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E3 2021 is in full swing, celebrating days of game announcements and interviews with developers around the world. Several game announcements, such as Elden Ring, Starfield and Redfall have made major headlines in the gaming industry, and the excitement isn’t done yet.

The Nintendo Direct and Nintendo Treehouse Live will mark the start of the last day of E3 2021. One of the oldest gaming platforms in the history of the industry, Nintendo is home to several beloved titles and characters such as Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Super Smash Brothers and Animal Crossing, among others. 

Nintendo has said Nintendo Direct, slated to be 40 minutes long, will be primarily focused on hardware and software. This likely means much of the conversation will be centered around the upcoming Nintendo Switch Pro, Nintendo’s version of a next-gen console. However, it wouldn’t be an E3 showcase without major game reveals, so here are some of the biggest theories surrounding Nintendo Direct.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate only has two spots left on its roster, and fans of the game have been speculating wildly about which characters will join the fray. Nintendo Direct has historically used its broadcasts to announce other Smash Bros. contenders, and its partnership with E3 makes the showcase the perfect opportunity to garner intense hype for the game. The favored choice of new fighter is Master Chief from Halo, who has recently made appearances in other games such as Fortnite, but other theorized characters have included Crash Bandicoot, Sonic, Waluigi – even Tom Nook. 

Many fans hope Nintendo will release more information about the Breath of the Wild sequel. Originally announced at E3 2019 accompanied by a short teaser trailer, nothing more has been revealed about the newest The Legend of Zelda title. As Breath of the Wild accompanied the launch of the Nintendo Switch, it stands to reason fans anticipate information on the sequel to pair with the launch of the Nintendo Switch Pro.

It’s also likely Nintendo will announce updates and DLCs available for existing titles such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons. If fans are disappointed by Nintendo Direct as the show approaches its end, they should hold onto hope for one more thing.

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