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NWR's Midyear 2016 Hype Meter Results

#25 - #21

by Justin Berube, Zachary Miller, and Donald Theriault - September 8, 2016, 1:08 pm EDT

The least hyped of the most hyped.

25. Severed

Hype Level: 4.88%

Severed is a first-person dungeon crawler with combat resembling Fruit Ninja and Skyward Sword. It utilizes Drinkbox Studio’s typically bright, Mexican-influenced aesthetic, but Severed is far darker, tonally, than their previous Guacamelee game. The protagonist, Sasha, must travel through a bizarre demonic realm searching for her missing family members. She wields a sword which is used to sever the limbs of her enemies, which she then consumes, gaining their power. See? I told you this game is dark. These powers take the form of a substantial upgrade tree which is updated as Sasha finds new magical spells to unleash. Severed is coming to Wii U and 3DS on September 22nd.

24. Pikmin 4

Hype Level: 5.28%

Pikmin 3, while not revolutionary, was a worthy successor to the GameCube originals. It synthesized the best elements of both its predecessors into a safe, but very high quality entry in the series. After going the entire Wii generation without a new Pikmin game, getting another sequel this soon is great news for fans of one of Nintendo’s lesser-known franchises. We’re excited to see what interesting new types of Pikmin and creative enemy designs the folks at Nintendo will come up with next. Note that the polling occurred before the Pikmin 3DS title was announced.

Etrian Odyssey 5

Hype Level: 5.28%

We didn’t know much about this game at polling time, but it’s released since in Japan and has become the most anticipated Atlus localization involving a five on the staff. (Yes, we know about that one.) It’s looking to be at least four years since the last original Etrian Odyssey game, and though the Untold stories have been great sometimes you just need something new. More maps, more FOEs, more great character designs... now, if we could only get a confirmation of localization.

22. Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns

Hype Level: 5.28%

It won’t be the last farming simulation on the list, but Story of Seasons is locking 2017 into a fine sequel for the Year of the 3DS RPG. Maintaining the balance between three different towns and keeping your farm thriving in the middle will be the key to success in this sequel to the 2015 cult hit. What will you grow? Who will you romance? Which town is going to get the cold shoulder? We’ll find out early next year.

21. Picross 3D: Round 2

Hype Level: 5.28%

Picross 3D: Round 2 is the sequel to the unofficial official best DS game ever according to Nintendo World Report. Picross 3D: Round 2 came out in Japan back in the fall and reports are that, well, it’s more 3D Picross. It has some new tweaks, with multiple colors allowing more detailed cube puzzles than ever before. The charming spatial reasoning and logic puzzles on display have no match. Luckily Nintendo released this title on the eShop in North America shortly after their Nintendo 3DS Direct presentation.



ejamerSeptember 08, 2016

Based on these rankings, I'm horribly out of touch with what's popular.

I'm ok with that.

LemonadeSeptember 08, 2016

The list seems about right to me.

Ian SaneSeptember 09, 2016

The Federation Force apologists sure seemed to come out in full force on this one.  But 1 and 2 are dead on.  I would say I'm more hyped for Breath of the Wild than the NX.  I am very confident Breath of the Wild will be good but the NX?  That's up in the air.  I'm not really hyped about it, I'm interested in it.  I want to know what Nintendo has cooking up and I may like it or a may not but I want to know.  I feel like Nintendo's whole future relies on the NX so will it be a big comeback for them or their last failed grasp at console relevance?

And Dragon Quest VII ranked really high and I'm very interested in giving it a go since I never played the PS1 version.  So the stuff I'm interested in actually ranked quite high.

OedoSeptember 11, 2016

That was my top three on the list I submitted (though I had Pokemon Sun and Moon at the two spot and the NX at three) and it would still be the same today. I didn't have Paper Mario: Color Splash on my list and it might not make the top 10 if I made a list again today, but I am intrigued by that game and looking forward to seeing more impressions (and eventually the reviews) of it.

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