Rumors still abound about Nintendo’s upcoming system currently being called the NX. Just this week, a patent was discovered by NeoGAF filed this year lending credence to the rumor a couple of weeks ago that the system would have detachable controllers. With hardware specifics still unknown, not too many have focused on the software. Despite this, there are still a few confirmed Nintendo NX games that we do know about.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The most obvious game on this list is the next installment of The Legend of Zelda series. After two years of promising Breath of the Wild to Wii U owners, Nintendo opted to hold off on releasing the game until next year when the NX launches (currently expected in March 2017). Now, Breath of the Wild is expected to launch simultaneously on both the Wii U and Nintendo NX. Nintendo opted for the same strategy with the The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess with the GameCube and Wii.
Nintendo has an extreme amount of confidence with the latest Zelda game. It was the only game demoed at this year’s E3. It garnered Game of the Show awards from various sources including IGN. Despite the extensive look, little is known about the story itself and how it falls into the Zelda timeline. Breath of the Wild is the only first party Nintendo NX game confirmed at this point.
Just Dance 2017
The first third party game confirmed for the NX in the United States is Ubisoft’s latest entry in the Just Dance series. Just Dance has the distinct honor of being the only game available for three generations of systems worldwide. It will support the Wii, Wii U, and the NX.
Ubisoft promises that this version of their popular dance game will be easier to play than ever. As with Just Dance 2016, players are not limited to using a Wii Remote. The game is smartphone compatible using the Just Dance phone app. Also making a return to this year’s game is the Just Dance Gold Edition that will give players access online to Just Dance Unlimited. Unlimited offers over 200 additional tracks for a subscription fee after a three month trial.
Dragon Quest X
Square Enix surprised a lot of people last year when they too confirmed Dragon Quest X for the Wii, Wii U, and eventual NX. Translated, the official title is Dragon Quest X: Awakening of the Five Race Online. X is a massive multiplayer online role playing game that was originally released on August 2, 2012.
It has had two expansions. The Sleeping Heros and Guided Allies was released December 2013. Two years later, Lore of the Ancient Dragon was released. Very few detail have been released from Square Enix about what to expect in the NX version including whether or not the game would be made available to player in other parts of the world. Dragon Quest X is currently a Japan-only, but China will be getting a version in 2016 so there is still hope.
Untitled Sonic Next Generation Game
At San Diego Comic con this year, Sonic held a 25th Anniversary party. During the event Sega announced two upcoming Sonic titles that are in the works. Sonic Mania which takes Sonic back to his 2D roots was well received. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to be on a Nintendo platform.
However, the second game shown Project Sonic 2017 was shown, and it is confirmed to be coming to the NX. The game is from the same team that made Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations. Both of those games have been well received by fans. Other than the trailer, little is known about this version of the “Blue Blur.”
A number of other companies have spoken highly of Nintendo’s next system. Rumors have been swirling about a possible announcement of the new hardware in September. Until then, it is expected that these will remain the only confirmed Nintendo NX games.
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