What a year it has been, filled with ups and downs as we prepare for 2018. So I figured I would crap out some typical “Best/Worst of 2017” post for all of you to bitch about my choices later. So without further ado, here are…
MATTO’S FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE MOMENTS OF 2017!
- Nintendo Switch did amazingly well which made some people lose their minds.
Despite all the hit piece articles about it being “another underpowered Nintendo console”, “no games” and stupid controversies, Switch has not only managed to get to ten million units sold in it’s first year, but is now just short of the WiiU’s total LTD. While Nintendo has somehow officially made a comeback to the eyes of the general and gaming journalism media, please don’t tell them they still sold plenty of software before BS (ie Before Switch).
Also, indie developers have been hitting gold thanks to the Switch eShop thanks to Nintendo’s new News App on the Switch home screen (and start up screen). Keep those great indie games coming, indies!
- Metroid: Samus Returns was an amazing 3DS remake!
Despite the terrible fanbase trying to get Federation Force cancelled and sending death threats to Next Level Games (seriously, this hasn’t been said enough, but fuck you people), it didn’t stop Yoshio Sakamoto and relative unknown game director Takehiko Hosokawa from supervising MercurySteam of all people in remaking Samus Aran’s second adventure. Despite MercurySteam’s tarnished reputation (which was partially Konami’s fault), the team delivered a stellar remake of a prior Metroid title, in a series that saw a stellar remake of the first NES game on GBA.
- Amiibo are getting cooler and I have a problem!
It is amazing to see just how far Amiibo have come since debuting alongside Smash Bros. for WiiU. Since launching, my Amiibo collection has grown. Yes, I have a problem. This year my personal favorite releases were the Metroid 2-pack (featuring squishy Metroid!) and Bayonetta.
With certain groups losing their mind that Xenoblade 2 female characters have breasts, it takes certain unknown heroes on the internet to take Xeno 2’s heroine Pyra and put her into meme reaction images to troll the fuck out of these people. Because Pyra is indeed best girl and best Nintendo JRPG girl.
- Third Party support for Switch is still smeared with shit.
Switch is in a slightly better position than Wii was in regards to being a successful Nintendo consoles. For starters, the standard excuses Thirds use can barely work anyone (thanks to Bethseda of all people, and Panic Button for porting DOOM to Switch), but still, the console is barely getting support from the major players while they continue the group-think of thinking the PS4/Xbone eco-system is healthy enough for them. Fun fact: it isn’t. For Capcom, the situation is dire thanks to major underperforming games and betting their future with Sony despite Street Fighter V performing horribly.
Also, a big healthy fuck you to Namco for making us have to beg for major releases. If you have Twitter, readers, give Bandai Namco a message from me to them: “Sit on a fucking rail road spike. We are not begging for Switch ports.”
- MicroTransactions got extremely scummy thanks to EA and Star Wars.
For those of you who are my age (thirty) who grew up loving the original Star Wars trilogy and experiencing great Star Wars games on the Nintendo 64 and the one GameCube flight sim (didn’t have a PC, but I heard most of those Star Wars games were pretty baller!), how does it feel to have your childhood wonder what the fuck happened? Actually, I know what the fuck happened; Disney decided to put EA in charge of the Star Wars licence because Disney never made good video game decisions minus the invention of Epic Mickey, even if that final product was kind of iffy.
For this game, EA thought that in order for gamers to properly win the game, they had to pay real-world money for LootBoxes. LootBoxes give you random loot, which was a form of gambling that has now gotten EA in hot water. As they say, Karma is a bitch.
- Pretend Platinum Games fans’ salt over Bayonetta 3 is stupid.
Because exclusives are bad when Nintendo gets them (because they fund them out of their own pocket), but they are not bad when they are on PS4. If that was the case, NieR Automata would’ve sold more than a million.
So those were my favorite and least favorite moments of 2017! Share yours in the comments section below!