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NWR Hype Meter Results

#25 - #21

by Justin Berube and Neal Ronaghan - September 10, 2015, 9:01 am EDT

The least hyped of the most hyped.

25. Mutant Mudds Super Challenge

Hype Level: 3.96%

The long-awaited follow-up to Mutant Mudds is nearly here, and just sneaks onto our 25-game hype list. Mutant Mudds Super Challenge is way harder than Renegade Kid’s past games, adding in more diabolical traps and obstacles for the heroic Max than ever before. Super Challenge, which is due out in September (or soon after), also adds bosses to the series for the first time. However, the bosses aren’t your typical fare; Max has to make it past platforming challenges to even hit them.

24. Yo-kai Watch

Hype Level: 4.49%

Finally making it to America, Yo-Kai Watch just ekes it out onto our hype list in spot #24. It’s likely lower on the list because it’s still largely an unknown quantity. Heck, some of the staff have played the E3 demo for this game and we’re still not really sure what to make of it. Still, when Yo-Kai Watch launches on November 6, it brings the promises of a series that has Pokémon-like potential, and that’s worthy to be hyped about.

23. Rodea the Sky Soldier (Wii)

Hype Level: 5.01%

Rodea the Sky Soldier has a weird history. It was first mentioned as a Wii game that former Sonic co-creator Yuji Naka teased as far back as 2010. On Wii, the game was finished but then shelved in 2011. A 3DS version surfaced after that, but then faded into the background. Finally, in 2014, Rodea was brought back to life, set for a spring 2015 release on Wii U and 3DS in Japan with the original Wii version being bundled in with the Wii U version. A few months later, NIS America announced their plans to bring all three versions west. Rodea made our list mainly because of the potential of the Wii version, which seems to be relatively good and might hold the distinction of being the last licensed game released on Wii.

22. Bravely Second: End Layer

Hype Level: 5.01%

Bravely Default was surprise hit for Nintendo back when they released it in early 2014. It wasn’t that much of a shock that the game’s sequel, Bravely Second, would also make it out worldwide. Set for an early 2016 launch, Bravely Second takes place two and a half years after the original continuing the story of the first game’s heroes. It retains the first game’s unique turn-based battle system and reports from Japan confirm that the story doesn’t take a weird turn like Default did.

21. Rhythm Heaven 3DS

Hype Level: 5.54%

Still not confirmed for release outside of Japan, we remain hyped and hopeful for Rhythm Heaven’s 3DS debut to make it out in America. This Rhythm Heaven game brings back a variety of the games from the series’ past. It uses button controls, much like Rhythm Heaven Fever on Wii. For a first time in the series, it also features a story, so you can now have a reason for playing all those dastardly remix stages.



xcwarriorSeptember 10, 2015

CHibi Robo is on the list, but Monster Hunter didn't make it.

I don't know what to think about this, considering Chibi Robo likely won't sell more than 20k copies and Monster Hunter will do that in preorders... if it is released in the West, which I think it will.

Nintendo announced two games since the start of this feature that would be very high on my list. Picross 3D 2 got in soon enough to add it, but Pikmin 4 was too late.

KhushrenadaSeptember 10, 2015

My submitted list (which is the correct list. Some of you people really need to put your hype in order and get it together) is as follows:

10: Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest (Although I'll be a sucker and buy both games) - NWR Rank: 6
9. Just Dance 2016 - NWR Rank: N/A
8. Legend of Zelda Wii U - NWR Rank: 2
7. Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes - NWR Rank: 8
6. Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam - NWR Rank: 18
5. Yoshi's Wooly World - NWR Rank: 5 (Right on!)
4. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer - NWR Rank: 17
3. Star Fox Zero - NWR Rank: 4
2. Chibi-Robo Zip Lash - NWR Rank: 14
1. Xenoblade Chronicles X - NWR Rank: 3

There it is.

SorenSeptember 10, 2015

All but one of the games on my list made the final cut (seriously no one else is even a little bit hyped for Mario Tennis?!?!?!?)


1) That Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem Wii U game with the really Japanese title that’s most certainly not going to be the final North American title.
2) Fire Emblem Fates
3) Rhythm Heaven: The Best +
4) The Legend of Zelda Wii U
5) Super Mario Maker
6) Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
7) Yoshi’s Woolly World
8) Star Fox Zero
9) Xenoblade Chronicles X
10) Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

TOPHATANT123September 10, 2015

Really enjoyed reading this, and the mathematics seem sound, if it isn't too much trouble I'd love to have this quarterly or something.

This was my list:

1. Star Fox Zero
2. Picross 3D 2
3. Super Mario Maker
4. Mutant Mudds Super Challenge
5. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
6. Yoshi’s Wooly World
7. Antipole DX
8. Metroid Prime: Federation Forces
9. Xenoblade Chronicles X
10. The Legend of Zelda Wii U

Pikmin 4 would slot in at third if we were doing this now.

Mop it upSeptember 10, 2015

Quote from: xcwarrior

Chibi-Robo is on the list, but Monster Hunter didn't make it.

I don't know what to think about this, considering Chibi-Robo likely won't sell more than 20k copies and Monster Hunter will do that in pre-orders... if it is released in the West, which I think it will.

Sales don't really mean anything when it comes to gaming enthusiasts, who are informed and will buy games with low popularity. There are quite a few things like Chibi-Robo, Chrono Trigger, etc. that is popular among enthusiasts, but gets low sales overall. Also, while Monster Hunter has its dedicated fans, very few of them appear to be on this website.

Plus, whichever Monster Hunter game you mean, it hasn't been announced for release outside Japan yet, which I'm sure has an effect on the votes. It's also just a spin-off and not MH5.

OedoSeptember 10, 2015

Gonna go out on a limb here and say I'm the only person who had this game #1 on my list.

1. Bravely Second: End Layer
2. The Legend of Legacy
3. The Legend of Zelda Wii U
4. Xenoblade Chronicles X
5. Fire Emblem Fates
6. Star Fox Zero
7. The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
8. Super Mario Maker
9. Hyrule Warriors Legends
10. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

I would probably drop #10 from my list if I was doing it over after going back to New Leaf last month and getting my Animal Crossing fill for the next little while. Final Fantasy Explorers or Yo-kai Watch would go there instead.

ShyGuySeptember 10, 2015

Did I participate in this? I can't remember.

Probably shouldn't. Big Brother World Report will build a profile then the CIA will use it to track me down and silence my insurrection.

KejomoSeptember 10, 2015

No Bloodstained?

InvaderRENSeptember 10, 2015

Needs more Steamworld Heist

Bloodstained got like 2 or 3 votes out of the 40+ submissions we had.

And as long as people enjoy this, the rough plan is do this every few months. Might put the call out for submissions again in late November/early December for a 2016 preview hype list out by the end of the year.

This was the list I sent in:

1. Yoshi's Woolly World (NWR Rank 5)
2. Star Fox Zero (NWR Rank 4)
3. Super Mario Maker (NWR Rank 1)
4. Project Guard (NOT Ranked in Top 25)
5. Hex Heroes (NOT Ranked in Top 25)6. Guitar Hero Live (NOT Ranked in Top 25)7. Metroid Prime: Federation Force (NWR Rank 10)
8. Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (NWR Rank 8 )
9. Rodea the Sky Soldier (NWR Rank 23)
10. Dragon Quest XI (NWR Rank 16)

My personal #1-3 picks seem to be in the group consensus, and definitely jive with the whole Nintendo major title bias. However, my #4-6 picks must've been more unorthodox and none of them made the top 25.

I think the only thing that's happened recently that might change this list is Pokemon Go. I am definitely excited for Pikmin 4 but it's too far in the future for me to actually be hyping myself up for it.

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