E3 2021: We expect great things from Nintendo this year

Nintendo has a lot of exciting projects in the works.

Last year, E3 was unexpectedly cancelled due to COVID-19, but the Electronic Entertainment Expo is actually happening this year. Due to the state of the world, E3 2021 will simply be a virtual event that anyone can access rather than an in-person conference held in Los Angeles. Several game developers and tech companies have already confirmed that they will be attending and showing off their new offerings. Of course, as Nintendo fans, we are super excited to learn more about what the Japanese video game company has in store. There will definitely be announcements for new Nintendo Switch games and who knows, we might even learn about some new Nintendo hardware.

When is E3 2021?

E3 2021 will run for four days starting Saturday, June 12 – Tuesday, June 15. Unlike previous years, this event will be completely virtual and anyone can tune in.

Which Game Publishers are attending E3 2021?

Several companies and game publishers have already confirmed that they will be attending the virtual E3 2021 event including:

  • Nintendo
  • Xbox
  • Square Enix
  • Capcom
  • Konami
  • Ubisoft
  • Take-Two Interactive
  • Warner Bros. Games
  • Koch Media

How do I watch virtual E3 2021?

E3 will have an official online portal for viewers to watch conferences and streams. Additionally, folks can also watch E3 on YouTube, Twitch, and other major video platforms.

You don’t have to pay anything to watch E3 2021 as the ESA specifically states “E3 will be completely free for all attendees and there will not be a paywall.”

Nintendo E3 2021: All news we expect to see

We already know that Nintendo is busy working on a few different projects. Here’s everything we expect to see from Nintendo at E3 2021.

Nintendo Switch Pro

There have been plenty of rumors that a Switch Pro or Super Switch is in the making. Bloomberg even reported that Nintendo and Samsung are teaming up to manufacture OLED displays for a new Switch console. It’s speculated that this Switch will have firmware that could support a 4K chip, giving it higher resolution than the current Switch.

Meanwhile, @SciresM, a dataminer on Twitter, recently explained that references to a new Switch model have been found in Switch firmware since the 10.0.0 update. It seems like something is definitely coming. Hopefully Nintendo gives us more information on it at E3. It would make sense as this would give people ample time to get excited for the new Switch before the holiday season hits.

Breath of the Wild 2

The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is obviously one of the foremost games on Nintendo fans’ minds. During a Nintendo Direct in February, Eiji Aonuma, the producer of The Legend of Zelda series stated that development for the sequel was “proceeding smoothly and we should be able to bring you some more information this year.” As such, it’s very possible we’ll learn more about Breath of the Wild 2 at E3.

We’ve got so many unanswered questions. It’s very likely that the Breath of the Wild sequel could release later this year. If that’s true, than we’ll definitely get some more info about it sometime soon.

Metroid Prime 4

The development of Metroid Prime 4 has been a saga all its own. The fourth installment was actually first announced at E3 2017, but then two years later Nintendo announced that they were unhappy with the game’s progress and would “restart development from the beginning” with Retro Studios at the wheel. Since then Retro Studios has been busy hiring various people to work on the game, so at least we know something is happening.

We definitely want to learn more about Metroid Prime 4, but considering that developing a game from scratch takes a long time and COVID has caused several delays in the gaming world, we’ll likely only get a teaser at E3 if we get anything at all.

Bayonetta 3

It’s been seven long years since PlatinumGames released Bayonetta 2 and four years since Bayonetta 3 was first revealed at the Game Awards 2017. As such, we at iMore are all itching to hear more about this upcoming game.

However, fans of this sexy witch need to temper their expectations. After all, it was only in January that PlatinumGames’ Hideki Kamiya told fans in a VGC interview “reset and forget about Bayonetta 3. Then when something finally does happen, it will be a nice surprise, won’t it?” Still, a lot can happen within a few months. Hopefully We’ll at least get a new teaser for Bayonetta 3 at E3.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Legends: Arceus isn’t scheduled to join the rest of the Pokémon games on Switch until 2022, but we can’t help be excited about it. The Pokémon Company is trying something new by having this action RPG take place in ancient Sinnoh, where players are tasked with creating the first-ever Pokédex. Some of the gameplay looks to deviate from core Pokémon RPGs as well. Players can toss ancient Poké Balls at Pokémon in the overworld or sneak up on Pokémon to enter battle.

There’s plenty of unknows surrounding the game and hopefully Nintendo will give us some more insights during E3.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

In February, we learned that Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl would be coming to Nintendo Switch in late 2021. That being the case, you can bet these remakes will be appearing during Nintendo’s Direct. Perhaps we’ll learn more about any changes that were made from the original DS games.

Splatoon 3

We first learned about this upcoming game from a Nintendo Direct in February. Splatoon 3 isn’t set to release until 2022, but we fully expect Nintendo to give us new details on multiplayer modes, arenas, and character customization options. From what we could tell in the video, it looks like the game is further along in its development, so hopefully there’s more to share during Nintendo’s portion of E3.

Nintendo Treehouse

Traditionally, folks from the Nintendo Treehouse have shown us exciting gameplay for upcoming Nintendo games. These previews often happen once a game is announced or more details for a game have been revealed. I’m really hoping we get to see some gameplay for Breath of the Wild 2, at least. Either way, we know it will be exciting to watch.

Can’t wait for Nintendo E3 2021

We can’t wait for mid-June to finally get here so we can learn about all of the exciting things Nintendo has in store for us. We’ll be updating this page regularly so check back frequently!

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