It's been another interesting year for Nintendo, and it heads to a close with a handful of key releases on the way and - let's face it - most attention on mysterious 2017 hardware. Yet Wii U and 3DS owners do have quite a few choices ahead of them for Fall / Winter gaming, through a mix of retail and download releases.
For this 'Biggest Games' list we gave you a chance to pitch in on your most anticipated titles with a 30-game poll. We did overlook two key releases when putting that poll together that make it into the final list here, but the community votes have helped determine the bulk of the main list of ten, and also the next 10 games that earn 'honourable mentions'; we have tried to favour games still due in both NA and EU for the top 10, too. For the Wii U the focus is mostly on the eShop, while on 3DS there's a healthy mix of downloads and retail games.
Some of these titles are predictable, a handful may be surprising, so let's get to it.
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Pokémon Sun and Moon [3DS] - 18th November (NA) / 23rd November (EU)
Since the announcement earlier this year The Pokémon Company has been cranking up the hype machine, unveiling plenty of details for these November titles. More reveals come every couple of weeks, and we're getting the sense that this title is suitably ambitious for a new generation of 'mon. There are some new ideas to be found in these entries, even if there's a relatively familiar look on the ageing 3DS hardware.
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS [3DS] - 2nd December
A bit of a surprise reveal in the most recent Nintendo Direct, this'll give the 3DS another useful big-name release for the Holiday season. It is going to lack the online sharing of the Wii U iteration, so creativity is supposed to be shared locally with other 3DS-owning buddies. Beyond that there'll be a lot of official and user created courses to play, so it could be fun for some platforming on the go.
Paper Mario: Color Splash [Wii U] - 7th October
E3 can either be hugely beneficial or damaging to a game's pre-release reputation, and it seemed like this title enjoyed a slight uptick in fortunes. A flashy trailer that was full of madness and imagination helped to dent (if not completely ease) concerns around this one, and the quirky 'Rescue V' video series has helped communicate its charms in more recent times. We enjoyed this in our preview and hope the final game will deliver.
Mario Party Star Rush [3DS] - 7th October (EU) / 4th November (NA)
Unveiled at E3 and, after early fears that it would be another Toad-fest, has transpired to have a bit more to offer. It maintains a solid tempo and has a decent range of minigames, all wrapped in the usual charm of the series. The free 'Guest' download is a brilliant touch to enable full local multiplayer with just one copy, and we quite enjoyed it in our preview.
Darksiders: Warmastered Edition [Wii U] - 25th October
One that we mistakenly overlooked in our community poll, this is certainly a notable release for the Wii U. Though it'll have half the target framerate of rival platform versions (30fps) it's a chance for Nintendo gamers to experience the series origins. Darksiders II was an enjoyable early release on Wii U, so we're looking forward to trying out the critically acclaimed original on the system; it'll be a bargain at £14.99 / €20 / $20, too.
Corpse Party [3DS] - 25th October (NA) / 26th October (EU)
Another one that shouldn't have been missed out in the community poll, and earns its place by virtue of the role the game can play for the 3DS this Fall / Winter. There aren't many adult-oriented Japanese horror games coming to the 3DS, naturally, which we described as "more interactive than a visual novel, but much less mechanically demanding than a typical JRPG" in our preview from E3. Definitely one to watch for horror fans interested in a different flavour of 3DS gaming.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero [Wii U] - Q4
This one has endured multiple delays, including a recent six week extension, but it should be almost go-time for this new and first exclusively HD entry in the franchise. It draws on various mainstays and features from previous entries as WayForward targets a new audience, and we had positive things to say in our E3 hands on impressions.
Stardew Valley [Wii U eShop]
This has been critically acclaimed and also a major success on Steam for developer ConcernedApe. It's not hard to see why - a beautiful retro-style aesthetic with lovely music, it incorporates farm management, material gathering, relationship building and a broad range of tasks, activities and areas to explore. Its breadth seems to be matched by its charm, and we're also hopeful that the Wii U GamePad screen can be put to good use considering the PC-centric user interface that the game naturally favours.
Chase: Cold Case Investigations - Distant Memories [3DS eShop] - 13th October
One of the reasons this project is eye-catching is that it's been led by Taisuke Kanasaki and the talents of multiple staff from the now shuttered CiNG studio. They're well known for narrative-driven titles on the DS in particular, including the likes of Trace Memory, Hotel Dusk: Room 215 and Last Window: The Secret of Cape West. This seems to adopt similar gameplay ideas, which is fine by us.
Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure [3DS eShop] - 13th October (NA) / TBC (EU)
Coming soon in North America and hopefully not far behind in Europe. A 3D action platformer that had a spruced up 2015 release on PC through Steam, its 3DS version is going to feature stereoscopic 3D, c-stick camera controls on the New 3DS and additional outfits. We enjoyed our look at it in a recent hands on session at PAX West.
- SteamWorld Heist [Wii U eShop] (NA)
- Picross 3D: Round 2 [3DS] (EU)
- Rhythm Paradise Megamix [3DS] (EU)
- Kerbal Space Program [Wii U eShop]
- SEVERED [3DS eShop] (NA)
- Hollow Knight [Wii U eShop]
- Hive Jump [Wii U eShop]
- Skylanders Imaginators [Wii U]
- Antipole DX [Wii U and 3DS eShop]
- Runbow Pocket [New 3DS]
So there you have it, ten main titles and another ten 'honourable mentions' drawn largely from your votes. There are certainly some decent games on the way, and some narrowly missed out in the community votes.
Let us know which games are top of your wishlist.
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I'm not sure if I'm genuinely interested in Colour Splash or if I'm forcing myself to look forward to something because there's such slim pickings.
Really looking forward to Corpse Party on 3DS. Still disappointed at the lack of online sharing for the Super Mario Maker 3DS version.
The holiday releases are pretty lackluster this year. Hopefully next year will be better with the NX.
Ok, there's plenty I overlooked in the poll which I can now notice easier due to the pictures and description. As well as the obvious Pokemon Moon and Shantae, there's also others I'm interested in.
Darksiders looks exactly like my sort of game, though I've already got Darksiders 2 so I should probably play that before deciding whether I want the new remastered one.
If I get Corpse Party and Chase: Cold Case Investigations, then I'll probably love them if they have brilliant stories.
Picross 3D and Rhythm Paradise will likely also be entertaining to me.
I've Paper Mario: ColoUr Splash and Darksiders preordered. I'm not happy with some things about PM and now I hear it's only 20 hours long. TTYD was nearly 50 hours by comparison.
1) Pokemon Moon
2) Paper Mario Colour Splash
4) Mario Party Star Rush
*All are exempt from purchase if they score under 7.0
I would like Mario Maker... but no online makes me a bit... meh, really. I might just save my money and go without this holiday, chug through my back catalogue all while saving for the NX.
I'm surprised. Back in July and August, I really didn't think there was much for Q3&4 2016, but looking at it now, there's a lot of stuff I'm looking forward to.
I've already beaten Color Splash due to the preload leak, but there's still Mario Party, Pokémon Sun, Shantae, Mario Maker 3DS, and Stardew Valley left this year!
And looking into 2017, it's looking surprisingly good right now. Zelda BotW, Ever Oasis, and, of course, POOCHY!!!!!!
@anders190 Nice avatar.
omg i totally forgot about corpse party, should i get the game cuz i did enjoyed the 4 episode anime
Pokemon Sun is the only one I'm sure I will buy. Maybe I'll get Mario Maker eventually, in a discount or something. Maybe...
I really like Darksiders, esp. the first one, but I am still not sure that a remaster of a 7-year old game, should be on a biggest releases shortlist. Not to mention that, unfortunately once more the WiiU version will be pretty inferior at half the framerate of the rest of the pack =(
I have Darksiders pre-ordered. Everything else will have to make me.
Paper Mario: Color Splash
Mario Party: Star Rush
Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure
These three will be -MINE-!!!!
Pokémon Moon for sure. Maker Maker I'm still on the fence about.
That corpse party game will it be physical or eshop only?
Probably the latter. Its seems to be the last wii u exclusive game, wonder if nintendo still has something up its sleeve for wii u.
@BensonUii ...I think everyone just kinda forgot about it.
"Biggest games", that's generous. I see only one big game here.
Pretty lackluster overall, although there are a lot of nice games coming, even though they might not be the grand experiences everyone wants.
Ahhh, I wish BotW was a Holiday release... Well, at least it might come just in time for some laid back summer gaming sessions!
Whatever happened to Action Henk? Is it still going to come out on the Wii U?
Not interested in much her. I'll probably pick up Color Splash & Mario Maker.
Surprisingly, there's quite a few big releases on the way given the situation.
I know Pokemon, Paper Mario Color Splash, Darksiders, Mario Maker and Shantae Half Genie Hero are all definite day one purchases.
And I'll probably download Gurumin and Stardew Valley day one. Heard good things. Wish Gurumin was getting a retail release. Oh well.
Is there any particular reason @Nintendolife keeps using the messed up artwork for Shantae Half Genie Hero? It's been going on for a long time now, and it gets mentioned almost every time.
@Bolt_Strike lol I wonder which one...
Not interested in any of the games mentioned above. The only game I wanna buy that'll be available in the back end of 2016 is that amazing looking arcade racer that's conspicuous by its absence from the list - 80's Overdrive.
@Bolt_Strike I see two: Pokemon Sun, and Pokemon Moon
I think Dragon Ball Fusions is worth mentioning too. Looking forward to that more than half the stuff on this list.
@IceClimbers Well if you want to get technical, yeah, but paired Pokemon versions typically count as one game. It's the same game with some relatively minor differences.
Shantae and Gurumin for me!
Although I still need to play through Pirate's Curse, now that I think about it...
I was able to download Paper Mario Color Splash early due to the eshop pre-load snaffu and have been playing the first few chapters. It is EXCELLENT and VERY FUNNY. The painting of environment is very addicting and writing is hilarious. It is definitely NOT sticker star 2.0. I would put it under 1,000 year door (that game was just sublime with playing as Mario, Bowser, Peach)... but it is miles better than sticker star in (1) Story - a million times better than sticker star, (2) Puzzles - don't need a FAQ they all make sense, (3) Battles - cards are good system and not handicap like stickers with limited inventory. Very enjoyable.
Pokémon is easily top of my list by a substantial margin.
Darksiders I'm looking forward to as well, so that would take my second place.
Beyond that, Paper Mario is probably the only other upcoming game I'm interested in, and still uncertain about that after Sticker Star.
And Dragon Ball Fusions isn't mentioned in this one, either... That's still right behind Pokemon Sun/Moon for me.
This is slim. I 'm getting Pokemon out of habit because I always do. I would not even call that one a hype. I just get it when it comes out. Paper Mario looks like sticker. So that makes me think it is kind of whack. I'll wait for a review but I'm not hyped.There is no point in getting Mario Maker when I have it for WIIU. So no. Shantae is always good, but I want it for 3DS not WiiU so there goes that. I own Gurumin for Vita. It is OK and that is it. It is decent. The one I wanted was Dragon Quest 8, but it got delayed. I don't think I am hyped for one game for the rest of the year. I'm still playing DQ7 and although I like it. It is not my favorite of the series. What is my problem. I think I'm in a gamer funk.
1. Pokémon Sun & Moon
2. Paper Mario: Colour Splash
3. Shantae : 1/2 Genie Hero
5. Chase: Cold Case Investigations
"Unveiled at E3 and, after early fears that it would be another Toad-fest..." - What game was the Toad-fest? I'm asking for a friend.
I'd say Stardew Valley.
As far as the Wii U's line-up is concerned, I'm only bothered about Zelda. There's plenty on the ps4 to keep me busy between now and whenever that launches.
Only Corpse Party for me off this list. Maaaybe Case Closed, although I'm one of the seven people in the world that didn't like Hotel Dusk.
Still have a lot of already-released stuff to catch up on.
It's a real bummer to admit, but it has to be said: This might be the weakest Fall/Holiday release schedule ever for Nintendo.
The biggest release, without question, is Pokemon Sun and Moon. But man, there just isn't a whole lot to look forward to outside of that. The biggest Wii U releases are yet another Paper Mario sequel with a major identity crisis and a port of a six-year-old PS3/Xbox 360 game. That's all the Wii U gets in its final Holiday season before its successor releases? Heartbreaking.
Meanwhile, outside of Pokemon, the 3DS is lacking pretty bad as well. An inferior port of Super Mario Maker and a new Mario Party aren't much to get excited about, and the other game releases are mainly niche titles that won't appeal to a lot of people.
And outside of all of that, it's just a bunch of indie games. I don't know about anyone else, but Pokemon Moon will likely be my only new game purchase for my Nintendo systems this Fall. The rest of my gaming cash will be going toward NX savings.
The first two (Pokémon and Super Mario Maker) are where it's at. The 3DS is becoming the quintessential gaming traveling companion, plain and simple. True, I'm an Ambassador, but if GBA games were accessible to all 3DS owners, then the 3DS would effectively become Nintendo's most complete handheld ever (which, considering the DS's own library, is no easy feat).
Possibility of creating Mario stages on the go? Check. Access to all Pokémon regions (via DS) with only one console? Check. Super Smash Bros. being finally playable anywhere at any time? Eeyup. No less than three polygonal Kingdom Hearts games (again, also thanks to the DS entries)? You betcha! An utter heaven for Zelda fans? Definitely. And if Metroid Fusion wasn't limited to Ambassadors only, we'd have a handheld featuring all 2D Metroid games ever (Zero Mission would count, but it's a remake...).
Just about everything that's good about Nintendo is on this handheld in some capacity and that's why I love it, regardless of what you may think of me given all my grumpy comments on the site (a role I fill alongside @rjejr aptly described in the image below).
Might get darksiders and paper mario
Latest on Nx is that it gonna be delayed until later 2017 but they gonna show it in november with 21 games.
" The machine running at 2.5 teraflops and AMD are "involved". Two versions will be sold, one for $ 399 and one fifty dollars cheaper with the "slow memory" - and in addition to this, a The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the wild-bundle costing 449th
The console must be presented officially by November, and their lineup will include 21 games from all major third-party publishers. The data proving once again that it is a hybrid between the desktop and the portable device and the intended target group is the "core" market.
The machine will run "enhanced" versions of Miiverse and Eshop console and is scheduled to land on the market "late 2017"."
Corpse Party not getting a physical release in Europe?
Dear god this list is just sad as top 10.
Nothing for me, as only a Wii U owner, I don't find these games much interesting for me.
Super Mario Maker 3DS is a scam.
Picross 3D: Round 2 is available here in NA, but in Canada it's almost $50 with taxes. I'm not one to ever complain about pricing, but geez...that's pretty steep. It's more expensive than most first party retail 3DS games.
I'll definitely be getting Super Mario Maker, Mario Party: Star Rush, Corpse Party, Cold Case Investigations, Severed, Antipole DX, Runbow Pocket, and Gurumin. That's already more than I have time for, so pretty happy over here.
Have preordered Corpse party.
Definitely looking forward too PM and Darksiders.
@AlexSora89 Oh sure, I try not to comment on 1 thread, and you have to summon me into it.
Nice Muppets pic, but you are too young and way too happy to be in there with me, I can't recall you ever making a grumpy comment. There are others who could sit beside me in that box, but I won't name them, wouldn't be right. Or prudent. Shoe fits me well enough though. Heck even when I was younger I looked up to those guys. Them, and Vinny Barbarino.
Can't wait until Pokemon Sun, Stardew Valley, and I'm surprised Rhythm Paradise Megamix didn't make it in Top 10!
@anders190 swedish site
Whatcha talkin' about? Most of my comments are negativity-filled pep talks aimed at Nintendo.
But yeah, either me or @ThanosReXxX, which seems unlikely considering how jolly the fellow is all the time.
@AlexSora89 For he's a jolly good fellow, who nobody can deny.
@rjejr @AlexSora89 Jeez... I'm away from the screen for a couple of hours and look what happens. Can't leave you guys alone for a second, can I?
But I can also think of quite a few others that @rjejr is probably also thinking of. One starts with K and ends with irk.
He'd fit right into that picture of yours, @AlexSora89...
And even though I'm predominantly positive and normally immensely patient, both of these qualities are definitely wearing thin in light of the lack of NX info and having to scour the internet and what's behind it to gather my own sources and info.
Pretty annoying and exhausting stuff...
What? Kirk? Why?
Which nobody can denyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!
@AlexSora89 Was just kidding, but even though I consider him to be "good people", he does have a tendency to sway towards the negative or dark at times, so if you "accuse" rjejr of being grumpy, then the same could be said from Kirk...
@AlexSora89 And @rjejr is right: I wouldn't even consider you in a list of people on this site being labeled grumpy, so no idea why you would see yourself as such.
Weeeeeeeeeelllll... I'm often chiding Nintendo in my comments as of late, so yeah.
@AlexSora89 Yeah, but "as of late" doesn't count: old guys like @rjejr and me take your entire resumé into consideration, so the scale tips in favor of you being a positive and cheerful guy.
Can't see a negative person making the effort of writing song lyrics and such...
And having some criticism every now and then, is just you being a level-headed person instead of a tunnel-visioned fanboy that drools over everything his favorite video gaming company does...
@ThanosReXXX @AlexSora89 No, not Kirk, he's level headed, guys who use words like "scamiibo". Which I happen to like and wish I had thought of, but I don't really view amiibo that way. I just see them as useless mostly. And those 100 AC amiibo in Target agree with me. And guys who's names start w/ Q. Has there been more than 1 of those?
I don't have any problem w/ people calling Nintendo out for things - MyNintneod and Wii U sales and lack of Wii U games are proof they're a mess, but I don't like when people call out other people and resort to name calling.
D'AAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWW! Thank you!! ^^
In that guy's defense, "scamiibo" is a hilarious pun.
@AlexSora89 "scamiibo" is a hilarious pun
It is, but he's not a hilarious guy. Though I do agree w/ him about 80% of the time.
I would think amiibo were a scam if it weren't for the 80 Skyladners, 60 Disney Infinity figures, 20 Lego Dimension sets and 12 amiibo we own. That's not a scam, that's keeping up w/ new ways of gaming. DLC, season passes, it's all a scam. It's one of the reasons I'm looking forward to PM so much, no muss, no fuss, 1 game, 1 price, done.
It was more of a 60% defense of the pun itself, rather than of the person.
@rjejr Ah, okay. Good point. I was just thinking of grumpy, slightly sarcastic and negative, and that brought up a couple of names in my head. Both you, me, The Captain and a couple of others could also be called that, except we do see the fun of things as well, although NX-related musings certainly have put a damper on things...
@AlexSora89 You're welcome. Credit where credit's due...
@ThanosReXXX Are we running conversations on 3 threads simultaneously?
Well this one looks mostly done, moving on.
@rjejr Yeah, well, thank the song writer: I was lured into this one...
What, are you referring to me by "song writer"?
@AlexSora89 Yup, but it's a compliment. With a little tongue in cheek jab...
Actually, I don't count that as a jab at all!
I mean, I don't see the jab in what you said.
@AlexSora89 The jab was not calling you by your name but by the label "songwriter" which was also slightly pulling your leg, even though I really do also mean it as a compliment.
Then I only took it as a compliment, joke's on you!
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