Nintendo had a stellar 2014 with high profile releases such as Super Smash Bros on Wii U & 3DS and Mario Kart 8 on Wii U. The 3DS had a plethora of games to choose from as well. 2015 will be an interesting year for Nintendo with the Wii U finally on the rise and a ton of games already announced. Nintendo’s current shortcomings look to be with the 3DS but we have no doubt that we’ll see some big announcements in a Nintendo Direct in early 2015.
The Legend of Zelda is the first new Zelda game to feature HD graphics. It will take place in a fully connected overworld which is similar to the original Legend of Zelda. It will have less emphasis on defined entrances and exits to dungeons. Designed Eiji Aonuma said that this was to give players more freedom and make the game truly open-world. The overworld can be traversed on foot or on Link’s horse Epona. This was shown for the first time at the VGAs at the end of 2014.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has already been released in Japan but will finally see it’s Western release in 2015. Monster Hunter 4 is different from it’s predecessors in the fact that it has a strong emphasis on three-dimensional movement. Walls can now be climbed more fluidly. In addition to this, players can grab on to monsters and attack them this way. You’re also able to attack in mid-air. Monsters will use environments to their advantage creating much more dynamic battles.