall Z Kakarot which came to the Switch September 24th with a new “Power Awakens Set.”

After that was The Mario Golf:Super Rush. It comes with different mods like Standard Golf. Speed Golf, which is a race between you and your friends to be the first to get the ball in the hole. Battle Golf where you hit your ball into nine hole in an obstacle filled arena. And you get three holes to win. Golf Adventure, which is like an RPG version of golf. Mario Golf Super Rush dropped on June 25th, meaning it’s available.

After that was Monster Hunter Story 2:Wings of Ruin. At least here, we got to see some gameplay, which looks intriguing to me. And there’s also multiplayer, which seems nice. It’s already available though since it dropped July 9th. Really hope fans are enjoying it.

Next was WarioWare:Get it Together… This is a tad irony for me, as I wondered when Nintendo would make a new Wario game. Careful what you wish for, I guess. I’m shocked it’s for the Switch, as it looked like a SmartPhone game with the aesthetics to the micro-games looking like point and click games. It also had multi-player. This game is also available now since it dropped on September 10th.

Next Shin Megami Tensei V, which of course as a turn based battle system. A Battle system that when you exploit a demon’s weakness can allow you unleash a string of combo attacks. You can also recruit demons through negotiations, which might cut down on the number of battles you fight. You can also fuse demons together. It became available on November 12, as Pre-order for physical version was available on June 21st.

Following that was Danganronpa Decadence, is a remastered compilation of the first three Danganronpa games, and released in Japan on November 4th, and it dropped in the U.S. on December 3rd 2021.

After that was Fatal Frame:Maiden of Blood Water, which showed of different protagonists of which you’d experience the story and gameplay through. It’s a relaunch of the WiiU game that was released back in 2014, and dropped October 28th 2021.

After that was Doom Eternal: The Ancient God Part 1: An expansion for Doom Eternal that had new terrain and enemies. It dropped June 15th after the Nintendo conference, and I hope Doom fans are having a blast with it.

Following that was re-released bundle of Tony Hawk Pro-Skater 1 and 2. While these carried all the original gameplay modes, they had the added feature of being able to play online. It launched on June 25th 2021, and must be a good dose of nostalgia for Pro-Skater players who own a Switch.

Then there was Rebellion:Strange Brigade. Where you and friends play as a team of adventurers take down an ancient undead sorcerer. It was originally released on PS4 and Xbox One on August 28th 2018, and Stadia August 1 2020. It was released on Nintendo Switch June 25th 2021. Despite its C+ score it apparently sold well enough to get a Nintendo Switch port.

Following that was The Mario+Rabbids Sparks of Hope. It’s a sequel to Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Mario and crew ventures to the stars to save the universe from a mysterious new enemy. It’s slated to be released some time in 2022, though it’s April 2022 as of me writing this, and there’s no specific date announced.

Following that Advanced Wars 1 and 2 was reimagined and reworked from the ground up with new CGI graphics, and 2-D animations. Named Advanced Wars Reboot Camp, it dropped on Nintendo Switch December 3 2021.

And lastly we got an expansion pass for Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity. We were shown a few new levels and a weapon or two, and it takes place 100 years before Breath of The Wild’s storyline. It was also was announced to be available on Nintendo e-shop June 18th 2021.

Along with that was Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD game for the Switch and it dropped on July 16th 2021.

After that was the Legend of Zelda Game n’ Watch which came with the first three Legend of Zelda titles. It came out on November 12th 2021.

And finally there was footage for Breath of The Wild 2. We got scenes of Link sky-diving, riding along a wire, battling enemies while manipulating time, and traveling to some interesting venues. There apparently there will be a over world and underworld like in Skyward Sword. It’ll be coming out in 2022, meaning I’mma have to look more into this.

More games fans are looking forward to.

More games fans are looking forward to.

The Conclusion...

All and all the Nintendo Direct was the second best E3 showcase. It came out swinging with showing Kazuya for Smash Bros. DLC, dragged in the middle with games like DragonBall Z:Karaoke port, Mario Golf Superstar, and Just Dance 2022. But it ended on a high note with Legend of Zelda Breath of The Wild 2.

It's Nintendo's best E3 showcase in a while, and I'm glad for them in that regard.

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