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NWR Hype Meter 2016 Preview Results

#5 - #1

by Justin Berube, Neal Ronaghan, and Donald Theriault - January 22, 2016, 9:27 am PST

The most hyped games of 2016 can be found here!

5. Genei Ibun Roku #FE

Hype Level: 24.09%

The sort-of-crossover's Japanese release only served to cut the brakes on the hype train. Revelations of an awesome soundtrack and a story that sheds its peppy surface in true Megaten fashion makes the wait for a release date even more painful.

4. Nintendo NX

Hype Level: 25.91%

Not much has been officially revealed about Nintendo NX other than it will be discussed in 2016. That said, we do have some clues. Before Iwata passed, he discussed wanting to merge development architectures between Nintendo’s console and handheld systems. Also, we know that the new Nintendo account system will be a big part of whatever NX is. All we can do for now is speculate as to whether this is a new handheld, console, merged development architecture, or a hybrid system of sorts. Regardless, we should learn a lot more about NX throughout the year and, as evidence by its placement on this list, a lot of us are excited about it.

3. Fire Emblem Fates

Hype Level: 44.53%

How do you follow up the most successful Fire Emblem game ever? Make it bigger and give everyone the chance to play how they want. From the different versions offering classic or modern Fire Emblem gameplay, to the added life sim elements to support for all matter of families, you’ll be able to play how you want. Prepare to lose several hundred hours of your life in trying everything. Just hopefully you already pre-ordered that limited edition, because you might not be able to get it if you didn’t. Either way, we’re all very hyped for what amounts to three Fire Emblem games coming out in February.

2. Star Fox Zero

Hype Level: 45.99%

Originally coming in a distant fourth on our first Hype Meter, Star Fox Zero moves up to the second spot almost by default. That doesn’t take away from our collective hype for the game, but much like Zelda on Wii U, we haven’t heard much more about this PlatinumGames joint. There are definitely some reservations, but the November footage looked drastically improved from what we saw back at E3 2015. We still don’t know what the two-player mode and Amiibo support will be, but odds are we will find out soon, because there is no way this gets delayed again, right?

1. The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)

Hype Level: 72.26%

After what amounted to a slapfight between Super Mario Maker and The Legend of Zelda Wii U in our first NWR Hype Meter list, the next great Zelda game absolutely dominated our staff and audience’s hype lists. It was the most hyped game on nearly half of our lists, placing highly on many others. And the crazy thing is, the only thing that has happened regarding this game since 2014 is roughly 10 seconds of footage and a delay. Zelda on Wii U still has much mystery behind, which likely adds to the hype. We know it'll be in HD. We know it'll have a big open world. And that's kind of it. If this is indeed coming out in 2016, we should hear more about this game very soon, hopefully around the launch of Twilight Princess HD and Hyrule Warriors Legends in March.



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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