Modojo Rewind: Kicking Off The New Year

The latest edition of the Modojo Rewind examines Shack's game of the year 2017 choices as well as a few promising starts to 2018.


The door to 2017 has now closed, and until someone manages to invent a time machine, we'll only be able to observe the highs and lows of the year through story and song. Fortunately for gamers, and rather unfortunately for everyone else, some of the best that 2017 had to offer came in the form of various video games, the likes of which we've been recounting for our readers over the previous weeks.

It's 2018 now, of course, so not only do we still have some fond reminiscing of the past year to partake in, we also have some interesting leads of what's to come in 2018, including several noteworthy Switch titles as well as interesting new mobile experiences just beyond the horizon.

Kick back and stay a while as we take a leisurely stroll through this week's Modojo Rewind.

The Best Mobile and Portable Games of 2017

The whole Shacknews crew has spent a lot of time in recent weeks coming up with a fine selection of our Game of the Year 2017 choices, spanning everything from the best open world experience to the best loot crates. Nintendo naturally dominated a lot of these choices, but for mobile and portable players, we do have a few specific stories to check out: the man with the briefcase was keen to extoll the virtues of Shacknews' Best Brickbreaker 2017, while the Modojo crew had a fairly clear-cut choice for our favorite mobile game of 2017.

Beyond those, we also had Modojo @ Shacknews' Best Nintendo 3DS game, the result of which should please retro-minded gamers, as well as the Best Nintendo Switch exclusive of 2017, a category that specifically and conveniently ruled out the likes of Breath of the Wild, which likely would have taken the top spot otherwise. Fortunately, director Eiji Aonuma wants to keep the game's sense of freedom intact for future Zelda titles.

The Many Promises of 2018

Now that the new year has arrived, we've got a few interesting stories for both mobile and portable players. Firstly, we've put together an all-new story detailing all of the video games scheduled to release in 2018, and it's a list that we'll be continually updating throughout the year. This one is worth a bookmark, particularly for those who like to jump on new releases the moment they become available.

We've also heard some interesting new stories about other events coming later this year: word has it that the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are slated to get a proper North American release sometime soon, which is great for mobile users who aren't too keen on products from Samsung or Apple, and players who want to splash their friends with ink but don't yet own a Switch may be able to pick up a roughly similar game soon, as the developers of Sepia Go are looking for a publisher to bring their considerably-derivative game to to a global audience.

Lastly, we've got some fresh news of the miscellaneous variety: the lead artist on Crypt of the NecroDancer was proposed to by his girlfriend using a custom build of the game, which is a story certain to warm the heart in these frigid months, and Hi-Rez Studios has an all-new RTS in the works that's aiming to release for mobile devices later this year. Beyond that, iOS players can now pick up a free copy of classic horror adventure title The 7th Guest; Niantic and NetEase are finally bringing Pokemon Go to China; lastly, if rumors are to be believed, Nintendo may be porting popular 3DS Zelda title A Link Between Worlds to the Nintendo Switch.

That's it for this edition of the Modojo Rewind. Be sure to stick with us as we continue to conveniently lay out all of the top news and reviews that mobile and portable gamers crave.

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