Nintendo released one of their, now famous, prerecorded Nintendo Directs last week. A bundle of announcements both surprising and utterly predictable. One such announcement, if you can call it that, left many of the internet simultaneously excited and confused. I am, of course, talking about the ending teaser that shows a Super Smash Bros. game coming to the Nintendo Switch. Yay!?
I felt burned by Nintendo. Almost like they’d let me down. While I still played my 3DS, the Wii U was a device I was becoming increasingly resentful of. Support for the console dried up almost immediately after a strong 3rd party developer presence upon release. After only a short few years, It was a device I was buying one, maybe two, games for a year. And even then the games I were buying, I’d only end up playing them for a few hours before they just started gathering dust on my shelf, forgotten.
I became increasingly frustrated with the device and Nintendo, and as a result was very reluctant to pick up the Nintendo Switch when it was released last year. But like the predictable, weak willed consumer that I am, the promise of a new Zelda and Mario titles eventually wore me down enough to pick one of these up when stock eventually became available again. And guess what happened…
I ended up doing a lot of shuffling around at this top end of my list, even as I was writing the earlier parts. I’m not giving anything away, but this has been such a strong year for games and I only managed to play half of what I wanted to get my hands on in the end. These top two were very difficult to pick from, but number two doesn’t mean first loser in this case by any means.
While I’m going on opinion here, I’m hoping that nobody can argue with me about this next title deserving its place on the list.