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Nintendo E3 2021: Direct Dates and Time, Predictions, Rumours and Zelda Plans

We’re just over a week away from E3 2021 and Switch owners are hoping to see something big from Nintendo this year, especially after 2020's smaller slate of releases.

That doesn't mean the Switch was lacking in games, but there are high hopes here for Nintendo’s output. Between new Pokémon news, Legend of Zelda speculation, Switch Pro rumours and more, here’s what we could see from Nintendo in E3 2021.

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E3 Nintendo Direct Date

In keeping with previous years, Nintendo's announced their Direct Presentation for E3 2021 air on June 15. That goes live at 9am PDT / Noon ET / 5pm BST / 6pm CEST, while Nintendo Treehouse: Live will immediately follow its conclusion. You can watch it below.

What Do We Know?

During the timing announcement, Nintendo also revealed they'd release "roughly 40 minutes of information". That'll "mostly" focus on games releasing this year. Better yet, the Nintendo Treehouse: Live promising around 3 hours of "deep dives on gameplay" for a handful of titles.

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Nintendo Switch Pro?

The Nintendo Switch Pro has been long rumoured, allegedly capable of run games at 4K and improved battery life, among other things. However, until Nintendo formally announce anything, that's all speculative.

Though the Switch has seen excellent sales, there's an undeniable power deficit between it and rival consoles, a gap that's only widened with the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S releasing. Considering they've previously released mid-generation upgrades for the DS and 3DS, it's certainly a possibility.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel

It’s been two years since Nintendo confirmed a Breath of the Wild sequel started development, but we haven’t heard much from the company since, so everyone’s hoping we'll finally get news at E3. Making a sequel to a universally acclaimed open-world game isn't easy, so we get why Nintendo's keeping this guarded, but fans are hopeful for an update.

Pokémon

Fans already know that Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will be released this November, while Pokemon Legends: Arceus comes out in January 2022.

However, rumours had previously suggested there would be a separate Pokémon Presents Broadcast this month too. Nintendo's done this before for Pokémon in 2017 and 2019, so we wouldn't rule it out here. If true, we'd hope for more gameplay footage, and rumours also suggested a Pokémon Unite release date.

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New Donkey Kong Game?

Having previously worked on Super Mario Odyssey, rumours have recently surfaced that this particular team within Nintendo EPD are working on a new Donkey Kong game. Allegedly, this will be revealed at E3 2021, and you can read more here.

Smash Ultimate’s Final DLC Character

After the mixed reception that Pyra and Mythra got from Smash Ultimate fans, everyone’s been curious about who the final DLC character for the game would be. Many highly-demanded characters like Ridley, King K. Rool, and Banjo-Kazooie have already been added, but director Masahiro Sakurai has been known to pull a few surprises.

Third-Party Games

Elsewhere, one game we're expecting to see at Nintendo's E3 presentation is Shin Megami Tensei V, a Switch exclusive RPG by Atlus. After accidentally publishing gameplay, story and release date details early on their official website, it seems highly likely an update is coming.