Nintendo Blows E3 Away With The Most Jam-Packed 2017 Release Schedule
I'm not going to lie, this time last year, I was pretty upset with Nintendo. They showed Pokemon Sun & Moon and Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild. And not much else. Where were the games? Why did Nintendo hate us? All that was being released was crappy 3DS / WiiU bottom of the barrel junk. (I am looking at you Metroid Federation Force.) The Nintendo Switch was not announced because most likely it wasn't ready.
But that's not the case this year. The big N is back and has brought with them what counts, quality titles. And man is my wallet going to hurt this year! Top tier Nintendo Switch games will be headed our way as soon as last week (Arms) and will continue through the holiday season. And don't count out the Nintendo 3DS yet!! They have several titles that are ready to go that are in no way trying to just fill a shelf.
And then there was a big surprise. A DOUBLE DOSE of Samus. Metroid Prime 4 has been announced and is scheduled for next year. The Metroid Prime series signifies quality and provides an experience unlike anything else found on other video game systems. A futuristic first-person romp through an alien world, we have not seen a new entry in the main series since the 3rd adventure released on the Wii in 2007. That's almost a decade since Nintendo has touched the main Metroid Prime series, and we have had at least two missteps since. Metroid: Other M featured terrible voice acting and jilted controls, and Metroid: Federation Force was a shooter with what seemed like the Metroid license tacked on. But we are back! And now there is a reimagining of Metroid 2: The Return of Samus, previously released on the Game Boy. Adding new features, Samus will return to her 2-D roots this September and players will have the option of purchasing a limited edition of Metroid: Return of Samus which comes with a soundtrack.
Just look at that release schedule above, there is literally something for everyone. This doesn't include third-party published games like Rocket League and FIFA 18. The crazy part is that we are getting some new fresh IPs this year like Arms, Ever Oasis and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, three new promising series that you really should check out. The Nintendo Switch system might be difficult to find this Summer, but I am sure that Nintendo will be ramping up production for this holiday season.
I hope Sony and Microsoft were taking notes because Nintendo now has done a complete 180 from last year and has arguably one of the best software launch lineups in recent history. Super Mario Odyssey will be an instant hit on October 27th, and will sell even more Nintendo Switch systems. Every other title you see on the chart above is just gravy.