All this week, I’ll be publishing varying lists detailing games I’d like to see on Nintendo Switch leading up to its release on March 3. Yesterday, we looked at 5 Franchises I’d like to see release a new title on Nintendo Switch.
Today, we’ll be taking a deeper dive into Nintendo’s back catalog. On Wii U, we saw two HD remakes from Nintendo, specifically two titles in The Legend of Zelda series– The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess. The prior, in particular, was an interesting decision because while the cel-shaded art style hadn’t aged much since the title first released, and yet, the The Wind Waker’s world looked beautiful rendered in HD. And having finally finished it this past weekend, it got me thinking: what other titles in the Nintendo catalog would I like to see remade in HD? Here are the 10 I’d like to see the most.
Super Mario Sunshine
Super Mario Sunshine sits in an odd spot in the Mario franchise. It came after Super Mario 64, which brought the platforming franchise into 3D, and before Super Mario Galaxy, which turned 3D platforming upside down. But like The Wind Waker, the title is a well-refined version of its predecessor with an art style that would work very well if rendered in HD. Not to mention that its less popular position in the franchise and release on one of Nintendo’s worst-selling consoles makes it the type of game that Nintendo shouldn’t mind trying to get into more player’s hands.
Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2
It’s hard to choose one Mario Galaxy title over the other. One revolutionized 3D Platforming and the other refined the prior’s design and added even more content and mechanics to the mix. Thinking back on either title, the art style was so well made that your memory almost reproduces the entire experience in HD on its own despite the game never achieving that resolution. They were beautiful looking games either way, and two that would look even more beautiful running in actual HD.
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Retro already made an HD Donkey Kong Country game for the Wii U in Tropical Freeze, but Returns was stuck sitting on the Nintendo Wii and later, on 3DS as well. In either case, like Super Mario Galaxy, the title is not remembered for its lower resolution, but would greatly benefit from the HD upgrade. Also it’s just a really good game so any new audience it could reach would be a bonus.
Fire Emblem Awakening
Fire Emblem Awakening is my favorite title on Nintendo 3DS. It also houses some of the most beautiful cutscenes Nintendo has produced. And again, like The Wind Waker, those cutscenes are all cel-shaded. Part of why I’m so looking forward to the Switch Fire Emblem title is entirely to see how wonderful that art style looks in HD. But an even faster way to see that would certainly just be to see how Fire Emblem Awakening looks in HD as well. Plus I wouldn’t mind another an excuse to replay it again.
No More Heroes 1 & 2
You might be noticing a running theme in all of my picks. They all come from more recent non-HD consoles that boast art styles that transition well into HD. Of course, No More Heroes is no exception, but it’s also just such a weird and fun title from Suda51. Considering he’s currently developing a new title with Travis Touchdown for Switch, it only makes sense to also release a remaster of the character’s first to titles on the new console as well.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
This could have gone to either Luigi’s Mansion title, as their both great games whose art styles would certainly work in HD. Inevitably I opted for the 3DS sequel Dark Moon, whose individual mission structure fits better with the Nintendo Switch’s versatility as a home and portable console.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Multiple Kirby games could have also made this list. After all, between DS, 3DS, and Wii, Kirby have been upwards of 9 titles released in the franchise. Rather than choosing Air Ride, whose City Trial courses would look awkward and empty if rendered in HD, I decided to jump ahead to the very newest title in the franchise, Planet Robobot, almost entirely due to the dearth of content, cool mech suits, and the need to see the crazy final boss battle rendered in HD.
Kid Icarus: Uprising
If I think about what titlte would most greatly benefit from a port of any kind, it’s Kid Icarus: Uprising. The titles gameplay, writing and performances are all critically complained but almost completely incapacitated by a control scheme that drove many players away. Simply by giving the title a twin-stick shooter design, perhaps also with gyro controls for the added accuracy, it would make the title much more accessible. Alongside upgrades to the already impressive visuals on 3DS and improved online functionality for the interesting competitive multiplayer mode, there’s so much an HD remake to Switch could do for the title.
Metroid Prime Trilogy
Metroid Prime was impressive when it released on the original GameCube in the early 2000s, and still even better through its re-release in the trilogy collection on Wii. In the decades since, shooters have often become the new showcase for impressive graphical power that the racing genre used to maintain. While fans clamor for a new, HD Metroid Prime game, remastering the original trilogy in HD would be a great way to wetten the appetite for a currently starved fanbase.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
After The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, a release of a Skyward Sword HD did not seem to out of the question whatsoever. It touted the same sort of art style like Wind Waker that would greatly appreciate the HD upgrade, and images shared online just after its release showed just how good looking the title would be in HD. Considering that with the new joy-cons, Nintendo has all they need to recreate the original Skyward Sword motion controls and greatly improve on what the Wii Motion Plus could accomplish, there seems to be no reason to try to remaster the title– if only to hold players over until the next big 3D title in the same capacity Wind Waker HD was meant to hold players over for Breath of the Wild.