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What's Next For Wii U?

By aquizero on Oct 11 2012 01:25 AM

Do a Wii U Barrel Roll, Fox!
Like a sleeping dragon, the Wii U will soon awake from its slumber. In fact, if you look at the countdown timer on our home page, you can see just how soon! The revealed list of launch titles are quite impressive. Not only does the Wii U have strong third-party support, but Nintendo is providing us with some exclusive and popular franchise titles! New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3 and Game & Wario will all be available at some point before March 31st, 2013. I imagine these games will be heavy hitters, as they all have a pretty unique and varied fan base. My question is, "What Nintendo franchise will make its way to the Wii U next?"

We already know that brand-new Zelda and Smash Bros. titles are in development; though they may be years away from being released. With the Nintendo 3DS receiving new installments for Fire Emblem, Paper Mario and Animal Crossing, it is safe to say that those franchises are out of the running for some time. I would even go as far as saying that Kid Icarus won't make his way to the Wii U, based on a recent interview with creator Masahiro Sakurai. So, what else is there?

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Of the remaining franchises, I believe that the next big first-party Wii U title will come from one of the following series: Donkey Kong, Metroid, Star Fox or Kirby. Personally, I see Star Fox doing a barrel roll to the Wii U in the near future. My reasoning is simple, and stems from the release dates for the latest games for each franchise. Both Metroid and Donkey Kong were given 2010 Wii installments titled, Metroid: Other M and Donkey Kong Country Returns. The fierce, yet lovable Kirby even returned to Dream Land in 2011 on the Wii with Kirby's Return To Dream Land. This leaves us with Star Fox. The last title for this series (not counting the 3DS remake of Star Fox 64 3D) would be Star Fox Command, released for the Nintendo DS in 2006. I could go even further and say that Star Fox: Assault, released for the GameCube in 2005, was the latest Star Fox game to hit a home console. Eight years is a long time.

I guess that leads me to my next question. "How popular is the Star Fox series?" I, personally, have never played a single game in the series. I have been half-tempted to pick up Star Fox 64 3D for the 3DS though, as I have read great reviews for it. With all the other amazing titles being released recently, I just haven't had the chance to experience that title. When I think about the franchise, I wonder why a fresh title hasn't been released yet. The only thing I can imagine, is that it's just not as popular as other Nintendo franchises, and tends to become overshadowed because of this. The 3DS release of the N64 game seemed to be a test for Nintendo in terms of sales, to determine whether a new game would be profitable or not.

What do you think? Does the Star Fox series deserve a Wii U title?

Do you think it is next on the list?


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Benjamin is a true gaymer. For nearly a decade, his interest in Nintendo has grown exponentially! He's not extremely skilled at any particular genre of games, but mostly enjoys RPG, strategy, and fighting games. His true obsession within the Nintendo universe is Pokémon, followed closely by Zelda. Ever since he watched the first episode of Pokémon, he's been hooked. To this day, he plays the main-series Pokémon games and watches the anime religiously. He's as close as it comes to being a Pokémon Master. His true passion for Nintendo makes him excited to write new topics for you!

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Comments: 11

I want a true sequel in style to Star Fox 64. Loved that game so much. I sure hope you are right. What kind of world will we live in if this generation of gamers doesn't know how to do a barrel roll?!!

View PostXCWarrior, on 11 October 2012 - 08:47 AM, said:

I want a true sequel in style to Star Fox 64. Loved that game so much. I sure hope you are right. What kind of world will we live in if this generation of gamers doesn't know how to do a barrel roll?!!

Well I am a newbie to that. I know what a barrel roll is because of online video reviews of the game showing gameplay! Lol. I will eventually pick the game up when/if there is a price drop.
I love starfox!

View Postaquizero, on 11 October 2012 - 09:22 AM, said:



Well I am a newbie to that. I know what a barrel roll is because of online video reviews of the game showing gameplay! Lol. I will eventually pick the game up when/if there is a price drop.

You should pick up the 3DS port. It's a great pickup.

I do agree that it needs to be a sequel to Starfox64.

View PostDarthArk, on 11 October 2012 - 09:37 AM, said:

You should pick up the 3DS port. It's a great pickup.

I do agree that it needs to be a sequel to Starfox64.

Well if StarFox64 was that great then yes a sequel would make the most sense. I think that would get people excited to see their favorite characters in HD. :)

I will get it... eventually.
STAR FOX! STAR FOX! STAR FOX! :D
I can confirm that there will be a Star Fox U released at some point. :rofl:

http://www.starfoxu.com

Kevin, on 11 October 2012 - 04:26 PM, said:

I can confirm that there will be a Star Fox U released at some point. :rofl:

http://www.starfoxu.com

You are awesome. I see EXACTLY what you did! :)

View Postaquizero, on 12 October 2012 - 06:49 AM, said:

You are awesome. I see EXACTLY what you did! :)

Well, we'll see what happens with it. Quite a while ago, Nintendo snagged MarioKartU.com before I could get it.
I have been resisting the urge to pick up star fox for the 3ds,but the wii  u needs a flying/air combat type of game.the star  wars game for the game cube was a system seller for me.

View PostMDL, on 14 October 2012 - 05:19 AM, said:

I have been resisting the urge to pick up star fox for the 3ds,but the wii  u needs a flying/air combat type of game.the star  wars game for the game cube was a system seller for me.

Yes so far there has been no revealed games (to my knowledge) that are really based on space crafts / aerial combat for the Wii U. It would make sense that Nintendo would want to jump on opportunity by putting its best foot forward with a great Star Fox game.