Rumors about new games and hardware are already circulating.
A week from this Saturday on June 12 is the 2021 Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3. The convention is returning after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though in the interest of pandemic safety, it won’t be an in-person event. Instead, it’ll be a series of livestreams held by participating publishers and developers running from June 12 to June 15. Ever the masters of slow-burning hype, Nintendo has announced that they’ll be holding an E3 presentation, though not until the very last day of the event.
Nintendo will be livestreaming an E3 Nintendo Direct presentation on June 15 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time, Noon Eastern. The presentation will be about 40 minutes long, and will be focused exclusively on new games coming to the Nintendo Switch (which they presumably mentioned to assuage the swirling rumors about an upgraded Nintendo Switch console). Following the presentation, Nintendo Treehouse Live will be streaming gameplay from the new titles for about three hours.
Nintendo has remained its usual cagey self about what we could actually expect to hear about at this presentation, though the usual suspects of rumors have been making their rounds. Fans are hoping for some updates on the long-awaited Metroid Prime 4, the still-unnamed sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and the potential of a new Mario game. Platinum Games director Hideki Kamiya also teased the potential of some new info on the upcoming Bayonetta 3. On a personal note, I’m holding out hope for a new Smash Ultimate character and, with any luck, some info on Shin Megami Tensei V.
🗓 Nintendo at #E32021: 6/15, 9am PT!
Tune in for a #NintendoDirect with roughly 40 minutes of info focused exclusively on #NintendoSwitch software, mostly releasing in 2021, followed by around 3 hours of gameplay in #NintendoTreehouseLive | E3 2021.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 2, 2021
According to rumors that have been gradually escalating over the last few weeks, Nintendo has an upgraded Switch console in the works, colloquially known as the “Switch Pro.” The rumors allege that if Nintendo were to reveal the existence of this console, it would actually be before their E3 presentation, which means there’s only a couple of weeks left to see if the rumors were true, or if we all got Grinch’d again.