A new metroid

A new Metroid?

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Nintendo’s E3 Direct premiered on Tuesday, June 15 and showed off some big upcoming titles. One of the biggest surprises was Metroid Dread, a new 2D game in the series that comes out in October. There was also a new Mario Party shown, a Zelda Game & Watch and more footage from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2. What didn’t make the show was the upgraded version of the Switch.

When and where can I watch the E3 Nintendo Direct?

The show is over, but you can watch it again on GameSpot’s YouTube channel. 

What is a Nintendo Direct? 

When Nintendo wants to show off its upcoming games or hardware, it’ll showcase them in livestreamed Nintendo Direct event. Sometimes it shows off a bunch of titles, whether they be major franchises or indie games, and other times it spends an entire program dedicated to a single game, as it did with Pokemon Sword and Shield

Kazuya is about to Smash

The first announcement from the event: Kazuya Mishima from the Tekken series is the next character coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Switch. He’ll have the same moves from the Tekken series although with some slight differences to fit in with the Smash gameplay. More info about Kazyua will come in another Nintendo Direct on June 28.

Life is doubly Strange

The beloved Life is Strange series will head to the Switch with Life is Strange: True Colors and Life is Strange Remastered Collection. Life is Strange: Two Colors comes out on Sept. 10 and the Life is Strange Remastered Collection will out later this year. 

Catch up on the Life is Strange series on the Switch.

Catch up on the Life is Strange series on the Switch. 


Get rolling with Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania

It was 20 years ago when the first Super Monkey Ball game came out. Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania includes the first three games in the series:  Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2, and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe. The compilation releases for the Switch on Oct. 5.

Mario Party Superstars takes the party online 

The Mario Party series comes to the Switch on Oct. 29. It has more party maps and will include online multiplayer. 

Another Metroid is coming

The Metroid Prime series has been long dormant although Metroid Prime 4 is in the works. Nintendo revealed there’s another Metroid game coming, Metroid Dread. The action is 2D like the original game but it has 3D models. It comes out on Oct. 8 of this year. 

WarioWare returns

The mini-game-filled WarioWare is back. WarioWare: Get It Together will have a lot of super short mini-games and even two-player multiplayer. It comes out for the Switch on Sept. 10.

Shin Megami Tensei V out in November

The long-running demon partnering Shin Megami Tensei series will exclusively release on the Switch on Nov. 12. Players will have to team up with demons in order to save the world. 

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp

Advance Wars was a turn-based strategy game first released in the US on the Game Boy Advance. The series has been forgotten by Nintendo, but the first two Advance War games — Advance Wars and Advance Wars: Black Hole Rising — will return on the Switch as Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp releasing on Dec. 3.

Zelda goes portable…again

Before there was Gameboy, Nintendo had Game & Watch. The small electronic devices had simple games for people to carry with them. The Zelda Game & Watch is a bit more sophisticated as it’ll have the Legends of Zelda, Legends of Zelda 2: Adventures of Link, Link’s Awakening and a game called Vermin starring Link. The new Game & Watch is to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the series and coming out last this year. 

So many Zelda games in one tiny package.

So many Zelda games in one tiny package.


Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 heads to Switch in 2022

Ending the show was a new gameplay video of Breath of the Wild 2. The game will take place on Hyrule but will also incorporate the sky above. Breath of the Wild 2 comes out sometime in 2022. 

Head back to Hyrule in 2022.

Head back to Hyrule in 2022.


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