5 Nintendo Series That Need a 3DS Reboot
We count down the titles that deserve another chance in the limelight.
It’s an understatement to say that Nintendo has published and housed some of the most beloved video games of all time. Characters like Mario, Link, and Kirby have starred in dozens of titles since the NES debuted in the early 80’s, but not every Nintendo franchise has been so popular. Not that unpopular games are bad games, they simply didn’t find an audience at the time or were overlooked when it come to potential sequels. Many games find fame after their initial release and establish a cult following. With Nintendo rebooting the Kid Icarus franchise with Kid Icarus: Uprising, coming in March, it’s only fair that we count down the…
5. Ice Climber
Although Ice Climber wasn’t a runaway NES hit like Super Mario Bros or Legend of Zelda, it still stands as one of the best titles on Nintendo’s original home console. Like many of Nintendo’s early offerings the game focused on jumping and attacking, not much more you can do with just two buttons and a d-pad. Popo and Nana, the stars of Ice Climber, have been featured in both Super Smash Bros Melee and Super Smash Bros Brawl, but they haven’t had a game to themselves since 1985. Seeing as Kid Icarus was also a side scrolling platformer, it’s not farfetched to think Nintendo could turn Ice Climber in to a 3D adventure title with classic platform gameplay. Not many video game worlds (outside of snowboarding ones) are set in snowy lands, but a new Ice Climber title could change that. Imagine hopping and bopping through various icy mountain ranges as Popo or Nana, smashing foes along the way with your mighty mallet. Nothing makes an mountain look more daunting than fully cranked 3D. Bring back some goofy enemies, add some new maneuvers and the Ice Climbers could be on top of the world once more.
Another fan favorite amongst Nintendo historians, F-Zero brought speed to our TV screens like never before. Unlike Ice Climber the F-Zero series has seen multiple sequels since its initial release for the SNES in 1990, but it’s due for a reboot all the same. The last F-Zero title dropped almost ten years ago for the GameCube and we haven’t seen a new game since. Captain Falcon, punching and kicking machine, has seen some personal fame from the Smash Bros series, but we need him back in the cockpit of his hover-car. Anyone who has played Mario Kart 7 knows that the 3D effects are fantastic for racing games on the 3DS. The illusion of depth really adds to the feeling of flying through the Mushroom Kingdom. Did I mention that F-Zero is fast? Ridiculously fast. The rush you get in Mario Kart 7 would be ten fold in a 3DS F-Zero title. Revamped graphics, gyro controls, and a solid online community would make F-Zero 3D a must have. Make it happen Nintendo!
3. Drill Dozer
Did you know that developer Game Freak has made more than just Pokemon games? The handheld titans took a chance in 2005 and released a new title named Drill Dozer. The game went on to win Nintendo Power’s Game Boy Advance game of the year and received critical acclaim from many gaming sites and publications. Drill Dozer focuses on Jill, member of The Red Dozer bandit gang, as she attempts to steal back her father’s precious Red Diamond. The game features platforming at its best, including some ingenious puzzles and wacky bosses. Using shoulder buttons to drill forward (R) and in reverse (L), players used Jill’s “drill dozer” to destroy enemies and tare down any obstacles in her path. A Drill Dozer sequel in three dimensions would have limitless possibilites. Changing view points, much like Super Paper Mario for Wii, would give the game a whole new outlook. There are plenty of platformers coming to the 3DS in the future, but a new Drill Dozer would take the cake.
2. Pokemon Snap
Anyone who has read my early articles on 3DS Buzz knows that I have been pushing for a new Pokemon Snap since day one. Pokemon is one of the must well know and commercially successful video games series of all time, but Pokemon Snap is so much different than any other Pokemon game that I feel it stands alone. Not that I’m saying Snap is better than the main series, just that is was a great game and deserves a proper sequel. For those who are too young to have enjoyed the fruits of the N64, Pokemon Snap was an on-the-rails photography game in which you took photos of passing Pokemon. Why would this work on the 3DS? Three words – gyro sensor camera. Pokemon Snap is all about getting the right shot, and what better way to do so then by actually moving the system. Games, like Ocarina of Time 3D, have already used this camera system to let players literally check out their surroundings. Sure, you’d look like a fool spinning around to snap a picture of that Charazard that just flew over your head, but you’d definitely have a fun time doing it. Did I mention Pokemon Snap launched in 1999? Since then 498 Pokemon have been added to the Pokedex. You may want to pick up some extra film.
Many Nintendo series catch on in Japan, but don’t find much of an audience elsewhere. EarthBound, or Mother as it’s know in Japan, is a perfect example. The original EarthBound for the SNES was actually the second game in the series, though the first was only released in Japan. This spunky RPG series was hailed as one of the best of its time and became well known for its bizarre and often hilarious take on American culture. Many felt the game was ahead of its time as far as plot and gameplay were concerned, but the series hasn’t expanded much in recent times. Although a Game Boy Advance sequel to EarthBound did surface in Japan, the SNES classic has never been rereleased in any form since it’s original debut in 1995. In fact, EarthBound‘s sequel, Mother 3, didn’t even star any of the same characters. Ness, main protagonist of EarthBound, has shown up more recently in the Smash Bros series. It’s no secret that RPG titles work very well with the DS and 3DS’ duel screen set up. The top screen can display the characters doling out damage, while the bottom can be used to select attacks and party members. With dozens of dull, played-out RPG series churning out sequel after sequel it’s a crime that such a fresh take on the genre didn’t stick. Nintendo is most likely still afraid a new EarthBound title wouldn’t be well received in North America and Europe, but it’s a chance they should take. Every Nintendo 3DS owner, young and old, deserves to be introduced to a series as creative and well thought out as the EarthBound franchise.