Nintendo is the proud owner of dozens of legendary franchises, so it’s easy for the company to impress its fans – and leave them. Today Nintendo Direct live broadcast, held on the last day of the E3 2021, was a classic amalgam of disappointment and intrigue that only the House of Mario can provide.
Here, we’ve turned our pain into content, offering a breakdown of three games that didn’t make an appearance at Nintendo’s E3 show. So, take your tissues and look at what they could have been:
It was like four years since someone heard something Bayonet 3, and it started to feel as if PlatinumGames was holding it hostage – or worse, as if the developers had quietly killed it, and hopefully no one would call them into a welfare check.
In all likelihood, development on Bayonet 3 it’s just chugging along at a steady but slow pace. PlatinumGames is busy: The studio is working simultaneously The fall of Babylon, a massive online cooperation game with seriousness The Anime of the Demon vibrates, and builds its first original universe with Project GG. It’s on top of everything that Nier business developers can have, plus u Remaster of The Wonderful 101 is ongoing, supported by Kickstarter fans. Not to mention his language game, Sun Crest, which was announced on April Fool’s Day and is supposed to come out this year.
The last time Bayonet 3 was also quoted in a Nintendo Direct, it was 2019 and all we had was a two-second promise of “more news soon.” Clearly, it was a lie. And to really steal it, it was soon after PlatinumGames ’announcement Astral Chain, a game that currently hit Switch only six months later.
PlatinumGames has received a cash infusion from the Chinese technology giant Tencent in January 2020, which should give you a lot of clues to tackle all these projects. But like the airport, it’s fair to expect some delays.
But really, Bayonetta – if you can read this, send me a sign.
Metroid Prime 4
What’s the deal with the game announcements in 2017? I really like it Bayonet 3, it’s been four years since Nintendo revealed it Metroid Prime 4. But surprisingly, with this title, we get a better idea of what’s going on behind the scenes.
Nintendo has slowed its progress Metroid Prime 4 in 2019 it is he started from scratch with a new studio, which makes the extended silence on this easier to swallow. US-based Retro Studios are working now Metroid Prime 4, and all we know so far is that it is different from the original version (of which we knew very little).
Back in 2019, producer Kensuke Tanabe explained the decision to restart Metroid Prime 4, saying, “It will be a long road until next time we will be able to keep you updated on the progress of development, and the development time will be wide.”
At least we can’t say we weren’t warned.
What up, Metroid Prime 4 it’s been in development for two and a half years, rather than four, but it’s still a good time to leave fans hanging out. It is still expected to launch only on Nintendo Switch. Eventually.
This is perhaps the most forgivable on the list, since Nintendo just announced it Splatoon 3 this year – but maybe that’s what makes it at least forgivable. Splatoon represents Nintendo’s future, offering a bright competitive universe with colorful shooting mechanics and confidence in online gaming, and is one of the most sought-after franchises on the Switch.
Splatoon 3 was launched in 2022, and Nintendo’s E3 show was the perfect opportunity to answer fan questions and get the game in front of some fresh eyes. However, there were no splats to be had.
And hey, while we’re here, Pokemon Legends Arceus deserves a special shout. Sure, it already has a release date, though coming soon and Pokemon is still a showstopper. And of course, there’s the elephant in the live stream – Nintendo didn’t even mention it new Switch hardware, a rumor that ignited the mill ahead of E3. The company revealed a new Game & Watch, at least.
We don’t call it bitter, but these were just some of the things we were particularly excited to see in Nintendo’s E3 2021 showcase, and it’s a nuisance to always be in the dark about these details.
At least Bayonetta is here to keep us company.
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