While it continued to play catch-up against the likes of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Nintendo still had a great year in 2015 with a number of hit releases, including the paint-shooting phenomenon, Splatoon, and the do-it-yourself based Super Mario Maker. However, last year was mere child’s play compared to what the company has planned in 2016.
Along with some noteworthy new games for the Wii U and 3DS, the company is also broadening its horizons, giving the mobile market a try for the first time and working away on what could be its most powerful console to date. Not only that, but we’re seeing some old favorites make a return, and not a moment too soon.
Here are five reasons you should be excited for Nintendo’s future plans.
The Nintendo NX
Nintendo hasn’t official unveiled that many specs on its next piece of hardware, but it’s definitely in the works, with a number of developers already on board.
Now the real question is what the system can do. There have been whispers about equal home/mobile compatibility, so players can take their games with them when they aren’t in front of a TV. And, of course, we can’t forget about the return of the best-selling franchises in new iterations, like Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart, Legend of Zelda, and, fingers crossed, Metroid.
We’ll likely know more about Nintendo’s NX game plan in just a few months. In the meantime, one can dream…
Ever since its official unveiling at last year’s E3 event, StarFox Zero has gained tremendous buzz within the gaming community. After all, we haven’t seen a new StarFox game in years, and knowing that Platinum Games is working closely with producer Shigeru Miyamoto on the title is worth getting hyped about.
The game was supposed to release last November, but the team opted to delay it in order to balance out the gameplay and add some new features. Regardless, it should be worth the wait, especially with the new Walker vehicle being introduced, along with dazzling visuals and plenty of potential for multiplayer.
We’ll know just how high this Fox is ready to fly when the game arrives on Wii U on April 22nd.
For years, people have begged Nintendo to give mobile gaming a try, but the company remained stagnant. Last year, Nintendo changed its tune, teaming up with the developers at DeNA to bring its many franchises to devices everywhere.
The first game from that deal, Miitomo, will be making its debut on the market this March, in a free-to-play format that involves plenty of social activity (with the company’s signature Mii characters), as well as other goodies.
Now we’re just left wondering when Mario will eventually come around. But if you still aren’t convinced…
Pokémon has already made its debut on the mobile front with the free-to-play Pokémon Shuffle, but the next game from Nintendo and The Pokémon Company will have a much bigger impact. With Pokémon GO!, users will be able to capture pocket monsters in the real world using their camera on their mobile device.
We’ve seen augmented reality-based games make an impact before, but this is Pokémon on a mobile device, and there are literally hundreds of Pokémon to find. Now if we could just get some classic Pokemon battles going with a touch-screen, we’ll be going places. Anything’s possible…
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
One of the most beloved classics in the Legend of Zelda library, Twilight Princess couldn’t be reborn at a better time. Fans are still feverish for remakes following the release of The Wind Waker HD on Wii U a little while back; and Majora’s Mask fared very well on the 3DS front.
With Twilight Princess, the world is reintroduced with breathtaking quality. The classic gameplay we’ve come to expect is also intact, with plenty of features that should take advantage of the Wii U gamepad. And, yes, the Wolf Link amiibo which comes packaged with the game is pretty sweet.
While we still have to wait for the new Legend of Zelda game to emerge sometime over the year, Twilight Princess should easily fit the bill when it arrives on March 4th for Wii U.
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