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The 40-minute live stream will start at 9am PST / 6pm CEST and focus on Nintendo Switch software “mostly” releasing this year, the company said.
Immediately after the, the company will stream roughly three hours of deep dives on gameplay for a handful of games in Nintendo Treehouse: Live.
According to a Bloomberg report published last week, Nintendo is planning to announce new Switch hardware ahead of the main E3 show, which takes place from June 12-15, giving developers room to showcase games for the system at the all-digital show.
The Pokémon Company recently announced release dates for a trio of upcoming Nintendo Switch games. DS remakes Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl will be released on November 19, 2021, ahead of open-world game Pokémon Legends Arceus on January 28, 2022.
Earlier this year, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma apologised to fans for the lack of updates on Breath of the Wild 2, which still does not have a confirmed release date following its announcement in 2019.
Over the past 20 years, the company’s most significant original IP launches were Splatoon (2015), Wii Sports (2006) and Pikmin (2001).
Speaking in a Japanese interview with Nikkei (paywall), Furukawa said the company would commit to creating more original game franchises in the future, and emphasised that the Switch firm would need to continue to innovate in order to maintain its relevance within the increasingly competitive home entertainment marketplace.
“With the expansion of time spent at home, the range of ‘entertainment’ as an object of consumption is expanding,” the president said.
“Games are not a necessity of life. In order for customers to choose games in their finite time, they have to be interesting. Competition is tough, and I am not optimistic.
“I myself am looking at and studying various forms of entertainment. In the future, we will focus on creating new game series as well as long-sellers such as Mario and Zelda.”