I'm not going to lie to you, the list of upcoming exclusives for Nintendo's Wii U is painfully threadbare. The term drought is being redefined here. In fact, I 've had to include an HD remake in here just to fill up the numbers. Give or take the odd game, this is the five only exclusives coming Wii U in 2016. If you wanted further proof that the Nintendo NX can't be far away, then this is it.
But, it has to be said, of the five exclusives coming to Wii U next year, they do look universally promising. The Legend of Zelda fans are going to be doubly pleased, with not one but two 3D Zelda adventures making their way to the Wii U. It's going to be a slow few months for Nintendo fans, but we're expecting the perspective to change drastically over the course of the coming year.
Everything we see of The Legend of Zelda Wii U looks insanely promising. Zelda producer Eiji Aunoma has been fairly secretive about what the long in development action RPG entails, other than confirming Nintendo was aiming for a full open-world, possibly with a quest system. You'll be able to tackle different areas whenever you want, with Skyrim-esque exploration around its huge world. With little time until the Nintendo NX arrives though, it would be a surprise if The Legend of Zelda Wii U didn't launch for Nintendo's new console also.
Star Fox Zero looked a bit dodgy when we saw it at E3 earlier this year, but a smart delay and some graphical fine tuning means it looks as if Nintendo and Platinum Games are back on track with this one. Legendary Nintendo man Shigeru Miyamoto is behind Star Fox Zero, with his aim being to make use of all of the unique features of Nintendo's console. The normal ship-to-ship combat is joined by mech walker sections, tanks and more, in a more varied take of the classic Star Fox shoot-em-up gameplay.
It shamefully took me months to realise why why brawler Pokkén Tournament was called what it is. As you may have more wisely guessed from the name, Pokkén Tournament is fully 3D fighting game in which some of the most beloved Pokemon square off against one another. Each comes with unique abilities of course, so Pikachu can zap enemies while Charizard can flame grill them. Jigglypuff? I don't know. The Pokkén name is because it's being created in conjunction with Bandai Namco, of Tekken fame, so it's got some serious fighting game pedigree behind it.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
Like it or not, Nintendo's not averse to the remastering trend. Plenty of Nintendo fans have probably already played this GameCube/Wii game to death, but for those who haven't, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is back, and hopefully better than ever. From the looks of it there isn't any additional content being bunged in, so this is vanilla Twilight Princess with some sharper visuals. Textbook line-up filler material, but it should help while away the months until the Wii U gets its own dedicated Zelda title.
The clash of two Japanese gaming's most esteemed franchises, the mysterious Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem is practically guaranteed to be dripping quality. With Intelligent Systems and Atlus splitting the load, it looks as if Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem will be a full blown RPG in a Personal style, with dungeon exploration, roaming an open-world Tokyo, and turn-based combat. In truth this still looks a long ways off, but we're still hopeful of a 2016 launch.