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NWR Hype Meter 2016 Preview Results

#10 - #6

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

The start of our top 10!

10. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final

Hype Level: 12.04%

The only reason it isn't higher is because we're not sure when it's coming west - because let's face it, it's coming eventually. Despite the name sounding like an expansion pack, SMTIV Final is a brand new game in the same universe that will hopefully resolve some of the original's mysteries.

9. Final Fantasy Explorers

Hype Level: 16.42%

Final Fantasy Explorers, from what we know of the Japanese version released last year, is essentially a Monster Hunter-y Final Fantasy game. It's focused on action RPG combat, a job system, and all sorts of gear. It also will have ample amounts of Final Fantasy nostalgia packed in, as familiar friends and foes appear. In addition to single-player, prospective explorers can go online and play with three other people. If you've been longing for a Crystal Chronicles game, this might be the closest you'll get, and it’s coming out very soon in late January.

8. Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Hype Level: 16.42%

We don’t know yet if this Metroid Prime spin-off will include Samus, but it does promise to dig deeper into the story of the Galactic Federation. Federation Force will allow up to four players to work co-operatively locally or over Wi-Fi in order to complete different Galactic Federation missions. Also included is a soccer-like game known as Blast Ball which can be played with friends too. All of this keeps that Metroid Prime feel we know and love which is one reason why we are so excited. And seriously: Next Level Games hasn’t made a bad game when working with Nintendo. Just give it some time.

7. Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

Hype Level: 17.88%

In the year of the 3DS RPG, Dragon Quest's return is one of the biggest yet and the first of the remakes hits the top 10 again. Fans are hyped for the new localization and the quality of life changes that bring the late-era PlayStation title into the modern age.

6. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Hype Level: 23.72%

Twilight Princess will soon be a Zelda game that has been physically released for Nintendo’s last three home consoles. This latest version that everyone is excited for will be HD, have Amiibo support, and surely have more enhancements we currently don’t know about. Twilight Princess is one of those Zelda games that seemed to get mixed reactions amongst fans, but it’s still very popular as our Hype Meter has proven. Even if Twilight Princess isn’t your favorite Zelda title, it may be worth revisiting in order to take advantage of the benefits that will transfer over to the new Zelda game coming to Wii U through the use of the Wolf Link & Midna Amiibo that will be bundled with some copies of Twilight Princess HD.



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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