Nintendo is the proud proprietor of dozens of legendary franchises, so it is simple for the corporate to impress its followers — and allow them to down. Today’s Nintendo Direct reside stream, held on the ultimate day of E3 2021, was a traditional amalgamation of disappointment and intrigue as solely the House of Mario can ship. 

Here, we have reworked our sorrow into content material, providing a breakdown of three video games that did not make an look at Nintendo’s E3 present. So, seize your tissues and check out what may need been:

Bayonetta 3

It’s been like 4 years since anybody’s heard something about Bayonetta 3, and it is beginning to really feel as if PlatinumGames is holding her hostage — or worse, as if builders have quietly killed her off, and are hoping nobody calls in a wellness test.

In all probability, growth on Bayonetta 3 is just chugging alongside at a gradual, but sluggish, tempo. PlatinumGames is busy: The studio is concurrently engaged on Babylon’s Fall, a large on-line co-op sport with severe Demon’s Souls vibes, and it is constructing its first authentic universe with Project GG. That’s on high of no matter Nier enterprise builders could have, plus the remaster of The Wonderful 101 that is in progress, backed by followers on Kickstarter. Not to say their tongue-in-cheek sport, Sol Cresta, which was introduced on April Fool’s Day and is supposedly popping out this yr. 

The final time Bayonetta 3 was even talked about in a Nintendo Direct, it was 2019 and all we acquired was a two-second promise of “more news soon.” Clearly, that was a lie. And to actually rub it in, this was proper after the announcement of PlatinumGames’ Astral Chain, a sport that truly hit Switch simply six months later.

PlatinumGames acquired a money infusion from Chinese know-how big Tencent in January 2020, which ought to give it loads of runway to deal with all of those initiatives. But similar to the airport, it is truthful to count on some delays.

But for actual, Bayonetta — if you happen to can learn this, ship us an indication.

Metroid Prime 4

What’s the cope with sport bulletins in 2017? Much like Bayonetta 3, it has been 4 years since Nintendo revealed Metroid Prime 4. But surprisingly, with this title, now we have a greater thought of what is taking place behind the scenes. 

Nintendo scrapped its progress on Metroid Prime 4 in 2019 and began over from scratch with a brand new studio, which makes the prolonged silence on this one simpler to swallow. US-based Retro Studios is now engaged on Metroid Prime 4, and all we all know to this point is that it is completely different than the unique model (of which we additionally knew little or no). 

Back in 2019, producer Kensuke Tanabe defined the choice to start out over on Metroid Prime 4, saying, “It will be a long road until the next time we will be able to update you on the development progress, and development time will be extensive.”

At least we will not say they did not warn us.

As it stands, Metroid Prime 4 has been in growth for 2 and a half years, moderately than 4, however that is nonetheless loads of time to depart followers hanging. It’s nonetheless slated to launch completely on Nintendo Switch. Eventually.

Splatoon 3

This one is maybe probably the most forgivable on the listing, since Nintendo solely introduced Splatoon 3 this yr — however possibly that is what makes it the least forgivable. Splatoon represents Nintendo’s future, providing a shiny aggressive universe with colourful taking pictures mechanics and a reliance on on-line play, and it is some of the in-demand franchises on the Switch.

Splatoon 3 is about to launch in 2022, and Nintendo’s E3 present was the perfect alternative to reply fan questions and get the sport in entrance of some recent eyeballs. However, there have been no splats available.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus


And hey, whereas we’re right here, Pokemon Legends Arceus deserves a particular shout out. Sure, it already has a launch date, however that is developing quickly and Pokemon is all the time a showstopper. And after all, there’s the elephant within the reside stream — Nintendo didn’t even trace at new Switch {hardware}, a rumor that set the mill ablaze forward of E3. The firm did reveal a brand new Game & Watch, not less than.

Don’t name us bitter, however these had been just some of the issues that we had been significantly excited to see at Nintendo’s E3 2021 showcase, and it is a bummer to nonetheless be at the hours of darkness on these particulars. 

At least Bayonetta is right here to maintain us firm.

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