A handful of awesome games have already released this year (Splatoon, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.), but there is a whole lot more to come! We have compiled a list of 30 highly anticipated games that are releasing (for the most part) this year. Without further ado, the 30 most exciting Nintendo games of 2015, and beyond.
11. Devil’s Third (Wii U)
Devil’s Third is another game that was left to die had it not been for Nintendo pursuing third parties in attempt to revive games they wanted exclusively on their platform. Devil’s Third is a third-person and first-person ‘mature’ shooter. It’s obvious that Tomonobu Itagaki and his team at Valhalla are putting a lot of effort into making the best game possible. Previews on the game haven’t been too great, but let’s not judge too quickly, as things could shape up before its release (hopefully) this year in the US.
12. Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U)
Like its predecessors, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is a blast to play. The game is gorgeous, and chock-full of your favorite Mario characters. What’s unique about this title is the awesome power-ups you can obtain during each match. Becoming a giant and devouring you opponents with a super hit is definitely a fun time. I can’t wait to see what other insane power-ups (hopefully) are included.
13. Runbow (Wii U)
I got the opportunity to play Runbow at E3 this year, and it was the most fun I had all week! Runbow is the first (to my knowledge) nine player game on Wii U, and it’s insane! Your goal is to make it across the map before your friends all while the map is altering in colors, causing platforms to disappear! You can punch and smash your opponents as you race, adding even more mischief. There’s also a team mode and single player adventure, adding even more bang for your buck. If you enjoy party games, this Wii U exclusive is a must buy.
14. Yokai Watch (3DS)
Nintendo recently announced that they would be publishing Yokai Watch in North America for a Holiday 2015 release. Yokai Watch is an incredibly addicting, engaging, and fun experience. With the amount of promotion it looks like Nintendo has planned for the title, and the tied-in merchandise strategy, I am completely convinced that the game will be nothing short of a phenomenon in the west as well.
15. Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon (3DS)
In this new Pokemon Mystery Dungeon title you will get to pick one of 20 Pokémon to become your partner. With the Pokémon you choose, head out on a quest to encounter all 720 Pokémon, including Legendary and Mythical Pokémon. Set off on a grand adventure as you explore ever-changing Mystery Dungeons and connect with Pokémon to save the Pokémon world! Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon is set to release in Japan on September 17th, 2015, with a release in North America planned for the fall of this year. Unfortunately, those in Europe will have to wait until 2016 to play the title.
16. Bravely Second: End Layer (3DS)
Bravely Second: End Layer is a RPG for the 3DS and the direct sequel to Bravely Default. It is set two and a half years after the events of the original, and features four new protagonists on a journey in Luxendarc. The game also retains most of the gameplay systems of its predecessor, such as the ‘Brave & Default’ battle system and acquiring Sleep Points for the time-stopping Bravely Second ability. Bravely Second is set to release sometime (hopefully early) next year.
17. Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water (Wii U)
Some time ago it was confirmed that the latest entry of the Fatal Frame series will be released in the west, and today Nintendo released a new trailer confirming a Fall release and an official name: Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water. For the moment there isn’t a physical release confirmed, making this an eShop release only. However, getting this game released in the US in a digital form is enough for us!
18. Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem (Wii U)
From what we’ve seen, the results of this cross-over is quite shocking, mostly considering it looks more like a Persona game than a Shin Megami Tensei one. Likely, the game got a re-design since its original announcement in order to fit the characters, some of whom can be hard to recognize. It looks like its gameplay will be similar to Persona games as well, at least from the little battle and exploration footage/info we have gotten. There is no release date for this title yet, all we know is it’s sometime next year.
19. Hyper Light Drifter (Wii U)
Hyper Light Drifter is an upcoming 2D action role-playing game developed by developer Heart Machine. The game is also a homage to 8-bit and 16-bit games, and is very reminiscent of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past with a strange mix of Diablo. The game looks like blast, and is set to release on Wii U this year.
20. The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes (3DS)
My time spent with Zelda: Triforce Heroes at E3 was a truly spectacular experience. Playing with those I knew created a memorable and enjoyable experience; however, it is unknown how this experience translates to online play with strangers. Although Zelda: Triforce Heroes is not the game we all expected Nintendo to release this year, it is yet another testament to how amazing Nintendo is at game design, no matter the scale.
Brett Medlock is a senior editor and a lead on video production here at Enthusiast Gaming. He’s obsessed with action-adventure games, platinum trophies, and K-pop. To hear more about how lame he is, follow him on Twitter @brettnll