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8 major Nintendo announcements that could win E3 2021

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Nintendo’s E3 2021 livestream is coming up on June 15, starting at 12 p.m. Eastern. It promises 40 minutes worth of information on new Switch games, plus a three-hour Treehouse Live focusing on a select few titles.

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While we don’t know exactly what Nintendo has in store, there are some potential E3 announcements we’d put money on and others we’re just hoping to will into existence.

After consulting our crystal ball, here are the

8 biggest Nintendo E3 2021 predictions

8. Anything Metroid

Don’t get too excited.

Metroid Prime 4 has been lost in space for years now, and we don’t expect that to change at E3. A more likely (but still pretty far-fetched) possibility is that a Metroid Prime trilogy collection or another retro re-release could make an appearance.

7. Final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighters

Who’s joining the fight?

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s final fighters have yet to be revealed, and E3 could be a good place to debut at least one. Nintendo has a history of revealing Smash Bros. news at dedicated Direct livestreams, so the announcement could skip E3 proper.

6. Indie games

Wild card!

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The Nintendo Switch is one of the best platforms ever for indie games, and we’ll likely see quite a few new titles at E3 2021. Expect new games from big names like Devolver as well as smaller devs.

5. Splatoon 3

It’s about to get messy.

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Nintendo

Nintendo is focusing on games coming in 2021 at E3, so Splatoon 3’s 2022 release date would seem to disqualify it. Still, Nintendo likely wants to build hype for the marquee title, so a new trailer could be in order.

4. More Legend of Zelda remasters

A link to the past.

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Nintendo

The Skyward Sword remaster is due out a month after E3, so Nintendo could announce another dip into The Legend of Zelda’s back catalog while hype is high. Rumor has it that Twilight Princess, Phantom Hourglass, and Wind Waker could be next.

3. Pokémon

More to catch.

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Nintendo

Nintendo is probably holding onto new Pokémon Legends: Arceus details until closer to its release, but we expect to hear more about Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, which is slated for this November.

2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

Make Zelda playable.

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Nintendo

Breath of the Wild 2 is the biggest question mark on Nintendo’s E3 2021 schedule. It doesn’t have a release date and we know next to nothing about the game yet. BOTW 2 is almost certain to show up in some form, whether it’s another tease or a show-stopping announcement.

1. Switch Pro

Super Nintendo Switch

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Future Publishing/Future/Getty Images

Rumors of an updated Switch are so numerous and specific that it seems more far-fetched not to believe them at this point. With a rumored 2021 release date, it would make sense for Nintendo to reveal the new hardware at E3 and let the pre-orders start flooding in.

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