Nintendo’s announcement of their new console, the Nintendo Switch, was nothing short of amazing. Equally impressive is the star-studded lineup of exclusive titles that Nintendo has set up for the Switch. It is difficult to imagine that any gamer would not be excited to play Mario Odyssey, Zelda: BOTW, or Mario Kart 8, just to name a few. It is baffling that a console, that has yet to even launch, already has more confirmed exclusive titles releasing in 2017 than Microsoft’s Xbox One. Microsoft’s 2017 is looking bleak and it is relying on a small handful of exclusive titles to save them from embarrassment.
Micrsosoft is set to release only nine confirmed Xbox-exclusive titles in 2017. These titles are Sea of Thieves, Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2 (I guess zombies are still a thing), Cup Head, Rise and Shine, Gigantic, Tacoma, and Below. The Nintendo Switch, is at this time set to feature at least 12 exclusive titles including: Zelda: BOTW, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8, Super Bomberman R, Super Mario Odyssey, Ultra Street Fighter II, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and Arms. There is no reason that a new console that is launching in 2017 should have more exclusive releases than the already established Xbox One. Microsoft should be embarrassed, that they have had over three years to establish themselves and are still being beaten by newcomers.
The Nintendo Switch slightly outnumbers Xbox One with the amount exclusive titles they are releasing in 2017 and to add insult to injury, the quality of the games being released on each console could not be further apart. Sea of Thieves, Halo Wars 2, and State of Decay 2 are the only games worth mentioning from Xbox’s 2017 lineup. Seriously, there is no reason that there should be a Crackdown 3, Crackdown 2 should have been the end of that series.
Nintendo Switch will be releasing higher quality games from beloved franchises such as Zelda, Super Mario, and Mario Kart. Anyone who has watched gameplay from any of the aforementioned games will know that there is no question, Nintendo Switch has the better games lined up for 2017. Nintendo Switch’s exclusive games should outperform Xbox’s 2017 exclusive games not only in quality, but sales as well.
Microsoft’s best shot at redeeming themselves this year is Sea of Thieves. Sea of Thieves looks original, engaging, and just plain fun; all are features that Microsoft is in desperate need of right now. The potential of longevity with Sea of Thieves would be an immense boost to Microsoft and could attract new console gamers to the Xbox One over the Ps4 or Nintendo Switch.
The only issue is that Xbox gamers may not be receiving Sea of Thieves this year. Any game has a chance of being delayed for any numerous reasons, but Sea of Thieves has been delayed in the past. If we have learned anything from the recent cancellation of Scalebound, it is that even if a game has a great gameplay trailer, it is does not mean the game development is going well, or that it will be released. Fable Legends was another Xbox online-game that had many gamers excited, we all saw how that turned out. Hopefully Sea of Thieves is able to be released in 2017 and lives up to the hype.
The best part is that Microsoft is attempting to use their backwards compatibility feature as a way to overshadow their lack of games planned for 2017. Xbox 360 games are being treated like new releases by Microsoft and they show no signs of changing. Xbox gamers should not let Microsoft escape 2017 without massive repercussions. Microsoft needs to be called out for their lackluster 2017 lineup and need to realize that backwards compatibility can not be used as a replacement for new exclusive titles.