We’re in the process of running through our most anticipated games of 2016 for each platform here at TechnoBuffalo. Today we have the Wii U. It seems like the Wii U will be hit with solid games this year, but the selections are slim. Blame that on the approach of Nintendo’s NX.
Of all the titles confirmed for the Wii U in 2016, these are our most anticipated.
We’ll be updating this article with links to the other platforms as they’re published. There will be overlap, and that means you’ll see the same game a few times if you read each story. You’ll also see console exclusives here. Here’s what we have so far.
Without further ado, we ride!
Hyper Light Drifter – PC, XBO, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U – TBA 2016
Hyper Light Drifter has been our most highly anticipated Kickstarter game since the website’s break-out year. Every year, we list it here, and every year we’re disappointed by the delays. I guess that’s just the nature of the Kickstarter beast, but 2016 could very well put an end to our suffering and waiting.
The Legend of Zelda for Wii U – Wii U – TBA 2016
Once again, we come to the close of a Nintendo console with a Legend of Zelda title highlighting the transition. Twice in a row this has happened, and twice in a row the franchise has not clicked right with me.
However, I think Nintendo has learned from the slow pace of Twilight Princess and excessive nagging of Skyward Sword’s tutorials to finally give the gamers what they want. With HD behind them and a decade of open-world games behind it to turn to for inspiration, The Legend of Zelda will finally reach its potential in 2016, and it is going to be glorious.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD – Wii U – March 4, 2016
While we’re waiting for the brand new entry in The Legend of Zelda series, we’ll have a chance to take on Twilight Princess HD. This was a bit of a hit or miss entry in the franchise, with fans either slathering love all over this game for its wonderful dungeon design or hitting it with negativity for its pacing.
I’m looking forward to playing it again. It’s the single Zelda title that I’ve played only once. Plus, the rumor that the amiibo unlocks a brand new dungeon is pretty exciting.
Pokkén Tournament – Wii U – March 18, 2016
Developed by Bandai Namco and published by The Pokémon Company, Pokkén Tournament is currently playing in arcades across Japan. It’s been there since July of 2015. The promise of a Wii U version was hinted at and subsequently confirmed. We only just got the official release date recently, to boot.
Pokkén Tournament combines the mechanics of the Tekken series with Pocket Monsters from the world of Pokémon. It’s shaping up to be a wonderful fighting experience, and it should find a great home on the Wii U.
Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem – Wii U – TBA 2016
We all love Fire Emblem. We all love Shin Megami Tensei. By “we” of course I mean the JRPG crowd, but this year we’ll finally get to play this outlandish team-up, one that the gaming world never saw coming and never could have predicted.
Two series with a cult following getting a major console release? I mean… what?!
The J-Pop setting might turn off some, but it’s done in such an over-the-top manner that it’s nearly impossible to take your eyes off of it. I’m expecting something strange and off-beat, which is fine because that’s what I’m into these days.
Star Fox Zero – Wii U – April 22, 2016
First, Star Fox Zero didn’t look or play that hot when we saw it at E3 2015. Then, Producer Shigeru Miyamoto did what he does best and delayed it into the following year. Since then, we’ve seen a vastly improved game through the trailers, one fitting of development team Platinum Games’ reputation.
Everyone from our planet to the Lylat System, including Nintendo, knows that Star Fox 64 is still the gold standard by which we judge games in the series. 20 years later, is Nintendo finally going to eclipse itself? Can’t wait to find out.