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When is the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct?

Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Direct for E3 2021.

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Here’s the date and time – plus everything you need to know – for the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct.

This year’s Nintendo Direct E3 presentation is confirmed to last for around 40 minutes. As has been the case in recent years, Nintendo says the broadcast will be focused on games “mainly releasing” this year. Following the E3 Direct, Nintendo Treehouse: Live will feature three hours of extended coverage on a small selection of titles.

Here’s when and where you can catch the Nintendo E3 2021 press conference, plus a few predictions on what you might see.

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When is the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct?

You can watch the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct on June 15 at the following time:

  • 9:00 am (PDT)
  • 12:00 pm (EDT)
  • 5:00 pm (BST)
  • 6:00 pm (CEST)

Where can you watch the Nintendo Direct E3 2021?

You’ll find the live stream on Nintendo’s official YouTube and Twitch channels and via various E3 media partners. (Actual stream links TBC.)

What can we expect to see from Nintendo at E3 2021?

If Nintendo doesn’t announce Mother 3, the Nintendo Switch Pro console, a new F-Zero game, Metroid Prime Trilogy HD, Metroid Prime 4, the release date for Breath of the Wild 2, and a Game Boy Mini, we expect some fans will have a meltdown. Our (slightly) more reasonable predictions include:

  • Celebrations to mark the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda should begin in earnest at E3 2021. Our guess includes Nintendo Switch ports of The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, plus something that updates the original game, similar to Super Mario Bros. 35. And, of course, we’re all hoping that the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will make an appearance.
  • It’s been a long time since we had an update on Bayonetta 3. It’s surely time for PlatinumGames to pull back the curtain?
  • Speaking of PlatinumGames, it was announced in January that Nintendo had taken full ownership of the Astral Chain IP. Another game in the series would be more than welcome.
  • Nintendo has also done well to include plenty of indie games in its recent E3 shows. We hope that continues.
  • And although it’s unlikely that Splatoon 3 will release in 2021, another look at the paint-splatting threequel would be great.
  • Oh! And definitely some of those “and it’s available… right now!” announcements that Nintendo has grown so fond of in recent years.

A Game Boy Mini would be amazing, though.


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