Although Nintendo has previously announced that the new NX would not replace either the 3DS or Wii U, avid fans of video games obviously know better. The statement, as sweet as it was to current owners of Nintendo's lackluster console, was only to make sure that Wii U titles keep being bought until the NX is finally released to the public. At E3 this year, Nintendo released a slew of new titles for their failed console in last ditch attempt to make it seem worthwhile.
Let's take a look at a few of the most promising and even potentially enjoyable (or not) upcoming releases for both the Wii U and 3DS.
Paper Mario Color Splash - October 7, 2016
Description: Prism Island is being drained of its color in this turn-based action-adventure RPG hybrid. Paper Mario's paint hammer splashes paint on anything it hits, so he uses it to bring the color back to the island.
Initial Reaction: Another roaring adventure in the classic Paper Mario RPG series. It's been a quite a few years since the last Paper Mario was released on the original Wii and since then, fans have been clamoring for a re-release of the GameCube title, The Thousand-Year Door, on the Wii U, to no avail. This title seems like it could actually be a great bundle of fun, maybe slightly less challenging than previous titles, but highly enjoyable for fans of the series nonetheless.
Anticipation Level: 6/10
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild - March 2017
Description: Forget everything you know about 'The Legend of Zelda' games. Step into a world of discovery, exploration and adventure in 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild', a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across fields, through forests and to mountain peaks as you discover what has became of the ruined kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning open-air adventure.
Initial Reaction: Holy s***. Sorry, those were the first words that came to mind. This game looks absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. Nintendo really went above and beyond the call of duty for this one and their dedication to making it extremely worthwhile shows with every second of the new trailer. For a Wii U title, this game is just...wow...I can't even find the words. For long time fans of the fantasy series - and even those new to it - this game will surely bring the best of players to their knees in sheer awe of its total and supreme awesomeness.
Anticipation Level: 15/10
Mario Party Star Rush - November 4, 2016
Description: A new approach to 'Mario Party': quicker play and simultaneous turns! Team up with Mario, Peach, Donkey Kong and more in the most perfectly portable Mario Party game to date. Play with up to four players simultaneously, exploring different worlds as you freely move your Toad across maps and recruit Mushroom Kingdom allies.
Initial Reaction: Oh jeez, another obvious attempt by Nintendo to redefine the standards of Mario Party. Honestly, I don't understand why they keep changing the formula for something that worked immensely well from the original all the way to Mario Party 8. The introduction of the "cooperation-friendly" car in later sequels doomed the series that was once one of my most favorite of all time. I despised Mario Party 9 and 10 was even worse. When will they learn that fans just want the original formula back? It worked! And we loved it that way! While I will confess Bowser Party in 10 was a nice addition, it wasn't enough for me to ignore all the freedoms that Nintendo took away with their Wii U title. And now they want us to sacrifice our love of playing singularly with our favorite Mario characters to all play as Toad, the most useless character in all of Mario's titles. God, I hope this game has more to offer come release time in early November. Otherwise, Nintendo may find themselves with a angry mob on their doorstep.
Anticipation Level: 3/10
Let's Not Forget About One More Key Release: More Amiibos
November 4, 2016
I think we all know what these little plastic pieces are all about. Yes, they're downright adorable. Yes, they're super hard to get at times. And yes, they'll most certainly be worth a nice chunk of change in the next decade or so. Nintendo has announced, after much speculation, that alongside the release of Mario Party Star Rush, seven new amiibos will make their debut in stores around the world. These include a new Donkey Kong, Rosalina, Wario, and Diddy Kong. New to the party are Daisy, Waluigi, and Boo (whom even glows in the dark, I hear). Come on, who doesn't want or need more Amiibos? Not this guy.
So, What's This Gonna Cost You?
If you're a die-hard Nintendo fan and you plan on acquiring all these new little playthings, the rough cost comes out to about $265.00. That's a hefty chunk of change. But, that's only if you already have both the Wii U and the 3DS. If you don't, yeah, that number's gonna take a nice old big jump upwards. Maybe we'll all get lucky and Nintendo will offer a package deal.
I know. Not likely. Still, it's nice to have hope before the inevitable emptying of my wallet.