E3 2022: Gaming Expo should be a real trade fair again next year

E3 2022: Gaming Expo should be a real trade fair again next year

E3 2022

Due to the global corona pandemic, this year's E3 took place in digital form, after E3 2020 had to be completely canceled for the same reason. But for the next year the prospects are again much more optimistic: Then the Electronic Entertainment Expo will take place again as a face-to-face event - with exhibitors and visitors.

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E3 2021: Find out all the information about the new games, release dates and trailers. Here you can find everything you need to know about the (digital) trade fair. var lstExcludedArticleTicker = '1374065,1197010'; At least that was what Eric Garcetti, the incumbent mayor of Los Angeles, announced at this year's E3. He did not provide any further details - such as a specific date or the possible framework conditions. But at least there already seem to be initial plans in this direction. As desirable as the return to an E3 event in the usual form may be, it is uncertain whether these plans can actually be realized. At the moment, no one can foresee how the corona pandemic will develop over the next few months or even a year.

Stanley Pierre-Louis, President of the ESA (Entertainment Software Association), gives an interview with the industry magazine Gamesindustry.biz much more cautious. He also hopes that the exhibitors and visitors will return to Los Angeles. However, a hybrid event seems more likely to him - a mixture of face-to-face events on a smaller scale and digital formats. The latter have proven themselves at E3 2021 and are a good basis for future events. However, even Pierre-Louis could not or did not want to give a specific date for next year's edition.

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Nintendo at E3 2021: 'Legend of Zelda' sequel in 2022, 'Metroid Dread,' and more Nintendo Switch reveals

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Sorry, no news about a new Nintendo Switch.

On Tuesday, Nintendo hosted Nintendo Direct live stream during the Electronic Entertainment Expo, revealing several video games coming to the company's popular video game console.

Among them: a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild slated for 2022, and a new Metroid game called Metroid Dread arriving later this year.

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All eyes had been on rumors of an updated Nintendo Switch, which would reportedly include 4K support and an improved screen.

Matti Littunen, equity analyst at AllianceBernstein, said it's possible we don't see a new Nintendo Switch device until at least next year. 'Sales are still strong and the transition to the new gen has been slowed down,' he said.

USA TODAY will provide updates of the Nintendo Direct event as it happens:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel arrives in 2022

A sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, announced two years ago, is headed toward a release in 2022. Although Nintendo hasn't shown any updates since then, Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma said 'development has been steadily progressing.'

Legend of Zelda gets Game & Watch treatment

Nintendo will launch a special version of its Game & Watch pocket gaming device honoring The Legend of Zelda on November 12. It will include the original Legend of Zelda for NES, Legend of Zelda 2, Link's Awakening from the Game Boy era, and a mini-game called Vermin starring Link.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity gets expansion

The action collaboration with Nintendo and Koei Tecmo will introduce two expansions later this year as part of the game's expansion pass. The first wave, Pulse of the Ancients, arrives in June. The second wave, Guardian of Remembrance, is out in November.

Shin Megami Tensei V

Video: Metroid Dread Trailer | Nintendo E3 2021 (CNET)

The popular role-playing epic is back. Footage of the game appears to show a student in high school getting sucked into an alternate dimension with demons and other creatures in a post-apocalyptic world. It's available November 12.

WarioWare: Get it Together

Ready to pluck hairs out from armpits and squeeze toothpaste out of tubes in the fastest time possible? Get ready for the 'micro-game' collection WarioWare: Get It Together. It's available in September.

Metroid Dread, Metroid Prime 4 details

So not only did Nintendo reveal they are still working on Metroid Prime 4, but there's another Metroid title in the works called Metroid Dread. It's a side-scroller that looks very much like the classic games from the NES era. Nintendo says it's the first two-dimensional Metroid game in 19 years. Metroid Dread launches October 8.

Mario Party Superstars

Nintendo is taking a trip back through Mario Party history with Mario Party Superstars, featuring a series of classic game boards from the Nintendo 64 era, and more than 100 minigames from the franchise catalog. They also all work online. 

Life is Strange comes to Switch

The popular narrative adventure game from publisher Square Enix will become available on Switch. Life is Strange True Colors will arrive on September 10, while a Remastered collection launches later this year.

Tekken joins the Smash Bros. fight

Kazuya of Tekken fame is the latest brawler to step into battle as a new character in fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. No word on the timing of his Smash Bros. debut.

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