Nintendo Co. said its highly anticipated next game in the Zelda franchise, a sequel to Breath of the Wild, will be out in 2022. Series producer Eiji Aonuma said the sequel would take place in the skies above the first game's world. In a pre-recorded presentation Tuesday as part of the E3 video game showcase, Nintendo didn't mention the rumored upgraded version of the Switch, which is expected to be released later this year. The Japanese company plans to introduce a new model with a 7-inch OLED display and a faster graphics chip, Bloomberg previously reported. Nintendo's promotional video was full of fan-pleasing announcements such as Metroid Dread and WarioWare Get It Together, both coming out on Switch this fall.
Even with E3 only happening in the most technical sense, Nintendo fans have got to be happy. The Japanese publisher delivered with exciting announcements at its Tuesday showcase. The headline is unquestionably Metroid Dread, a new 2D game in the Metroid series and the first such Metroid game coming to consoles -- yup, this one's for Switch -- in almost 20 years. We also got a big time deep cut with a remastered collection gathering together the first two Advance Wars games. If you've never played this superb turn-based strategy game -- blissfully easy to learn, but lots of complexity beneath the surface -- then you're in for a treat.
Mario may be Nintendo's standard-bearer, but Samus Aran of the "Metroid" games is getting her own chance to headline. And it's the first new story in the series in 19 years to play in 2D, picking up after "Metroid Fusion," released in 2002 for the Game Boy Advance handheld. "Metroid Dread" pays homage to that game with its side-scrolling heritage that goes back to the first installment in the series, "Metroid," from 1986. Samus moves fast and fluidly runs, jumps, slides and climbs through lush landscapes with detailed 2.5D backgrounds. A new power, the Spider Magnet, allows the character to climb walls and stick to ceilings like Spider-Man.
Nintendo showed new footage of the long-awaited sequel Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 during its E3 livestream on Tuesday afternoon, along with a tentative launch date of 2022. The company revealed a new teaser for the game, which is set in the same world as its critically acclaimed predecessor. This time, the action will take in the skies above Hyrule as well as on land, with Link able to fly to islands floating far above the earth. During the presentation, Nintendo also revealed a new horror-tinged Metroid title, Metroid Dread, the first 2D instalment in the series for 19 years, in which spacefarer Samus Aran is pursued by distressing transforming robot drones. Nintendo's other upcoming Metroid game, first-person shooter Metroid Prime 4, was mentioned, but not shown. There will also be a fresh Warioware game, Get It Together, in which players barrel through bizarre microgames about everything from squeezing toothpaste to balancing a towering ice-cream cone to plucking chest hairs from statues.
Earlier today, Nintendo was one of the last major publishers to host an E3 2021-related event, and the company did not disappoint. After seemingly trolling its fans with a lengthy look at the expansion pass for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, the company delivered the goods. We got a brief but tantalizing look at the sequel to Breath of the Wild, and it was glorious. Nintendo showed off the game's expanded open world, which includes the skies above Hyrule, and said it hopes to release the title sometime in 2022. The company also showed off Advance Wars remakes, a new WarioWare game and a rebooted version of Metroid Dread.