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NWR Hype Meter 2016 Preview Results

#20 - #16

by Neal Ronaghan and Donald Theriault - January 22, 2016, 9:26 am EST

Can you feel the hype increasing?

20. Yooka-Laylee

Hype Level: 7.30%

We knew the hype was real for this spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie games when it broke multiple Kickstarter speed 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 beat the soundtrack will be to die for.

19. Pokkén Tournament

Hype Level: 8.39%

Note that the polling period was before January's announcements of four brand new characters. And really, name another fighting game that lets you play as a possessed, soul-sucking chandelier. Surprisingly, the Pokémon fighting game has more Fire types in it than Fighters, but we still need Hawlucha.

18. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

Hype Level: 8.39%

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 in the North American 3DS Year of the RPG, 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. Pikmin 4

Hype Level: 8.39%

Pikmin 3, while not revolutionary, was a worthy successor to the GameCube originals. It synthesized the best elements of both its predecessors into a safe, but very high quality entry in the series. After going the entire Wii generation without a new Pikmin game, getting another sequel this soon is great news for fans of one of Nintendo’s lesser-known franchises. We’re excited to see what interesting new types of Pikmin and creative enemy designs the folks at Nintendo will come up with next.

16. Bravely Second: End Layer

Hype Level: 8.76%

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.



ejamerJanuary 22, 2016

Any chance Kerbal will get a retail release? Interested in the game but still dislike buying digital unless it's a minor game or application.

Very much looking forward to lots of Dragon Quest this year. Just playing through VI now and having a blast - I know it's terribly old-school but that's not a bad thing in my books.

Also, is Pikmin 4 really a sure thing? My kids LOVE the series, and we could easily handle another game using the same assets and gameplay as Pikmin 3. Doesn't have to be a lot of big changes - just more content with a few tweaks and surprises.

Glad to read this list today. Really haven't been excited about 2016 but it's clear there are a few bright points on the horizon.

SorenJanuary 22, 2016

7 out of 10 this time.

1- Fire Emblem Fates
2- Genei Ibun Roku #FE
3- Rhythm Heaven: The Best +
4- The Legend of Zelda Wii U
5- Star Fox Zero
6- Kerbal Space Program
7- Steamworld Heist Wii U
8- Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
9- Bayonetta Amiibo
10- Shovel Knight Amiibo

Mop it upJanuary 22, 2016

I can't remember if I participated in this, but I'm looking forward to these games from the article, in this order:

Final Fantasy Explorers
Zelda Wii U
Dragon Quest VII
Pikmin 4
Metroid Federation Force
Dragon Quest XI (though I'm not hopeful it will release in NA)
Mario and Luigi Paper Jam
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
Dragon Quest VIII
Picross 3D 2
Bravely Second
Genei Ibun Roku #FE

Leo13January 24, 2016

I'm very happy to see that while I put them in a different order, my top 5 exactly matches this top 5.
I was also happy too see Yooka Lalee and Rhythm Heaven on the list (although I don't think we'll get Rhythm Heaven)

Evan_BJanuary 24, 2016

If the Paper Mario news had dropped a month earlier, it would have catapulted itself to my number 2 spot. Behind Zelda.

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