Dylan’s Top 5 Upcoming Nintendo Games of 2015

Posted February 5, 2015 by Dylan Blereau in Video Games

2014 was a great year for Nintendo games, with titles such as Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS, Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta 2 gracing store shelves. Despite Nintendo’s two biggest Wii U titles have arguably come and gone in Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart 8, 2015 poses itself as another great year for the Wii U system with the 3DS seemingly having a much drier year in terms of first party titles. So I thought to myself, why not make a list of the Nintendo titles I’m most excited for in 2015. This Top 5 list is ranked upon the games I personally am most excited for in 2015, so here it is:

5. Yoshi’s Woolly World (System: Wii U | Release Date: Early 2015)
When Yoshi’s Woolly World was announced in January 2013 under the title Yarn Yoshi I was hyped and intrigued. I hadn’t experienced developer Good-Feel’s other yarn based title in Kirby’s Epic Yarn but the game’s few screenshots had me very excited. The art style is absolutely beautiful with the whole environment being made of Yarn, ribbons and other fabrics, with Yoshi and foe looking like that of crochet dolls. I’m also interested to see how the art style integrates into the gameplay as gameplay has shown moves such as Yoshi eating yarn from the stage to expose hidden areas. The gameplay shown at E3 2014 looked like a mixture of Yoshi’s Island with Yoshi’s Story, and considering Yoshi’s Island is one of my favourite games of all time this had me sold on Yoshi’s Woolly World. I feel like Yoshi games have fallen on hard times lately with Yoshi’s Island DS and Yoshi’s New Island not replicating the game quality we’ve come to expect from the Yoshi franchise. As Yoshi’s Woolly World comes closer to release I remain excited but still rather sceptical, what I see is a welcome home for Yoshi fans with a promising new Yoshi title, the first home console release since Yoshi’s Story for the Nintendo 64 back in 1997, but what I fear is that the game will fall down the trap of being the OK game that is too easy and safe in order to appeal to younger audiences. I just hope it doesn’t end up that way.

Yoshi's Woolly World

4. Mario Maker (System: Wii U | Release Date: TBC 2015)
When Mario Maker was announced at E3 2014 I personally freaked out. The ability to create my own Mario levels through the graphics of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World and the not so old New Super Mario Bros. U was definitely a dream come true. Mario Maker producer Takashi Tezuka has also mentioned that he would like to include a feature that would allow players to create their own in game music for their level creations, yet another dream I never thought would eventuate. The sheer amount of graphical styles (with Nintendo still intending to make more from even non-Mario games) on top of the possible music creator ensures this game has got a lot of content in store for gamers to enjoy. Another aspect of Mario Maker that really excites me is the openness Nintendo has shown when it comes to its online interactivity, with online level sharing confirmed by Shigeru Miyamoto as well as a level ranking system to ensure that gamers can play the community’s best creations. Mario Maker looks like a game with a lot of promise, with its heavy amount of content ensuring that the game will get plenty of attention from Mario fans.

Mario Maker

3. Splatoon (System: Wii U | Release Date: May 2015)
Splatoon is an all-out surprise that I happily welcome. Splatoon, which was first shown off at Nintendo’s E3 2014 Digital Event was a game no one at all saw coming. Nintendo blew us all out of the water with Splatoon, Nintendo’s very own third person shooter with a heavy emphasis on online multiplayer, the first foray Nintendo has ever really made on an Online multiplayer title. The game’s objective throughout the multiplayer seems rather simple, paint the map in your teams coloured ink while minimising the enemy’s ink on the map by covering it and eliminating enemies. Although the premise seems rather simple, the inclusion of being able to transform into a squid and swim at a faster speed through your teams ink makes the game a lot more than just a simple shooter. Albeit sounding rather odd the squid’s traversal makes the game that much more intense, as you can strategically set ink upon walls to shoot up into the air and quickly get to another point of the map. The game looks absolutely incredible with Nintendo’s signature charm, with an art style that resembles a mix of Jet Set Radio, Team Fortress 2 and even Super Mario Sunshine. The likeness to Team Fortress 2 doesn’t end there, as hats and other apparel can be used on your character to customise them to your liking. The game even sports a single player mode that looks interesting also, centring on a battle between the Squid people and an Octopus Army. My hope for Splatoon is that it can string together some sort of competitive community, because the game’s feeling of strategy would make it a perfect fit to the competitive gaming scene, so please include voice chat Nintendo… I beg of you. Overall Splatoon is a game I’m very excited for, its openness to Online gameplay as well as it’s eccentric single player campaign has me very keen to see how the game is perceived when it launches this May.


2. Xenoblade Chronicles X (System: Wii U | Release Date: PAL/NTSC 2015 JPN April 29)
I’ve been thrilled about Xenoblade Chronicles X since its announcement at the start of 2013 under the tentative title X. Although having not played through Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii I was instantly drawn in by the games beautiful expansive open world. The game’s open world is what has me keen, with the world featuring many diverse environments as shown throughout the games various showings, highlighting that the game will likely centre in on vast exploration. The humanoid mech suits that allow the player to further explore the environments by flying in them or traversing along the ground have also sparked my interest as I feel that aerial battles will be an amazing aspect of the game. The game looks simply breathtaking and it all but proves to the haters of the Wii U that the system can create a beautiful vast open world experience. The game has been confirmed to have multiplayer in some form but I hope the multiplayer is simply co-op as this game’s world would be perfect to explore with a friend. Xenoblade Chronicles X looks like an Action RPG that I will not regret putting hours upon hours into, and I hope that as we get to see more of it the more people will get just as excited when it launches in the West later in 2015.

Xenoblade Chronicles X

1. The Legend of Zelda Wii U (System: Wii U | Release Date: TBC 2015)
Despite my overflowing hype for Xenoblade Chronicles X later this year on Wii U, this next title simply can’t be dethroned from its number 1 position. The Legend of Zelda Wii U is my most hyped game for 2015 and arguably my most hyped game for the Wii U system ever since the home console was announced alongside the stunning Wii U Zelda tech demo at E3 2011. Although the Wii U Zelda we are getting is not the HD Twilight Princess looking game I wanted it looks to be a beautiful game with an art style somewhere between both Skyward Sword and Wind Waker. The new look Link initially freaked out many fans of the series including myself, but I have grown to like this hero of time the same way I have with the others. The high definition visuals have certainly gathered my interest but what has truly made this game my most anticipated Nintendo release in 2015 is its promise of a non-linear open world. For years people have harped Nintendo to make the next Zelda entry a Skyrim-esque open world experience and it seems Eiji Aonuma has listened to the point raised by fans. Aonuma upon announcing the game stated that the title would challenge the conventions of Zelda games previous such as dungeon progression. I feel like Aonumas’s desire to challenge the norms of a Zelda title is great and I can’t wait to see the finished product we get from it. The gameplay shown looks amazing, with the open world sporting large mountainous ranges that give a great view of the huge world. As long as the open world of Hyrule is populated with interesting characters and engaging side quests that compliments the game’s non-linear progression, I feel like this game will be nothing short of amazing. The Legend of Zelda Wii U promises to be one of the system’s biggest releases of 2015 and it poses itself as a new leaf in the Zelda franchise and for that it’s my most anticipated Nintendo title of 2015.

Zelda Wii U

These titles are my most anticipated releases on the Nintendo platform this year, what do you think of them and what other titles have i missed? Make sure to list your most exciting Nintendo games of 2015 in the comments below!

About the Author

Dylan Blereau

Gamer, Young Writer, University Student & Obsessive Amiibo Collector. Dylan has grown up with PlayStation and Nintendo and has never looked back. He's also a nut about all things TellTale Games. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @grumpygoron.