Nintendo’s 2017 Highlights
There’s no denying that 2017 was a great year for Nintendo. Let’s take a look back over the past year and point out some of the biggest highlights for Nintendo.
The Nintendo Switch
By far, the biggest event of 2017 for Nintendo was the release of the Nintendo Switch. Although it had been officially announced in October 2016, with an announcement trailer that hinted at several of its upcoming games, caution after the Wii U’s life cycle left many fans cautious. However, the Switch had a strong first year and has already crossed 10 million sales, putting it at nearly 75% of the Wii U’s lifetime sales already.
The Super NES Classic Edition
While the Switch was Nintendo’s major console release, 2017 also saw the release of the SNES Classic Edition, a mini-console with 21 built-in SNES games, including the previously unreleased Star Fox 2. The SNES Classic was a big success and has sold over 2 million units.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The long-awaited newest entry in the Legend of Zelda franchise, Breath of the Wild, launched alongside the Nintendo Switch on March 3, for both the Switch and the Wii U. While it broke Zelda tradition in many ways, Breath of the Wild’s vast, exploration-driven open world won the hearts of many fans. Its final set of DLC came out recently, and fans are eagerly looking forward to where the series will go next.
Many fans worried that the Switch would replace both the Wii U and the 3DS, but while that might happen in the future, the 3DS still saw support throughout 2017, with notable releases such as Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentia, Ever Oasis, Monster Hunter Stories, and Metroid: Samus Returns. And speaking of which…
The Return of Metroid
For several years now, Metroid fans waited for a new Metroid game: either a return to the classic 2D Metroid style or a continuation of the Metroid Prime series. 2016’s Federation Force spin-off was not what most people had in mind. However, at E3 2017, Nintendo announced two new Metroid games. One was Metroid: Samus Returns, a reimagining of Metroid II: Return of Samus. It returned to the traditional 2D sidescrolling gameplay and came out on September 15. The other was Metroid Prime 4, teased for the Nintendo Switch for the future. It was a good day for Metroid fans.
Super Mario Odyssey
Finally, Super Mario Odyssey was officially announced at the start of the year during the Switch presentation, and although it didn’t come out until October 27, it was well worth the wait. This new Mario game returned to the exploration-driven style of Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine and was filled with charm. For many fans, it was the Mario game they had been anticipating for a long time.
Of course, these are only a few major events from Nintendo’s 2017. We could add more to the list–Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Pokémon teased for the Switch, the announcement of Bayonetta 3–but instead, we’ll turn it over to you. What do you feel were the biggest Nintendo highlights of 2017?