Most Anticipated Nintendo Exclusives Of 2017

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 2:23 PM
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Nintendo’s list of the most anticipated exclusives is a little different from the others, in that it’s pretty much impossible to list out five games coming to either of its home consoles. To say they’re having a dry spell would be putting it lightly. Still, the Switch is just around the corner, as is the January 12th showcase, but in the meantime here’s five of the best games which we’re expecting to be announced for the console.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The only confirmed game on this entire list, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s protracted development has seen it stretch from a reason to buy a Wii U to a reason to buy the Nintendo Switch. As you’ve no doubt seen from the countless gameplay footage out there right now, Breath of the Wild looks unbelievably special. It’s a very Nintendo take on Western RPG tropes, including a gigantic open world where you can anywhere and do anything you want. Whether that’s embark on quests, look for treasure, or hunt for rare material for crafting. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks several times more expansive than any Zelda before it, providing ample fuel for the ever increasing hype surrounding it.

3D Mario

Not actually officially announced yet, we saw a sneak peek of a new 3D Mario during the unveiling of the Switch in October. Rumours persist this is a return to the Mario 64 adventure style of gameplay, revisiting levels multiple times in order to find all of the hidden stars. During out very brief look at this game, it looks as if Nintendo is possible using a Mexican Day of the Dead-themed town as the hub world. At one point Mario bizarrely collects gold rings. Could we possibly see a crossover with the blue blur himself?

Pokemon Stars

Pokemon Sun and Moon has sold absolute gangbusters on 3DS, becoming the fastest selling game(s) in Nintendo history. Nintendo is nothing if not an expert on milking a concept dry though, and neither is Pokemon developer GameFreak. For the the third version of Pokemon Sun and Moon, rumoured to be called Pokemon Stars, Nintendo is allegedly adapting the mainline series to a home console for the first ever time. If this is true then there's practically no way the Nintendo Switch won’t sell absolute gangbusters.

Smash Switch

Yet another game still to be confirmed, Smash Switch seems all but inevitable at this stage. The Wii U sold in woeful numbers, meaning not a lot of Nintendo fans managed to have go on Smash Bros Wii U. It was excellent, and surely the easiest thing in the world for Nintendo to do is to remaster it for the Switch, adding in the slew of DLC characters to boot.

Pikmin 4

Legendary game director Shigeru Miyamoto has said there’s a new Pikmin game in development. That’s just about all we know however, other than the assumption that it will be absolutely awesome (feel that sweet, sweet bias). Miyamoto refuses to make a game himself unless it introduces a new concept or mechanic which fundamentally alters the game. Last time around it was managing three playable characters simultaneously, what could it be for Pikmin 4?

Which is your most anticipated Nintendo exclusive?

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09:19 Dec-28-2016

I don't think Nintendo will ever have the #1 console on the market like it used to.I mean the games themselves are quite crappy overall.Don't get me wrong I love naything Mario and also I'm a fan of Legend of Zelda series,maybe a few other games,but that's about it.I'm a pc gamer,but if I have to choose a console it won't be the switch.Other consoles have so many better games,and exclusives too.I'd rather play forza series and halo than buy switch just for mario.

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23:47 Dec-27-2016

The problem for me is that i, in the end, will go for a ps4 rather then a switch or maybe even wii-u.
I mean, i really want to play the zelda, mario and pokemon games like i did on the NES, SNES gamecube and wii (never had a N64) but simply the games that i want to play on the ps4 are counting heavier (KH3, Uncharted4, RDR2 and new Last of us)
I really really want to play Bayonetta 2 tho (cont.)

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23:49 Dec-27-2016

so a wii u will be the second console if im going to buy one again.
For this list tho.. I felt it coming. Its sad but true, but Nintendo consoles never had very much exclusives compared to other consoles. But the exclusives there were for them old consoles were amazing :)

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04:38 Dec-28-2016

This is the future of consoles and death of pc gaming as it is today: plug it in to TV/monitor, take it anywhere, use supported controllers, acquire mobile developer support and indie support, come out with new console in five years...

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04:44 Dec-28-2016

...be backwards compatible to the previous console, update hardware standards, close in on graphical realism, wash and repeat until graphics are good enough that even hardened PC gamers make the switch, allow mouse and keyboard.

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19:29 Dec-27-2016

Hopefully MHXX will get a Switch release:D

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18:03 Dec-27-2016

Zelda is the most interesting from the bunch but the list is disappointing.

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17:06 Dec-27-2016

Does anyone know if Nintendo will phase out the 3DS when the switch comes out?

Also, I'm really just looking forward to the new Dragon Quest and that Pokemon.

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17:55 Dec-27-2016

I hope not, I still have mine and I hope I get to use it more when the switch releases

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18:40 Dec-27-2016

Probably.


Nintendo don't like focusing on more than one console at once.


2013 and 2014, 3DS got loads of games, WiiU got barely, 2015 and 2016, WiiU got loads, 3DS got barely any


not the first time it's happened

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14:55 Dec-27-2016

Bought 3DS for Monster Hunter and will buy Switch for Monster Hunter.

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15:32 Dec-27-2016

That makes two of us. I am not buying Switch until that game comes out.

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17:56 Dec-27-2016

How's Monster Hunter on the 3ds?

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18:16 Dec-27-2016

Well the Generations adds hunting styles like aerial style that you can use to springboard from the monsters with the dodge button. Then you can play as your felyne companion and then there's wi-fi MP. No more that PSP BS.


Performance might be pretty bad on 3DS but I have the New! 3DS (As bad naming as Wii U) so I can't comment on that.


Then there's MH3U and MH4U as well. Now waiting for the G version for Generations (XX in Japan)

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