Last year's Star Fox Zero was kind of a bust, but how about a retro entry that you haven't ever played? That's what we'll get with Star Fox 2, the fully developed and then suddenly canceled game developed for the Super Nintendo back in 1995.
Nintendo pulled it out of the archives for the new Nintendo Classic Mini: SNES plug-and-play console, as if we needed another great reason to shell out £70 for this brilliant bundle of 16-bit classics. Star Fox 2 brings some twists to the classic formula of the 1993 original, which is also in the set, making this a must-play for franchise fans.
Read the title super fast. Got it? Yeah, this is South Park alright. The enduring cartoon series will follow up its best-ever game – 2014's The Stick of Truth – with The Fractured But Whole, another hilarious role-player with a brand new premise.
This time, Cartman is trying to earn a heap of cash by making his own superhero film franchise, and naturally that leads to all sorts of vulgar, violent shenanigans. Whatever you do, don't play this one with the kids around. And if you missed The Stick of Truth, it comes free with pre-orders.
Given that it comes from an age-old franchise, 2004's Wolfenstein: The New Order was a surprise breath of fresh air, delivering a compelling alt-history setting, a surprising amount of narrative progression and character development, and a whole lot of Nazis to kill.
And Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus doesn't seem like it'll break from that entertaining formula. Here, you'll take charge of BJ "Terror-Billy" Blazkowicz as you attempt to free America from the Nazi grip, using an array of odd futuristic technology and weapons to destroy the evil bastards in as many gruesome, over-the-top ways as you can think of.
We assumed that Gran Turismo Sport would be massively delayed, like most of the series' semi-recent entries… and yeah, that definitely happened again. But while 2016 wasn't in the cards, hopefully this full-fledged, content-packed release will be worth the wait in 2017.
As before, it's targeted at racing die-hards, but the multiplayer aspect is enhanced with new online championships governed by the real-life FIA racing body. Also, it will have PlayStation VR support via a special VR Tour Mode, but sadly not throughout the entire game.
We'll have to wait until next year to get a proper new Switch entry in the much-loved, mostly-handheld Fire Emblem strategy franchise, but maybe Fire Emblem Warriors can keep fans sated in the meantime. Koei's Dynasty Warriors template is used again here, for a wild hack-and-slash affair against hundreds upon hundreds of generic soldiers.
Truth be told, we've grown tired of that usual approach in the past, but the Legend of Zelda-themed Hyrule Warriors had its moments, and maybe Fire Emblem will likewise translate well. It's also coming to the 3DS, albeit only the more powerful New 3DS and 2DS models.