Nintendo had its up and downs in terms of releases, but now that Nintendo has shifted focus to mainly one platform, along with the 2016 drought, Nintendo truly delivered a solid year for Gamers. I made a thread in the past rating Nintendo's 2017 year and over 50% rated it a solid 10/10.
First up, the launch of the Nintendo Switch. The launch of this system, deny it or not, was extremely successful, having the best first 10 months ever in NA, and surpassing Wii U LT sales in Japan. Fad or no, this really put Nintendo back on the radar for many 3rd party developers, where many expressed interest in developing on the system in the future, or have already done so.
Nintendo also launched the SNES mini and the New 2DS XL, with the SNES selling out just like the NES mini. The 2DS was a cheaper alternative for the the n3DS and has a clamp-shell design, rather than the tombstone.
Mobile was another thing so I'll get that out of the way. FE Heroes was a success and is currently doing better than Mario Run. Animal Crossing launched recently as well and from what I see, is doing just fine. Though My Nintendo is still garbage and Nintendo Switch Online for just Splatoon is a.. thing.
Now to the launch games. We don't often see both mainline Mario and Zelda games releasing in the same year. Not only that, they really broke the boundaries of conventional Zelda and Mario games. Both were extremely successful, receiving 97 on Meta and complicated many Nintendo top 10 list, having to pick between these two games. I could ramble more about these 2 games, but having not played Odyssey yet, I'll leave that for some other time.
Other notable games released:
- Mario Kart 8 DX
- Splatoon 2
- Pokken DX
- FE Warriors
- Xenoblade 2
And for 3DS:
- Metroid: Samus Returns
- FE Echoes
- Pokemon USUM
Nintendo obviously did learn from their mistakes and are also wanting to please their fans by bringing back Metroid Prime 4. Amiibos weren't a huge thing this year, and didn't lock content behind amiibos that weren't accessible normally through normal game play, though Zelda is the main exception. They also took a dive in remaking 2 old titles (FE Gaiden and Metroid 2) which I feel were very good as well. And not to mention the 3rd party support, there was a game releasing month that was worth the consideration of purchasing.
So to give a proper score, I definitely would give Nintendo a solid 10/10 for 2017 and would say that this is probably one, if not the best year for Nintendo.
What do you think?Last edited by Platina - on 10 January 2018