Nintendo¨s release schedule for the past year hasn¨t been too impressive, so we¨re expecting big things. We¨ve tried to keep our Nintendo E3 2021 predictions realistic, so we¨ve not put Mother 3 or an Earthbound remake on here. Instead, we¨ve stuck with things that should get announced sooner or later, regardless of whether they make the cut for E3 2021 or not.
It seems like we¨ve heard predictions of a Switch Pro since the Switch debuted, but things may finally be coming to a head. Recently ＾leaks￣ about the Switch Pro have skyrocketed, and some of these are coming from reputable sources. If these rumors are true, Nintendo will be releasing an enhanced Switch soon, and what better place to reveal it than E3 2021?
One of the most anticipated games is the untitled follow-up to Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It¨s been four years since the original released and two years since Breath of the Wild 2 was revealed at E3 2019. With rumors that the game will release during the Holiday 2021 window, it¨s about time that Nintendo gave us a look at the successor to one of the highest-rated games of all time.
While Nintendo has already announced Skyward Sword HD, it seems like more should be in store for the 35th anniversary of the Zelda series. We¨d be surprised if Nintendo didn¨t reveal a collection of Zelda titles ported to the Switch at some point soon. This announcement might be held for a dedicated Zelda Direct, but it could also end up being part of Nintendo¨s E3 presentation.
Metroid Prime 4 was originally anounced at E3 2017, but Nintendo restarted development sometime in 2018. It¨d be hitting for the title to finally get a proper reveal, though we¨re unsure how far along in production it is right now.
The team behind Super Mario Odyssey is rumored to be working on a new Donkey Kong game. Aside from the port of Tropical Freeze, the Switch hasn¨t gotten much in the way of Donkey Kong games. The rumor didn¨t confirm whether the game would be a DKC-style platformer or a 3D title, but we¨d be glad to see either one.
Oddly, the Nintendo Switch still hasn¨t received its own exclusive Mario Kart game, despite Mario Kart 8 Deluxe being one of the system¨s best-sellers. It¨s almost assured that a Mario Kart is in development, though no details have leaked. This is just the kind of announcement that Nintendo is famous for and would be a great cap to its E3 show.
Nintendo shied away from its signature Mii avatars when the Switch launched, but it looks to once again be embracing them with the recent port of Miitopia. Given how popular Miis are and Nintendo¨s apparent desire to develop titles that are more social/online oriented, a Tomodachi Life port or sequel may be in the works.
MonolithSoft¨s last big release was Xenoblade 2 in 2017, and it¨s been working as a support studio since then. The remaster of Xenoblade Chronicles for the Switch was a hit, and it points towards what the studio¨s next release may be. Xenoblade Chronicles X is a fantastic game that didn¨t get the recognition it deserved because of the lackluster adoption of the Wii U. The excellent social functions built into the game would be a big draw for Switch players. We hope to see the game get a second chance at life.
It¨s been two years since Fire Emblem: Three Houses dropped, and that means it¨s about time for another entry in the series. Intelligent Systems has been steadily churning out Fire Emblem games for years now, and we¨d be surprised if we didn¨t at least get a teaser about a new one. There are some rumors that the next entry in the series will be a remake of the Japan-only Geneology of the Holy War
We¨ve heard rumors about N64 and GameCube games coming to Nintendo Switch Online for years now, and E3 2021 would be as good a time as any to announce them. Through data mining of Super Mario 3D All-Stars, we know that N64 games besides Super Mario 64 will work with Nintendo¨s N64 emulator for the Switch. It would make sense to get more mileage out of it.
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Bring on the Los Angeles Clippers.
With a 126-111 Game 7 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday afternoon, the Clippers advanced and will take on the Utah Jazz in a Western Conference semifinal that tips off at Vivint Arena on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. MDT on TNT.
The Clippers evened the series against the Mavericks 3-3 on Friday behind a 45-point performance by Kawhi Leonard and then became the first team in the series to win a game at home when they closed out the Mavericks in Game 7 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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The Jazz have been waiting since Wednesday to find out who they would face in the second round after beating the Memphis Grizzlies in five games. Now that they know the team headed to Salt Lake City, the Jazz can turn their full attention to game planning for the Clippers.
The Jazz have had a few days to cool off from the heat of playoff competition, but the Clippers are going to be fresh off the high of the intensity of a Game 7 win at home.
Though the Grizzlies gave the Jazz some tough competition, the stakes are higher with every playoff round and the Clippers have players that have been tested through deep playoff runs. They are led by Leonard, a two-time NBA champion who understands the kind of fight necessary to advance in the postseason.
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Slow starts and early turnovers won¨t cut it this time around. The Jazz will need to compete at the highest level from the opening tip of Game 1.
The Clippers don¨t have someone that can competently matchup with Gobert, especially with Serge Ibaka sidelined because of back spasms. Utilizing the gravity of the pick-and-roll with Gobert will be paramount for the Jazz in a series against the Clippers.
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With excellent perimeter defenders in Leonard and Paul George, the Jazz might look to score more on the interior than they might have against a different team. Either way, well-timed screens and hard rolls with intention will either lead to opportunities for Gobert or create space for a shooter to get open.
The Jazz¨s best perimeter defender is going to have his hands full, primarily tasked with guarding Leonard, one of the best players in the game, and likely having to switch onto George at times.
O¨Neale played incredibly on both ends of the floor in the Jazz¨s opening series against the Grizzlies. He¨ll need to duplicate that performance against tougher opponents and maintain aggressive defense while not fouling against two players who are extremely skilled in drawing contact.
Games 1 and 2 of the Jazz-Clippers series will be played in Salt Lake City, with Games 3 and 4 on the road in Los Angeles.