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NWR Hype Meter Results

#20 - #16

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

Getting a bit warmer.

20. Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon

Hype Level: 5.80%

The follow-up to Gates to Infinity returns some features omitted from the game – the personality test, having every single known Pokémon playable – while maintaining the same rougelike gameplay. The Mystery Dungeon franchise is where you go for a really deep story in the Pokémon games, so how will our hearts be broken this time? We’ll begin to find out as the game launches in Japan next week!

19. Yooka-Laylee

Hype Level: 6.46%

We knew the hype was real for this spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie games when it broke multiple Kickstarter records and shattered every stretch goal in its path. The veteran Rare staff that forms Playtonic Games has promised a return to the roots of 3D platformers, plus with both Grant Kirkhope and David Wise on the music, the soundtrack should be to die for.

18. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

Hype Level: 7.92%

Both the Paper Mario and Mario and Luigi franchises had controversial first rounds on the 3DS. The solution: Put them together and let magic happen. Paper Jam promises to be one of the funniest RPGs of next year, and its battle system looks to be a combination of the best of both series’ systems. And let’s face it, there’s just something amazing about having a bunch of Toads carrying giant papercraft Marios in battles straight out of the Rocket Slime series.

17. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

Hype Level: 8.18%

Happy Home Designer is not your typical Animal Crossing title. For those who look to fish, build and improve houses, and make friends with neighbors, well, none of that is available in this specific game. What Happy Home Designer does is focus entirely on the designing aspect of the series. As part of a design firm known as Nook’s Homes, the player will go to various houses with the goal of making their own designs which can be shared on Miiverse and other social media sites. The more progress one completes in the game, the more furniture styles you’ll unlock. While not the Animal Crossing title everyone wanted, this might be a fun diversion while waiting for the next main entry in the series.

16. Dragon Quest XI

Hype Level: 8.44%

We still know very little about Dragon Quest XI and it isn't confirmed to come out in America, but that doesn't negate any hype. Dragon Quest XI on 3DS seems to be the same old turn-based RPG adventure we all love, but this time it has a novel twist. You can choose between a retro art style and a modern one. As we learn more about Dragon Quest XI it will likely leap up this list, but for now, it's relegated to 16th, as only the frenzied Dragon Quest fans that hold out hope for the game's western release are paying attention.



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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