As E3 and Summer Game Fest’s line-ups become more clear, we’re getting a better sense of the madness we’ll be dealing with in this year’s Hot Game Summer. Nintendo has finally confirmed what it’s doing, as the company announced it’ll be hosting a Nintendo Direct and an extensive Treehouse Live event during the week of E3.
On June 15 at 9 a.m. Pacific, Nintendo will hold a 40-minute Direct presentation showing off games coming to the Switch. The announcement posted to the company’s social channels specifically notes “software” for its presentation, which seems like an unnecessary clarifier if there isn’t news about possible “hardware” on the horizon. Rumors have been circulating that an announcement for a beefier Nintendo Switch console is imminent, but this seems like Nintendo is trying to keep expectations in check ahead of the event. Which is big of them, considering the company’s done a poor job of setting those before. However, it would be in line with reports that say any such announcement might come before E3. So perhaps Nintendo is setting up for another announcement in the coming days.
The Direct will be followed by a three-hour Nintendo Tree House Live stream, which will show off gameplay for upcoming projects.
? 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
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So what should we expect to see during Nintendo’s showcase? This might finally be the time to show off more of the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel that has been MIA since its original announcement back in 2019. But we may also see something of substance of Metroid Prime 4 or the next downloadable character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The only thing we can be sure of is that, no matter what Nintendo shows, the internet will collectively be satisfied and not angry that something very specific it wanted wasn’t announced, right?
Nintendo is one of the many companies making an appearance at E3 2021’s digital event this year. Xbox, Capcom, Square-Enix, and several others will also be presenting something at the show. Sony still hasn’t said anything about what it’s doing during the usual June announcementpalooza, but it won’t be taking part in E3 this year, as it didn’t in 2019 when the event was last held.