New and old franchises: Nintendo needs to mix things up for the Wii U

Posted: June 14, 2012 by Joel Kost in Gamenomics - Video Games, Nintendo
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Two of the things that make Nintendo games so lovable are the magical worlds and the characters that inhabit them. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t like exploring Hyrule as Link or saving the Mushroom Kingdom with the Mario Bros. But gamers have been doing these same things with these same characters for over two decades. With a new Nintendo home console on the way, I say it’s time mix things up; I want to see new and original franchises and older ones that we haven’t seen in years. Here are some games that I think need to make a comeback.

Ice Climber

Remember how Nintendo completely re-imagined the world and characters of the Kid Icarus universe for Kid Icarus Uprising? Well the same thing should happen for Ice Climber. Just like Kid Icarus, Ice Climber is a 2D platformer. However with a little imagination and modern-day technology, we could see something completely new. I would love to see a 3D, high-definition version of Popo and Nana’s world. The classic element of smashing ice blocks and bad guys would still be present, but there could be a story behind it all. Nintendo could include an improved weapon and combat system, similar to Kid Icarus Uprising. And heck, why not have an inventory system on the Game Pad’s screen, or co-op and challenge modes? The possibilities are endless, but Nintendo just has to act on them.

F-Zero

Nintendo’s other racing franchise (yes, there is another one besides Mario Kart!) isn’t all that popular, but it is still fun. As a racing game there aren’t many ways in which F-Zer0 could take full advantage of the Wii U’s unique capabilities, other than using the Gam Pad’s screen as a map for the racing track. However, the levels are diverse and plentiful. Add HD graphics to that, and we are looking at a really pretty game.

Star Fox

Star Fox 64 was one of my favorite games when I was a kid. The unique characters, the different levels, and the spaceships mesmerized me for hours. I got to see this very same game in 3D for the 3DS, but it left me wanting more. I’m sure that I’m speaking for several other games when I say that I want to play a new Star Fox game with classic gameplay on the Wii U. Forget wandering around on a planet with a pet dinosaur, lets blow some bad guys with lasers and bombs…in HD! Using the Game Pad’s gyroscope to control and aim your starship on the television would be perfect! Jump on this, Nintendo!

New worlds, new characters

Like I said before, I want Nintendo to mix things up. Instead of relying on the staple franchises like Legend of Zelda and Super Mario, Nintendo should create new worlds and characters that we can all fall in love with just like the other ones. Plus, with the Wii U’s new technology, Nintendo could really spice things up in terms of gameplay and the overall size and scope of the game’s world. When the next Super Smash Bros come out, I want to see some some completely new characters added to the Nintendo universe.

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