This fall, Sony and Microsoft have both launched their new consoles, while Nintendo has been relatively quiet, until now. As of November 22, Nintendo has released Mario 3D World and Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Both of these games have been released on the coattails of the Xbox One, but will undoubtedly garner a large amount of attention. Sony and Microsoft have more powerful hardware, Nintendo is the only one who has the software to back them up this year.
On the Sony side of things, they have Knack (a game i’ve mentioned before) and Killzone as their “killer apps” the must-have exclusives for the console. Or are they? While Knack has been panned across the board, Killzone: Shadow Fall has seen some middling reviews. The powerhouse Sony exclusives like Uncharted or Infamous are coming, but not this year.
The recently released Xbox One fares a little better with their library of games. Killer Instinct,Forza, Dead Rising, and Ryse:Son of Rome. So far, all of these titles have received favorable reviews and are exclusive to the system. Of course Microsoft also has heavy-hitting franchises coming soon as well: Titanfall and the next Halo game.
Meanwhile, Nintendo has been quietly knocking things out of the park. New Luigi U, Sonic: The Lost World, Mario&Sonic, Pikmin 3, and now Mario 3D World. The big N arguably has some of the strongest first-party games, and they are showing their hand this year. Are these big releases enough to keep gamers occupied from buying the PS4 or Xbox One? This holiday, we will find out.