E3 2021 might have been more of a miss than a hit in the eyes of most audiences, but you can't deny that some of the biggest upcoming games were dropped at the four-day digital event.
Now that E3 2021 is over, GameStop has revealed its most pre-ordered games. Most of the titles on the list shouldn't come as a surprise given that they've been highly anticipated for years. However, there are a few games that most thought would have definitely made the list, but didn't.
Curious? Be sure to scroll down below and have a look.
What Are Gamestop's Top E3 2021 Video Game Pre-Orders?
To no one's surprise, Nintendo takes up a huge chunk of the GameStop pre-order list. In fact, at least six titles from Nintendo are included in the Top 10, which is a lot. The most pre-ordered of them all is Metroid Dread, which makes sense. Metroid fans haven't exactly gotten their fill of new Metroid content in years. Not to mention, Metroid Dread is the first true sequel in the original Metroid games in over a decade.
Next up is The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, which makes even more sense considering how it's widely credited as the game that inspired The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and its sequel.
Here's a complete list of GameStop's top 10 E3 2021 video game pre-orders and their respective release dates:
- Metroid Dread - October 8, 2021
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD - July 16, 2021
- Mario Golf: Super Rush - June 25, 2021
- Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl - November 19, 2021
- Mario Party Superstars - October 29, 2021
- Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - October 26, 2021
- Far Cry 6 - October 7, 2021
- Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance - June 22, 2021
- Madden NFL 22 - August 20, 2021
- Pokemon Legends: Arceus - January 28, 2022
The biggest surprise on the list has to be Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance. Before the game's release last June 22, it was confirmed that the game would also be available on the Xbox Game Pass. Despite this, it seems like the nostalgia was just too strong for Dungeons & Dragons fans to resist pre-ordering themselves a copy of the game.
What's most interesting here is that not a single game from Microsoft made it to GameStop's list. The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase at E3 2021 was arguably the highlight of the event. It saw Microsoft dropped trailers for AAA titles like Forza Horizon 5, Redfall, and Starfield, just to name a few.
Even though we could argue that these games didn't get as many pre-orders due to being available on the Xbox Game Pass, that didn't exactly stop Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance (mentioned earlier) from beating Madden NFL 22 and Pokemon Legends: Arceus. But, if it's any consolation, GameStop did include Halo Infinite as an honorable mention.
GameStop's top E3 2021 video game pre-orders just go to show that Nintendo is still king when it comes to quality titles.
True, pre-orders don't tell the whole story. In fact, just because a game has a lot of pre-orders doesn't mean that it is going to be good. Case in point, Cyberpunk 2077. Still, the fact that Nintendo's games are still the most pre-ordered is proof that Nintendo doesn't have to worry about their games not selling well anytime soon. It's a bittersweet fact that might just give Nintendo little incentive to release the new Nintendo Switch Pro.