Nintendo, with huge titles like The Legend of Zelda and Pokemon behind them, have a lot to show gamers over the next year. E3 is one of the biggest opportunities to give a little taste of what we can expect to see in the future.
Here's everything we know about their all-digital event
LATEST - Nintendo Sales Up
As spotted by The Verge, recent figures, put forward by Nintendo, show huge growth for the brand. Total Switch sales have now surpassed 28.8 million, higher than their estimated figure of 26.5 million.
Alongside this, game sales raised by 37%, selling 230.88 million copies in the same period it took them to sell 168.72 million last year. This allows Nintendo to have a bigger budget and more room to experiment alongside it.
Could We See More From Pokemon Diamond/Pearl?
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl are two titles that Pokemon fans can't wait for. However, the announcement didn't come without its controversy.
Players were hoping for the titles to adopt the newer style, translating that to the Sinnoh Region and Diamond-Pearl. However, Nintendo is actually just updating the chibi-type style of Diamond-Pearl and it looks... Unusual when you're running around in the world.
You can check out the only trailer we have so far:
We know people will buy it, it's a Pokemon game, but will Nintendo include an updated look at Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl to try and win over those nay-sayers?
We are expecting it to make some kind of appearance.
Zelda and Splatoon 3 To Be Focal Point
Nintendo insider and leaker Samus Hunter has hinted that Zelda and Splatoon 3 will be key parts of Nintendo's Direct presentation during E3 2021.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda series and a Skyward Sword remaster is due out in July.
But, fans are expecting, and hoping, to see more from the celebration than a remaster of one of the least popular titles.
It has been reported that Twilight Princess and Ocarina of Time could be coming to the Nintendo Switch this year, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
Splatoon 3 was revealed during a recent Nintendo Direct so we can expect to see more information on that as well as gameplay.
The Nintendo Treehouse is when we see gameplay of upcoming titles, so we can expect to see some Splatoon 3 gameplay and all of the new changes coming to the series.
New Pokemon Snap Content Update?
With Nintendo's latest Pokemon title, New Pokemon Snap, right around the corner, we're wondering whether we might see more information about any future title updates for the game at E3 2021.
If there's one thing Nintendo games do well, it's last a long time. They often only release one iteration of their Mario titles every console generation. With this in mind, we won't be seeing another Pokemon Snap title for another few years.
But that isn't a bad thing, given the sandbox nature of the title. Could we see new generations of Pokemon announced at E3 2021? Maybe even a new region altogether?
Nintendo Confirmed for E3 2021
As part of the announcement from the E3 on April 6, Nintendo has been confirmed as a partnering exhibitor for E3 2021.
E3 2021 will be taking place between June 12th-15th and going off of previous years it looks like we may see Nintendo's Direct towards the beginning of the event.
However, nothing has been confirmed and they do usually pop up at the end of the list when people refer to all the big publishers that will be appearing. This could mean that we won't see them until the end of the event, but only time will tell...
What Games Will be Announced?
The Legend of Zelda's 35th anniversary this year has fans on the edge of their seats for the long-expected Breath of the Wild 2.
The teaser trailer was announced during E3 2019, and following last year's cancellation and the anniversary this year, we can expect to hear more about the game this year.
Nintendo gave us Super Mario Mario 3D All-Stars in September 2020, to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Mario, so we are looking to Nintendo to do the same for Zelda. We are also expecting to hear more about both Mario Golf Super Rush and Miitopia.
There is also potential for news on the release of the Switch Pro console. With the recent releases of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X, the Switch Pro would see Nintendo become more up to date with next-gen gaming.
This may also spark the possibility for a new Mario game, perhaps the next Mario 3D or a new Mario Kart game. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was released with the introduction of the original Nintendo Switch, so perhaps now is the time we'll see the next instalment.
We could even hear announcements about the next generation of Pokémon or more on the remakes of Diamond and Pearl which are coming out later this year.
The Pokémon Company, however, often do their own shows, which could mean the announcement of anything new in the world of Pokémon will be in their hands.
What Else to Expect?
In previous years, Nintendo hosted online championships for Splatoon 2 and Smash Bros.
This year we can expect similar from Nintendo in the form of Splatoon invitational and Smash Bros. Ultimate online open.
With Animal Crossing: New Horizons releasing in March 2020, we may hear more about the game and what's coming next with it at E3 2021, having missed out due to last years cancellation. There may be an opportunity for new expansions and DLC's.
How Can You Get Involved?
This year E3 is embarking on an all-virtual event, designed to be accessible to everyone everywhere, tickets are not yet available you can subscribe to the newsletter to hear about when they will be at the E3 Expo website.
"In 2021, E3 is coming to you. This year’s event will be a reimagined and hyper-engaged digital experience, paving the way for so much more in 2022 and beyond. With live press conferences and a four-day long video stream, E3 2021’s virtual format gives you unprecedented access to the premier video game industry event." - E3
How To Watch?
E3 2021 will be available through both an online portal and mobile app. It will also be available on other large streaming platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. This year is going to be the most-viewed E3 event in history!