So, I decided to compile a list of announced exclusives for all the three consoles since their initial announcements, just to see how it would turn out, and the results were... interesting.
I just want to make some parameters that I used clear:
- Only titles funded or published by first parties considered
- Right now, I did not count digital games- if someone were to provide me with an extensive list of digital exclusives announced by first parties for all three consoles, I would be more than happy to edit those in. As it is, my familiarity right now is limited to only Wii U and partially the PS4, and I did not want the list to be affected by these selection biases
- Only exclusives were considered.This means that if the game is available in any capacity on any other system, it does not count. So- Titanfall? Not considered, as isn't Project Spark. Same goes for MLB The Show and Super Smash Bros- these are games that are also available on other systems, and thus not exclusives by any meaningful definition of the word.
- Only games that have actually been officially announced were considered. Nebulous titles like 'Zelda U' and 'Fable 4' were not considered.
With that out of the way, here is where we currently stand:
- Killzone: Shadow Fall
- inFamous: Second Son
- Shadow of the Beast
- The Order 1866
- Gears of War
- Forza Motorsport 5
- Ryse: Son of Rome
- Dead Rising 3
- Kinect Sports Rivals
- Fable Legends
- Sunset Overdrive
- Quantum Break
- New Super Mario Bros. U
- Nintendo Land
- Pikmin 3
- Wii Fit U
- Game and Wario
- Wii Party U
- Lego City Undercover
- The Wonderful 101
- Super Mario 3D World
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
- Hyrule Warriors
- Mario Kart 8
- Bayonetta 2
- Yoshi Yarn
- Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem
If I have missed any game, please let me know, and I will add this immediately.
Okay, so some observations:
- The Sony list is shockingly small- what is going on there? I know the excuse will be 'wait for E3,' and yes, I am sure that Sony will announce loads of great new games at E3, but why would you assume that Microsoft and Nintendo won't? If they do, the lists relative to each other would remain more or less constant.
- The Wii U list has had longer to gestate, but even so, it's impressively long and varied
- The Microsoft list does not get enough credit- there are a lot of games up there, across a range of genres, and most of them look rather compelling.
What are your thoughts on all of this?