Five Nintendo franchises we want to see on the Switch
With Nintendo's big Switch reveal still a hot topic, a lot of discussion has been sparked around the company's individual franchises. We already know we're getting The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. A new Super Mario game is definitely a no-brainer. And Nintendo is undoubtedly going to revisit popular franchises such as Mario Kart and Splatoon. Here are a few standout titles from the company's lengthy library that we think could benefit or evolve as a result of the new Switch tech.
Animal Crossing is one of those games you play minutes at a time, whether you're home or out and about. In the past, we've seen the series on the GameCube, Wii, DS, and 3DS. And guess what? It was awesome across all of those platforms. With Nintendo moving into the mobile market, it's obvious that Animal Crossing will get the smartphone treatment, too. But what about its presence on the Switch? Just as the series has been a hit on recent Nintendo home consoles and handhelds, it's also a great pick for the platform formerly known as NX.
In the past, I've played Animal Crossing on buses and on campus, between classes. I've also played the game during commercial breaks while watching TV. It's just that kind of game. It's perfect for short bursts of play whether you're at home, at work, or at school. And because it runs on a real-world clock, being able to play on your TV and then take the tiny, virtual world with you by pulling out the Switch's tablet component would be awesome.
There are definitely a lot of people who love Nintendo's handheld games, but that doesn’t exactly mean that they play those games when they're out of the house. Pokémon is really fun to play but, personally, I usually just like to play it while I'm at home. I'm not the only one, either. Listening to various video game podcasts over the years, countless individuals have stated that they never take their 3DS systems with them when they go out.
Pokémon on the Nintendo Switch would be a great fit because the console would grant players the versatility to play at home on their HD TV sets or while they're out and about. And while Nintendo hasn't confirmed that it'll no longer support the 3DS or create another handheld, the dual nature of the Switch could make a new Pokémon game appealing to an even wider audience.
No one is really expecting to play Mario Kart with their friends while in a moving van as seen in the Switch trailer — that's kind of ridiculous. But there's something appealing about being able to take Mario Kart with you anywhere you go. And while this is the type of multiplayer game that's better when played on a big screen, if you and your pals are looking for a few quick rounds and don't mind the smaller screen, Mario Kart on the Switch tablet could make for some solid, bite-sized fun to pass the time.
WarioWare may very well be Nintendo's most versatile franchise. The company could make one of these games for any of its platforms and/or mobile devices and chances are it'd provide a great deal of entertainment. This series isn't reliant on powerful graphics or conventional controller functions, so it would be just as fun to play on a big-screen TV as it would be on the Switch's tablet component.
Nintendo hasn't stated that any of its Switch games will be tablet-exclusive, but WarioWare would definitely be an appropriate choice. This is especially true considering groups of friends could simply pass the tablet around as they take turns playing hundreds of micro-games.
The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was already on track to being one of the most exciting entries in Nintendo's long-running fantasy franchise, but its presence on the Switch makes it even more intriguing. In the past, there have been two types of Zelda games: console titles that felt big and grandiose, and handheld installments that had that same Zelda feel but on a much more compact scale. Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass, for example, are both similar, but they're tied closely to their respective platform’s capabilities.
With the Switch, we're getting a console Zelda that can also be played in portable fashion. Aside from Breath of the Wild, though, it's possible that Nintendo will continue to release games more akin to A Link Between Worlds and Minish Cap. Now we'll be able to play those types of smaller experiences on a bigger screen, which may be a bit jarring at first, but also sounds super-exciting. This was previously accomplished with the GameCube's Game Boy Player add-on, but being able to play large- and small-scale Zelda games without any extra hardware definitely seems like a cool prospect.
Bonus Pick: Professor Layton
Though created by Level-5, the Professor Layton series is something of a Nintendo mainstay. It's been a popular franchise across multiple handhelds, providing players with numerous engaging puzzle adventures. Since its debut, Professor Layton has been a go-to franchise for handheld game players thanks to its portable appeal and quick accessibility. But just like it's fun to play a quick brainteaser while waiting for the bus, it's just as cool to do so if you've got time to kill at home.
Since some folks don't take their handheld systems with them, a Professor Layton title on the Nintendo Switch would work really well. Players would be able to turn on the console and solve a few puzzles before going out to run errands or see a movie, or they could just spend hours playing on their TV if they so choose. Having that option is the biggest factor, and it's something that could push a series like Professor Layton to even more popularity.