All this week, I’ve 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 6 already announced titles that could drive sales of the Switch.
Today, on the eve of the Switch’s launch, after going through ports and remasters galore, we’re opening it up with a broad category: 5 theoretical games that I 100% would love to see come to Nintendo Switch. These titles range from vague, to specified down to the name. In every case, I’d be extremely excited to see anything like them show up on Nintendo’s new hybrid console.
Pokémon Gen 8
An HD Pokémon title is one thing. An HD Pokémon title that can be played on your television or taken on the go like all Pokémon titles before it? Without question, it would be the killer app that sells the most consoles like most Pokémon titles before it. Rumors have long suggested that the third title in the Sun & Moon line would be made for Switch instead of 3DS, but it’s the game they make after that– one made from the ground up for Nintendo Switch– that I am much more excited to see.
If 1-2-Switch has shown me anything, it’s that the Joy-Cons are extremely versatile and perfect for a mini-game collection that makes use of them in a bunch of different ways. While I’m certain a Mario Party game will assuredly make use of it in the next two years, it’s the frenetic and fast-paced mini-game collection of WarioWare that would likely offer the most fun with that versatility. I can only hope that the folks at Intelligent Systems have the same idea.
The Legend of Zelda… with a Female Link
I’ll undoubtedly get a lot of flak for this. But here’s the thing: the character of “Link” allows for this. Link is a character that is reincarnated over and over in most Zelda titles. Logically, you’d think at least once that meant they’d reincarnate as a girl. Link has always been meant to be a stand-in for the player, and because of that, doesn’t have much of a personality– and if they did, those personality traits weren’t tied to their gender. If Link’s gender doesn’t matter to the story or gameplay but would be a nice thing to do for what is a fairly large female Zelda fanbase, why not try it? (and not just Linkle, please)
Super Nintendo Maker
Super Mario Maker was one of the best games on Wii U and had arguably the best level building tools in any game, ever. But here’s the thing: Nintendo has a lot of 2D platformers that have had iterations from back on the NES through their latest consoles. From Kirby, to Donkey Kong, Metroid, and even Kid Icarus (to an extent), there’s a lot of different games that Nintendo could try to make a level designer for. But what if instead of making all of those level editors individually, they just added all of the tilesets and enemies to the same game and let you choose which character to play the level with? That’s the Maker game I want to see from Nintendo. Hell, if they can manage the licenses, I’d even love to see Mega Man or Castlevania tilesets added as well. The possibilities are endless.
If I’ve learned anything from the Mario Kart 8 DLC, it’s that I like seeing Nintendo’s other colorful characters make appearances in other Mario spin-off titles. But one that hasn’t had an iteration since Wii is the Mario Strikers series. Mario Strikers Super Charged was a little too gimmicky for me, so I’d love to see a sequel go back to basics and look to change up the gameplay in different ways– such as adding different terrains and layouts to soccer fields, for example. But at the end of the day, I just want more Strikers. And if Link ends up in soccer shorts, well then, that’s just a bonus, right?
The Nintendo Switch releases tomorrow. If you want to watch along while I play The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild, I’ll be streaming the game at 12pm CST at twitch.tv/agrodrago