If you’re a fan of Nintendo, you might have had to change your pants earlier today. Nintendo released a handy little graphic explaining some of their key game releases from now until the holiday season. Part of me screams with excitement, part of me sulks because I’m probably going to stand outside for hours with strangers for blobs of plastic. Such is the life of this crazed video game collector (read: hoarder).
In a few weeks, the fifth wave of Amiibos will arrive for the US to devour. This includes blocky Mario, Zero Suit Samus, Bowser Jr., Dr. Mario, Olimar, and Ganondorf. It looks as though modern colored blocky Mario will be exclusive to the Mario Maker Wii U bundle. Joy. If you’re looking to enter the Wii U market, that might just be your best option. A couple of weeks after that, we’ll see the retro trio release, which seems to be a GameStop exclusive, and has been available for preorder online on and off for a couple of weeks now.
On the game front, I hope you really like toys to life. Disney Infinity, Skylanders, Lego Dimensions, and Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer all come out this coming September. Also notable, Super Mario Maker comes out with wave 5.
This month’s releases really get me excited. Fatal Frame?! On a Nintendo platform?! Be still, my excited and terrified heart! Absolutely perfect timing for Halloween. Also, there’s a swarm of cute things coming out October. New Super Mario Bros. U is getting a rerelease, bundled with the Luigi version. I really enjoyed both of these games, especially the Luigi version. Chibi-Robo gets another installation, bundled with its own adorable Amiibo. Yoshi’s Wooly World comes out, along with its three Yoshis in three flavors: strawberry, lime, and blueberry. Delicious. Just Dance 2016 and Guitar Hero Live come out the same day for you rhythm game lovers. Fatal Frame helps round out October, and last but not least, a new Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: TriForce Heroes. I tried the demo for it and had a complete blast. You MUST have a group of cooperative friends to play with, or you will end up saying some unsavory words to each other.
Several huge titles are slated for November, particularly Star Fox Zero, Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon, and a new comer to the United States: Yo-Kai Watch. This is a crazy popular anime in Japan featuring plucky children battling with captured demons. Sounds familiar, but it also sounds really fun. We shall see!
On the Amiibo front, a Godzilla-like Yoshi is on the front. Announced today, we can expect to hunt for a 7″ Wooly World Yoshi that looks absolutely adorable. His NFC chip is in his foot, and I cannot wait until I get one. Not too far behind, there’s the Mii Fighter Trio pack, featuring three generic looking Miis that represent the three classes one can make in Smash Bros. I sense a lot of excited modders eyeing these. Mewtwo gets his own statuette, as well as Falco for Star Fox Zero.
Things are still a bit fuzzy at the moment regarding the last of the holiday shopping months. Xenoblade Chronicles X for the Wii U will start things off, and Devil’s Third will follow soon after. I hadn’t heard of Devil’s Third before, but it looks like an interesting action game, featuring lots of violence and probably boobs. It is an Itagaki game, after all. Think Dead or Alive. We shall see, it doesn’t seem quite ready to commit to any details just yet.
The rest of the titles and Amiibos are still up in the air as far as release dates go, so I’ll leave the speculation to you, fair readers.
Are you as excited as I am? Are you nursing a grudge with Nintendo’s exclusivity deals? Are you crazy hyped to design homes with Isabelle? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts!