Over the last few Nintendo Directs and E3, Nintendo has revealed quite a lot of interesting games that are going to be released within the next few years.
But which ones am I personally most and least excited for? Find out in this article!
Here are the upcoming Nintendo games I’m most and least excited for.
Most Excited For
Super Smash Bros 4
You really need me to say why I’m excited for Super Smash Bros 4? Heck, I even set up a new website… and am setting up a new forum dedicated to the game because I think it’s going to be that damn amazing.
I would seriously give up nearly everything to own this game. No kidding. If Nintendo themselves offered to sell me this game in advance, I would seriously pay the full cost of a Wii U for this game alone. That’s how freaking amazing I think this game will be.
The minute I heard this game announced, I knew I needed to own/play it. And when I saw this trailer?
Yeah, no doubts in the slightest. Super Smash Bros 4 is my most highly anticipated game bar none.
Super Mario 3D World
Next on the list, another game I’m sure everyone was expecting to see. But while some people are a bit disappointed in Super Mario 3D World and see it as a let down after the Galaxy series and what not, I personally think it looks like one of the best 3D Mario titles I’ve ever seen.
Above: Four player co-op in a 3D Mario world = epic win
Okay, the non linearity? Not present in the way I was hoping for. But four player co-op with Peach as playable? Okay, that is win. As is the whole Super Mario Bros 2/Doki Doki Panic feel, the new power ups, the often new music and best of all, the new boss battles that don’t seem to be ten more fights with Boom Boom or the Koopalings. It may not be perfect, but I would be absolutely nuts if I said I wasn’t excited for it. This + Smash Bros + Mario Kart + Donkey Kong has pretty much sold me on the Wii U.
Oh, and Chargin’ Chucks returning is nice to see too.
Mario Kart 8
Another game I’m really excited for, Mario Kart 8 looks freaking amazing. HD graphics that make those in Wii and 7 look like utter crap by comparison? Oh yeah!
Anti gravity race tracks with loops, upside down racing and wall climbing? Now that’s even better, the kind of thing I sometimes wish Mario Kart 7 had introduced.
The tracks look great as well. The town/city track seems like a very nice looking new location that we see very little of in other Mario games, the somewhat Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon inspired ghost house looks like the best ghost house track EVER bar none (the fact Double Dash and Wii had no ghost house track was a freaking travesty if you ask me). And tracks based on sweets and food? Okay, that’s definitely some needed innovation in the Mario Kart series.
Above: Anti gravity Mario Kart looks great
Add in the return of gliding and underwater gameplay, the same great mechanics from 7 and retro tracks that have been improved by about two million fold in graphics alone, and you have one Wii U game I really want to play as soon as possible.
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze
And now, a game I didn’t even know I wanted before E3. Yeah, we knew Smash Bros 4 existed and was going to be awesome for years beforehand, and 3D Mario and Mario Kart were hinted at way back in January or so in a Nintendo Direct, but Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze came right out of left field as a pleasant surprise.
And oh boy is it a great surprise. Yeah, yeah, Retro were working on a Donkey Kong title and not Metroid (or Star Fox, F-Zero, Mach Rider or whatever your average teenage idiot is obsessed with nowadays). But you know what?
Screw Metroid, F-Zero or Star Fox. Screw Mach Rider or more NES reboots. Screw gritty art styles and ‘realism’ in general, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze looks ten times better.
Above: Donkey Kong Country truly Returns with Tropical Freeze.
It’s got water levels. It’s got badass vikings. It’s got Dixie Kong. And hell yeah it’s got David Wise composing the music. What’s there not to love? Okay, the Kremlings don’t seem to return… but let’s not count K Rool out yet, he could easily be the fourth character or true final boss, and if that’s true it’s even better.
Add some fantastic looking level design with the best HD graphics money can buy and all kinds of dynamic camera angles, and you have literally the best 2D platformer in the history of the genre. This game will be brilliant, it will blow the socks of any so-called ‘indie’ made platformers ever made and hopefully, it will live up to and surpass even the classics from the NES and SNES era. Roll on November, I need this game.
Mario & Luigi Dream Team
Finally, we’ve got this game. One I’ve been excited for ever since it announced, Mario & Luigi Dream Team looks to be another fantastic installment in a great series.
For one thing, Miyamoto kept his hands off and didn’t try to make it ‘Mario and Luigi, New Super Mario Bros Bland Edition’ by getting rid of beloved characters and originality. There’s a new villain, a new setting with new people and characters, new graphics, fantastic new music and generally new everything. It’s what a Mario RPG should be, and I applaud AlphaDream for not messing it up.
But that’s not all. Nope, as mentioned above, the music is damn amazing. Seriously, it’s not even out yet, and I’m already listening to the game’s music on a daily basis. That’s how freaking catchy it is:
Above: This normal boss music makes that in the last three games sound crap by comparison
Above: And this giant battle theme is amazing too
Did I mention it’s in 3D? No, well it’s in 3D. And unlike every other Mario game I’ve seen, absolutely zero charm was lost in making the graphics 3D, with them being packed with detail and originality.
And to top it all off, Giant Boss Battles return! Yes, giant Luigi smashing living volcanos and massive robots aparts with a sledgehammer while epic music plays in the background? What’s not to love?
Above: How can this not be awesome?
I need Mario & Luigi Dream Team. Roll on July!
Least Excited For
And these are some games I’m not excited for or particularly interested in (especially at this point in time). Why? Because I think none of them are worth the money in any way whatsoever. Here they are,
The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker HD
I was once excited for this… when it was rumoured the game had significant amounts of new content.
Now it’s basically been confirmed to be just a HD port with minor tweaks though, I say screw it. This was the perfect chance to introduce the cut dungeons, new content and other tweaks the game needed, and then Nintendo basically blew it. In fact, you know why I think they blew it?
Above: Graphics are one of the only major new things in this. What a waste of time.
Because Aonuma can’t accept he screwed up the first time. Oh no, why fix his beloved game and accept that there are faults when he could do minor tweaks like edit the graphics (which were already mostly fine) and add a slightly faster sail option instead? It’s nothing more than an Aonuma vanity project made because Nintendo doesn’t get how things like cel shading are not popular. How The Wind Waker was an incomplete game that needed some fixing.
The fact they then dropped the Tingle Tuner and threw away the opportunity to make use of the Wii U GamePad in the most logical way (as a GBA/second screen substitute) shows that this port looks like an utter travesty, something made by people who don’t get how to improve a Zelda game. Kick Aonuma out, get in someone willing to make massive overhauls and release the game how it should have been before they rushed it for the christmas deadline.
Game & Wario
Well, here’s a game that I’m not too fond of. Yes it has a great marketing campaign with the Crowdfarter thing on the site, but I think the game itself looks kind of bad to be honest.
For one thing, it’s literally just a mini game collection. That’s being sold for nearly the same price as a full game. Is that really worth it? No, for the same reason that Wii Play Motion and Nintendo Land aren’t worth it to me. Not paying money for what’s basically an elaborate tech demo, especially not with Mario 3D World and DK Tropical Freeze around the corner.
Above: Rebranding tech demos with WarioWare characters = not worth 40 dollars.
Secondly, I think the game is kind of a perfect emblem of how Nintendo is mistreating the Wario series. Toilet humour where the earlier games had little or none of it? Check. Using the name to market games that don’t otherwise sell? Check. Putting the series in mortal danger by releasing a game that’s likely to fail up against stiff competition? Triple check.
It’s a pity, the feel of the title is decent enough and things like the music are pretty good, but it’s not worth it for me. Utter disappointment, a game that should have just been a standard WarioWare title.
New Super Luigi U
Finally, I don’t care for New Super Luigi U. Yes it’s basically a new game. Yes it’s Luigi centric. But to put it bluntly, it’s just DLC on a disc.
Not even massively interesting, game changing DLC either (like how various Mario ROM hacks and game mods completely replace everything down to the graphics, music and enemies), but some new levels with a fairly poorly designed new character and some minor changes to character physics.
Above: Downloadable content does not a good game make.
I didn’t care for the Lost Levels back in the NES era, and I generally don’t care for this either. Pass.
And so those are the games I’m most and least excited for. Do you agree my picks? Hate any games I’m interested in/like any games I don’t feel will be that good? Comment below or at Nintendo 3DS Community today!
P.S. I know, no mention of Pikmin 3 or Pokemon X/Y. That’s not because I dislike them, it’s just because I have no personal interest in either. Great games, I just don’t have any reasons to love or hate them.