I'll disagree. Nintendo had two amazing games in 2017. They had nothing in 2016 and this year. Sony has been hitting it all three years. Their lineup has been far more consistently strong since the mid PS3 times and its still going. You can't just put 1 year in the middle as proof that Nintendo is competitive even just the past three years.
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And I would technically give a nod to Pokemon Sun and Moon with a Metacritic of 87 in 2016. So for what it's worth, Nintendo and Game Freak released a great game in 2016. In fact, we kinda leave the handhelds in the background. As if research and development are not required to make 3DS games for Nintendo. Throughout the 3DS' life, it had:
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- The N64 Zelda 3D Remakes
- Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (Collab with Next Level Games)
- Super Mario 3D Land
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
- Mario Kart 7
- The Pokemon games (yea, you can pick whatever you like, they're all given favorable reviews so it goes down to preference)
- Kid Icarus: Uprising
- Fire Emblem Awakening
- Fire Emblem Fates (yea, these games are controversial among hardcore fans, but well-received nonetheless)
- Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- Kirby Triple Deluxe
- Kirby Planet Robobot
- Metroid: Samus Returns
And of course, you cannot forget the various 3DS exclusives (or former exclusives) such as Resident Evil: Revelations, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Bravely Default and Second, Draqon Quest VII and VIII remakes, Monster Hunter 4 and Generations, Ace Attorney, Professor Layton, Shin Megami Tensei and its spinoffs, the latest Etrian Odyssey games, Persona Q, etc.
Anyways, as for people mentioning Platinum Games, I really don't want to see it become exclusive to one company. I like that Platinum Games can develop multiplatform games or exclusives when asked. Of course, their man power may be in questioned due to how many projects they had to deal with the last several years, but I think it works out when Bayonetta releases on a Nintendo console (heck she's in Smash Bros. too) and Nier Automata releases on PS4 (later Xbone) and so forth.
Why take away opportunities for a company like Nintendo to work with Platinum Games if taken by Sony? Next thing you know, people will start asking Sony to take Atlus away from Sega because of Persona alone, even when Shin Megami Tensei seems to be doing fine on Nintendo platforms. You're only limiting the competition when they have less third party developers to work with. Rather not have a monopoly in the gaming industry. It gets too boring when the one console has all the latest tech and starts getting stagnant. Part of the reason why I appreciate Nintendo is because they are not aiming for the highest piece of tech, they aim to provide something different and something that I never thought of playing before, like the Wii, the DS, or the Switch.