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 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.
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 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.
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.
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?