Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury – Switch – Feb 12
Super Mario 3D World was originally released on the WiiU. Like many exclusives from that console, this game is being re-released with additional content as not enough people were able to enjoy it the first time around. The game is a classic Mario platformer, though involving cooperative play and without the side-scrolling 2D view (hence the 3D in the title). In our review of the original, we found that “from beginning to end Super Mario 3D World is a whirlwind of clever level design, beautiful and vibrant visuals, insane four player co-op action, and extremely entertaining platforming gameplay.” In addition, Bowser’s Fury is a completely new campaign portion of the game, though it doesn’t appear to link too closely with the 3D World formula.
Persona 5 Strikers – PC, PS4, Switch – Feb 23
Taking place months after Persona 5, players will get more Persona with this sequel. Despite being a sequel, Persona 5 Strikers is a completely different game, acting as a Dynasty Warriors-style game rather than the turn-based gameplay the series typically features. This makes sense given the game’s developmental collaboration between Atlus and Omega Force. Though the game plays differently, it is more Persona, and that is never a bad thing.
Bravely Default 2 – Switch – Feb 26
The original Bravely Default (and its direct sequel, Bravely Second) had a relatively mixed reception, due in part to a specific portion of the game. Coming off the success of Octopath Traveler, the team will be looking to build on Bravely Default’s lore and gameplay mechanics. With a job system, quality of life features, and an interesting overall aesthetic, Bravely Default 2 could be one of the best RPGs of the year.
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