Isn't it great when a new year rolls around? We can just dust off our hands, shrug and march forward with a skip in our step and smiles on our faces. We can - oh yes, we can.
As 2015 drew to a close I had a Skype call with the Triforce of Nintendo Life Directors, my bosses that I try and boss around when / if possible. We were assessing the year, good and bad, and I said something along the lines of "jeez, 2015 was pants"; 'pants', for those wondering, is weird British slang for 'not very good'. There were highs, of course, and some absolutely terrific games - thank the stars for the likes of Splatoon, Xenoblade Chronicles X and Super Mario Maker, among others. But there were also some lows. Writing an obituary for Satoru Iwata, as an example, was easily the hardest moment of the year for me - possibly of my entire time on this site - in covering Nintendo.
In terms of less serious topics like video games, there had been long spells where negativity, apathy and dissatisfaction swirled around Nintendo, on the internet at least. Nintendo often only had itself to blame, and we found ourselves being more critical of a few first-party releases than felt common, simply because some felt like a step back. E3 2015 was also pretty grim, from a personal perspective; it's a time of the year when 20 hour days and dry, unblinking eyes from staring at screens too long are the norm, so when the conversations and live chat are generally downbeat it's not exactly fun. I didn't blame fans as such, as Nintendo's showing was underwhelming, though I did rant against the fury hurled at Metroid Prime: Federation Force; it's not the Metroid game I wanted either, but I still argued that more people should give it a chance.
Beyond E3 there were some sloppy moves by Nintendo - such as the initial XL-only New 3DS release in North America - and a sense of drift, that we were playing out time until better things happened. Some late year talking points and saviours - namely Star Fox Zero, the Club Nintendo replacement (My Nintendo) and the first smart device app (Miitomo) - even slipped back. 2015, overall, was a year of 'meh'.
When we polled you, the community, on 2015 the overall response was perhaps a little above 'meh', which was pleasing to see. It helped that Nintendo rediscovered a bit of mojo at the close of the year with a Nintendo Direct and Smash Bros. Video Presentation, two broadcasts that both delivered (in my opinion) on expectations. It was particularly fun covering those two events because, for the first time in what seemed like months, there was a healthy buzz; the live chat for the streams was a happy place, which was far from the case during E3. It was a reminder of why I love Nintendo, with its happy-go-lucky and colourful approach providing variety in our gaming lives.
At the start of the year, when I outlined five key reveals and releases that could define Nintendo's 2016, I felt a buzz of anticipation, too. This year could be absolutely huge for Nintendo and, of course, us and all of its fans. Even in the near future there are a load of Wii U and 3DS games to look forward to, in addition to dabbling with Miitomo and seeing what the My Account service will have to offer in March. That's a lot to enjoy in the next few months alone - come on, there's going to be a new Star Fox game, at last!
Forgetting tough commercial realities for Wii U and - to an extent - the 3DS, for those of us on board there's a lot to look forward to, with various IPs and genres to keep us busy. By the time we reach the Summer we'll probably already know, or be about to find out, real details of the NX too. The new hardware tingle of excitement never gets old, and I can't wait to see what Nintendo's come up with. Depending on announcements made in the latter half of the year we could have a whole new Legend of Zelda game on Wii U and, hopefully, new hardware to pre-order for the Holiday season. Exciting times.
My hope is that two things will happen throughout the year - on the one hand Nintendo will be on form, delivering quality content, surprises and some quirky moments that'll live long in the memory. The other thing I hope for - which I also feel is a safer bet - is that the company's fans will have a great time going along for the ride. A year when comment sections, live chat windows and tweets will be full of hype, excitement and joy. When there's an announcement, Direct, event or E3 where Nintendo truly knocks expectations out of the park there are few more enjoyable moments, for me, than simply seeing the community react.
It's a reminder, when that happens, that Nintendo is all about having fun with video games. I think that's partially why Splatoon was such a hit with the Nintendo community in 2015 - it was an enjoyable, bright and creative game that could deliver blissful anarchy in online matches. Many of us enjoy a bit of Metal Gear Solid V or FPS action sometimes, but Nintendo often provides a lighter touch to our gaming. Its hardware is the natural home of whimsy.
I think my excitement for 2016 is on a higher level than I've felt for quite some time, possibly since the Wii U launched in November 2012. There have been countless moments of hype since, of course, but in terms of anticipating and eagerly awaiting the next moves from Nintendo this is a notable point. I have no idea whether NX, My Nintendo / Nintendo Account, smartphone games and the various titles on the way will meet expectations, but I believe they could. It's the Nintendo way to bounce back from disappointments with triumphs. To innovate and catch everyone off guard.
At the end of 2015 Nintendo, through its Direct and Smash Bros. presentation, reminded us of the unique talents at its disposal and its determination to move forward in its own way. It's the mystery of what's to come, and the potential impact it'll have, that gives me a thrill.
Unless reality gets in the way I'll be optimistic about Nintendo's 2016.
Good editorial, Tom. Hear, hear.
I have high hopes for Nintendo in 2016. With Zelda And Star Fox it's already looking like a good year, gaming wise for me.
Let's hope we get a few good single player games for the NX something new that will show us how good the graphics are. Maybe a new Wave Race, 1080, Mario 64.
And let's hope Nintendo calm down a bit with Amiibo's and stop treating gamers like children.
Pretty good write up here. It sends a good message that it's ok for some to find 2015 lackluster but also recognize that Nintendo has the potential to have a good 2016 year. Whether or not they will is anyone's guess. I don't see too much in the lineup so far that I'm interested in beyond Zelda for Wii U, but I'm more than willing to wait and see if there's any more interesting things announced in the coming year before I completely write off Nintendo.
I'm excited about the global gaming environment in 2016. Since this is about optimism I'll stop there.
I am going to be on the lower side of things.
1.I do think that we will get more games to fill the gap on 3DS and Wii u in 2016.
2.I think that we are going into a gaming rescission right now.
3.A NX relieved in 2016.
4.some new 3ds exclusives
5.more amiibo unfortunately
So I give this year a 4.7-5.5/10.0 for 2016.2015 score was about a 4.5/10.0 so this is going to be a slightly better year.
For the most part I am optimistic. Star Fox Zero looks fairly lifeless (I wish I didn't think that!) but I'm looking forward to a lot of the 3DS line-up and what the NX will be. To me it's mostly about those two letters (which will presumably morph into a longer word). I think the best thing Nintendo can do is to build on presenting new approaches, not just in games but in the way they manage themselves. Splatoon was a great example of this.
Come on Ninty - knock it out the park and surprise us all!
Why ever be sad about games? Games are for fun, if I don't find new ones fun, I play old ones... Or something else... Maybe Monopoly... Maybe TV. Never see the point in angry ranting about a hobby that brings pleasure!
I'm always smiling on Mira, even when my entire four skell team gets wiped out by a giant sandworm from Arrakis called Atreides, The Destinguished.
I commend you for your optimism, something I do not share in.
With only two major games in the production pipeline, 2016 will be a slow year even with some additional announcements and subsequent releases down the road.
And I'm fairly certain that Nintendo did not learn their lesson with the Wii U and that the NX will continue the newly established tradition of confusing novelty with innovation. The unification of dedicated home consoles and handhelds is a troubling prospect in this regard.
Nintendo should feel free to prove me wrong, though.
Looks like Xenoblade will keep me occupied until spring (or until end times). Then I have to decide if I want to try out LoZTP HD (never played it). At some point I will fit in FE Fates. Star Fox looks like a game I want to play and at some point LoZ Wii U and FE vs SMT. Honestly I cant fit all of that into a year.....I dont have the time to dedicate to gaming in order to complete everything listed so 2016 looks great for me. Everything else is just gravy, so any Directs, whatever happens at E3, VC titles, surprise announcements just add to my joy.
I'm with you Tom, bring it on Nintendo, I can't wait
3DS 2016 is looking sweet, so I can't disagree.
But I seriously wonder how the Wii U only users can try to muster optimism right now...even in the kickstarter front, they should know that any Kickstarter this year is a lost cause, either the projects ignore the Wii U, or they promise a port, and release it far too late when everybody else has already jumped into the new machine.
"OMG REMEMBER STARFOX AND ZELDA?"
How much longer are we going to play this game?
I like to see you excited, and I'm optimistic too, from a commercial point of view 2016 can't be worse than 2015 for Nintendo, at least, and there's mistery about a lot of things they are going to reveal.
At the moment I'm concerned about My Nintendo the most, my fear is that people like me who goes phisical are going to be sadly disappointed, everything points to a only digital reward programme.
I hope I'll be proved wrong.
NX name should be The Nintendo. Clean slate. Remembering when Dragon Quest was Dragon Warrior on the NES I am really looking forward to those releases. I hope for Zelda's release this year but am having difficulty getting excited about Star Fox. I feel pretty jaded toward Nintendo after Wii U and 3DS moves but I will probably end up with the NX unless it is a total flop because like it or not nostalgia sells or at least it does for me. If you grew up in the NES era I recommend The Goldbergs on Hulu. The Chiptune intro soundtrack will remind you of your NES days alone! All three seasons are on there and there are so many great nostalgic moments in that show.
Hard to be optimistic when the only thing on Nintendo platforms that looks like it'll be great is Zelda U. NX will need to be satisfyingly amazing to bring my hopes back up for Nintendo.
Nintendo must know they tricked us about a Zelda game coming last year and then also pulled it away from their E3 as well, a double hit really, for the console's most anticipated release. No surprise anything else didn't fill the absence or make up for the delay of it and star fox.
But 2016 is the year, right? Lol
If it is we can grin all day. Especially if Pikmin 4 is 2016 as well
Nice write up TW, 2015 needed an obituary and page turning, it was a train wreck. I think the poll being higher than "meh" owes a lot to this being a Nintendo specific site, if this was a general console site w/ Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft gamers I believe the poll results would have been lower, but it's nice to know Nintnedo's fans weren't totally let down.
2016 will be better - Wii U gets Starfox Zero, Pokken Tournament and who knows, maybe even Zelda U, which while it may not release in 2016 or on Wii U should at least get a name, a date and some screenshots and video.
3DS has a ton of JRPG, Hyrule Warriors Legends, and almost certainly Pokemon XZ and YZ to end the year. On mobile Pokemon Go will probably be big, and Miitomo will hopefully get a name change to Meet Mii or something more palatable to the western tongue, and maybe an additional actual game. Surely Nintendo Badge Arcade will be ported. My Nintnod Account just being up and running can be put to bed. NX will likely go on sale at the holidays.
So Nintneod will have a better year than last year, almost as close to 100% as you can get, in part b/c it will be a good year, and in part b/c 2015 was just so utterly bad.
My only concern is the fan base. I feel like no matter what NX turns out to be - PS4/XboxOne clone, or a Ouya clone, or 4DS w/ TV out - whatever it is, the people who don't like it are going to be louder than the people who do. I just don't see how NX can please everybody, b/c no device can, but people seem to have chosen sides since last March's mention of it, and the walls have gone up between the sides. So hopefully no matter how disappointed some people can be, we can at least all remain civil in our disagreement. B/c no matter how good Ntinedo's 2016 will be, there will be discontent, and 3 years of Wii U failure has dampened a lot of peoples spirits, and if the litany of disappointments should continue - Zelda U shifting to NX for example - I'm afraid it could get real ugly real quick around here.
But I am hopeful, and optimistic, that 2016 will be a good year for Ntinedo and the majority of it's fans.
2015 was really strange. It was an amazing year for Wii U games in my opinion. Splatoon, Mario Maker, Xeno, etc... 3ds fell by the wayside. I think the gloomy atmosphere was from uncertainty, the passing of Iwata, low sales compared to Sony and MS, and third party drought. 2015 was a renaissance year for Nintendo software on Wii U, but unfortunately the console itself is hanging on by a thread. I was more excited about 2014 and 2015 releases than I have been for along time (again - only for Wii U). I think 2016 is going to be amazing either because of the NX, or just to see what Nintendo is going to do for the Wii U/3DS swan song. I'm so excited!
Is the majority of this community capable of being optimistic? I feel like there's been so much pessimism and negativity around here the past few years that them (myself included there at times) being positive or optimistic might be a bit hard.
I feel like we got to the point that we deemed optimism to be fanboyism, which of course are two different things.
You know what though? Video games are entertainment. No use getting that negative and cynical about something that's supposed to bring you joy. 2016 is looking to be a fantastic year for gaming as a whole (that PS4 lineup in particular is going to be insane!).
British slang is the best.
Don't be a hater! Be a congratulator guys! Come on!
@JohnBlackstar I agree with you about 2015. While there were some bad games, a terrible E3 showing and almost no 3rd party games, the WiiU had some of the best games released that I have played in a very long time. These games will keep me playing and smiling well into 2016. Starfox, Pokken tournament and Zelda will hopefully lead a WiiU library of other solid games as well.
2016 will all come down to how people feel about the NX reveal. Is it what people are hoping it will be or will it be something completely different. It is so hard to know.
I really hope that 2016 is an awesome year that brings back so much excitement about Nintendo!
I agree that Nintendo closed 2015 well with the Nintendo Direct and the Smash Bros Presentation. I do not think there is anything wrong with admitting they had a bad 2015 overall on the heels of a pretty great 2014... criticism is a good thing because if a company never hears that its fans are upset, it will never change. And I do believe Nintendo is changing - with a Club Nintendo successor, possible cloud saves, a unified account system, etc... they are slow to change, but I see some positive strides.
I think 2016 will be a great year based on hype for the new system. It'll be up to Nintendo as to how they transform that hype into sales and real momentum going forward. If they have another bad launch like they had with the 3DS and Wii U, we'll be in some major trouble. But I have hope for the future.
I feel much better about 2016 than 2015. Yes, I do have a worry the NX is going to target the Wii/mobile crowd and shun longtime Nintendo fans, but I don't necessarily think that WILL happen, it's just a possibility with how things seem to be going at Nintendo. Until we know more, there's always a great chance that NX will be a console for dedicated gamers, with a bunch of multi platform titles at launch along with a 3D Mario, Pikmin 4, the new Retro game and Zelda U.
At the very least it will be a good year for the 3DS. Okay, there's not much really new coming, but they weren't going to start any big new projects this late in it's life, so instead they've done the best they could, bringing over a bunch of stuff that was already completed but just needed translating.
There's nothing wrong with being pessimistic about things we can't change. I'd rather keep expectations low and then be surprised with something great, than to expect something great and then be disappointed in the reality.
Great artikel! Couldn't agree more! Now it is back to Mira for me ☺
I agree with the optimistic sentiment. There is so much uncertainty this year, and there's no way for anyone to know whether it'll be fantastic or terrible. I'm going to sit back, enjoy the ride and hope that this year will be brilliant.
Hahaha "Nintneod, Nintnod and Ntinedo's" that's like all the variatons you csn make lol XD.
Still all better choices then Wii U though!!!!
Um, many gamers ARE children. Unless you mean to stop with those shallow B-list games like AC:HHD, Triforce Heroes, and Zip Lash in which case I agree with you.
I personally love amiibo, but it would be great if there was a cheaper DLC option while leaving the toys for collectors like myself.
I actually hope Nintendo ignores the core for the most part and focus on making content to attract new audiences. Yes they NEED a new gimmick because they aren't going to win over PlayStation fans ever. The Wii was one of my favorite platforms as it was overflowing with crazy ideas. I'd hate to see them go back now.
Targeting the Wii/mobile crowd in an exciting way may be the best for them at this point.
I'm excited for this year. I am getting all of the games announced for both the Wii U and 3DS. This year can't be any worse than last year. I can't wait to see what they have planned for this year.
Nintendo has their work cut out for them this year. Doesn't help that most of the gaming community wants to see them fail.
I'm interested to see what My Nintendo is. I also want to see if digital purchases are going to carry over with the upcoming NX. I'm hoping for less Mario and Zelda in general. I would love to see Nintendo re-establish their sports division. More NBA Courtside, and less Mario Strikers. I'm not optimistic about Nintendo doing anything right at this point especially after an average 2014 and a terrible 2015.
@Sanangelo89 Yeah, you would think my fingers would just pick one mistyping, wouldn't you, but no, every time I do it it's different. Maybe I could see a hypnotist to get it corrected? Or at least teach my auto-correct to fix it, it fixes everything else, just not Nintendo. (I fixed that 1 just for you. )
It was E3 last year that torpedoed my excitement, a massive whiplash from the previous year's. Worries about the localization changes in upcoming games have also dampened my spirits, with Genei Ibun Roku#FE being the main one I'm worried about, as I'm more intrigued by it than Fire Emblem Fates.
My purchasing preferences have shifted too. I'll shop around more to get a good price, and get regular editions over limited editions. If a game comes with a soundtrack CD, sure I'll grab the LE, but for a physical collectible like the one coming with Hyrule Warriors Legends? I'll now save the cash and the space.
But it's given me the time and cash to work on building up my original Xbox and PS2 collections. I'm definitely more cautious going into 2016 for Nintendo than I was in 2015 at this time, and it remains to be seen if their new hardware will woo me.
I'm only excited for the 3DS and Wii U stuff to be honest, really don't feel positive about the NX stuff but to be honest I wasn't interested in Wii U until E3 2013 so I'm expecting the same mess of very poor launch window lineup. Anyway my journey to Mira has been postponed because of Hyrule Warriors (yeah, another game bought at launch which starting it was postponed because of Hyrule Warriors ) so I kind of expect to be busy irrelevant of what NX is and when it comes out.
It needs to be. 2015 was tragic for both systems, luckily the library on them is already pretty strong thanks to 2013 and 2014 game releases.
I'm finding it slightly hard to be optimistic. Not because of the games. I see plenty I want.
But that dang Canadian dollar...
@Okami86 They're trying hard to do so. No major release on both systems like SSB did in 2014, still no proper account and e-shop services (e-shop is fine but miles away from Sony and MS shops), third parties are going away, they refuse to understand what games the market wants and needs right now (Animal Crossing Board Game? Amiibo stuff? Co-op only titles? Delaying major releases? Really?).
For me, I'm planning on focusing on my PS4 for the first half of the year rather than my 3DS and especially my Wii U. The big 3DS and Wii U releases are games I'll come back to later on. The main exception there will be the Smash DLC and Pokemon RBY (getting Yellow).
Mostly plan on getting Gravity Rush Remastered, Ratchet & Clank, and Uncharted 4 for the first half of the year. The first two are cheaper ($30 and $40), which is great!
Towards the end of the year I'm for sure getting Dragon Quest VIII, Zelda U, and Pokemon Z. Will also go back and get Fire Emblem Fates and maybe Star Fox Zero.
@brandonbwii The extra tracks in Mario Kart were sold at a reasonable price without Amiibos. And McDonald's had Mario toys free with a Kids meal.
Just give me Zelda U and Fates, and I'll be a happy customer. Additional treats are welcome, though.
I do have a weird hope that entirely relys on the NX being a hybrid. If this device is truly a replacement for home and portable systems, Nintendo will find itself now with far more teams than needed. Like they will no longer need a portable and home Mario team. My hope means that these teams can branch out in new IP's an new genre spin offs of existing ones (e.g. Luigi's Mansion or an Zelda led game) but also perhaps the creation of a (really hate the term) 'mature' library (I am in no way suggesting that Nintendo's current out put is insufficient for the 'mature gamer' or that they should create profanity spewing gore shows), Nintendo's past is filled with this kinda of games (golden eye) and they are often happy buying into them (Bayonetta and Project Zero). I think the creation of a "black label" would free some franchises from being skip over because they aren't "for everyone", Such as Metroid. Imagine if Nintendo developed a Metroid game they didn't have to worry about alienating some players (the original certainly wasn't suitable for all gamers).
I'm not saying it should be their main focus and should divert talent away from their traditional games but these sorts of games would certainly help when third parties give them trouble. This would also allow them to release similar games in the same console cycle e.g. you'd have Mario Kart under the traditional Nintendo banner and then early/later have F-Zero under the black label.
New console reveals are always cool, but I never buy machines at launch anyway. For me that excitement is more about knowing there is a whole new world of gaming that will await me if and when I ever decide to take the plunge and pick up the new system.
More immediate for me is that fact that my current machines of choice (3DS and Vita) are both getting into that period of their lifespan when lots of late-generation titles are arriving that are geared exactly for my tastes. 2016 is the year of the RPG on handhelds and I love JRPGs. I am looking forward to Mario and Luigi, Fire Emblem Fates, Bravely Second and the two Dragon Quest localizations. There are five to six great RPGs coming to Vita as well this year. I won't have time to play them all!
Nice to see some positive spirits. 2015 was a pretty bad year so as far as I'm concerned it should only be up hill from here.
E3 2015 was worse than "meh;" E3 2015 was depressing. The games of 2015 were great, but sparse. But Splatoon and XCX were (are) SO great that they lift my overall feelings of Nintendo's 2015 into a fairly positive area.
How about this , Stop talking about figures , Stats , Everything nobody cares about outside of business and start talking about new games, provide more updates , Features , Push for exclusive interviews , You know actually the fun side of things .
Zelda needs to be released. That's all iI have to say.
Somebody died. Stock prices are down. Sales numbers look bleak.
How can I ever enjoy xenoblade like this? I just can't explore the planet knowing the sales aren't up to spec!
I was kinda losing interest in the Wii U last year...then I played Super Mario maker!
A pessimist is never disappointed.
Nothing in Nintendo's near future seems like anything to be overly optimistic about. 2015 pretty much killed the emotional attachment I've had to Nintendo. Although who knows? There is always hope that 2016 still has surprises that will turn things around.
If you are patient with buying new console you get it and games cheaper, also can pick best ones from the top.
This year looks set to be a great year for gaming in general with lots of great looking games on other platforms.
On the Wii U, I'm still catching up with its back catalogue - I just bought Captain Toad - so its poor release schedule hasn't bothered me too much yet. Zelda U has been my most anticipated game on any platform since it was announced and I can't wait to play it. I'm curious about Star Fox, but will wait and see.
The 3DS didn't have a wonderful 2015, and Majora's Mask was the only game I bought for it that released last year. This year things look different with lots of localised games, including Dragon Quest VII.
As for the NX, I don't really have any hype for it. That is not to say I feel negative, because I don't, but we don't know anything about it yet.
I think 2016 could be a good year if everything stays on schedule and Nintendo of America improves their track record in handling the VC releases. There is too many good games waiting to appear in the VC and a lot of exciting releases scheduled. Two Zelda games, #FE, Star Fox, and hopefully some surprises we know nothing about.
Sorry, but I don't get optimistic over something for no reason without a proven track record, and Nintendo's destroyed a lot of my trust in them over the last few years. When and only when they show me something I'd actually be interested in will I be positive for them, Nintendo needs to earn my optimisim.
2015 saw the release of some great games including Mario Maker and Xenoblade Chronicles X. There were also some good releases on the eshop such as affordable space adventures. The gamepad was utilised well for gameplay. That to me, is an impressive year for Nintendo.
With Zeldas 30th anniversary, some big releases and a new console to reveal, this is sure to be another amazing year.
To be honest, I didn't like 2015 (especially Nintendo's E3 presentation). But 2016 is looking great to me!
For the 3DS, it looks like it's gonna be its best year since 2013. There's Fire Emblem Fates, Zero Escape 3, Paper Jam, two Dragon Quest remakes, a nice Hyrule Warriors port with many extras, a very possible Pokémon Z and maybe even some unannounced titles.
It's Zelda's 30th anniversary, which means Nintendo is gonna give the celebration it deserves. (I don't think the same can be said about Metroid unfortunately).
There's also Sonic's 25th anniversary. The series hasn't being doing well recently, but I love the series and deep inside I wish they make a great classic Sonic based game.
And at last, what I'm hyped for the most this year: seeing the NX and its games for the first time. I've never been this curious to see a new Nintendo console, since I have no idea of what it is (And I don't even wanna guess).
@AVahne what about dragon quest?
Your tagline makes me sing "Here comes the sun, doo doo doo doo, here comes the sun, and I say: it's all right"!
@Issi Being more creative than Xbox and friends isn't saying much. Nintendo hasn't been that great in the creativity department either. They've had a few gems like Splatoon, but for the most part there's been an increase in classic style rehashes with games like NSMB, 3D Land/3D World, DK Tropical Freeze, etc. and we haven't seen as many creative gameplay elements and unique themes added, just generic sequels with the same old gameplay elements and settings that have been done over and over again. Beyond that, there's been a decrease in scale and content in the recent games. We've seen less open ended games that you can wander around and explore and more that have been short and linear. Mario's gone the rehash route and we haven't seen a game in the vein of 64, Sunshine, or Galaxy at all this gen. Metroid has been flat out shafted with no main games to be found this gen and only one spinoff that doesn't appear to be exploration based at all. Pokemon has become very linear in recent games and is seeing a decrease in content this gen. Zelda is still hanging around, but the Wii U game has been in development hell for years. Beyond that, it's pretty much just Xenoblade. I didn't break my own trust, Nintendo did by failing to offer the kind of bold experiences that we've seen from them in the past.
tl;dr Nintendo's been giving us more experiences like NSMB and less like Galaxy this gen and it feels like a huge step down in creativity and content.
I'd much rather have Nintendo delay games than release them early and unfinished. That's a plague that spread across the rest of the gaming industry, but thankfully Nintendo doesn't succumb to that. Right there is part of the reason why I support the Big N.
Just give me Zelda U, Zelda TPHD, Star Fox, and NX details. Heck, Zelda U ALONE would make 2016 a great year for Nintendo, at least in my mind.
I'm fairly optimistic for the year. It's a sparse release schedule at the moment. But I happen to be interested in most of those games so I'm fine with that.
Twilight HD and Starfox and the FE Fates and DQ7/8 will keep both of my Nintendo machines happy until Zelda comes out.
Nintendo and the companies who support them will be the only ones who decide whether I'm optimistic about Nintendo or not.
@Bolt_Strike Zelda U hasn't been in development hell at all. It's just had a long development cycle due to being open world.
2016 I'm betting will be better than 2015, at least. Can it be amazing? NOt necessarily...the year's just begun, so we can't be sure. But it'll definitely be better than last year!
@IceClimbers Close enough. Point is, it's been in development for a long time. We've known about it since 2013 and still no release in sight.
Anyway, if Nintendo wants to regain my trust I want to see games like that, Prime 4, and Galaxy 3, and we've been burned on those types of games this entire generation so I can't get excited until those games are officially revealed.
I feel like after 2015 you can hardly do worse. Nintendo is a strong company (really, they are) and they have always bounced back before. I don't see them continuing downward. They aren't Sega or Konami. (God forbid.)
That said from this end of 2016 it is a little hard to be optimistic. I don't want to just do the blind fangirl thing. I love Nintendo but they need to take a strong look at where they are going. The good thing (and where my optimism sets in) is I think they are in the process of doing just that. But the floodwaters have come in quite a ways so bailing out might take a bit.
@Bolt_Strike January 2013 to be more precise but to be honest most of the games in that Wii U Direct ended up being 2015/2016 releases.
I'm excited for what 2016 has to bring as well. I was already looking forward to Star Fox Zero even before the delay and graphical and cinematic updates. I'm with the camp that I don't want Nintendo to just make remasters, but I think they are a long way off from that. Twilight Princess HD is one title I'm looking forward to actually playing 100% through as I came close but never actually beat it last time. And with that I am beyond excited for the next Zelda and the NX release. 2016 should be a great year for Nintendo fans regardless of what sales numbers transpire.
I'm kind of hoping the NX will be a controller, and pretty much just a controller. Connect it to your phone or tablet and you've got a handheld console that updates every year. There are controllers that connect already of course, but mobile games assume you haven't got one and aren't made for them. Nintendo games could only run if you have the controller. Google or Apple could do the same, but Nintendo could bring it's game and controller design and just make it run on hardware pretty much everyone has already. It's a thought anyway.
@Bolt_Strike Again, it's an open world game. Almost all of those have 4+ year development cycles. The problem is that they're all announced early (and yet will have been in development for a couple years already too!).
Also, wouldn't a Galaxy 3 be more of the same? Same with Prime 4. I'd be up for both, but actual successors to Prime and Galaxy would be even better, especially the latter.
Any year with fire emblem, star fox, and Zelda is a good year! This is going to be everything we hoped 2015 would be!
@zool yesssssss I agree with you on that. I want to copy and paste what you said and just quote you to everyone I know lol so much truth
@IceClimbers Galaxy 3 might, Prime 4 probably won't. Just because it's a sequel doesn't mean it's a rehash, the Prime games are a nice counterexample because they've kept the same base formula but have introduced some interesting changes (Prime 2 had the Light/Dark world system, Prime 3 had Wii controls and several new classes of powerups like Hypermode and new Grapple abilities). The problem with the classic style sequels is that they're content to keep the same gameplay and at best add in a gimmick that only shows up once in a while, we're not seeing game wide changes that show a clear step forward or fresh new take on the formula.
Love this! One of those classic articles that makes me glad I come here for my Nintendo-related news.
While I sometimes don't get the kind of dark humor (I assume it's humor?) in some of these editorials, I love how there's usually a balance of viewpoints. Nothing is ever just amazing or just terrible, and I think that's what I expect to see out of Nintendo's 2016. Hopefully more "up" than "down," though!
The reality is that 2016 is going to be nearly a desert for us Nintendo fans with a highlight being Wii U/NX Zelda launch around... Christmas time?
For 3DS, people would do themselves a favour getting Fire Emblem Fates whenever it is available.
Nintendo ruled my 2015. This year I'll finally jump into PS4 or Xbox. In 2017 I'll hopefully want an NX (lineup permitting). Ah, the circle of life.
As long as Zelda U comes out this year I'll be happy.
I'm hoping for more 3DS longevity and that the NX isn't a total bust. They can tell us NX is the greatest thing since apple pie but until we play it we won't know.
All these noises about it not being a console have me a little worried - if only because people seem determined that it is. Expectations seem likely be dashed on some level at least - but hopefully it's for the best.
We'll be here at e32016 @ThomasBW84! And yeah 2016 looks great, to me is even better than anything since Fire Emblem Awakening, mainly because it's my favorite franchise and we're getting 3 fire emblem games at same time. And Bravely Second. (and dragon quest, and persona, and ffXV, and digimon cybersleuth, mass effect, etc etc). So 2016 I can't be more hyped for you!
All I can say is: How about no? All optimism for 2016 was lost when EU did not get a release date for Fire Emblem Fates in the last direct. So yeah, just waiting for 2017 to happen, other than me getting my pre-ordered special edition of fates sometime late 2016 probably.
Great read, I too am optimistic about 2016. For one, the new president, Tatsumi Kimishimi has been making statements over the past few months that kind of show he knows what he's doing, and is familiar with what gamers want. (Talking about how the NX will be a console for hardcore gamers and some other things) Secondly, we already know of a decent amount of games releasing: TP:HD, Zelda Wii U, Pokken Tournament, Star Fox, Mario and Luigi. And there's also the genuine hype of what this E3 has the potential to be, Since they are saying more about NX this year, it will probably be discussed there. Also, we should probably be FINALLY getting some hype info on Zelda U, which in itself for me is amazing. Cheers to a hopefully great new year for Nintendo and its fans!
The 3DS looks remarkable in 2016. The Wii has more of the mehs for me
I'm definitely remaining optimistic. Regardless how the NX turns out, I'm interested just to see what it is and how they approach marketing it. Most importantly though, I am excited for the games! Since there hasn't been a key Wii U announcement since 2014 (aside from Twilight Princess and Pokken Tournament, which are both remakes), I'm sure Nintendo has some big titles to announce for their new system. I'm also looking forward to all of the Wii U and 3DS games we know about already. 2016 will be a crazy year for Nintendo, and probably the biggest at a marketing perspective.
The Wii U really only has delayed games scheduled for this year so far. I'm not very optimistic. I honestly don't understand how anyone really can be. It is even worse how we need to be optimistic that Nintendo will deliver this year which this year is already looking to be next to nothing.
I'm pretty optomistic. Nintendo having hardware on the same scope as PS4 / XO opens a door to 3rd parties again.
Just show us that launch line-up of some new Galaxy Game at least!
i'm still hugely optimistic. The signs, as i read them, suggest there's a very good chance that Ninjendo's got something up their sleeve. regardless, 2015 still left an indelible mark on the relationship between my son and i, and they didn't act stupidly gung-ho after iwata-san's death, so they still got my respect. if they again meet that standard, i'll continue to be optimistic about their future plans.
besides, they're meeting my nearly decades long request this year: we're getting a serious and innovative successor to star fox. and pokken tournament has serious edge to it. they've a stated recognition to better utilize amiibo.
they're on the right track. i'm sure of that as best one can be.
if you went to any other developer, studio, publisher, or any other sort of game company, and told them to make a japanese game with tentacles and squirting, half of us already know what that game would look like - the other half also knows but refuses to admit it. only nintendo would come up with something as kid-friendly, and fun with tentacles as splatoon. sheer joy is intrinsic to the nintendo way. they can make shooters and fighters kid friendly and fill them with glee. the only thing you need for optimism about nintendo is to play a great nintendo game.
"Let's Make 2016 a Year of Nintendo Optimism"
Depends on what Nintendo will do. I personally think there won't happen much on the Wii u front and/or 3DS front. Its now just waiting till the NX arrives. Though there may still be some surprises. We'll see.
Without stating the obvious, this all lies with nintendo. If they make the right moves then 2016 will be a great year, it'll certainly be a news worthy year one way or the other. I would seriously consider trying to do something different with federation force though, I think thats on a hidingbto nothing straight away.
I'd like to see Sega step up its game with this year's Mario and Sonic Olympics game. They have enough games coming out next year for me, so all I really want to be optimistic about is the quality and hope that some good indies will be released as well.. Though I don't really care about the mobile initiative, I look forward to see what their next move is. And I am interested to see what their deal with Universal holds.
Now its too late for me to get the Wii U.....and I wasted money to get a screen protector for it as well.
I can say that this will be just as horrible as last year for me. I haven't played a Home Console for three years....
I'm lucky that I got the 3DS otherwise, my life would have been the worst at this point.
@zool You got me drooling just thinking about a new Waverace game.. The creativity in the course design, the vibe of the game letting you feel the summer sea breeze in your face while catching some waves.. Sigh. Someone wake me up, I'm daydreaming again..
Love the excitement that comes with not knowing. Nintendo has a lot to reveal and I will sit back and enjoy the show. If I'll leave the 'show' satisfied remeans to be seen but there's just so much potential I'm hoping for the best.
@Order2Chaos maybe we need to start a petition
I'm already happy with the solid games on the horizon for 3DS.
Final Fantasy Explorers, Yo-Kai Watch, Stella Glow, Dragon Quest VII & VIII, Fire Emblem Fates, Bravely Second, Hyrule Warriors...that's a lot for me to look forward to!
Xenoblade Chronicles X will keep me busy on Wii U for ages and then there will be Star Fox Zero and Zelda, so I'm already happy
New console announcement ahead. Star Fox is (now) looking great. Zelda may arrive. And most important of all - Pokemon!
What would make my year - new Wave Race!
@zool Love your enthusiasm. And a petition idea. But that would have to be one beefy petition to win Nintendo over.. Or do you have your connections?
I'm hoping Nintendo holds its cards to its chest until E3. I love knowing games to be released 18months in advance, but I prefer having a big WOW show at E3 like the good ol days and making a meal of it!
"I would seriously consider trying to do something different with federation force though"
Its sooo quite on that title, I have a feeling that they are reworking it as we speak. Don't get me wrong, it will still be multiplayer (and not a proper entry in the series for that matter). But I guess they are doing something to make it more appealing to us (or at least they are trying).
Unless they release Zelda Wii U soon or a new true Metroid game is announced, Nintendo is dead to me because I've moved my priority to my PS4 and I'm wildly impressed by Sony's upcoming library. I'll still stick to 3DS for Monster Hunter though.
I can only do what I see, hear, and feel for real. That's how I work. If there's a lot to be optimistic about then I'll be optimistic, and if there's not then I won't.
So, you can decide how I'm going to be Nintendo's 2016 based on what I've seen, heard, and feel...
It's gonna be very exciting being a Nintendo fan this year!!
My hopes for 2016:
Even Finland can benefit from all the bonus stuff you get from the Nintendo Club's successor.
I agree that 2015 was terrible. Really hope they don't repeat the same E3 tactic as last year of only showing games coming out in the next few months that we knew of already. Also please stop throwing "free to start" games at us. I feel the development that went into all of those could have been channelled into something more akin to a real title. :c
2016 looks promising only for 3DS I feel. A lot of titles are still coming out for it but the Wii U currently looks very barren. I think if it wasn't for Splatoon, Mario Maker and Xenoblade in 2015 it would be in serious trouble right now. (Not that it isn't struggling as it is).
I have high hopes for Zelda U whenever we get that (I'm not even going to assume it will hit until the very end of the year or 2017 considering the huge lack of info and comments from that interview last year that made it sound very early in development) but the problem with that game is when? And what else is there to fill the gaps.
I suppose all we can do is wait and see how things go. While my views aren't so good right now there is always the chance E3 will blow us all away!
Nintendo Life missed out on reporting this interesting news, I am putting the link below:
Xenoblade, Mario maker, and splatoon , are all among the best games in the Wii U library, and it's a shame we couldn't fill the first half of the year with more titles like these.
That being said, 2015 ends on a positive note for me. and it's not like I stopped playing smash brothers.
2016 has potential to be great and it's fun having that bit of optimism last for a while.
Nintendo is going to do what it wants when it wants. They always do. Our level of optimism won't affect that at all. The onus is on them to provide what we the customers want. If they do, we will buy. If they don't, we will grumble and hold on to our wallets.
I've been to this dance many times. I will just wait and see what happens. Hopefully my 3ds will get more life due to scheduled releases. In all honesty, my excitement re: nintendo has been eroded by nintendo themselves.
Some say 'nintendo doesn't owe us anything'. That road goes both ways.
I've almost forgotten Nintendo still exsisted, I've not even touched my wii u since E3 and have lost all intrest in it. As for my 3ds I was so pissed that I can't chat in Mh4 I've packed it away for good. LETS HOPE THE NX GETS ANNOUNCED SOON SO I CAN SELL MY 3DS and Wii U AND MOVE ON.
@Lord What an incredibly stupid thing to say. Yeah, I'm sure you just almost forgot a company exists.
@Okami86 when I say 'I forgot it exsists' I mean this in the terms of a playable object within my timeline, not as in the company is still in exsistence.
@Fazermint Actually, unifiying home and handheld platforms into one is probably the best thing Nintendo can do right now. Especially since IMO, the practice of releasing a new platform, then scrapping it with a completley new one every 5 years is starting to become an outdated model.
@TheMisterManGuy But dude, wouldn't a unified platform have to be replaced in 5 years as well?
@Fazermint Not really. Yes, you'll have to refresh the hardware fairly regularly. But the platform itself will last for years since it's mainly software based. See iOS and Android as an example.
I'm more than happy with what I've had out my Wii U and 3DS over the years, so anything this year is a bonus.
Would've loved to have more systems on VC namely Amiga, Dreamcast & Saturn, and I still hope Zelda Wii U remains on Wii U.
I still think NX is something completely different to existing Consoles, and very much looking forward to the big reveal
I feel like, for hardcore Nintendo fans, every year is a year of optimism for Nintendo.
That said, I'm a cynic, and I need to see hard evidence of something to be exited about for me to be excited.
But Nintendo is not intending for the NX to be a non-dedicated platform.
1. Legend of Zelda for the Wii U releases in May.
2. Nx is revealed at E3 for a November 2017 release.
3. Nintendo theme park plans revealed with a 2019 opening.
4. Nintendo dominates the phone gaming scene, with five releases and My Nintendo giving them bonuses for play time (Also convincing the public to buy a dedicated Nintendo console.)
5. Nintendo has secret releases for Wii U.
I think I'm generally positive about my future gaming experiences, particularly when it comes to Nintendo. Admittedly, I do have a couple worries this year; concerns over the NX releasing this year and concerns regarding Genei Ibun Roku #FE (will it get censored and/or take ages to arrive in the UK/EU?), but I'm generally trying to look on the positive as I do each year.
Star Fox Zero looks like it has some ways of utilising the Wii U gamepad, Bravely Second looks to be a pretty awesome sequel to a game I particularly enjoyed, and I have high hopes that there will be some surprises coming the way of the Wii U and 3DS.
@Ootfan98 Well Japan already has MSX and PC Engine games on their virtual console, so it'd certainly be nice to see the other regions get further expanded virtual consoles, or even just receiving some of the one's Japan already has.
Also, I think my heart just exploded with joy at the thought of being able to play Fury of the Furries on my Wii U. An Amiga virtual console on Wii U sounds very unlikely, but I'd love for it to happen, likewise for Dreamcast and Sega Saturn games becoming available on the Wii U virtual console.
@Souldin I agree with you that there is no chance of seeing Amiga on VC, although there was once a glimmer of hoap when C64 games were released on Wii. I still like a quick play on IK+ every now and then.
@Fazermint Doesn't matter, it doesn't have to be non-dedicated to work. They pretty much said they wanted to be like iOS and Android for video games.
That would be awful. All they ever talked about was a hybrid console...
Well, I'd like to be optimistic, but I'm not keen on delusions. If Nintendo wants folks to be optimistic, there are ways to go about it. Maybe send a signal that times are changing? Maybe finally do that localization of Mother 3 then?
Announce to drop region-locking ? Or simply do some decent digital sales for a change, and for gods sake, revive the VC from it's current state of decay and abandonment. Definitely bridge the NoA/NoE gap once and for all ...
Obviously, get back to the business of making games, instead of trying to sell gadgets, just because it works once, does not mean it is a viable business modells in and of itself. Last but not least, take your legacy seriously, and be willing to exploit it (I mean that in the best way possible, like how is it possible I can't buy even buy a Baten Kaitos or FE HD collection? Not to mention that there should be dozens of Wii games readly available digitally on the WiiU, incl. Xenoblade, everywhere.) And why the hell is it still not possible to make purchase over the web, like y'know on PSN/XBL/Steam and every other platform in existene. I hate to miss out on sale only because I'm away from my WiiU for the holidays ... Simply put, step into the 21st century, if only to dip your toes, anything on that front would be appreciated, we don't even have to talk about stuff like cross-buy, cloud saving and such yet.
Yeah ... so once at least some of that happens, I'll have reason for optimism, but for now, I really don't see it.
2015 was a fine year for Nintendo.
3DS continues to dominate.
Publisher of the year with some great games.
Amiibo continues to sell out.
Stock is up 20% and they make full year profit.
@Fazermint "To cite a specific case, Apple is able to release smart devices with various form factors one after another because there is one way of programming adopted by all platforms. Apple has a common platform called iOS. Another example is Android. Though there are various models, Android does not face software shortages because there is one common way of programming on the Android platform that works with various models. The point is, Nintendo platforms should be like those two examples."
I have highest hopes for Star Fox. I hope the delay has given Nintendo a chance to really nail an exciting and engaging original game!! And Fire Emblem for 3DS is gonna be sweeeet.
My 2016 highlights I'm keeping an eye on are:
-3DS new ace attorney game! (think it will release this year)
-3DS Final Fantasy Explorers
-WiiU Fire Emblem crossover
~WiiU Star Fox
-new SSB4 characters (WiiU)
I'm interested to play existing games I own as well, Discovery (WiiU), Hatsune Miku Project Mirai (3DS), Xenoblade Chronicles X (WiiU). This'll probably keep me busy, if not I have other games in my collection I've yet to play through/try
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