Jun 15, 2021
Nintendo Direct E3 2021 Transcript
The Nintendo Direct E3 2021 event took place on June 15. Read the transcript with updates and announcements from Nintendo here.
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Shinya Takahashi: (00:22)
Hello everyone. I’m Shinya Takahashi, and I’ll be your guide for today’s Nintendo Direct.
Yoshiaki Koizumi: (00:28)
Hello. I’m Yoshiaki Koizumi, and I’ll be your guide as well.
Shinya Takahashi: (00:33)
The Nintendo Switch system is now in its fifth year, and many people around the world are playing games on it. Nintendo Switch is being enjoyed by a wide range of players, spanning all ages and all levels of gaming experience. Thank you all very much. We’ve been able to offer a wide variety of games on the system, not just from Nintendo, but also from our many development and publishing partners. I hope that each of you watching this Nintendo direct will be able to find a game that suits your personal tastes.
Yoshiaki Koizumi: (01:11)
Today we have news on upcoming Nintendo Switch games, and we’ll be focusing on a selection of games releasing this year. We hope you enjoy it.
Yoshiaki Koizumi: (01:22)
Okay. To begin, please take a look at this video.
Speaker 1: (01:24)
Get ready for the next battle.
Speaker 1: (01:24)
Kazuya Mishima wins.
Masahiro Sakurai: (03:46)
Hello. I’m Masahiro Sakurai from Sora Ltd. and the director of the Super Smash Brothers Ultimate game. Kazuya Mishima from the fighting game series Tekken will join the battle. Surprise. I’ll go over the details at a later date, so please sit tight. For today, though, we’ve prepared a short video to showcase Kazuya’s moves in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Please take a look. This feels like Tekken. No, it’s Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. I’ll talk about the fighter more in a future presentation. We still have to record it first, actually. The air date is shown below. Please stay tuned.
Shinya Takahashi: (05:24)
Thank you, Mr. Sakurai. New fighter Kazuya will join the fight in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Please look forward to seeing how Kazuya, who has experienced many harsh battles across the Tekken series, will fight in this game. All right. Let’s continue with our first batch of Nintendo Switch headlines.
Speaker 2: (05:52)
Your choices matter in these emotional supernatural tales. Life is Strange: True Colors launches on Nintendo Switch September 10, and Life is Strange: Remastered Collection comes to Nintendo Switch later this year.
Speaker 2: (07:09)
There’s something for everyone on the Nintendo Switch system. You are Star Lord, leading a legendary band of heroes for hire in this thrilling action adventure game. Jump on a wild ride across the cosmos. Overwhelm opponents with Star Lord’s daring combat style, and encounter iconic and original Marvel characters. You’ll call the shots for the unpredictable Guardians as you face cosmic threats to save the galaxy. You got this, probably. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy blasts onto Nintendo Switch October 26.
Speaker 2: (07:45)
Worms, everywhere. In this real-time arena based shooter, you’ll squish your invertebrae opponents in 32 player cross-platform combat, play in daily challenges, battle modes, and seasonal events to worm your way up the ranks. Plus the patchwork bear outfit, exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version, will be available for free for two weeks after launch. A new map, Spaceport Showdown, launches with Worms Rumble, wriggling onto Nintendo Switch June 23. Get a 25% discount when you pre-order the game starting today on Nintendo eShop.
Speaker 2: (08:19)
The fantastical realm of Orcanon awaits. As you explore this fully hand-painted world, you’ll customize a team of demi-gods and unleash devastating attacks in captivating turn-based combat. Astria Ascending launches on Nintendo Switch September 30.
Speaker 2: (08:42)
Returned to the funny, charming, and quirky world of Two Point County. In the wholesome management sim Two Point Campus, you’ll build and run your very own university the way you want it. Lots of creative tools are at your disposal to make the school yours and take your educational empire to the next level. Enrollment for Two Point Campus starts on Nintendo Switch next year.
Speaker 2: (09:10)
A beloved series rolls into its 20th anniversary this year.
Speaker 3: (09:14)
Speaker 2: (10:12)
Go bananas when Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania rolls on to Nintendo Switch October 5th.
Speaker 2: (10:21)
It’s a blast from parties past… and you’re invited. Ready for another round of Mario party mayhem? Of course you are. It’s a superstar collection of Mario Party boards and mini games. Live it up on five classic boards from the Nintendo 64 era, including Peach’s Birthday Cake, and Space Land. Each board is packed with zany events guaranteed to keep you on your toes. And when we say zany, we mean it.
Speaker 2: (10:49)
Jump, connect blocks, and give facelifts? In hilarious over the top mini games, all of which support button controls. With 100 mini games from the Mario Party series catalog, you’ll have a blast in this all star fun fest.
Speaker 2: (11:07)
Here’s a little party favor, all game modes work with online play. Even if you’re partying solo, you can randomly match with other party-goers worldwide. Playing a board game online with friends? Save your progress mid-game, grab a snack, then resume the festivities. Stickers are also available to communicate with others. It’s time to part-ay in Mario Party Superstars, launching on the Nintendo Switch system, October 29th. Pre-orders begin today on Nintendo eShop.
Masahiro Sakurai: (11:42)
What did you think? Before we show this next trailer, I’d like to say one thing. Currently, we are working hard on the latest game in the Metroid Prime series, Metroid Prime 4, which we previously announced. But today, we’d like to introduce another new entry in the Metroid franchise. Please take a look.
Masahiro Sakurai: (14:20)
With the trailer for the first new 2D Metroid game in roughly 19 years, the brand new Metroid Dread game. As the name dread implies, this is a Metroid game with a new feel, showcasing a variety of threats that Samis will encounter. It’s scheduled to be released on October 8th, so it won’t be too long until launch. On that same day, we’ll also be releasing amiibo figures for Samis, and the E.M.M.I., the robot seen in the video. Let’s move on to more Nintendo Switch headlines.
Speaker 2: (15:00)
These familiar franchises are back on Nintendo Switch.
Speaker 2: (15:06)
Get ready to get down in the latest Just Dance game.
Speaker 4: (15:27)
Speaker 2: (15:28)
Hit the dance floor in Just Dance 2022, launching on Nintendo Switch, November 4th.
Speaker 2: (15:37)
The arcade smash hit Cruis’n Blast is speeding onto Nintendo Switch. Blast your way through nearly 30 over the top tracks. Up to four players can race together, so pick your favorite vehicle and hit the road. Cruis’n Blast launches as a console exclusive on Nintendo Switch this fall. It’s The Ultimate DRAGON BALL Z Experience. Relive the story of Goku and other Z fighters through four sagas in this action RPG. Saiyan, protect the earth from an invasion by Vegeta and Nappa. Frieza, take a stand against the evil emperor. Cell, battle the androids in a fight to the death. Majin Buu, an epic showdown with the most fearsome foe. Along with the main story, you can explore the vast world of Dragon Ball Z. Hey, why not help out the locals? Or collect ingredients for delicious meals? You could always train to acquire new skills too. There are lots of things to keep you busy. The boss battle episodes, a new power awakens, parts one and two is also included. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot + A New Power Awakens Set punches it its way onto Nintendo Switch, September 24th.
Speaker 2: (17:05)
Grab a golf club and get ready to tee off. The Mario Golf: Super Rush game launches soon. Here’s a quick glimpse into each of the modes. Standard golf, take your time to read the wind and terrain on the greens.
Speaker 5: (17:23)
Speaker 2: (17:27)
Hit different types of shots, aim for under par.
Speaker 5: (17:32)
Speaker 2: (17:35)
Speed golf. Smack your ball, then chase after it. Be the first to get your ball in the hole. Outpace your rivals with special dashes and special shots. Battle golf. Duke it out over nine flag marked holes in an obstacle filled arena. Capture three flags to win. Golf adventure. Go from rookie to pro with your Mii character. The golfing challenges that await may surprise you.
Speaker 2: (18:08)
And here’s some news. Free updates are planned for future release, including additional courses and playable characters. The fairways almost open, so set your tee time and get ready to ace those shots in Mario Golf: Super Rush, swinging onto the Nintendo Switch system, June 25th. Pre-orders are available now on Nintendo eShop. Ready for the ride of a lifetime? Welcome to the vast and vibrant world of Monster Hunter. As a rider in this RPG adventure, you’ll explore diverse landscapes by riding your Monstie, a monster companion. Gather materials such as honey and ore, then use them to craft items for your journey. But beware of the mini monsters roaming about. Some are docile, but others may suddenly ambush you. To fight, you’ll team up with your monstie and use weapons and skills to overwhelm enemy monsters and turn-based battles. Win, and you’ll be rewarded with their materials, which can be forged into new weapons and armor.
Speaker 2: (19:25)
Hey, is that an egg? You might be able to hatch a new Monstie. Incredibly powerful Monsties can also hatch from rare eggs. Need more traveling buddies? Join up with friends for co-op multiplayer quests and battles. Buckle up rider, it’s going to be a real monster of an adventure.
Speaker 2: (19:44)
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin soars onto Nintendo Switch July 9th. You can play the free demo on June 25th and carry over your saved data to the full game. Here’s a new game from the head for a certain company.
Speaker 2: (20:02)
Here’s a new game from the head of a certain company.
Did you miss me? Hey, what do you mean, who am I? It’s me, Wario. And it’s finally ready, a brand new game from my company. Check it out. You get to control me. Time to do this. Look at me go. Rats! Check out these chumps. They came back and they have wonderful new talents. Throw that stick thing. Not bad. Use the spinning, what’d you call it? Nailed it! Same micro game, different abilities. I almost forgot some big news. Two people can play together at the same time. So play nice, or else. Not nice. All right, you, yes you, the one watching this, better get ready for some micro game mayhem.
Speaker 2: (21:14)
The WarioWare Get it Together! game launches exclusively on the Nintendo Switch System September 10th. Pre-orders begin today on Nintendo eShop.
Yoshiaki Koizumi: (21:27)
What you just saw was the trailer for WarioWare Get It Together! In the latest installment of this series, there are new micro games that let you control Wario and his friends. There is also a two-player co-op mode, which greatly expands the gameplay. It’s releasing in the near future so stay tuned. Next, please take a look at this.
Masahiro Sakurai: (22:00)
As a high school student living in Tokyo, your life is fairly normal. But that reality is upended after you get pulled into a different dimension. Another Tokyo exists, a post-apocalyptic world where angels and demons reside. Suddenly, you fuse with a mysterious figure, gaining the power to fight demons. What lies ahead in this alternate realm? The world is now transformed into a sprawling demon infested wasteland. Though friendly demons do exist here, many are hostile and will attempt to destroy you. Harness your newfound powers to fight demons using a command based system. Finding their weak point is key. By targeting it, the number of consecutive actions you can perform in a combo will increase. Though demons are formidable opponents, you may be able to recruit them via negotiations, which begin when you open a conversation with them.
Masahiro Sakurai: (23:44)
If a negotiation is successful, a demon will become a powerful ally. In some cases, by rejecting a demon’s request, they may feel motivated and join you as an ally. Demons that do join will fight alongside you and grow stronger. By fusing demon allies, another demon can be created. The newly fused demon’s innate abilities will vary, granting you a powerful ally customized to your needs and play style. Challenge the many demons roaming this post-apocalyptic world by harnessing the power of your own. What destiny will you choose? Shin Megami Tensei V will launch exclusively on Nintendo Switch November 12th. Pre-orders for the physical version begin June 21st.
Yoshiaki Koizumi: (25:02)
That was the latest trailer for Shin Megami Tensei V from Atlas. This is the newest game in the series. Please look forward to future updates. Let’s see a few more Nintendo Switch headlines.
Speaker 2: (25:21)
Celebrate 10 years of Danganronpa in DESPAIR!.
Speaker 6: (25:29)
Ahem! Ahem! Testing, testing! Mic check, one, two! This is a test of the school broadcast system! Cool.
Speaker 2: (25:42)
Three games in the deadly Danganronpa series are coming to Nintendo Switch.
Speaker 6: (25:45)
I am this school’s headmaster!
Speaker 2: (25:48)
Monokuma, the self-proclaimed school headmaster has trapped you and other high school students and a game of literal life and death. Unfortunately, the only way out of the school and this lethal games is to betray the other students. And so it begins.
Speaker 6: (26:08)
A body has been discovered!
Speaker 2: (26:08)
When a student meets their demise, a class trial will take place to reveal the culprit.
Speaker 7: (26:12)
You’re the culprit, aren’t you, Miu?
I’m telling you, I had no idea.
Speaker 7: (26:14)
They probably moved the body there.
Speaker 2: (26:16)
Use the evidence you’ve gathered to refute contradictions and find the guilty party.
Speaker 7: (26:24)
A sword-based sneak attack!
Speaker 8: (26:29)
Are you okay?
Speaker 2: (26:33)
Plus, the board game from Danganronpa V3 Killing Harmony has been expanded into a standalone game, Danganronpa S Ultimate Summer Camp. An all-star cast of characters from the Danganronpa series will come together to battle at a tropical resort. Who’s the strongest of them all in his ultimate beach brawl? The four game collection, Danganronpa Decadence launches as a physical exclusive on Nintendo Switch later this year. All four games who will also be individually available on Nintendo eShop. We hope you’re not afraid of ghosts.
Speaker 2: (27:23)
In this horror adventure game, you’ll uncover the mysteries surrounding the ethereal but deadly Mount Hikomi, believed to be at the center of many disappearances. Ghosts frequent this mountain. Your only defense is a camera that can repel and cast them out. Face your fears as you explore a variety of unsettling locations. This spine chilling story features various protagonists, letting you experience the game from different perspectives. New costumes and photo modes are included in this version. Can you investigate Mount Hikomi and stay alive? Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water creeps onto Nintendo Switch this year. These games and DLC are coming soon. Some even today.
Speaker 2: (28:16)
Your war is not over. Raise hell in the first campaign expansion for Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods Part One. Deeper and more challenging combat awaits as you eliminate hell’s newest threats in demon infested ruins and rain swept terrain. The fate of the cosmos is in your hands. Get slaying when this campaign expansion launches on Nintendo Switch later today. Get ramped up for two iconic skateboarding games fully remastered in HD. Skate to era defining jams as the legendary Tony Hawk and a roster of new and returning pros. Take your sessions on the go with all the original game modes and compete locally or online to show off your tricks against other skaters. Drop into Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater One and Two launching on Nintendo Switch June 25th. Pre-orders are available now on Nintendo eShop.
Speaker 2: (29:21)
After 4,000 years, Seteki the Witch Queen has risen from the dead and only one group of heroes can stop her, the Strange Brigade. In this thrilling adventure, you’ll blast through an army of mummified monstrosities while solving puzzles in booby trapped dungeons. Go it alone or team up with other daring adventurers in local wireless co-op and online play. Expect the unexpected when Strange Brigade launches on Nintendo Switch later today. It’s a new adventure of cosmic proportions. Mario and his friends will team up with the rabbits once again-
Speaker 2: (30:03)
Mario and his friends will team up with the Rabbids once again to restore order to the galaxy. Our heroes must stop a mysterious new evil from plunging the universe into chaos. Rabbid Rosalina joins them. Wait, is she bored already? Explore planets filled with quirky residents and even quirkier secrets. And in this fresh take on the tactical genre, our heroes can run freely around the battlefield, creating new strategic and chaotic possibilities. So aim for victory with a little help from your friends. Wait, who is that? Well, one thing is certain. This is going to be one heck of a galactic adventure. Mario+Rabbids Sparks of Hope launches into space, or onto Nintendo Switch, next year.
Speaker 9: (31:42)
Thrilling stories, memorable characters, and vibrant gameplay are in store as you lead the commanding officers to victory. Play the first two Advanced Wars campaigns in Advanced Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp, marching onto Nintendo Switch this holiday. Pre-orders begin today on Nintendo eShop.
Shinya Takahashi: (32:06)
How is everything? All right, this next segment will be our last announcement of the day. Please take a look.
Masahiro Sakurai: (33:21)
Hello there. I am Eiji Aonuma, producer of the Legend of Zelda series. What you’ve just seen is a trailer for the first wave of DLC for the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity expansion pass, from Koei Tecmo games. It will follow Link and his allies through more battles that took place 100 years prior to the events of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I hope you’ll look forward to it. I have a few more things to share with you all today. We’ll begin with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD game, which launches next month. You’ll immerse yourself in the role of Link by using two Joy-Con controllers for intuitive motion controls, or by playing in handheld mode, wielding the sword via flicking the stick and button-only control.
Masahiro Sakurai: (34:11)
This game depicts the oldest era in the Legend of Zelda series, the story of how it all began. What is the origin of the Master Sword? Why did a woman named Zelda become the legend for future generations? These will all be unraveled in this game. We hope you’re looking forward to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. Next up, here’s a little something you might like. This is a game and watch system that lets you play three games in the Legend of Zelda series. This year, the original Legend of Zelda game reaches its 35th anniversary. While we don’t have any campaigns or other Nintendo Switch games planned, we’ve been working on this game and watch system as a special item to help mark the occasion, and reflect fondly on the earliest days of The Legend of Zelda.
Masahiro Sakurai: (35:13)
It will come with the first game in the series, The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and the Game Boy version of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening game, as well as a special version of the game and watch title Vermin, starring Link as the playable character. So that’s four games on one system, from longer Legend of Zelda games to the pickup-and-play game Vermin. In addition, regarding the watch functionality for the game and watch system, we’ve added a playable clock based on the Legend of Zelda, and an interactive timer themed after Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. You can play with both of them by taking control of Link. We hope you’ll enjoy playing this game and watch system whenever and wherever you’d like.
Masahiro Sakurai: (36:13)
All right, here’s the last thing we have to show you. This is the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Two years have passed since we first announced this game, and we’ve been unable to share anything with you in that time. However, development has been steadily progressing. For today, we’ve prepared some new footage to show a bit more of the game. Please take a look.
Masahiro Sakurai: (38:10)
So what did you think? This time around, the setting for the adventure has been expanded to include the skies above Hyrule. We’d like to ask you to wait a bit longer. We’re aiming for a 2022 release, so I hope you’ll look forward to it.
Shinya Takahashi: (38:27)
How was that? That’s all for this Nintendo Direct. We are diligently continuing development on a number of other games we didn’t show today. I hope you’ll continue looking forward to what’s in store on Nintendo Switch. Thank you for watching.