With all the new releases and celebrating two big anniversaries this year, could 2016 be Nintendo’s best year ever?
Hello fellow Geeks. Now I’m not sure if you know this, but I’m a huge Nintendo fan. It started when I got my Gameboy Pocket when I was seven and was traded Pokemon Blue (full story here). My family and I were never very well off so gaming wasn’t a necessity. I never owned an NES or SNES, so my Gameboy Pocket was all I owned. It wasn’t until the N64 was released that my interest in video games peeked. That Christmas I knew I had to have it, so I did all I knew I could do at the time and I wrote my parents an essay about how much I would love to own one. It must have worked because Christmas morning came and I opened and played with my brand new N64. Needless to say, that was my first big dive into gaming and to this day, the N64 is my favorite gaming console. Next came the Gamecube, DS, the Wii, The 3DS, the Wii U, and now rumors of another console on Nintendo’s horizon the NX.
The start of 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the Pokemon Franchise and Nintendo is doing a ton of things to celebrate, such as legendary Pokemon giveaways each month for a year, creating a website called Pokemon 20. They released the original Red, Blue and Yellow games on the Nintendo Eshop for 3DS. We also have three Pokemon games coming out: Pokken Tournament coming out March 18th and Pokemon Sun and Moon slated for the holidays.
This year also marks the 30th anniversary for my favorite video game franchises of all time – The Legend of Zelda series and Nintendo released an HD remake of Twilight Princess on the Wii U with an exclusive Wolf Link Amiibo, and they’re releasing Hyrule Warrior Legends on 3DS.
This isn’t all that they’re doing. They brought back their Nintendo Selects program, which reprints popular games and charges a modest $19.99 per game, such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for 3DS, Super Mario 3D World for Wii U, and Animal Crossing City Folk for Wii. So far in 2016, we have seen the releases of a Fire Emblem, as well as remasters of Twilight Princess, Pokemon, Mario and Luigi Paper Jam, and Final Fantasy Explorers. In the coming days we’re getting Pokken Tournament on March 18th (today) and Hyrule Warriors on the 25th. In April, we’re getting Bravely Second and Star Fox Zero while in the Summer, there’s a new Mario and Sonic game, a new Paper Mario for Wii U, and a remaster of Dragon Quest VII.
I can’t remember the last we’ve had so many Nintendo games coming out in a single year and we still have yet to know if Zelda Wii U will be making it holiday to 2016. So let me ask my question again: Is 2016 Nintendo’s year? Leave me a comment below if you think so or don’t.
Thanks for reading geeks, Cheers!
Sam Sarvis is one of The Geekiverse’s most passionate gamers. Keep up with her by staying in the know on thegeekiverse.com.