The Switch: Five Nintendo IPs I Want to See

With the Switch just around the corner it’s time to do some talking. As a long time Nintendo fan I have a lot to be excited about from the system. It’s hybrid handheld/home console style is a concept from my dreams. Like, literally I’ve dreamt about a system like this! Now it’s happening. Until the release of the system I plan on doing some speculation articles. Articles to whet our appetites.

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Five Nintendo IPs I Want to See

We all have a favorite Nintendo franchise. With a company with such a rich library of original IPs it can be hard to pick a favorite!! We already know that we are getting titles from The Legend of Zelda franchise, Mario Kart, Splatoon, Fire Emblem and of course, a new Mario game. But with so many more to choose from what else will they bring on to the new system? Here are my picks for five Nintendo franchises (in no particular order) I want to see on the Switch:

1. F-Zero

This series is such a great one. We went three console cycles in a row, each with its own great F-Zero. Each one progressively better up until the fantastic F-Zero GX on the GameCube. Somehow that game still manages to look amazing today and it hasn’t lost it’s blazing sense of speed! It is such a fun racing game.

The switch would make a great opportunity for its return after being completely MIA after the last two console cycles. With games like Fast RMX (Which looks amazing BTW) being shown as an early Switch title it shows how the system is perfect to showcase the crazy Sci-Fi tracks that the series is famous for! And with the Switch getting a decent online system finally (fingers crossed) we would be able to take the races online. But even local multiplayer would be easy and awesome with the Joycons! The system just feels like the perfect place for Captain Falcon to roost at.

2. Pokémon 

Easily the franchise on this list that will almost definitely be on the console. But what I would like to see from a new console outing isn’t another Pokémon offshoot like Pokken or PokePark. I want to see either

1) A main series entry, whether it be a remake like Heartgold/Soulsilver, or a third title for Sun and Moon,

or 2) a new fully HD Pokémon Stadium.

 

The potential for what they could do with a Pokémon game on the Switch is so massive. It’s hard not to dream. Could we get a new console driven story like Pokémon Colosseum that could be even bigger? Could we get a new Pokémon Stadium type, totally storyless but with the ability to take our time driven teams to the big screen with ease again? Or possible another offshoot title, like (I hope this happens) a sequel to the amazing Pokémon Snap? Or maybe the long talked about Pokémon MMO? Well that will prolly never happen.. but a man can dream. All I know is, I can’t wait to see what’s to come from the series on the Switch.

3. Golden Sun

The two Golden Sun games on the Game Boy Advance were both just high quality especially for their time. The ability to transfer your progress from the first game on to The Lost Age when it came out was a super cool feature, especially since I had spent so much time finding all the Djinn and other secrets. Other unique features such as being able to set the Djinn to your team and almost completely change the way they play was a fun feature as well.

With the already high number of RPG’s coming to the switch, it seems like the perfect time to bring back the series. Sure there was a DS game, and it was good. But they have the opportunity to either make another new game in the series, with an even bigger scope, or rerelease the series again with updated graphics and possibly even things like voice acting and some kind of online play. The idea of a seeing Isaac and co. again is one that brings me back to my early teens and I would love to see this come to fruition.

4. Metroid

Metroid.. we are long overdue for another true Metroid game. Federation Force doesn’t count. We haven’t had a true game in the series since Other M on the Wii back in 2010 and sadly, that game wasn’t good. I’s sure some people liked it and that’s fine, but I was so excited for it and I didn’t enjoy it at all. On the other hand the Prime series was fantastic and I’m pretty sure everyone loves the classic side scrolling entries.

It feels like a great opportunity to bring the series back into the limelight. I would love to see a new side-scroll Metroid game, Super Metroid is easily one of my favorite games of all time. But I would be just as happy with another game in the Prime series. The Joycons could make for easy gameplay in either game type and I think the HD Rumble would make for a neat feature in game. Whatever the case, it’s time to see Samus make a comeback. Make it happen Nintendo.

5. Wave Race

This feels like possibly the least likely option to happen out of the choices, but it’s one of the ones I would like to see the most. I gave a lot of thought to this list and many games came and went before coming up with a final five but oddly, I kept coming back to Wave Race. I used to have a lot of fun playing Wave Race 64 both solo and with my friends. At the time, the game looked beyond phenomenal. That water was just so mesmerizing. The Switch just feels like it is a great time to bring back the series.

We haven’t seen a game in the series since Gamecube, and even that game was really good. With the updated 1080p 60fps of the Switch, I think we could be in for a real treat visually. Plus the HD rumble could add for some really cool “feel the game” type experiences. To be able to feel the jet ski slam back on to the water, to feel the waves as you cruise across the track or to feel your opponent crash into you would just make for an even cooler experience. An experience I hope to have in the near future.

There you have it. These are the five series I would love to see comeback on the Switch. I could have made this list a ton longer. I mean I would love to see the likes of Advance Wars, Earthbound, Mario RPG/Paper Mario (Not a sticker star/color splash type) or even a new Donkey Kong or 1080 Snowboarding. But only time will tell what we have to look forward to. But one thing is clear, the possibilities are endless on the Switch.

Krispy
From as early as he can remember, Krispy has been a gamer. From the Super Mario Bros 3 on NES to Destiny on PS4 he has been running, jumping, and button smashing across worlds on most major consoles. A few of his favorite games are Super Metroid, Earthbound, and the Uncharted series.

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