The 12 Best Nintendo Exclusive Games

They say that if you want to play the best exclusive games in the industry, you need to own at least one Nintendo handheld or console. These are the best it has to offer.

1. Animal Crossing Series
This series is a type of community simulation game. The player controls a human character who gets to live in a village inhabited by animals. The first game was released in 2001. It has a total of 4 games and 2 spin-offs.

2. Deadly Creatures
Published for Wii, Deadly Creatures allows the player control a scorpion or a tarantula to fight other animals such as insects, arachnids, rats and reptiles. The scorpion has a different fighting style than the tarantula.

3. Fire Emblem Series
The first game was released in 1990. To date, there is a total of 15 games in the series including the remakes. One of the features in the game is the idea of permanent death of one of the characters.

4. Hotel Dusk Room 215
Released in 2007 for Nintendo DS, the player controls Kyle Hyde who has to solve puzzles after he was given Room 215, said to be able to grant whatever he wished.

5. Mario Kart Series
The first game was released in 1992. These kart racing games feature characters from the beloved Super Mario series. To date, there are 12 titles for both arcades and consoles.

6. Metroid Series
The first title under this series was released in 1986. It features the bounty hunter Samus Aran as she tries to fight off the Space Pirates who are attacking the Metroids. To date, there are 11 titles including the latest released in 2016.

7. Pokemon Series
The list wouldn’t be complete without this iconic franchise. The first Pokemon game for Game Boy was released in 1998. There are a total of Seven Generations of games to date as well as spin-off games for consoles and PC.

8. Pushmo
This puzzle game was released in 2011 for Nintendo 3DS. The objective is simple: control Mallo and move the blocks to create platforms and steps so that the children who were trapped in the structures can be released.

9. Super Mario 3D Land
Released for Nintendo 3DS in 2011, this is a new type of Mario game that incorporates familiar elements from the old games and the free-roaming feature in the new games. The objective is for Mario to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser.

10. The Last Story
Released for Wii in 2011, this role-playing game features the island called Lazulis, threatened by an unknown force that’s slowly draining its life. The player controls Zael and gives instructions to otehr characters during battles.

11. The Legend of Zelda Series
The first title was released in 1986. Some games from this series are considered among the best. The story follows the lead character Link whose primary objective is to rescue Princess Zelda fom Ganon.

12. The World Ends With You
Released in 2007, this role-playing game features Neku Sakuraba and his friends Shiki, Joshua and Beat who were made to play a game and have to survive Underground, an alternate plane of existence.

The 10 Best Xbox Exclusive Games

One of the appeals of Xbox exclusives is that some of the titles can also be played on a PC. Take a look at some of the most iconic games for this platform.

1. Alan Wake
Marketed as a psychological action thriller, the game was released for PC and Xbox 360 in 2010. The format follows the usual thriller television series. The game contains a total of 8 episodes where the player controls the protagonist Alan Wake as he fights the Taken.

2. Dance Central Series
This rhythm game was first released in 2010. To date, there are four games under this title. Players have to use the Kinect to play this game, a great way to exercise without going to the gym. The objective is to follow the dance moves while the Kinect tracts the movements.

3. Forza Series
The first title of this racing video game series was released in 2005. To date, there are two major sub-series called Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon. The game emulates various real-life and modified cars. Some of the games can also be played on PC.

4. Gears of War Series
Subterranean reptile-human hybrids called Locust Horde join forces with humans to fight off their mutated cousins called The Swarm and The Lambent. The first title was released in 2006. To date, there are a total of 5 games in the series. Some can be played on PC.

5. Halo Series
The first installment was released in 2001. It follows the story of the interstellar war between an alliance of aliens called Covenant against the humans. It features the protagonists Master Chief John-117 and Cortana, and later Noble Six. The games can also be played on PC.

6. Lost Odyssey
Kaim has lost his memory so he has to fight the coming magical industrial revolution to learn of his past. Released in 2007, this role-playing game features a turn-based fighting system in a world where random enemies can appear.

7. Ori and the Blind Forest
This platforming game was released in 2015 and can also be played on PC. The protagonist Ori is a spirit guardian. He is accompanied by another character named Sein. The objective is to solve puzzles and overcome obstacles by climbing and jumping.

8. Rare Replay
Released in 2015, this is a compilation of 30 games developed by Ultimate Play the Game and Rare. Some of the games included are Battletoads, Banjo-Kazooie, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Jetpac, Slalom, and R.C. Pro-Am.

9. Sunset Overdrive
Released in 2014, this Xbox One-exclusive open-world shooter lets the player control one of the employees of FizzCo to fight mutated humans who drank a beverage from the company. The game is set in the dystopian Sunset City.

10. Titanfall
This first-person shooter was released in 2014. The players control the Titans during a six-on-six match set in war-ravaged space colonies. It only has online multiplayer mode and no offline single-player option.