Nintendo has been on something of a remake spree in the past decade. Classics from yesteryear have been popping up regularly on Wii U and Nintendo Switch. But which Nintendo games deserve a chance at a comeback next?
Remaking Nintendo Games
Honestly, it’s not a longshot to predict which Nintendo Games will likely get remakes in the future. The company has made it a core business practice ever since 1993’s Super Mario All-Stars. But with the Nintendo Switch they seem to be more selective; choosing games that have arguably underperformed first-time around. That’s not to say some big hitters can’t come around, though…
Metroid Prime Trilogy
Take the Metroid Prime Trilogy, for instance. The rumours of a Nintendo Switch edition of the Wii repackage have been circulating like wildfire of late. And comes as no surprise, given the delay in the release of Metroid Prime 4. Haven’t yet played any of the Metroid Prime games? Check out Chit Hot revisit of the original on Nintendo GameCube.
The F-Zero series has been on hiatus for far too long. The last great iteration of the series was the GameCube’s F-Zero GX (which awkwardly coupled with the arcade release of F-Zero AX). Blistering speeds and fantastic graphics made F-Zero GX a futuristic racer that to this day stands as the one-to-beat. Surely it’s an easy port to Nintendo Switch?
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was a perfect match of hardware and software. However, it was missed by much of the gaming community due to an imperfect launch strategy. The game came at a time will all but the hardcore Nintendo game fans had lost interest in the Wii console. Couple this with the fact that the marketing surrounding the game positioned it as a waggle-fest rather than the puzzle-led adventure game that it actually was, and you had an audience that simply weren’t interested. Now is the time to correct that error, as The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is simply not the disappointment many who haven’t played it have been led to believe.
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
Back in 2005, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness was underappreciated. Fans had spent decades waiting for a full-blown home console Pokémon RPG, and this was not it. Fast-forward 15 years, and we now have Pokémon Sword/Shield. That’s what we were waiting for! So how about now we take the time to revisit one of Pokémon’s most underrated spin-offs?
Mario & Yoshi / Yoshi / Yoshi’s Egg
An oft forgotten game of many names, Mario & Yoshi (as it was known here in Europe) in a puzzle game created by one Game Freak. Yes, that Game Freak. The same studio that went on to create the Pokémon franchise. Mario & Yoshi originally launched on the Game Boy and Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1991/1992 (depending on your region) and has been rarely discusses since. Which is a shame, as it was an intriguing puzzle title. While Nintendo are still scrambling with their online service for the Switch, Mario & Yoshi could be a nice accompaniment for family gaming to the effortlessly more famous Tetris.
This one is arguably the most surprising to not have already resurfaced on Nintendo Switch. Nintendogs was a global smash hit on Nintendo DS; the type rarely seen in the games industry. Why has Nintendo chosen not to capitalise on that? It’s been nearly 15 years since the last title in the series launched; that’s long enough that kids who were playing the first time around will now be adults, and possibly having children of their own! Nostalgia is an excellent selling point, especially when it comes to parents sharing with their children.
And now we come full circle. Starting with the Metroid Prime Trilogy for Switch may have been an easy way to go, but what about the game that is considered the best in the franchise? While not the first, Super Metroid is arguably the game that shot the Metroid franchise into gaming legend. While we can all have our 3D first-person Metroid, why can’t we also have a 2D legend?
Which Nintendo games do you think deserve a comeback? Are there any we missed? Let us know in the comments below!