While Microsoft went ahead and made Gamepass an even more salivating proposition this E3, Nintendo responded in kind and went ahead and made the Switch an even more appealing prospect with some great reveals too. Though there was one major piece of news missing from the announcement, that of the rumoured Switch Pro or whatever Nintendo may name it. Most gamers got some major announcements in the form of a specific RPG installment and the sequel to one of the most critically acclaimed Zelda titles. Here’s the ones that rocked our boat:
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild 2
So that’s the big one finally being shown and given a release date of 2022, which is honestly still too far away. The game does have a title, but Nintendo are being coy on it at the moment. Expect more of the same along with Nintendo pulling in new gameplay elements and innovations.
While we’re waiting for news on Metroid Prime 4 or a remaster release for games 1-3 (hint, hint), we can jump back into a new 2D Metroid adventure. Metroid Dread has been in the works for over sixteen years apparently and now we finally have some new footage that seems to combine traditional Metroid thrills with a distinct horror vibe. Metroid Dread will be available on October 8th, 2021.
Shin Megami Tensei V
Atlus’s long running horror RPG series is finally getting the next main game installment. Once again travel to an alternate apocalypse Tokyo to fight demons, befriend them and fuse them to create even more powerful monsters. Shin Megami Tensei V releases on November 12, 2021.
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
Originally released on the WiiU in 2014, this installment in the main line Fatal Frame series will be getting some remaster love for Nintendo Switch and surprisingly, other consoles this year. While there is no firm release date, gamers can get ready to brave the supernatural terrors of Hikami Mountain with nothing but a special camera to protect them from the ghastly ghosts out to end their lives. This version will include new costumes and photo modes.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
Easily one of the best remasters/remakes of a classic series of games, the Birdman is going to fly on Switch at the end of this month. Well June 25th 2021 to be exact. It’s Tony Hawk. It’s amazing. What more needs to be said?
Set during the 1930’s this 1-4 player co-op shooter adventures was rip-roaring pulp adventure fun when it launched in 2018. Now it’s hitting the Switch with online and local wireless co-op and a lot of tongue-in-cheek humour. Strange Brigade is out now on the eShop.
DOOM Eternal: The Ancient Gods Part One
DOOM Eternal’s brutal, high-velocity campaign continues in this first story expansion for the game. Jump in where you left off from the main campaign for an expansion that makes the difficulty of the main campaign look like a walk in the park. The Ancient Gods Part One is available now.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass Wave 1 – Pulse of The Ancients
Hyrule Warriors, think Dynasty Warriors for Legend of Zelda, is getting two expansions. The First, Pulse of the Ancients will be out on June 18th 2021 while Guardian of Remembrance will be out in November.
Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda
As Nintendo did for its 35th Mario Anniversary with the launch of a sweet Mario Game & Watch console, so too is Legend of Zelda receiving a stunning Game & Watch of its own. Featuring four games: The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Vermin (Link Version) along with an interactive digital clock and timer and some nostalgic packaging, you can expect this to sell faster than a petrol filled house can burn down. Available on November 12th 2021.