We’re well into February and it’s time for us to be assaulted by new game releases. We’ve already seen some great games come out in 2016 and it’s only been a little over a month. While some of us have been Witness-ing XCOM and been on a bit of a Firewatch, it’s time to look at what titles the big N has in store for us.
Nintendo is sitting in a bit of a weird place at the moment. With wild rumors of a new console and a worrying lack of information for much anticipated titles aren’t doing their consoles any favours. Even among the uncertainty and negativity there are still some good things on the horizon. Paul and MJ have taken a look at what lies ahead and while they both have very different interests for the year ahead, they’ve both managed to find a couple of things they’re looking forward to.
Enough about that though, let’s take a look at the games.
Pokkén TournamentPaul: Finally, Pokémon going at it just like in the anime. While it may not be the game on everyone’s mind at the moment, Pokkén Tournament should hopefully make an impact on the eSports scene. It is one of the main titles for EVO 2016 and, even if it seems like an odd choice, it’ll be interesting to see how the community for the game develops. The game feels like a variation of the Naruto Shipuden games, which will make for and interesting addition to the fighting games community. Pokkén Tournament has a lot going for it and while it may nt be one of the standout games of the year, it does look to make some sort of impact the Nintendo community.
Zelda UMJ: Legend of Zelda is arguably one of the most anticipated games of the year alongside Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4. Boasting an art style that reminds me of Skyward Sword on acid, there’s not much to go on, but it could prove to be the Wii U’s swansong. Nintendo have not dropped the ball on the big console Zelda’s (I didn’t like Twilight Princess but I was in the minority there) but it would be interesting to see how this holds up in today’s market. Twilight Princess is also getting the HD treatment and while I double-dipped and got Wind Waker a few years ago, I’m going to give this one a miss.
Fire Emblem FatesPaul: Fire Emblem Awakening did a lot for the series. While the Fire Emblem series was near death before the release of Awakening, Awakening managed to revitalise interest in the series and produce one of he best games on the 3DS system. With the spotlight on the series, Intelligent Systems is looking to do it again with the release of Fire Emblem Fates. While the game has been surrounded in controversy, it looks set to bring more of the gameplay that fans of the series have fallen in love with, as well as new mechanics to further improve the SRPG. While I can’t say I’m a fan of the multiple versions of the game, it’s definitely going to be interesting to see each side of the games story play out.
Star Fox ZeroMJ: The original Star Fox benefited greatly from the FX chip, which provided a much-needed boost to graphics. The Nintendo 64’s expansion pack played a similar role in pushing fidelity in the late nineties. Nintendo knows how to squeeze the best graphics out of its machines – I just hope Star Fox will be able to stand among its peers in 2016. Jury’s out on whether the gyroscopic controls will actually work in favour for the game. I’m sceptical of this as I can’t think of one game that benefited from the feature. Star Fox has always been a second-tier franchise, like Kirby, so I wonder if it’s too little too late.
Genei Ibun Roku #FEPaul: This one is more of a personal interest than anything else. It’s a crossover project between the Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem games and, while it looks nothing like either of those series, the combination intrigues me. Even though the game hasn’t been all that well received in Japan and, I’ll be honest here, the game looks terribly cringeworthy, I’m hopeful that the game can deliver am interesting experience. If all else fails, it’ll at least be interesting to see how the popstar JRPG plays out and makes use of the
edgy re-imagining of popular Fire Emblem characters.
While these are the main titles we are looking forward too, it’s probably worthwhile to mention a couple of other interesting titles that should be appearing this year.
- Yo-Kai Watch – While the “Pokémon killer” doesn’t immediately grab our attention, we can’t help but wonder why it managed to take Japan by storm.
- Bravely Second: End Layer – The sequel to the best Final Fantasy game in years looks to bring more of the magic of Bravely Default and there’s nothing wrong with that
- Metroid Prime: Federation Force – We can here the fans cry out at this suggestion but we believe that this will be able to deliver some sort of interesting experience. It’s not the Metroid Prime game everybody wants, but we’d prefer to remain slightly optimistic on this one.
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD – Even if MJ isn’t all that sold on it, Paul can’t wait for the visual update to one of the best 3D Zelda games. He might however be a little too excited for the Wolf Link amiibo.
- The NX – Whatever it is, however it is, we just want to know more about it.
And that’s that. This is what we’re looking forward to from Nintendo here at Geek Node. Even though this list may seem a bit sparse, the year is still young and hopefully Nintendo still has some surprises for us in the coming months.
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