Nintendo’s Best Moments in 2016

Nintendo’s Best Moments in 2016

Between the delay of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the Wii U’s decline, you might think 2016 was a bad year for Nintendo. Nevertheless, 2016 was filled with high points for Nintendo as well.

Here are some of Nintendo’s best moments in 2016.

Unveiling the Nintendo Switch

After months of rumors about the “NX,” Nintendo finally revealed its next console in a short trailer that highlighted the Nintendo Switch’s main distinguishing feature: it is a hybrid home console and handheld system. Although the trailer contained only glimpses of potential Nintendo Switch titles, it was enough to get fans excited. We’re looking forward to learning more about the Switch in January.


Nintendo might not have had a strong role in Pokémon Go, the mobile augmented reality Pokémon game that took the world by storm in 2016, but its incredible success led to a surge of interest in Pokémon.

In November, Pokémon Sun and Moon launched for the Nintendo 3DS with record-breaking success. Whether it was due to people’s newfound interest in the series, the new features and gameplay tweaks introduced with this generation, or a combination of factors, Pokémon Sun and Moon have already become a huge success for both the Pokémon series and Nintendo overall.

NES Classic Edition

In November, Nintendo appealed to fans of retro gaming with the NES Classic Edition, a miniature NES with 30 popular games. The NES Classic Edition was quite well-received by NES fans, and it sold out almost immediately.


Finally, 2016 was a surprisingly good year for Nintendo and the JRPG genre. It saw the Western release of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, Bravely Second: End Layer, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, Yo-Kai Watch 2, and more!


In Conclusion

These are are picks for Nintendo’s best moments and notable high points of 2016. What Nintendo moments stand out to you the most from the past year?

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  1. 2017 will be a great year. 2016 had quite a number of surprises.

    • Here’s hoping for many awesome surprises in 2017!

      • I hope we hear about what Retro has been working on at the Switch event… if they wait until E3… arghh haha 🙂

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