We’re now mere weeks away from the biggest industry games event of the year. E3 may have sat it out last year due to the ongoing pandemic, but it returns in 2021 as a digital event full of exciting announcements and presentations set to take place virtually over livestream. Nintendo, of course, was the progenitor of this format in tightly-packaged Nintendo Directs. That’s why it should come as no surprise that they have big plans in store for this year!
The Nintendo Direct E3 2021 presentation has been given an official date and time, as revealed earlier today on twitter. It kicks off on June 15th, 2021 at 5pm BST here in the UK, and will last for roughly 40 minutes. The tweet revealed that the Direct will focus exclusively on software – more specifically games that are “mostly releasing in 2021”. This initial 40 minutes will be followed by three hours of in-depth gameplay courtesy of Nintendo’s Treehouse team.
🗓 Nintendo at #E32021: 6/15, 9am PT!— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 2, 2021
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.
News of the E3 Direct follows recent rumours that the Japanese tech giant will also soon be announcing a revamped version of its console, the Nintendo Switch, which is reportedly planned to ship ahead of the holiday season. Nintendo itself is yet to comment on this scuttlebutt, but news site Bloomberg claims to have reputable sources. Will the E3 Direct make mention of the so-called Switch Pro? It would make sense if it’s revealed ahead of June 15th as some have suggested.
Fans will be hoping for updates on major games like Bayonetta 3, Metroid Prime 4 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 as part of the E3 2021 Direct. All three of the games mentioned haven’t been heard from for several years, and using the word “hence” in its own wording does leave Nintendo to also talk about the far future. Until then, we still don’t know most of the Nintendo Switch’s first-party release slate going into the latter half of the year, so expect that to be touched upon.