Good news everyone: I’ve acquired a shiny, new, Nintendo Switch along with this little game called, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I’ve managed to TEAR myself away from the game for a few minutes to write an article. I’m gonna keep this brief because, frankly, the allure to go play the game is strong.
First impressions of the system are excellent. I think it’s probably the most mainstream thing Nintendo has cooked up since the almighty Gamecube. And let’s not forget that the Gamecube had cute little game discs and a honest-to-goodness handle that made it look more like a purple lunch pail instead of a gaming console. That being said, for Nintendo, this thing is PRETTY normal. I’ll take it. It’s got a normal controller, it plays games, it’s not pretending to be an all-inclusive media hub…nope it’s a video game console through and through. And the lifeblood of any system worth it’s salt is its library of games. Breath of the Wild is incredible. It’s so good I haven’t been bothered to try any other games yet. Still, when I finish up my private liaison with Link I’ll be ready for something new. So I’ve dreamt up FIVE games that I’d LOVE to see eventually make it to the Nintendo Switch. Check em out:
5. Earthbound Legacy Collection – Every now and then Nintendo remembers that they’ve got this amazing back catalogue of games that people love. Earthbound is the one series that us American gamers have never been able to get more of because we failed to appreciate it the first time around. Like a scorned lover not willing to trust us, Nintendo has refused to let Earthbound get its heart broken again by the wandering eyed Lotharios known as Americans. What I’m suggesting is that Nintendo goes buck wild and releases all three Mother (as their known in Japan) games in one swanky Collectors Edition package. I think if they could be bothered to whip up something for that smooth, circular, pink testicle that is Kirby, then it’s not beyond the realm of possibility to give us a collection celebrating this weird, and quirky RPG franchise. The year 2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of the series and it would be the perfect time for Nintendo to give fans WORLDWIDE a compilation of our wildest dreams.
4. Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles 2 – Wait, come back! I’m not crazy and I’ll promise to puts pants on! Hear me out. The first Crystal Chronicles game for the Gamecube was a radical departure for the Final Fantasy series that primarily failed because Nintendo thought people would actually sit around with 4 Gameboy Advances connected to a Gamecube to play the thing. Well, the Switch is meant to be portable and getting Square Enix to release this exclusively on the system would be a big win. You could play online, or you could take your Switch out of the docking station, head over to your friend’s abode, and start hacking n’ slashing in the wonderfully, delightful world of Ivalice. I think it makes perfect sense. Then again I think that eating a sleeve of Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies in a bowl with milk and a spoon is a perfectly reasonable thing for an adult to do. [Sidenote: I’m aware a sequel to this game sort of came out on the Wii…let’s pretend it doesn’t exist, K?]
3. New Super Metroid – Hey Nintendo, do you know how people really love that 2D New Super Mario Bros. series you did a few years ago? Yeah, do the same thing but with Metroid. In my eyes the last great Metroid games were the outstanding GBA titles. I’d love nothing more than to see a third one make it to the Switch. I know the Metroid Prime series has it’s fans, but I’ve never been one of them. The games give me worse motion sickness than a Spinning Whirly Twirl at an amusement park and despite critical acclaim they never really sold as well as Nintendo of Japan had hoped. So please, pretty please, give us a new entry in the series that is akin to what happened with the 3DS game, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Two World. That would be awesome. Thanks!
2. Pokemon Alabaster (or something) The Console Version – It’s now or never Nintendo. You have a home console that doubles as a portable gaming system so there are no more excuses. The mobile phone game Pokemon GO was a literal world wide sensation last year, so it only makes sense to bring people a full blown console sized version of the game. It would make enough money to fill up two Scrooge McDuck Money Bins. I think of how beautiful the art style of Breath of the Wild is and seeing a Pokemon game given the same treatment would be incredible. I know you all want to see a wild Jigglypuff in all it’s 1080p glory. Also if you give us a new Pokemon Snap game instead I’ll fly out to Japan and savagely punch you in the nards!
1. Something BIG AND BRAND NEW – People like to say that Nintendo never creates new IPs and that’s not really true. With the Gamecube they gave us Pikmin. The Wii has Wii Sports/Miis. The Wii U delivered Splatoon. The Switch is poised to give us ARMS. While Arms looks fine, I’d love for them to create something new that isn’t directly tied into the system’s technology. As much as I love Breath of the Wild imagine if it was the same game just set in a completely new franchise? I feel like Nintendo sometimes uses it’s mega properties as a crutch. In order to hedge their bets financially with Breath of the Wild they make it a Zelda game so that it sells well. Imagine if that was a game in a land that wasn’t Hyrule, with a protagonist that wasn’t Link. They could have cooked up a new, strong, female character and she could be exploring this strange, alien land with all of the exact same systems found in Breath of the Wild. I think that’s what people are always wanting Nintendo to do and they simply refuse. So yeah, I would have loved it if Nintendo had the balls to have made this critical darling a completely new franchise that could sit comfortably next to the other great pillars of gaming IPs that the company owns.